Morning House by Karan Darda Architects portrays a tranquil modernism with a tinge of Indian tradition

FEB 8, 2021 | By Saloni Rege
A Natuzzi sofa, Flos floor lamp, Eames yellow bird artefact, Jaipur Rugs carpet and a Defurn chair are seen in the living room; Photographs by Fabien Charuau
The master bedroom uses a Spaces bedsheet, Kalinga stone ledge seating, Hunter Douglas blinds and Nissihi wall art by Karan Darda; Photographs by Fabien Charuau
Another view of the living room reveals D'Decor curtains; Photographs by Fabien Charuau
A traditional bindu against the brick red wall in the living room serves as the focal point; Photographs by Fabien Charuau
View of internal passage from the terrace courtyard, segregated by a Kalinga stone bench; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

With a penchant for meditative calmness, the 2,500 sq ft Morning House by Karan Darda Architects is fashioned to render an ambience with spiritual opulence and simplicity.

Nestled in one of Pune‘s prime residential zone, this four-bedroom apartment is encompassed with dense foliage and opens out to the view of a panoramic hill.

“The homeowners bought a bare shell house and wished for it to be cosy and warm, where they can all live and celebrate together,” shares Darda.

A Defurn accent chair is paired with a Jaipur Rugs piece and curtains from D’Decor in the open-plan living and dining area; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

A 8ft-wide foyer leads to an open-plan living and dining zone as well as the parents’ room. Starting from the spacious communal area, the house inherits a primary colour scheme with shades that are relatable to the Indian context. This palette is paired with teak finishes and subtle furniture.

The living space is decked with a Natuzzi sofa, Jaipur Rugs carpet and Flos floor lamp; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

The living room also witnesses a circular pattern on a brick red wall, which acts as the focal point. Additionally, this signifies a traditional Indian teeka or bindu, considered a sacred symbol of cosmos in its un-manifested state and a point at which creation begins.

The wall-mounted TV unit reflects the main living space; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

The apartment follows a contemporary theme in its trendy furniture and modish accents, while sticking to Indian roots in its functional and conceptual essence.

View of the dining room and its tall, teak storage unit; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

An elegant TV unit finished in timber occupies the entire wall adjacent to the living room’s seating arrangement. Its minimal niches house artefacts of all kinds. It looks towards the vivid textures and colours in the living and dining zones, which pop against the pristine vitrified, marble-finished tile flooring.

The passageway is finished in timber wall panelling; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

The sleek dining area looks out to the terrace courtyard and draws rich daylight in. The teak tabletop, polished in natural base, is paired with metal and fabric dining chairs and curtains from D’Decor.

A seating nook in Kalinga stone is seen along the passageway; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

The apartment is planned in a linear manner with a long passage binding the many sections together. It starts from the living room and accesses a multifunctional room, the master bedroom and the child’s room. A view of the terrace courtyard continues along the passageway, and so, the practice has carved a reading nook here.

View of the terrace courtyard, its timber pergolas and geometric wall patterns; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

Segregating the terrace from the passage is a bench, inspired from a traditional otta and accessed from both ends. “This element makes the hallway more efficient and interesting while acting as a corner for reading a book, taking an afternoon nap, sipping an evening cup of coffee or simply unwinding with casual conversations,” reveals the Darda.

A Spaces print bedsheet is seen in the master bedroom; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

The terrace courtyard is tucked pleasantly between the dining area and the kid’s bedroom. Clad in basalt grey stone and accompanied by outdoor furniture and greens, this space represents the conventional Indian-ness in an urban setting.

View an internal hallway that connects the master bedroom to the multifunctional room at the other end; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

The master bedroom is minimal in its appeal and infused with visual lightness. The bed and side tables are crafted in teak and given a darker finish, while the wardrobe reflects a cool blue tone. This space also has a private access to the multipurpose room, which is ideal for meditation, intimate gatherings or simply, a lounge.

Serene spatial quality and sciography is witnessed in the multipurpose room; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

The material palette of the house includes lustre-painted walls, natural teak, basalt stone, composite stone and DuPont finishes, among others. Along with primary colours, it also plays with basic geometric patterns effectively.

Partial view of the dining area and the terrace courtyard; Photographs by Fabien Charuau

“We believe that the content with which a space is created is more important than the form, as design and architecture is not just to be looked at and appreciated but also to be felt,” concludes Darda.

Scroll below to see more images from the meditative Morning House by Karan Darda Architects…

View of the powder basin and washroom tucked in a niche; Photographs by Fabien Charuau


Cosy seating spaces pop up along the sides of the terrace courtyard; Photographs by Fabien Charuau


Natural daylight beams in uninterrupted in one of the rooms; Photographs by Fabien Charuau