Studio Saransh employs organic overtones and vertical connectivity in this compact Ahmedabad residence

DEC 23, 2020 | By Sakshi Rai
The expansive living area with tan-hued furniture extends onto a verdant balcony; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Green zones within the house create a peaceful environment; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
The dining zone unfolds after the kitchen on the first level; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
An overhead shot showcases interaction at various levels of the stairway; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Wooden furniture and deep blue linens offset the grey walls; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

What appears to be a stoic grey structure at first glance gives way to a compact and clever piece of architecture, guided by simplicity and integrated with nature. HS House, designed by Ahmedabad based Studio Saransh, breaks away from singular trends and focuses instead on being a warm, wholesome and timeless abode for its residents. 

Since the home was nestled between two existing properties, the creatives had to treat the repair and rebuilding of the adjacent walls with extreme caution and care.

“As the common walls were ageing, we decided to get rid of them completely and made fresh, parallel ones in concrete. The result was a protective, seemingly monolithic shell with a raw texture and ethereal feel. A uniform surface throughout also made the narrow 19 ft-wide home appear larger,” explains Malay Doshi, partner at the firm.

Varying widths of different volumes allow easy interaction; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The subdued choice of materials, subtle variations and tonal differences seen across the abode are also in sync with the clients’ taste and likability. Apart from the grey concrete, one also sees wood, green Kota stone, black highlights, brass accents and charcoal prefabricated panels on the lower level.

Wooden railings and plants contrast against the ebony surfaces; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The heart of this space, however, is a roomy central garden court. Connected across levels by a sculptural staircase in metal, this zone lies soaked in natural daylight and showcases ever-changing shadows through the course of the day. It also facilitates vertical visual connectivity, encouraging the family members to interact and communicate with each other, instead of staying holed up in their individual rooms.

The central garden court allows access to the basement as well as the levels above; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

A simple spatial layout is observed in the rest of the home. Apart from the central court, there lies a small back garden on the first level. It is this storey that connects the basement downstairs to the floors above that house the kitchen, dining area and large balcony. The remaining storeys are each fashioned as individual bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, whereas the topmost level houses two terraces.

The metallic staircase provides vertical connectivity across levels; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

“Through our work, we create spaces that correspond perfectly to the needs and tastes of the homeowners—from the ingress of sunlight in a room to the material used in the facade. Working on interiors takes us one step closer to their needs, where we consider everything, from the surface one walks on to the space they sleep. We design keeping in mind every aspect of one’s daily life. In this project, we focused on the visual as well as tactile experience, bringing the brick and mortar to life,” concludes Doshi.

Scroll below to see more images of the charming HS House by Studio Saransh…

A glass roof protects and regulates the temperature of the central garden court; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


Paper lanterns, resembling floating spheres of light, are placed overhead; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


Stylish and slender framed furniture is used in the dining area; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


Each of the bedrooms feature different patterns on concrete walls; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


Grid-inspired lines adorn the surface of pillars within the residence; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala