This modern West Knoxville residence integrates the homeowners’ desire for family home dictated by the principles of Vastu Shastra and the Indian culture, centered around family and community, and inspired by personal well-being.
Embedded in immemorial Indian text, the ancient belief of Vastu Shastra guides a design to achieve peace, progress, and prosperity by complying to building, room, and furniture orientation. Through the design process, the rectangular building parti wraps a courtyard, freeing the building interior to optimize energy flow to the North—the most auspicious direction for a South-facing home. Equally opportune, the western side building form is tallest to create positive energy.
The interior of the home is influenced further by the homeowners’ request for space to host large groups, easily separated from the private, western wing. The courtyard is strategically placed adjacent to the living room to create an expandable indoor-outdoor space. With a prime seat for sunrise, the roof deck is an additional entertaining space for the family and pays homage to a common element in Indian architecture.
Beyond the guidelines of Vastu Shastra, the energy-efficient windows were placed to take advantage of natural lighting to lessen the need for artificial lighting and strengthen the connection to the outdoors. Through the building systems, additional steps toward sustainability include water filtration, LED lighting, and energy-efficient HVAC system.
The simple material palette creates an unadorned backdrop for artwork, furniture, and cultural symbols throughout the home. Additionally, the interior material choices are based on the durability, cleanability, and functionality for the growing family.
Through the incorporation of Vastu Shastra, family, and well-being, this home establishes a place of peace and harmony for the family.
Photography by Alyssa Nealon at nvelop AP.