jutting planes & projecting volumes form the ‘RH21’ residential complex in india
within the city of hyderabad in india, the ‘RH21’ residential complex by DA studios adopts the shape of a crystalline formation. jutting planes, projecting volumes, and piercing lines give way to the distinct structure, which seems both ‘unnatural, and all too natural’ amid the dense urban surroundings.
all images courtesy of DA studios
‘RH21’ by DA studios sculpts and presents itself within the uncompromisingly packed neighborhood. the building takes the shape of a glacier, to establish a dynamic, structured presence in the area. it emerges distinctively, with protrusions, recessions, and seemingly erratic striations, thus creating an interesting and unexpected play of perspective and volumetry.
before construction, the site was barren, leaving the new architecture to react honestly to the surroundings. DA studios designed a building that responds to not just the cultural and functional requirements set by the client, but also to the spatial context, by shifting, forcing, and moving each plane, room, and volume of the entire structure.
to bring in both light and air into a closely packed and fortressed exterior devoid of openings, the architects have compensated with multilevel staggered courtyards and large planar parametric screens. formed to contrast with the concrete that is used as the main material, the screen becomes the immediate prominent feature of the project and serves as a symbol, highlighting the unexpected presence of the ‘RH21’.
architecture office: DA studios
chief architects: chaitanya D K
project team: pradeepthi I S, rahul ramini, vinaya kumar G, subhash GSK, arun
edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom