What Houzz contributors are saying:
In the endeavour to accommodate the trees, the design resulted in several courtyards (that allow cool air to flow in) and a 16-metre entrance lobby that is built around a neem tree.
1. Vertical pivoting wooden louvres line the entrance to this house and let in breeze and natural light. The cantilevered ceiling brings another wooden element and its smooth expanse makes an interesting textural contrast to the perpendicular louvres. I love how the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), growing through the roof, adds to the nature-inspired theme. See more of this home
1. As visual barriersConsider using louvres to define the flow of internal spaces within the house. Instead of building walls or partitions, these can be brought in to act as light screens. In this house by SPASM, the stand-alone louvres define the entry porch and also create a semi-open space between the house and the open courtyard.
The entrance to the courtyard encloses an existing neem tree (Azadirachta indica), setting the tone for the rest of the house – the powerful presence of nature pervades the entire home. Merchant says, “The tree adds to the whole experience of the entrance. We created certain details which allow the tree to move and grow. The air which comes through from the sides is controlled through vertical louvring in wood and by sliding panels.”
What Houzzers are commenting on:
To accommodate the trees, the architects incorporated several courtyards (allowing cool air to flow in) and a 52-foot entrance lobby built around a neem tree. https://www.houzz.com/magazine/3-stunning-indian-homes-with-eco-friendly-elements-stsetivw-vs~128032599?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u14337&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery4_4&newsletterId=14337