Visual connection between the dining and kitchen area is established through small louvred service windows

A combination of patterned and plain, handmade cement tiles continues throughout the house, with the patterned tiles marking open areas

Handmade cement tiles, IPS finish, natural stones and red bricks enhances the rustic theme and palette

Attractive ceiling lamp by Anantaya and customised dining table furniture by VDGA Architects surrounded by brick walls

Left: Stunning artefacts and a beautiful carpet from Jaipur Rugs adorn the living room; Right: Palette of earthy materials is broken by coloured fabrics, rugs and artwork in the bedroom

Left:Rough tandoor floor, and woven charpoy and paper chord woven chairs by VDGA Architects enhance the look of the terrace ;Right: Arches in a sequence of succession mark the pathway of the central corridor

Photography by Fabien Charuau and Hemant Patil

The master washroom has cement-finished walls paired with colour-rich artwork, built-in bathtub and adjustable wooden louvred windows

This plush apartment in Pune is an urban escape from the bustling city life

by Sakshi Rai Apr 17, 2019 A welcome change from the cramped and clustered city spaces, Castle Royale in Pune is a step towards expansive housing. Brought to life on a rustic backdrop, the house evokes a sense of nostalgia while exuding a quiet calmness with its refreshing view of abundant green canopies. On entering the apartment, you are welcomed by a series of descending arches finished in dark IPS to create an illusion of an extended passageway overlooking distant views of the city. Cement tiles and natural stones replace the existing marble flooring to match the earthy vibe of the space. A reflection of the vivid personality and lifestyle of the owners - Girish and Sneha Lakhotiya, the house is warm and welcoming, as well as an apt venue for social events and gatherings. 

The living area seamlessly flows onto an outdoor terrace setting filled with traditional elements — Indian baithak and woven charpoy, all of which is cocooned in the lush green. A lavish and organic styled master bedroom, attached with a bathroom done up with micro-cement finished walls and teakwood furniture, is a glimpse into redefined living. Stunning traditional artefacts like Mata ni pachedi artworks and Gond tribal paintings handpicked from different regions over time enhance the individuality of the house. Light gossamer curtains act as a perfect backdrop to filter in natural light. The subtle interiors reflect the carefully curated aesthetics which is inspired by the quiet luxury of nature. 

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Photography by Fabien Charuau and Hemant Patil

The master washroom has cement-finished walls paired with colour-rich artwork, built-in bathtub and adjustable wooden louvred windows

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