Architect’s own homes are often a manifestation of their evolving design ideologies and explorative spatial compositions. Architect Rajesh Renganathan’s home and studio in Bengaluru makes a statement with the visual juxtaposition of its structural elements in which he has creatively explored the program brief with an amalgamation of structural materials.
Set in a plot of 40’ x 60’, the plan occupies a footprint in an L configuration leaving an open garden space of approximately 25’ x 40’ at the rear of the plot. While most would consider this as generous in a tight plot such as this, Renganathan of Flying Elephant Studio chose to engage the vertical form of the house with this large private rear courtyard through its openings and fenestrations. The program is fragmented into two blocks arranged in an L configuration. The arrangement of spaces recalls traditional dwellings that comprise an anonymous array of rooms connected with each other through doors. Thus, the architect’s attempt to create a sensitive device that would record the changing conditions of the natural environment has certainly been well achieved through the explorative built statement.