Travel back in time and witness the fusion of modernity at Courtyard House in Chhattisgarh by Atelier Varun Goyal

DEC 27, 2023 | By Rajlakshmi Dastidar
The flooring of the living area is in perfect sync with the courtyard, making it appear as one. Furniture including Dining table and console by Atelier Varun Goyal, 48 Finn Juhl chair, Antique blown glass lights by Taherally's & Fabric lamp over the dining table by Arjun Rathi, Sculptures by Phillips Antiques, Natesons Antiqarts & Marble plates and bowls made by Atelier Varun Goyal, Pen and ink painting in the corridor by Nigel Peake, Colors of Forest by Varun Goyal, Black and white photography by Varun Goyal; Photography by Pankaj Anand
The minimal and monochromatic colour palette in the living room creates a calming atmosphere, visually captivating space and harmony with its surroundings. Furnitures are all inhouse designed and manufactured by Atelier Varun Goyal , furnishing from The Pure Concept Home, Antique blown glass lights by Taherally's, Sculptures by Phillips Antiques, Natesons Antiquarts & Marble plates and bowls made by Atelier Varun Goyal, Handwoven woolen rug by Annie Selke; Photography by Pankaj Anand
The Courtyard House by Atelier Varun Goyal from the outside; Photography by Pankaj Anand

In Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, the Courtyard House sits on a 6,000 sq ft double corner plot, like a book you can’t wait to open and start reading. Brought to life by Varun Goyal, Principal Architect of Atelier Varun Goyal, the house evokes nostalgia while exuding distinguishing calmness with a stimulating view of abundant greenery.

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Furniture is in house manufactured by Atelier Varun Goyal, furnishing is from The Pure Concept Home, Textures with acrylic art by Shruti Jain; Photography by Pankaj Anand

The central courtyard serves as the home’s focal point. It’s a space that knits together the narratives of two houses, intertwining their stories into a shared tapestry of beauty and unity. 

Atelier Varun Goyal
The black and white contrast visible throughout the house. The warmth of the wooden door frames, vibrant colours of the painting shine against the simple white and black background; Photography by Pankaj Anand

“The design language emphasises the play of geometry and materials, achieving a harmonious fusion of form and function. The resulting Courtyard House offers a contemporary living environment that fosters a sense of togetherness and connection between the two families while allowing for individual privacy and independence,” shares Varun.

Atelier Varun Goyal
The living areas in both homes exude a dramatic flair with their double height and black flooring and the wooden dining table introduces a subtle touch of warmth. Fabric lamp over the dining table by Arjun Rathi, Marble  plates and bowls made by Atelier Varun Goyal, dining table and console by Atelier Varun Goyal; Photography by Pankaj Anand


The kitchen, located on the South-Eastern quadrant in both homes, evokes a sense of sophistication and the wooden accents use for the cabinets add a touch of warmth to the entire space. The lighting is from Maroo lights, Marble plates and bowls made by Atelier Varun Goyal and the kitchen appliances are from Haier & Kaff; Photography by Pankaj Anand

Timeless threads

The house has its roots in the fabric of history and its craving for modern amenities —  a simple construct that also carries modern features. It is like a constant thread of thoughts that runs across the design language of the home.

Most of the elements are not only visual and spatial characteristics but have been meticulously devised to create an efficient way to achieve views, ventilation and light while connecting the family with nature.

The Yin and Yang of the home are represented by the contrasting staircases. On the left side of the house, a black staircase is carved from locally sourced polished stone, harmonizing with the jet-black wall beside it; Photography by Pankaj Anand

Beyond design and structural interventions, the courtyard helps to create a balance between built and unbuilt spaces — an interplay of voids and a natural space is created where one can be safe while enjoying the greenery. 

The study is situated on the quieter side of the house. The Wicker chair inhouse manufactured at Atelier Varun Goyal, lights are from Maroo and artefacts are from Phillips Antiques and the artwork is by Varun Goyal, Pen and ink artworks by Nigel Peake; Photography by Pankaj Anand

A sprinkle of contemporary charisma 

The outdoors serve as a prelude to the pristine foyer with white marble flooring setting the stage for what lies beyond. It is not only the use of black paint but the use of teak wood, Indian marble and terrazzo in the interiors that keep the ambient temperature low.

The interiors feature bespoke furniture which comes in sync with the monochrome colour scheme. The living room showcases a large window frame where light and shadow harmonise to create a cocoon of comfort. 

A cosy corner by the window, decorated by glass vases, cane basket and mat, a perfect spot to relax by; Photography by Pankaj Anand

While the architecture nods to enduring influences, the residence boasts modern amenities, including state-of-the-art kitchen fittings, art deco lights, lamps and mid-century furniture reimagining timeless classics for modern living.

Each of the bedrooms in this home is spacious with private dressers and washrooms that have Indian marble cladding, elevated by teak wood accents. 

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Waste marble is featured in the flooring with terrazzo inlay, in the master bedroom along with the furnished teak wood table. The furniture is by Atelier Varun Goyal, linen sheets and pillows are from Saphed Living, Jute fibre cushions from Ikea, soft pastels artwork by Ashish Ojha; Photography by Pankaj Anand


A peak into one of the bedrooms, which exudes minimalism and sophistication, allowing in ample amount of lighting to rejuvenate your mind and soul; Photography by Pankaj Anand

Lastly, as you walk from one house to another through this shared home, it isn’t just a transition — it’s a symbol of familial bonds and interconnected design. This is more than just a living space; it’s a minimalist haven that beckons for gatherings, where stories are shared and bonds are strengthened.

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