Project: Home Race Course
Architect: Khosla partner
Location: Coimbatore, India
Area: 12,500 sf
Photo by: Fabien Charuau
Race Course House by Khosla Associates
The Race Course House is a project by Khosla partner located in Coimbatore, India. Just like the fertile lane where it is located, the house has its own luxurious and lush backyard, full of clear greenery and a large yard. On the interior side, this product offers a luxurious yet simple modern look, perfectly suited to the color accents of the exterior design.
Tucked away in a shady walkway from the historic Race Course in Coimbatore, this house is intended to reflect the personality and lifestyle of the homeowner’s couple, two small children and their dogs. Both are successful entrepreneurs, the husband runs a textile company for bath sheets and linen and his wife runs a real estate company that builds affordable concrete housing.
The main feature of this house is the free-standing, double-shaped concrete wall that divides the living and dining areas, and culminates on the roof with skylights strategically placed on both sides. A cut in the slab allows the west-to-east-oriented ceiling to capture the sun’s bow from morning to evening, and flood the walls with a dance of changing natural light.
To create layers of meaning and context for our clients, we created a large art installation from 109 wood transportation used in weaving. In sweeping and meandering movements, the artwork climbs the face of eating a concrete wall and can be seen from various viewpoints on both levels. Some transports were mounted on a brass base that was brushed and tied with vibrant fuchsia-colored yarns. Artwork assumes further dimensions as transports up and down with fluidity in a wave-like flow.
Spatial planning on the ground floor allows free visual movement between the living room and dining room as well as constant connections to the outside. The living room and bar area open east to a wooden veranda and green tropical garden. The dining room and open kitchen step north to an intimate open field with fixed seating around a tree. The upper level is an area for family protection, with the main bedroom and two children’s rooms merged into a relaxing space that opens onto a porch-covered patio with views of the eastern garden. The rooftop lounge and main bedroom tilt outwards opposite each other.
The high entrance pergola made of precast concrete acts as a protective device from the strong Coimbatore sun. The materiality of the house is a mute mixture of gray city stone floors, wooden clad ceilings and polished cement and cast concrete surfaces. This is juxtaposed with strong tropical colors in textiles such as light blue, fuchsia pink and deep ocher. The house tells about the owner and what they do. References to concrete construction as well as the Coimbatore textile tradition add a layer of rooting and meaning. Space for family and close friends is warm and interactive and connections with nature are constant.