The House With A Wind Tower

Nilesh Bansal And Tejeshwi Bansal

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The Minaret House is a designer’s dream when it comes to reinterpreting traditional ideologies for the modern times.

The Minaret House is an amalgamative representation of modern technologies and traditional ideologies. The house is situated in an urban setting in the National Capital Region. In the midst of a dense urban environment, this house is located adjacent to a large golf course in a plotted development.

As the construction activity is on the rise, it becomes crucial that the contextual setting serves as a strong background. Being the only residence built in the development, it becomes necessary for Minaret House to serve as a strong and defining precursor to all new constructions.

The design team of Nilesh Bansal, Tejeshwi Bansal, Manisha Nimish and Tarini Sharma, decided to revive and re-interpret traditional ideologies to meet the modern day needs through this house. India with its rich architectural heritage offers deep insight in the formation and evolution of physical spaces; this has served as the fundamental part of design process used for the 8,000 sq ft house.

To keep the interiors cool in this dry and hot climate, a natural ventilation system has been implemented in the house with the use of a minaret. The minaret (wind tower) has been integrated centrally with its exposed façade facing the south-west side. With this exposure the air heats up quickly inside the tower and creates a negative pressure at the top, thus forcing the hot air out and creating a continuous airflow inside the house. This has been used in combination with large window openings towards green terraces in the front and the golf course at the rear side that allows clean and cool air to enter all peripheral habitable rooms of the house. The forced air circulation created by the minaret lowers the indoor temperature phenomenally and helps in reducing energy loads.

The Minaret House not only embodies the climatic principles but also the social patterns that the architectural heritage offered. As a reinterpretation of traditional social spaces, distinct character is provided to public and private zones of the house. This is done through strict planning and placement of functions, segregated circulation patterns and varied spatial volumes.