Pictures: Courtesy of Spasm Design
The Black Bastion House is located in the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. With a mild, humid climate throughout the year and enough ventilation from the Nilgiris, the house lays at one end of a street on Racecourse road.
The build of the house consists of two black bastions of local dark granite stone and a well-ventilated, pavilion-like double-height living space in between. The use of local granite was preferred because of easy usage and to lower the maintenance costs over the years. Additionally, the endurance against elements and thermal stability were the added benefits of using stone. Overall the dark coloured exteriors only enhanced the aesthetic and comforting appeal of the Coimbatore climate.
It is a fact not entirely unknown to designers and architects that stone buildings end up performing better than buildings in other materials.
The spacious interiors with generous heights and width, add to the elegance of the design. The bathrooms are covered with white Indian marble, with enough space. The use of custom made metal with bespoke brass hardware for the windows is strategically done. The doors are carved out of salvaged wood in elegant proportions and polished oils. The garden at the back is in a U-shape that sometimes hosts peacocks for an enchanting show!