Lori Zimmer

NET House Wards Off Pesky Mosquitos with Mesh Walls

by , 07/20/11
filed under: Architecture, gallery



green design, eco design, sustainable design, Andrea Zittel, NET House, Matharoo Associates, mosquito net, compartmentalized living, Ahmedabad

With the year-round weather bringing forth everything from a humid monsoon season to scorching summers, the cool breezes of night are sometimes the only relief offered. The exterior of the house addresses the seasons with a transparent network of nets, blinds, and glass panels, which slide, roll and fold to create varying layers of protection and privacy. They can also be manipulated to maximize cross-breezes and daylight, or entirely shut when the monsoon season strikes.

Inside, the floor plan is open, with a concrete slab separating the first and second floors, and a large cabinet structure used as a room divider. But the cabinet is more than meets the eye; hidden inside, the cabinet is the life blood of the house. When opened, a dining table and set of chairs can be folded down and arranged, and levels fold out to create an entire kitchen, complete with microwave, refrigerator, and appliances. An internal entertainment system unfolds to include a TV, speakers and stereo system. Once fully extended, the cabinet can also be used for its intended purpose – to hold clothing and accessories.

The bathing area includes two bathrooms, with plumbing all leading to the all-encompassing cabinet. An outdoor netted area is adjacent, which includes a Jacuzzi, steam bath, sundeck and a bathing pond.

Monsoon water is harvested at the roof and directed in a stream along the spiral staircase, creating the illusion of climbing a waterfall. The rainwater is stored in an underground tank.

The NET house combines a childhood memory with a modern compartmentalized mechanism - much like that of Andrea Zittel. Its open plan makes the residents feel in the midst of nature, but with sheer nets and glass they are well protected from the elements.

+ Matharoo Associates

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  1. Heather Dewar July 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I grew up in a house with a very similar design, built in Miami, FL around 1955-60. The screens were fixed, not movable, and interior sliding glass doors could enclose living areas so they could be heated when necessary in winter. We had palms and other trees for visual screening, growing inside and outside the house, a 2nd floor patio and small 2nd floor-entry pool. Only an outer L of the cube-shaped house was under roof. When it rained we could sit on the patio under roof and reach out to feel the raindrops on our hands. Cross ventilation was so good that we never needed air conditioning. One problem: it was hard to keep burglars out, even with screens wired to an alarm. The screens shook on windy days and caused false alarms. The current owners took down all the screening, put up CBS walls, removed indoor plants andinstalled central ac – an asthetic and ecological crime in my book!

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