Paradise found! Tamil Nadu home with a tropical outdoor shower is a lesson on coexisting with nature courtesy 182 Design

APR 4, 2023 | By Dyumni Pandit
The indoor pavilion seamlessly bridges the living room and dining room while giving each individual design. The wood ceiling is finished in a rustic oak veneer while the cement oxide floor with brass inlays is laid out in a Mondrian layout. The sofa is spread with a taupe boucle fabric from Pinakin. Chandigarh dining chairs by Phillips Antiques are pushed into the wooden dining table. Photography by Lokesh P B.
The dining area sits near large windows, gazing at the tropical landscape. It houses a bespoke dining table with a black lacquer finish and The Chandigarh dining chairs with a black stain finish by Phillips Antiques, adorned with Naga trays by Phillips Antiques. An Asana fan from Windmill Fans is suspended above the dining table. Photography by Lokesh P B.
The living room has various elements of contrasting textures and finishes. The comfortable cream couches curve toward a marble tea-table in the centre of the living room. The beautiful grain mill side table and aged brass are from the owners’ collection and add a flair to the room. Photography by Lokesh P B.

The blue-sky peeps through a thick canopy of trees to gaze at a quiet residence, home to a family of four generations. Nestled in Erode, Tamil Nadu, the abode celebrates imperfection amidst the seemingly perfect tropical landscape. Every element comes together to revel and discover the beauty in their flaws. Carefully curated by Lokesh P B, Principal Architect, 182 Design, this 2,400 sq ft dwelling exemplifies what the Japanese philosophy, Wabi-Sabi, truly means.

Wabi-Sabi romanticises the ideas of imperfection while embracing an unpretentious, simple, rustic palette of inspirations. This home with natural materials, furniture, and decor pieces, all come together to contradict and complement each other, to emphasise their limitations.

Sliding glass doors with wooden panelling connect indoors with outdoors. The high ceilings are made of walnut veneer. The Naga daybed is from Phillips Antiques while the sofa is by Pinakin. Photography by Lokesh P B.

The curious brief

“We set out to create a warm and open space that encourages togetherness and connects with the dense landscape surrounding it,” says Lokesh. In this quest for a connection between architecture and nature, the creative from 182 Design astutely tore down the garage walls to build an indoor pavilion, allowing a panoramic view of the wild environment around. 

The dwelling seeks beauty in the truest forms of elementary materials. Traditional and contemporary Indian design elements come together in an eclectic blend to build a residence that elicits design harmony.  

The outdoor bathroom hides under the shade of large trees. The bespoke elements create a mix of nature and urban architecture. The sleek matte black shower and mixers are by Hansgrohe. Photography by Lokesh P B.

Tour every length of the home

A stone pathway, breaking through the gravelled flooring, guides through the high-ceilinged outdoor pavilion. Comfortable white couches overlook the horizon, making it the perfect place for some breakfast. With its rich fauna, the outdoor pavilion’s surroundings act as an illustration of the majestic foliage outside. 

“The tropical outdoor shower was an interesting exercise where we started by placing walls around the existing trees, creating pockets of spaces,” says Lokesh. 

Balinese Architecture inspired the entrance to the outdoor bathroom, which displays a copper clad wall installation with a light patina. The entrance is made of Indian teak while a Vietnamese pot sits on a side. Photography by Lokesh P B.

Sunrays pierce through the marquee of trees to create a golden halo for the bathroom as the warm tones of yellow stone intensify its luminescence. Balinese architecture comes alive at the entrance of the bathroom while a copper-clad wall installation decorates the wall. The bathroom not only blends natural and urban textures but also mixes the authenticity of different cultures. Indian teak doors mingle with Vietnamese accessories as the sleek matte black shower and mixers from Hansgrohe complement the array of plants on the side. 

Large wooden-panelled, sliding glass windows glide apart to open into the indoor pavilion. A minimal aesthetic greets the eyes. Lokesh sagaciously bricks together an open floor plan, simple but intrinsic design, and rustic elements to complement the outdoors in an amalgamation of the living and dining rooms. 

This washroom mingles with the outdoor landscape. Black stained wood contrasts the white marble top. The wash basin is from Toto and blackened steel faucet by Grohe. Photography by Lokesh P B.

Rustic oak veneer adorns the low ceiling while the rustic furniture rests on a cement oxide floor with brass inlays in a Mondrian layout. 

Although in the same space, the dining and living room have an essence of individuality. The living room accommodates cosy sofas, covered in a taupe boucle fabric, sitting comfortably in a circle as if conversing. Stone, wood, rattan, marble, brass and Indian stones come together to form a contrast of textures and finishes in the living room to exemplify the beauty of the raw. 

A long dining table with a black lacquer finish sits in the heart of the dining room. The architect adds a rustic wash basin to the side that serves two purposes – convenience and aesthetic, the primary themes of the home. Naga trays line the table to accessorise it. 

Ideas to bookmark

The indoor pavilion stands as an obvious reflection of beauty in the rawest of forms, elucidating the home’s design mantra. Although designing with low ceilings can be challenging, the architect from 182 Design cleverly uses muted tones and soft furniture to direct attention. The outdoor bathroom, contemporary in its demeanour, stands as the highlight of the home, making the home a picturesque experience. 

The home possesses a certain seamless fluidity between its spaces. The material palette which strictly adheres to shades of brown, yellow, and taupe, adds a sense of warmth. The bespoke elements of the home, personalised for the project, maintain the balance between the filtered and the raw to facilitate a comfortable living experience. 

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