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Radhika Villa

Vastu Shilpa Consultants

Rajeev Kathpalia describes the house he built for his family in Ahmedabad as a pavilion opening up to gardens and the sky, even though it appears from the outside to be carved from a massive block with a dramatic cantilever. As an associate of the veteran architect Balkrishna V. Doshi, who assisted Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn when they built in this northern Indian city, Kathpalia seeks to fuse tradition and modernity, in this and other buildings. Cavity walls and a well-insulated roof mitigate the chilly winters and ferociously hot summers. The sunken roof terrace is a traditional feature, providing a cool retreat on summer evenings and a place to indulge in the local sport of kite-flying, as is the basement cistern for storing monsoon rains. But the shuttered concrete outer walls and ceilings, jutting rain spouts and sculptured roof lanterns evoke Corbu’s villas and his Mill Owners’...

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