New Delhi, 2010
The entry forecourt is designed as a predominantly hardscaped, enclosed experience with cobble stone driveway and a stone plaza around it. A dense and linear groove of seasonal flowering trees towards the south end along with a large gravel bed are the only softening elements used here. A 10-feet high sandstone clad wall, alluring in its understatement, acts as the first threshold. A series of digressions artfully erode the monolithic integrity; a seemingly random narrow slit opening roughly in the center (allowing views to the farthest end), a temple in the shape of a cantilevered white cube; and a projecting volume of the main house floating over the south face of the stone wall.