Travel back in time and witness the fusion of modernity at Courtyard House in Chhattisgarh by Atelier Varun Goyal
DEC 27, 2023 | By Rajlakshmi Dastidar
In Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, the Courtyard House sits on a 6,000 sq ft double corner plot, like a book you can’t wait to open and start reading. Brought to life by Varun Goyal, Principal Architect of Atelier Varun Goyal, the house evokes nostalgia while exuding distinguishing calmness with a stimulating view of abundant greenery.
The central courtyard serves as the home’s focal point. It’s a space that knits together the narratives of two houses, intertwining their stories into a shared tapestry of beauty and unity.
“The design language emphasises the play of geometry and materials, achieving a harmonious fusion of form and function. The resulting Courtyard House offers a contemporary living environment that fosters a sense of togetherness and connection between the two families while allowing for individual privacy and independence,” shares Varun.
The house has its roots in the fabric of history and its craving for modern amenities — a simple construct that also carries modern features. It is like a constant thread of thoughts that runs across the design language of the home.
Most of the elements are not only visual and spatial characteristics but have been meticulously devised to create an efficient way to achieve views, ventilation and light while connecting the family with nature.
Beyond design and structural interventions, the courtyard helps to create a balance between built and unbuilt spaces — an interplay of voids and a natural space is created where one can be safe while enjoying the greenery.
A sprinkle of contemporary charisma
The outdoors serve as a prelude to the pristine foyer with white marble flooring setting the stage for what lies beyond. It is not only the use of black paint but the use of teak wood, Indian marble and terrazzo in the interiors that keep the ambient temperature low.
The interiors feature bespoke furniture which comes in sync with the monochrome colour scheme. The living room showcases a large window frame where light and shadow harmonise to create a cocoon of comfort.
While the architecture nods to enduring influences, the residence boasts modern amenities, including state-of-the-art kitchen fittings, art deco lights, lamps and mid-century furniture reimagining timeless classics for modern living.
Each of the bedrooms in this home is spacious with private dressers and washrooms that have Indian marble cladding, elevated by teak wood accents.
Lastly, as you walk from one house to another through this shared home, it isn’t just a transition — it’s a symbol of familial bonds and interconnected design. This is more than just a living space; it’s a minimalist haven that beckons for gatherings, where stories are shared and bonds are strengthened.