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Unique House Split by An Atrium

If you love to see unique homes that will drop your jaw then this is for you! This house features an “openwork monolith” that hides a huge light-filled atrium that Anagram Architects completed on a busy street in New Delhi.

The four-story house, named Cleft House, was designed by Anagram Architects for three generations of the same family who wanted a spacious, light-flooded house on a dense site near their factory. In order to achieve this while maintaining privacy, the local studio built a heavily windowless facade that shields the sun-drenched four-story atrium inside, around which all rooms are located.

The monolithic facade of Cleft House consists of white marble slabs mounted on a steel structure. Marble was chosen by Anagram Architects for its “luminescence” highlighted by wall lights. These panels continue inside through the slit in the center of the facade, after which the house is named, before opening onto the atrium with a skylight. The atrium is intended to reflect the central courtyard of traditional Indian houses and forms the heart of the Cleft House. It connects all common areas on the ground floor. Its size and shape also provide plenty of natural light throughout the house and basement, while also facilitating natural ventilation.

The bedrooms are all on the upper floors of the apartment, which are surrounded by faceted walls and glazed balconies that visually connect the rooms. Each of the bedrooms in the house are designed with bold finishes specially tailored to the tastes of the residents. These provide a contrast to the more restrained palette of materials used in atrium and common areas, featuring details of black marble, concrete, and wood to appeal to all family members. Check out this gorgeous house below!

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