A decorative armour of geometric metal blocks builds the unique façade of this 600 square metre luxury home in Surat, Gujarat, India, designed by Openideas Architects. The form of the ‘Hive’ family home was inspired by the client’s profession in making machines for the diamond industry, and hexagonal structures found in honeycomb. An entire year’s sun path study was integral to the plotting of the decorative screen walls that characterise much of the structure. With core competency in mechanical engineering, client Kamalbhai Mistry delivered a concise 90 point brief for the unprecedented project. It would be a smart structure, rendered in metal, it would be intelligent, adaptable, sustainable, and feature a mono-space family living area.

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