The second entry in our contest was designed by Paden Riley, who took inspiration from the traditional motifs found in India. There are Jali screens, perforated stone that act as beautiful decorations in window openings, but also serve as a means of cooling the air by compressing the air through the perforations. These perforations can range from less than an inch wide to several inches thick with varying effectiveness in terms of cooling.
These screens are located on the rear and right elevations, closely resembling the sun screens that can be found on Indian and Islamic architecture. The front elevation depicts a more modern take on the theme by integrating the same principle, but mimicking the native jacaranda tree, seen in the front landscaping. Along the driveway are several jasmine bushes which are also native to India and give off a wonderful aroma.
India is a vibrant and colorful country, the purple of the jacaranda tree and the various hues of blue decorate this house on the roof, glass and accents. Arches and ceiling treatments on the interior are to solicit the feeling of dining under ornate tapestries. The house is designed for a family of five that like to entertain and enjoy the outdoors. Large windows and folding doors flood the interior space with light and the fragrances of the Indian landscape.
This 4,358 square foot home contains 3 bedroom suites and an ample Master Bedroom with private deck. The deck retreat includes a teak pergola and moss roof deck tiles that comfort the feet, absorb water and reduce heat reflecting back into the structure. The flat roofs are enclosed with a parapet wall and hide the array of solar panels on each of the upper level roofs; along with deep over hangs for passive living.