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Sprawling in the 6 acre farm, were two rectangular plinths at a right angle, constructed 3 years before we designed this farmhouse. It was an interesting case where the footprint of the project was predecided by this existing plinth. The superstructure followed the existing plinth, however manifesting climatic sensitivity through the wooden louvered skin mounted on a fabricated structure. A water tank tower was created separately to take care of the water supply and to anchor the otherwise very light looking architecture.

Project Specifics

Client: Mr Amit Gajjar

Site Location:  V K Farm, Opp. Airport, Surat.

Plot Size:  -

Construction Area:  2,500 sq ft / 232 sq m

Year of Completion:  2011

Services:  Architecture and Interior Design

Team: Snehal Shah, Jigar Dalal, Ketna Padhar, Ashwin Patel

I distinctly remember that day in 2004 when I had gone to meet Snehal, accompanied by my mom and my wife, on the 2nd floor of Snehal Clinic. I was so impressed with the simplicity and authencity of the taste of his office, that I had no hesitation in appointing EssTeam as architects for my farm at Gavier, Surat. The planning was done, the construction had begun for my dream farm, but then some problem regarding land title arose and we had to stop work for 5 years. However, even at that time Snehal and his team stood by us and when we again started project, he himself suggested that this design is old we should start all over again on what we have constructed already. Then he completely redesigned the whole thing and transformed our old farm design to a completely different and a very innovative design using only wood and exposed brickwork over the existing plinth. Thanks to his attitude of giving best at all times to his client to meet their requirements, and at the same time exploring different materials, different forms and constant innovations, the end product came out wonderfully well. All along this, another aspect of EssTeam that is worth noting is their organization’s professional structure which is a rare thing to see in Surat.

Mr. Amit Gajjar Trustee – Millennium School Surat..

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