Bengaluru home by Source Architecture holds on to traditional while embracing modern

JUN 28, 2022 | By Sneha Gandhi and Pratishtha Rana
A Garuda sculpture by The Purple Turtles sits with lights by Gabriel Scott, Curio Casa vases and rug by Jaipur Rugs rests under coffee tables by Bent Chair alongside Pichwai art by Nemichand; Photographs by Nayan Soni
The formal living hosts sofa from Magari, Yavanika cushions and an elegant swing by Design Ni Dukaan paired with Bent Chair coffee tables.; Photographs by Nayan Soni
The kid’s bedroom is elevated with pieces from Curio Casa and The Purple Turtles, wall lights by Prism Lights and wardrobe by Creative Modules; Photographs by Nayan Soni
The Parent’s bedroom is decked with art by Palash Paul, bed, side tables and dresser by Creative Module, decor by Curio Casa and pillows by The Purple Turtles and lights by Prism Lights; Photographs by Nayan Soni

The question after all is what is the recipe of a perfect home—one that fits perfectly in the puzzle of the future or one that makes you want to cherish the present a little more than usual? This Bengaluru residence is an astutely assorted recipe of thoughtful design by Source Architecture for a close-knit multi generational family.

Crafted by Principal Architects, Manu Gautham and Sneha Ostawal, one such coming-of-age villa sprawling a 2,400 sq ft area is aptly named ‘The Confluence Home’. The architects muse, “the design captures the coming together or ‘confluence’ of a cherished past with a keen anticipation of the future.”

The challenging brief

To accurately gauge the multi-fold requirements of the multi-generational family, the studio separately interviewed them all to weave together a seamless modern design canvas integrated with traditional character and personality. 

While the home speaks of comfort and understated elegance, the design approach attests to the owners, Vasanth and Devika’s traditional heritage.

Pichwai Artwork by Nemichand, drop pendant light by Gabriel Scott, and Garuda sculpture by The Purple Turtles lend an artistic appeal to the formal living room supplemented with a customised Magari sofa and cushions and curtains by Yavanika; Photographs by Nayan Soni


The formal living room accommodates a stunning swing by Design Ni Dukaan, marble wall panels and TV unit by Creative Modules, coffee tables by Bent Chair, jute and hemp carpet by Jaipur Rugs and table vases from Curio casa; Photographs by Nayan Soni

Tour every turn of the home

Bestowed with verdure, the 3BHK home savours sweeping views of the lush green plantations flanking southern Bangalore’s J.P. Nagar. A mushroom-inspired pendant light paired with a large framed mirror, flanked by two armchairs compose the stunning entrance foyer of the home.

Turning around as one steps into the large expanse of the communal spaces, the formal living area stuns with its black and white marble patterned feature wall. An aesthetic blend of brass and wood runs parallelly through the plush fabrics and textures at the living and dining area, modular kitchen and family room.

The Garuda sculpture, cultural artworks and a patterned jute and hemp rug emphasise the traditional roots of the family. An ornately carved wooden door marks the dedicated puja room next to the dining area added in accordance to Vastu Shastra.

The private section of the home encompasses the parent’s bedroom, the grandparent’s room and the daughter’s room. Designed for a teenager, the daughter’s bedroom is doused in a dreamy palette of beige with soft pink contrasted with a functional matte black study area. The parent’s bedroom enjoys the best of both worlds with its dual-coloured palette, textured wall panels and soft, neutral fabrics. 

Ideas to bookmark – a colour and material palette for all

Emphasising the duality between the past and the present, the contemporary home composes open and bright spaces strategically embedded with ethnic statement artefacts and brass and wood accents. Although the inspiration for the decor is vernacular, its rendering is contemporary.

The home converses in sober shades governed by beiges, browns and blacks, occasionally underlined with warm and cool tones, establishing a fluid visual grammar. “Timeless, neutral shades are imbued with subtle hues, surface treatments, and curated pieces including furniture, lights, and art that endow the home with a soul,” explains Sneha.

The grandparent’s room house bed and bench from Magari, side tables, dresser and wall panels by Creative Modules, handles and knobs by Studiomade, curtains by Yavanika, cushions by The Purple Turtles and table vases from Curio Casa; Photographs by Nayan Soni


Khrôma by Masureel Wallpaper and Magari chair contrast the study table, matte black panelling and shelves unit by Creative Modules in the daughter’s room. The decor accessories are from Curio Casa and The Purple Turtles; Photographs by Nayan Soni

What the Source Architecture fell in love with…

The studio thoroughly enjoyed fabricating the central core of the home encompassing the dining and family lounge. 

“The Confluence Home has been a design exercise in bringing classical elements to the forefront while piecing together a modern space,” concludes Sneha.