The Loft by Rasneet Anand blends the spaciousness of New York lofts with the nonchalance of Lokhandwala
SEP 10, 2021 | By Twinkle Tolani
This home in the suburbs of Lokhandwala Complex, contextually blessed with greenery, is inspired by the typical New York loft. Located in an old building, the warm and now-fresh-looking apartment is the fruit of Rasneet Anand’s subtle and ingenious design interventions. Principal architect at her namesake practice—Rasneet Anand Design, she along with Rhea Khanna render this space a compelling, aesthetic appeal.
The owners are a young couple who felt most at home in their loft back in New York, where they lived for a few years. The couple’s desire for a comfortable and spacious loft-like layout has been achieved through tearing down the walls of the 980 sq ft apartment.
The three BHK is now a two BHK apartment. Two toilets and two rooms have been combined into one massive room with a walk-in wardrobe and a good-sized bathroom. The couple was clear on putting their comfort first.
Besides spaciousness, blurred boundaries and industrial elements are defining features of a loft. To the left side of the entrance, a wall of the kitchen has been replaced with framed glass partitions to solidify the theme. The kitchen window grill has space for composting.
A challenge to overcome was the size of the kitchen. It was too compact. It was strenuous to house every utility in the kitchen and still have enough space for storage.
To the right of the entrance is the dining area that flows into the living room only through the switch of flooring patterns, further emphasizing the cohesiveness of the space. The kitchen has hexagonal grey cement tiles from Bharat flooring, while the living room sports grey Kota flooring.
Artwork that the clients have collected from their trips abroad adorns the walls of the living room. A neutral-colored L-shaped sofa and an asymmetrical grey rug complete the look of the living room with finesse.
The entire apartment is deliberately pronounced in subdued tones. The excitement in the home shall be brought by the collectibles that the clients buy on their travels.
“Our clients love to travel. They picked up various curios, accessories, and art pieces along the way across their travels. It helped weave stories around the spaces. They are the only people we entertained calling us at odd hours of the night because they were shopping for the home in different countries”, reminisces Anand.
To either side of the living rooms are the two bedrooms. The main bedroom and living room share a portion of an exposed brick wall. Timber flooring and a bed made of black-polished cane and wood render the room cozy. The blue hand-painted wall makes the room all the harder to leave!
Another framed glass partition— this time in the form of a window— makes an appearance in the home’s decor. Located between the bathroom and main bedroom, it offers a glimpse of the princely sanitary ware.
The guest bedroom room had complicated waterproofing issues initially owing to the age of the building and the fact that the apartment is below the terrace. The guest bedroom is simple. The zenith of the room is the low-lying bed fused with a bookshelf in one corner of the room.
Although the home employs materials of varied patterns and colours, there is a theme that strings the house together. The material palette highlights the chaotic nature of lofts subtly. Its non-rigidity is characteristic of the clients’ lifestyles and reflects their personalities successfully.
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