02 The Hidden House by a+t associates exemplifies modern minimalism

JUN 19, 2020 | By Aneesha Bhadri
Landscaped steps lead to the main entrance that's characterised by a concrete facade; Photographs by Tejas Shah
The spacious and minimal bedrooms are located on the first floor; Photographs by Tejas Shah
With minimal decoratives and soft colours, this bedroom exudes a light and airy feel; Photographs by Tejas Shah

02 The Hidden House is a geometric composition of clean lines and stark surfaces that sits on a 12,000 sq ft plot. An exposed concrete wall covers the road-facing facade and is engraved with graphic patterns. It transitions into individual, free-standing angled walls while ensuring privacy and making a striking architectural statement. Landscaped steps and an artistic 3D metal screen leads to the main entrance of the 6,700 sq ft home, while another path takes you to the garden.

The lower level comprises the formal living area that opens out to the garden, prayer room, kitchen, dining space and the client’s parents’ bed chamber with a powder room. Partially detached from the main house block and accessible from the garden is the home theatre.

Metallic accents add warmth with a touch of glamour to the lounge; Photographs by Tejas Shah


Abundant natural light illuminates this dramatic installation by Archis Patel and Tanvi Rajpurohit; Photographs by Tejas Shah

Meanwhile, the first floor houses private quarters with attached walk-in wardrobes and bathrooms, along with a study. The master bedroom extends to an outdoor terraced garden. The other two bedrooms, belonging to the client’s children, have smaller balconies. On the level above, a spa room with amenities like a hot tub, outdoor yoga space, steam shower cubical and salon are accommodated.

The home’s modern and minimal theme continues in the dining area on the lower floor; Photographs by Tejas Shah


Pastel bed linen pops against the neutral backdrop in this bedroom; Photographs by Tejas Shah

A theme that combines modern and minimal is seen throughout the common spaces, while the private rooms have identities of their own. Warm and earthen tones in the form of teak and brass in furnishings and greys walls dominate the house. The flooring is made using two different types of Italian marble, while the peripheral lines and skirting are dark Italian stone.

Textured walls and flooring offset the cool colour seen on the ceiling and curvy accents; Photographs by Tejas Shah


Wood-finished walls, tan leather upholstery, monotonal bed linens and artwork vie for attention in this bedroom; Photographs by Tejas Shah

“We enjoyed designing the art installation over the stairway as well as the spa room, where the colour palette is refreshing and upbeat. This area was closed on three exterior sides but kept open to the sky to give it a cosy yet open and airy feel, which we love!” enthuses Patel. “Our design aesthetic is marked by clean, simple and sophisticated lines, a palette of neutral colours and interesting textures, elements that are evident in this home,” adds Rajpurohit.

This window nook features a wooden chest under a decorative arch and a contemporary metallic chandelier; Photographs by Tejas Shah


The son’s bedroom features a blue palette; Photographs by Tejas Shah


Decorative wood panelling covers the wall in this bedroom; Photographs by Tejas Shah