Is blue the new black? LTDF designs a holiday home in Reis Magos, Goa which dives deep into tranquility
AUG 2, 2023 | By Bhipasha Hinduja
From its history of being built as a military outpost back in 1490s to becoming a gem right in the heart of Goa, Reis Magos, a quaint village in Bardez, has seen evolution for years and decades. In the new age, where the coastal state has become an inescapable destination for many, a modern frame transpires in this neighbourhood on the north of Goa, to reveal a family vacation home. Borrowing clues from this surrounding scape, beset with an unmissable susegado mood Goa wraps in it, the grand 22,000 sq ft space stands witness to the medley of Mandovi river and the Arabian Sea. Views that never cease!
Awash in hues of blue and green, clearly abstracting the palette from its environ around, the home is, at the very first glance, made for frequent getaways. Imagined by Natasha N. Kochhar, Associate Partner and Principal Architect of LTDF, the home’s decor beautifully weighs in the gravity of volume and grace, embracing a modern-minimalistic design language.
Nestled amidst Goa following the principles of Vastu, this 22,000 sq. ft. haven is a three-floored family home that embraces the iconic views of the Atal Bridge. The design of this space teases a tale of contemporary allure while embracing the heritage of Goa with a twist.
This serene holiday home called Villa K is a gem hidden on the West Coast and invites one to respite from the urban rush, it embodies opulence with a dab of elegance. The family had a desire for a home that is seamless, simple, uncluttered, and has a sense of liberation and ease. The designers followed this brief and designed a contemporary minimalistic home that channels the art of ‘less is more’. The floor-to-ceiling- windows ensure that the three-storey home has serene views of the riverfront and the private pool.
From the moment the sun rises to when the sun sets behind the serene views of the river, this home is submerged in shades of white and blue, from turquoise, Navy blue, cyan and more. This home has the balance of blue and white gives the space a greek home ambiance. The pop-art paintings and small decor pieces thoughtfully curated add a contemporary charm while the play between marble and wood adds a sense of luxury.
The space for an escape
The family holiday home’s ground floor encompasses the living room, lounging, swimming, and the space for culinary delights. The north-end staircase is where there is an open kitchen filled with aromas of good times. The linear staircase leads to an infinity pool where the riverfront unites with it. The bedrooms are perched on the second floor where the ceiling-to-floor windows merge with the walls and become one with the views of trees and the calmness of the river and the bedrooms meet in the family lounge area filled with stories.
That enchanting side of Goa
As Natasha sums up, “Every other design aspect has been kept understated to amplify the seascape. The decor is simple, with a minimalist range of furnishings and wall finishes imbibing the tangible aspects of susegad in shades of white, greys, and cool blues”.