Solidified by stone, I K Architects carves out a modern Indian home in Vadodara focussed on functionality

MAY 29, 2023 | By Aanya Jain
Revelling in light, having silent conversation are custom made sofas and centre tables from OLVVI Lifestyle. Artwork from Harmony Arts completes the space; Styled by Kanan Shah; Photography by Umang Shah
Similar grooves to the stairwell wall can be seen on the doors as well as a custom made credenza. Local craftsmen have meticulously laid stone from Jaisalmer in a chevron pattern with white marble. Decor on the metal shelves fabricated by The Art Room complete the frame. Artwork hung above the wooden cabinet is from Harmony Arts; Photography by Umang Shah
The cane cabinet is accentuated by curious knobs that are hands performing mudras. The round mirror breaks away from the linearity of the rest of the space; Photography by Umang Shah

There must be a reason stones are so popular in homes, be it the floors or the walls. Versatile, durable, intriguing and resilient are only a fraction of the words that describe this rugged material. Showing off its stone facade is a 2,250 sq ft home for a family of four in Vadodara. Designed by I K Architects, founded by Ishank and Krimmy Patel, this residence is placed on a perfect rectangular plot of 1,500 sq ft. 

The two custom sofas work in a perfect symphony with the centre tables from OLVVI Lifestyle. Colours in the artwork from Harmony Arts complement the sofas; Styled by Kanan Shah; Photography by Umang Shah


Hanging lights from CLAYMANGO fill the sizable void above the dining table. An art piece from Harmony Arts completes the dining area. Curtains from Aavaran soften the space. Chairs from OLVVI Lifestyle are paired with a dining table made at the site itself; Photography by Umang Shah

Simple and functional, this house has the most soothing quality with natural light filtering through each space. Styled by Kanan Shah, the Indian stones sprawling through the home are balanced by teak wood and saturated colours that are seen in the art and fabrics. The home takes on a modern-Indian style and its facade is wrapped in micro concrete and stone.

High on function, low on fuss

For a small family, the home was built to include a living room, dining room, kitchen, puja and four bedrooms. With a primary bedroom, guest bedroom and a bedroom each for the two daughters, the home was topped with a semi-covered terrace. 

Soft light filters through the ground floor during the day, shining on the custom made credenza by talented craftsmen. The floor is a pairing of Jailselmer stone laid by local craftsmen along with white marble; Photography by Umang Shah


In the primary bedroom, a custom bed for the space along with bedding from Ambrai work together to create an inviting sanctuary. Well composed, is a dry arrangement from Whispering Homes on the bedside table that echos the colours of the art from Harmony Arts; Photography by Umang Shah

The requirements were clear, the home had to be clean and clutter-free, with each room feeling spacious. Taking on an “everything in its place” motto, the duo of IK Architects designed a home by playing with minimal, straight line forms, all while incorporating a timeless feel.

Unity of light and stone

Greeting you from the driveway is an architecturally sublime Dholpur stone facade. Set in a grid, this well-positioned facade lets in light in patterns that change through the day. 

The main door is stamped with a chevron pattern that is reflected onto the floor as one enters. The double-height dining room with large windows looks onto the sky-lit stairwell. Chevron flooring laid by talented craftsmen spills onto both these areas, while filtered light streaks through the home, bringing warmth all around. Linear grooves on the wall that form the backdrop to the staircase draw the eyes up toward the large cut out on the top slab. Adjacent to the sun-filled dining room is a sleek, simple kitchen with an open plan. The sun trickles through the fluted glass partition of the kitchen onto the dining room floor. 

A chair and table from Gujarat Handicrafts take centre stage in the primary bedroom, along with a hand woven rug from HabereIndia. Ideal for cosying up is a beige knitted cotton throw from Handicraft-Palace; Photography by Umang Shah
Soft light filters through the ground floor during the day, shining on the custom made credenza by talented craftsmen. The floor is a pairing of Jailselmer stone laid by local craftsmen along with white marble; Photography by Umang Shah

Demarcating the living room, the floor changes to a patternless Jaisalmer stone floor. The warm floor is balanced with a cool concrete ceiling embedded with track lights. Being in close proximity to the neighbouring houses, the living area is given privacy by the slatted metal screen. 

Come up the stairs to a puja room that watches over the dining room below. A metal sheet punctured by tetrapod-inspired motifs ties in with the chevron flooring. 

The passage housing the puja is essentially a bridge, with the primary bedroom flanking one side, and one daughter’s bedroom taking over the other. 

Occupying almost half the floor, the primary bedroom has the most charming character. A simple wooden chair sits pretty in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows that show off the immaculately designed facade. The linearity that is present in the room in the form of the ceiling slabs, facade, and grooves on the wall is counteracted by the subtle detailing on the Mughal-inspired bed frame. 

Pillows from Spread Home sit in front of the panelled wainscoting. The perfect shade of blue from Asian Paints forms the base for the daughter’s room, finished by prints from Jaypore; Photography by Umang Shah


Adorned in fabrics from Spread Home, the bed is flanked by tables and a bed back custom made on site; Photography by Umang Shah

The daughters’ bedrooms have similar layouts but are made their own through colour and furnishings. In one of them, the curved metal top of the study table is mirrored as shelves on the wall. Wooden wainscoting foils the other room, painted blush blue. The wainscoting turns itself into an arched frame for the mirror. 

On the terrace, a pergola providing ample shade has creepers trickling down the facade. Slats projecting from the slab impose their shadows on the checkerboard floor. 

Fittings from Jaquar dress the bathroom dabbled in blues. Tiles from Ceramic Shoppe are paired with hand painted plates sourced from a Jaipur handicrafts market; Photography by Umang Shah


Chairs from OLVVI Lifestyle give the perfect excuse to have a cup of tea on the chequered terrace; Photography by Umang Shah

Everything in its place

True to IK Architects’ principles, the home is a well-orchestrated production of materials and forms. Void of any semblance of clutter, the home has efficient and subtle spaces, characterised by clean lines and natural materials. 

The grey textured paint from Asian Paints works in perfect harmony with the custom metal shelves. The mirror from Gujarat Handicrafts sits pretty behind a planter from Westside. Coordinating with the desk is a locally procured chair; Photography by Umang Shah


Effortlessly working together are a wooden desk and chair in the primary bedroom. The bedding from ambrai adds a touch of traditionalism; Photography by Umang Shah

While the stone on the facade has been the biggest talking point of the home, another protagonist emerges as one enters the home. A contender to the Dholpur stone on the facade is the Jaisalmer stone flooring.

As Ishank and Krimmy sum up,  “We believe flooring is a crucial part of any interior design and can easily make or break your space. While our first interaction with a space is visual, the first physical contact a person will have with your space is the flooring. It serves as a foundation to your design and can ultimately impact its overall success.”

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