Façade of Pierre Jeanneret’s house
”4J” type, designed for senior officers, this simple and homely house reflects the personality of its occupant, both in the architecture and its interior decoration. Pierre Jeanneret lived here during its construction from 1954 to 1965. We see the use of local materials and components of his Indian architectural vocabulary, expressed in multiple combinations in the different types of housing designed for Chandigarh, from the “peon’s house” to the city’s four large private residences its affluent citizens. Overhanging or retreating entrance porch, narrow openings to “trap” light – jutting ledges, square or triangular – roof terrace, are all features of these constructions.
The contrast of walls built with river pebbles, brick screen walls and sparkling white rendered surfaces reveals an elegant and orderly modenature.