The elevated House Around The Skylight by Amoeba Design is an ode to the Wabi-sabi philosophy keeping intact the feeling of home

JUN 30, 2021 | By Jayasmita Ray
A space crafted with rich texture, the living area welcomes filtered sunlight and the beautiful tree foliage inside through the stunning double heighted skylight, custom sofa inspired by the Italian quilted Nubuck sofa; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Material palette of marble and wood as seen in the stylish cabinets refined by a brass plated door reflects the tactile, homely quality envisioned by the owners; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

House Around The Skylight, sprawled across 1,081 sq ft in the heart of Pune by Amoeba Design is inherently luxurious and exudes warmth in a serene atmosphere. The design firm is inspired by the concept of Wabi-sabi, an intuitive way of living by celebrating the beauty of a naturally imperfect world and aims to manifest this approach in all of their projects.

In response to the present lifestyle and aspirations of the owners, the house has been transformed by Pashmin Shah and Satyajeet Patwardhan of Amoeba Design and it conceptualises a peaceful and spacious environment with an open plan in the living room.

Amidst greenery on the eastern side, the balcony opens into the living room to make it more spacious with beautiful tree coverage as one walks out. Enclosed with a tall window and a double-height skylight at the top of the parapet wall, the living room welcomes filtered eastern light through the foliage and adds elegance to the space.

The living area with filtered sunlight brings the greenery indoors; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Minimised walls and an expanded roof ensures a clutter-free and spacious home styled by a coherent visual language to complement the lifestyle of the family. A balanced material palette of marble, wood, polished brass against the backdrop of cement finished walls keeps the tactile quality and feeling of home.  

Wooden arched doors contrasted by the concrete finish adds warmth to the muted palette; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Wardrobes concealed as walls throughout the house provide ample storage space. Marble used as a primary flooring material creates a sense of expanse. Enhanced by the gloss of the polished brass, wooden ceilings and arched doors lend required warmth to the space showcasing meticulous craftsmanship. 

Cement wall texture with wooden arched doors seen in the entrance of the home; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

“The highlight of the space is the living room and the quality of light that has changed drastically later. The filtered daylight that comes within transforms the entire aesthetics of the space,” share the designers. 

The elegant marble cladded kitchen cabinets balanced by natural wooden cabinets promotes peace and tranquility in the space; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Rich in texture, the living room is a crafted environment that speaks of a journey through time and space. Monochromatic décor gives a simplistic yet luxe vibe enriched by warm wooden accents. 

A coherent aesthetic language reflected throughout the bedroom, making it clutter-free and hence more spacious; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Light grey micro-cement finish unifies the space and at the same time adds imperfection which balances out with the marble floor and the gloss of brass. Clad entirely in customised furniture, the master bedroom and bathroom behind a fluted glass door has marble, black and gold as the palette.

Custom furniture, linen and interiors from their personal collection and Pure essentials, D’décor, cushions from Nicobar in the principal bedroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Conceived around desires and aspirations without exhibition incognizant of the verdant surrounding, the House Around The Skylight displays how positive impact can be created with thoughtfully crafted homes.

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Polished brass introduces the gloss of metal contrasted by the calming concrete finished walls, wooden ceiling adds warmth; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala


An organic palette rich in textures and material seen in the crafted living room; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala


Marble, black and gold forms the palette in the principal bedroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala


Wabi-sabi layering of artisanal and natural textures highlight the bedroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala


With concealed wardrobes as walls, the bathroom adorned in layered textures celebrates imperfection; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala


Comfort and tranquillity are promoted using simplicity, wooden wardrobe seen in the guest bedroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala


Behind the fluted glass door, the bathroom displays a palette of marble, black and gold; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala