Sameep Padora completes apartment building in Hyderabad, fitted with undulating brick façade
Vivek Eadara

Sameep Padora completes apartment building in Hyderabad, fitted with undulating brick façade

Located in the heart of the Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad, the Sienna Apartment building by Sameep Padora collaborates and expands craftsmanship expertise through its intricate façade. The client approached Padora’s practice after obtaining the municipal approval for a small apartment building on the site next to the park, offering vantage views of the city.

Padora, in the past, has found innovative ways to work with the material, as seen in his design for Maya Somaiya Library at Kopargaon, which features a curvilinear roof inspired by the 16th-century Catalan vault. At Sienna Apartment, this material exploration is taken forward, examining the potential of bricks beyond the strict formal style of the masonry. The façade leverages the knowledge network in the country by working with master brick masons from Pondicherry, creating a wall system made from 9-inch-thick brick walls.

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Sienna Apartments by Sameep Padora
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The building skin is composed of rippled brickwork that is corbelled to provide support to stone-faced lintels. The practice developed five types of walls and cill combinations featuring twisting brickworks of varying degrees. This combination of corbelled brickwork and cantilevered stone-faced lintels creates an opening, fitted with recessed glass bay windows.

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Sameep Padora | Axonometric Sectional Detail
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Sameep Padora | Floor Plan
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The studio used a simple, low-tech wooden template for masons to ensure the structural integrity of the corbelled wall and provide accuracy during construction. This simple act of development of tools for the on-field construction process takes the expertise of craftmanship further and enriches the capability of the craft.

 

"While the project is visually defined by these corbelled walls, the systemic potential of the project is from the design of these simple low-tech wooden templates that allow for the corbelling to happen with accuracy." Said Sameep Padora, Founder of Sameep Padora and Associates

 

Internally, each floor has a two-apartment layout, featuring spacious apartments, provided with balconies and terraces on all sides for improved cross-ventilation and plenty of natural light inside. The brick wall further helps reduce the carbon footprint of the building, along with insulating the interiors against the intense sun.

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Sienna Apartments by Sameep Padora
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Sameep Padora | Axonometric Sectional Diagram
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The construction technology for the project makes a case to integrate local craftsmanship, creating innovative solutions and challenging the age-old binaries. Sameep Padora has once again crafted architecture that’s embedded in its locale, exploring the tactility of brick and formal expression that creates global dialogue.

 


PROJECT DETAILS

Name: Sienna Apartments
Client: Jagdish & Srinivas Idupuganti
Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Area: 20,000 sq feet
Year of Completion: 2018
Architects: Sameep Padora & Associates
Design Team: Mythili Shetty, Vami Sheth, Aparna Dhareshwar, Diane Athiade
Brick: Uma Brick Mangalore
Lintel: Sadar Ali Granite
Windows: Technal Windows
Photographs: Vivek Eadara

 


ABOUT SAMEEP PADORA & ASSOCIATES

sP+a believe that India’s vast breadth of socio-cultural environments requires multifarious means of engaging with the country’s varying contexts. Type, Program, Design and Building processes are subservient to the immediacy of each project’s unique frame of reference.

The studio’s approach hence is to look to context as a repository of latent resources connecting production process and network’s, appropriating techniques beyond their traditional use while allowing them to evolve and persist not just through preservation but more so through evolution.

Our practise questions the nostalgia involved with the static ‘museumification’ of craft and tradition as well as the nature of what today comprises the ‘regional’ in contexts amplified by their place in global and regional networks. This attitude enables the practice to look at traditional project types, projecting their formal/relational history within the paradigms of current socio-economic forces.

The studio structure actively engages with research, collaborations and collective models of practice not as isolated individual formats but as symbiotic streams feeding into each other. We advocate this hybrid model as an alternative to the traditional architectural practice, believing that this enables us to respond to the specificity of the local by evolving methodologies of extreme subjectivity.

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