This Jalandhar home by 23DC Architects reflects a neoclassical tenor and an amalgam of art and antiquity
FEB 16, 2022 | By Rhea Sinha
Echoing innuendos of indulgence, this 20,000 sq ft chateau by 23DC Architects in Jalandhar, Punjab is a neoclassical walk into a world of old-world charm.
The magnum opus of principal designers Shiv Dada and Mohit Chawla, the architectonic objet d’art dubbed The Grand Alabaster sits atop a stupendous plot of 2.5 acres.
Meeting the client’s instructions meticulously, the architects model a mirage draped in the drama of classical European construction.
An alluring amalgamation of antiquity and art, this residence is discreet in its display of ostentation, as it goes on to define a perimeter between opulence and obsolescence.
Mediated on a minimal moodboard of neutral and soft tones married with modest textiles, the project illustrates the image of a voluminous space. Further, factors like raised roofs bring in abundance of light and added height to the home’s design.
Preceding the pronounced portico leading to the exquisite entryway, a statuesque stone fountain of Indian white marble representing a treble of flora welcomes the visitor in the manor.
A prodigious 18 ft high solid wood duple door unveils the herculean double height hallway fitted with Satvario marble flooring.
Towards the right, a large living room with a duplex ceiling unearths a sense of ritz featuring a splash of colour in silk carpet flooring and furniture from Alsorg set on a canvas of white walls.
On the adjacent end, at the focal point of the elegant formal dining area is an enormous peacock mural engraved in Gwalior mint stone. Monochrome Satvario marble tabletops and walls create a subtle contrast against the beige soft furnishings and carpet flooring in the room.
Positioned in the centre of the facade is the glass covered central courtyard, Introducing a conscious effort through its concept of indoor-outdoor living, the space ushers a green thumb by bringing in elements of nature and ample light into the home’s master design.
Beyond the protected patio falling in line with the central axis of the residence’s entrance is the stately staircase outfitted in brass railings by Grande Forge. Glimpses of the fairy-tale flight of stairs come in view from the instant the onlooker enters the home.
Quartered on one and the other sides of the courtyard are the master bedrooms. The suites also happen to be the designer’s best-loved space when it came to the construction of the project, as their rather sizeable floor plans allowed for the rooms to accommodate an assortment of elements embellishing the area.
Sequester seating, recliners, ottomans, consoles and built-in bars and mini-fridges are some facets that furnish the favoured spaces.
Forming the first floor are master suites, a guest room, a home theatre and a lofty lounge. Sheathed in a sober white, featuring lighting from Lieli and furniture from Alsorg, the feng shui of the lounge space falls in hand with the blanket design language of the rest of the property.
A solitary supplementary structure in the back of the residence, an ‘outhouse’ serves as a centre for entertaining and recreational activities. Completed with an equipped gym and indoor swimming pool, the facade also looks out for the family’s health and fitness.
The manor manifests refined mid 18th-century neoclassical design while contemporary components introduce a European character rendering the space timeless.
“We have been really particular to stick to one theme here, as we believe that an iconic project narrates a story right from the entrance gateway to the washrooms. The story must relate sentence-by-sentence from the beginning to the end, “ share Shiv and Mohit on their design language for the project.
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