A series of floating terraces shade a Hyderabad home by Studio Symbiosis

The residential project ‘Floating Terraces’ is designed on a grid framework of terraces and courtyards, seeking to establish a relationship between the built and the landscape.

by STIRworld Published on : Sep 12, 2020

Delhi-based Studio Symbiosis has designed a villa ornamented with a set of floating terraces that bridge the indoors with the outdoor nature-oriented spaces. ‘Floating Terraces’ will be nestled in the green, rocky terrain of Hyderabad, Telangana, with the terraces protecting residents from the region’s hot climate.

Floating Terraces will be nestled in the green, rocky terrain of Hyderabad | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
Floating Terraces will be nestled in the green, rocky terrain of Hyderabad Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

The project seeks to create an intimate relationship between the built and unbuilt spaces with the form of the building creating a series of outdoor courtyards. Designed as an empty canvas, the villa will allow residents to adapt to the spaces as they desire.

The project seeks to create an intimate relationship between the built and unbuilt spaces | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
The project seeks to create an intimate relationship between the built and unbuilt spaces Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

Beginning with a nine-grid square plan derived from the Vastu Shastra (traditional Indian system of architecture), an arrangement of a series of floating terraces along semi-closed courtyards was formulated. The pattern was then modulated by creating alternating periphery grids into outdoor courtyards. The resulting scheme formalised an undulating relationship between the built and the landscape that extends throughout the home.

  • The project began with a nine-grid square plan derived from the Vastu Shastra | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
    The project began with a nine-grid square plan derived from the Vastu Shastra Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis
  • Evolution of the design for Floating Terraces | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
    Evolution of the design for Floating Terraces Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

The Delhi-based Studio Symbiosis has choreographed the spaces into varying levels of privacy, orbiting around courtyards and landscapes to create different alliances with the outdoors. A double-height living space, accessed through an intimate courtyard, will occupy the centre of the home and spill outwards into the kitchen, library, formal drawing and outdoor landscape.

The villa will also have an outhouse which contains a gym, pool and other amenities | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
The villa will also have an outhouse which contains a gym, pool and other amenities Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

From the family living and the entrance, the residents will be able to view four different courtyard plantations, connecting them at once to nature. The greenery will extend past the indoor living spaces into the outdoor semi-sheltered verandas, and further into open lawns. The villa will also have an outhouse, which contains a gym, pool, spa and outdoor kitchen for celebrity chefs.

The built form envelops courtyards and garden spaces on all sides | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
The built form envelops courtyards and garden spaces on all sides Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

Flanked along the central living area are the bedrooms, each exposed on three sides to its own outdoor courtyard. The intimate rooms are designed to give each family member their own garden space, creating private indoor-outdoor spaces within the oscillating framework of the home.

The deep projections of the terraces will free the residents from the hot climate | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
The deep projections of the terraces will free the residents from the hot climate Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

The deep projections of the floating terraces and the breezy outdoor spaces will free the residents from the hot climate of Hyderabad. The cantilevers will also block the summer sun from entering the indoor spaces, and permit the winter sunlight in to warm up the home.

  • Ground floor plan of Floating Terraces | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
    Ground floor plan of Floating Terraces Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis
  • First floor plan of Floating Terraces | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
    First floor plan of Floating Terraces Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis
  • Roof plan of Floating Terraces | Floating Terraces by Studio Symbiosis| STIRworld
    Roof plan of Floating Terraces Image: Courtesy of Studio Symbiosis

Vertical wooden fins will veil the building, protecting it from excessive heat gain and creating visual porosity needed inside the house. The fins have been designed as a fluid transition to create a sense of a whole, rather than parts. Exposed concrete, natural wood, greenery and water will facilitate a modern aesthetic for the building, as well as provoke the senses of the residents.

Project Details

Name: Floating Terraces 
Architecture/ Interiors / Landscape: Studio Symbiosis
Site Area: 1 Acre
Built-up Area: 1100 sqm Villa, 180 sqm Gym/Shop
Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Status: Under Construction
Team: Amit Gupta, Britta Knobel Gupta, Gaurav Gupta, Amit Agrawal, Kartik Misra, Jitendra Farkade, Vedant Sangal, Anjan Mondal, Chaithanya Goyal, Govinda Dey, Deeksha Lalwani, Bhanuja Dora, Chinmay Chowdhary, Harshi Garg, Gagandeep Singh Virdilo

(Text by Ankitha Gattupalli, intern at stirworld.com)

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