House designed in the 1970s in New Friends Colony in New Delhi
This house for the Kapoors in New Friends Colony designed within a modernist idiom demonstrates the use of exposed concrete and grit wash on the outside. After close to 35 years the house still stands amidst newly constructed 4 story tall tenement-style homes that have replaced most of the single family homes built in the 70s and 80s in south Delhi. The cantilevered balconies that turn the corner built in exposed concrete add a shading element much needed for Delhi's harsh summer.
Noteworthy in this project, the exposed concrete fins and rails have been crafted to the thinnest possible dimension. In a country where concrete technology was almost approached as a cottage industry, architects would spend hours at site with the contractor ensuring that the appearance of concrete also reflected a correct mix and water cement ratio, often quite different from what text books on concrete would prescribe.