Snehvinaben Shah House; Ahmedabad; 1966-68
Structural Design: Devendra Shah
Louis Kahn's recently built heavy exposed brick buildings for IIM had influenced architects to build exposed structures, often with sloping walls and round apertures. Weary of this trend we thought why not a light, elegant, building - in steel. The house spanned across a long, narrow site. External walls were 75mm RCC with polystyrene insulation and plaster on chicken-mesh - matching the width of the I Beams. Windows were floor-to-ceiling sliding glass with operable wooden louvers outside to modulate light and for security. The absense of overhangs caused windows to leak - finally, a sloping overhang with clay tiles (!) was added.