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SPAN Architects transforms a palette of exposed concrete into a warm home in Indore

FEB 11, 2022 | By Shriya Goyal
Enveloped in patches of green, a series of steps lead towards the first floor; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
Exposed concrete triangular planes with pine wood shuttering dyed in powdered ochre soothes the coarseness and provides warmth to the material; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
Entering the first floor, the staircase is enhanced by linking wooden steps; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
Pastel shades of the wooden furniture balance exposed concrete and grey tiles; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
The angular windows bask the dining room in natural light; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
Angular flooring tiles by Bharat Floorings and Nexion manoeuvres as a carpet and demarcates living and dining rooms; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
The waterbody adjacent to the living room maintain light and ventilation throughout the home; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
A central planter encased in a water body is a modern interpretation of traditional courtyards; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
The formal living room is highlighted with a touch of blue against a monochrome setting; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
Connected to a balcony, the formal living room furnishes equal amounts of privacy and natural light; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
With balconies running along three sides, the main bedroom is illuminated at all hours of the day; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
A hint of green accentuates the beige, warm browns and grey hues; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
The second room is rendered in shades of grey; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
A black study desk with a black chair adorns the second bedroom; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
A hot-water tub crafts an environment for leisure and lounge; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain
Metal grill on the ground floor gives a peek into the ground floor spaces; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

Concrete — commonly associated with annotations of cold and stark but The Concrete House ceases this notion and yields warm mellow vibes complemented by wooden accents. This Indore home is put together with subtle textures and calm colours, imbibed with a solace that we call home. Designed by Anand Maroo, Arpit Khandelwal and Pratik Gupta of SPAN Architects, this 5,800 sq ft home spans across three floors.

Exposed concrete with pine wood shuttering dyed in powdered ochre provides warmth. Defined by triangular concrete forms and accentuated by wood, the home is designed with intimate spaces and pastel colours.

With office space, guest bedroom and parking services on the ground floor, the formal public areas are detached from the private ones. Enveloped in patches of green, a series of steps lead towards a niche between the central concrete planes that frame a dramatic transition to the inside. 

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
The subtle artwork in the formal room is augmented with the light patterns; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

A living room, temple, kitchen and dining area encase the first floor along with a waterbody. The angular windows are complemented by triangular cut-outs in the temple and the parallely designed flooring tiles manoeuvre as a carpet and demarcate spaces. Wooden furniture with pastel shades balance the exposed concrete and grey tiles. 

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
Fabricated in wood and stone, the breakfast counter carries a sleek design; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

 

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
Elegant wooden high chairs complement the monochrome space; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

A waterbody or courtyard with a central basil plant is a tradition widely revered in Indian homes. A modern interpretation of this custom led to the waterbody with a central planter in The Concrete House. An intimate nook on the side, basked in natural light with whispers of flowing water, serves as an ideal spot for coffee and conversations. 

Surrounded by adjacent buildings, the courtyard concept is reimagined and designed as a linear strip with a pergola roof to maintain light and ventilation.

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
Basked in natural light with whispers of flowing water, the space is swarmed with planters; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

 

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
An intimate nook on the side serves as an ideal spot for coffee and conversations; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

The second floor opens up to the bedrooms. With balconies running along three sides, the main bedroom is illuminated by sunlight at all hours of the day. A touch of green accentuates the beige, warm browns and grey hues, while the second room is rendered in shades of grey.

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
Neutral shades of the main bedroom impart warm and comfort for the owners; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

Gym, a semi-open garden and a seating deck grace the third floor. With charming suspended planters and a garden patch leading to a hot-water tub and patio, the terrace crafts an environment for leisure, lounging and gatherings.

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
Garden patch on the terrace lead to a hot-water tub and patio, ideal for gatherings; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

Incorporating the owners’ Oriya lineage and beliefs in the house, eclectic elements embellish the home. A 16 spokes wheel from an annual procession for Lord Jagannath in Puri is placed at the far end of the entrance on the ground floor. A traditional painting with motifs of the deity is retrofitted as a backdrop for the idols in the small shrine on the first floor.

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
A traditional painting with motifs of the deity is retrofitted as a backdrop for the idols in the small shrine; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

 

Indore Home by SPAN Architects
Enveloped in patches of green, a series of steps lead towards the first floor; Photographs by Ruuhchitra and Viplove Jain

The Concrete House bestows calm and minimalism poised by wood and contrasted by gentle decor tones and textures. The clean, raw beauty elevated by triangular planes and distinct textures invoke a natural and earthy appeal as desired by the homeowners.

If this concrete and wood home by SPAN Architects charmed you, then check out this captivating Indore house by AMPM Design