South Indian heritage coalesces with contemporary luxury in Ravi Machani’s Svasa Homes
NOV 29, 2021 | By Twinkle Tolani
‘Stellar homes and even more spectacular common areas,’ perfectly describe Svasa Homes by a third-generation entrepreneur, Ravi Machani. Taking that very privilege, experience and critique in mind, Machani along with design world’s leading names Gayathri & Namith Architects and Mancini Design, Bali Landscape Company, together have crafted this residential project that sprawls three acres of land in Basavanagudi, Bangalore.
Located off Bull Temple Road, amongst exhaustive greenery and next to the peaceful Ramakrishna Ashram, Svasa stays true to its Sanskrit meaning—a breath of fresh air. Sprucing up the solitude of the context is the cultural relevance of being located at the epicentre of Bangalore’s heritage.
The 18-floor towers comprise 4, 5 and 6-BHK homes. While the 4-BHK homes range from 3,350-3,550 sq ft, the 5 and 6-BHK sky villas are from 6,300 to 7,300 sq ft. Inspired by Indian root values, like vastu-shastra and others, Svasa Homes aspire to be an ultimate respite paradise for entrepreneurial families.
After entering through a northeast-facing main entrance gate and parking in the 3-floor basement parking, dedicated lifts chaperone you to the common areas on the ground floor. The Tower 1 common areas include Dhayana (Bodhi, Karya & Satva), and Tower 2 common areas include Prana (Krida, Vayama, Asana, & Leela).
A typical 4-BHK apartment features spacious L-shaped living and dining areas, with the master bedroom in the southwest corner. Across the primary bedroom is the second primary bedroom paired with a generous balcony. Diagonally across the primary bedrooms are the other two bedrooms. The kitchen in the southeast corner sports a 33-foot long balcony that brings in plentiful light and wind.
Svasa Homes has an undaunted expression of South Indian luxury. Devoid of showy opulence, it is a reimagination of what a modern-day Chettinad royal would seek value in—community, family, patronage of art and antiquity.
The design philosophy is inspired by Jivana Chakra (The Wheel of Life), a concept of ancient Vedic wisdom. The Jivana Chakra balances eight aspects that lead to peace and fulfilment, namely—health, wealth, career, physical environment, recreation, romance, personal growth and community.
The colour and material palettes imbibed at Svasa Homes aim to be inspirational more than soothing. The prominent use of Italian marble with brass inlays peppered with copper and brass artefacts exemplify patronage of vernacular talent in collaboration with overseas luxury.
An aspiration to create community spaces that were intimate and thoughtful led to the inception of Svasa Homes’ clubhouse. The lounge seatings and the glass walls open to nature and provide a seamless experience to the residents.
Even with Indian luxury being the primary design philosophy and inspiration of Svasa Homes, modern functionality with bespoke global features and ideas also make appearances here and there. The lift lobbies, for instance, feature spectacular ceiling murals crafted by specially commissioned artists who worked for over four months to create art that makes visitors look up in absolute awe.
Sattva Lounge is an example of a space that showcases the signature style of exquisite South Indian heritage. Catering to an individualistic style in the real estate industry, Svasa homes make sure it fulfils its residents desire for a good life and memorable time.
The courtyard design, elements of Indian mythology, the fabrics, the carpets, the cushions, the furniture and more reflect the core concepts strongly derived from Indian heritage. The common areas are designed based on the Tridevi concept—the confluence of Laxmi, Parvati and Saraswati.
The Sattava lounge artistically features eight different manifestations of Goddess Laxmi expressed via mixed media art. The Krida Lounge features a stunning and unique interpretation of Nava Durga by Bangalore-based artists.
From the rainwater harvesting to the greenery in the form of Tapovana (the in-house green landscaping), the Koi pond and the flora, everything featured at Svasa Homes makes for a greener environment, not just for the residents but also for the larger community of Basavanagudi.
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