CASA Paradox harks back to imperial mansions with a contemporary touch for this Hyderabad home
JUN 30, 2021 | By Jayasmita Ray
In Hyderabad’s Jubilee Hills, spread over half an acre, the home by CASA PARADOX is a toast to India’s princely mansions of yore and colonial legacies blended with cutting-edge technology. Stunning pillars in this maximalist home pay homage to the work of Edwin Lutyen while sculptures, installations and other art adorn the spaces.
“It stays true to its inherent character which is while being Indo colonial, in essence, the spaces in the treatment are transitionally contemporary”, shares designer Raseel Gujral of CASA PARADOX. At the entrance of the grand bi-axial layout across 28,800 square is a spectacular bronze door commissioned in Italy.
A tri-coloured marble patterned floor the main entrance lobby leads to the staircase atrium with triple-height windows, running from the basement to the second floor. With a green wall behind, in the centre is an exquisite Windfall Loop chandelier and a captivating sculpture in the backdrop.
Connected through arches, this extraordinary home with massive corridors on both sides has the lift on its left-hand side and the powder room to its right. Another set of arches takes us to the rectangular living room decked in three extremely intricate and radiant chandeliers commissioned from Windfall for the home.
Iconic head sculpture by Ravinder Reddy forms the focal point of the living room. This extravagant room also celebrates two 10 ft by 7 ft sculptures commissioned by Satish Gujral and Italian large bronze elephant embossed panels. Welcoming the outdoors inside, the house features personally curated artefacts, carpets and custom furniture from CASA PARADOX. The home office overlooks the lush main garden.
An unparalleled view of the hundred and fifty year old olive tree in the courtyard fills the senses from the immaculate dining room, with a custom 22 feet dining table. As we walk down the central staircase we arrive at the glamorous basement, an entertainment area adorned in a backlit onyx panel, equipped with a stunning bar, a whole wall as a screen and has an area for billiards, sitting and breakfast space.
A 20-seater home theatre allows for perfect movie nights. Tucked away under the stairs, is a large grooming room and home salon. On the first floor, the prayer room with alabaster back panels opens to a large terrace over the porch overlooking the pool and the garden.
With his/her bathrooms as well as dressing areas, the primary bedroom suite oozes magnificent charm. A burgundy leather sofa in the family room contrasts the neutral grey palette and comes to life from the hand-picked art and accessories. The daughter’s room is decorated in pastel pink continuing the visual language of the home.
The colour palette stays balanced across the home. Gujral elaborates, “The exteriors are finished in tones of greys and off-white with a combination of stone and plaster work. On the inside it transits between white black and grey as it is balanced and handled differently across different spaces.”
Equipped with rainwater harvesting and solar panels, the home displays immense personality through its curated interiors, art and accessories.“I like to play with big ideas which are more mood awakening and carefully constructed, not confining myself to a theme,” concludes Gujral.
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