All parts of The Terrace Garden by Atelier X Architects echo a love for travel and outdoors
MAY 26, 2022 | By Sneha Gandhi
In the green lanes of Indore, stands a home that integrates the warmth of nostalgia with the ecstasy of travel, all against a fluid canvas of white ashwood.
Built on 1,600 sq ft of prime locale, the spacious penthouse is designed by Saumil Nagar, Founder and Principal Architect at Atelier X Architects (AXA).
Underlined with a sense of utility across its layout, the 3BHK apartment is accessed from a central bay. The spaces flow seamlessly from the living room to the dining zone, flanked by the kitchen and an expansive terrace on one side. The bedroom makes up the more private part of the den.
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The entrance vestibule welcomes one with a lively red Madhubani painting placed neatly above a classic wooden bench, which is astutely placed next to the floor-to-ceiling shoe closet.
“The slim balconies were duly absorbed within the apartment, allowing for functional value additions like an unobstructed seating space in the living room along with a study, dressing area and a nook for a joyful rocking chair in the bedrooms,” explains Saumil.
The space follows a predominantly warm tonality for the floor, wall and furniture. Strong linear geometries optimise use of space and break the monotony of the larger material palette.
The sofas in the living room sport soft hues as they levitate upon the industrial black bracket foots. Strokes of clay and teal, the classic copper-patina chair with a rattan back and the sand-patterned rug animate the living room.
A statement gold-and-globes pendant light enriches the terrazzo top dining table. Its stylishly rounded timber legs issue a warm contrast to the light and the tabletop fashioned from similar mineral shades.
The kitchen proved to be quite a challenge with the numerous offsets between wider structural elements and infill walls. The studio responded by using white ash wood in the L-shaped kitchen across all the storage cabinets accentuating the brightness that this space demands.
The white countertop by Simpolo is built as an intuitive response to make the kitchen appear spacious. The patterned cut-tile backsplash employs a glossy black finish in coordination with the black appliances prompting depth.
The kitchen features a counter-length window opening altered to receive ample sunlight whilst offering unobstructed views of the sky and plants on the terrace.
“Instead of furthering the light-tone scheme, we took the opportunity of accounting for the effect of the standard black, reflective appliances and decided to play a little with glossy black tiles on the backsplash as well,” divulges Saumil.
The dining area spills over into the sprawling terrace. Stacked along its periphery, an assortment of plants with their diverse foliage and colours, coupled with the monochromatic walls and floor establish a soothing setup for a delightful Sunday brunch.
All three bedrooms balance comfort and storage requirements with the inclusion of user specific, day-function areas.
Crafted to the fluid taste and energy of its young inhabitant, the primary bedroom packs the same ash wood and black and white cut-tile pattern as the kitchen. The compact dresser, elegant study and the fluted glass enclosed book cabinet complete the chic look of the room.
The children’s bedroom is acoustically equipped with a floor-to-ceiling ash teal ribbed panel doubling up as a headboard for the bed. Wooden accents from the furniture enhance the powder coated mild steel fabricated framework, producing linear geometries. The resulting design allows an uncluttered aesthetic to this compact room.
The guest bedroom emanates a mature mood with timber gradients in the crema faced furniture. The rocking wooden chair and the tall houseplant, reminiscent of coconut trees, merged with beach blue accents across the room paint a sophisticated scene.
Atelier X Architects consciously reduce material wastage by retaining the structural outfit of majority of the fixed furniture and using leftover ceramics tiles to make vivid wall patterns and table tops. “A truly green practice is to build as little as you can and minimise the construction footprint,” concludes Saumil.
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