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This expansive home in Gujarat by Dipen Gada & Associates uses earthy materials to orchestrate a stunning play of light and shadows

JAN 8, 2020 | By Aneesha Bhadri
The living area has a comfortably spaced out seating arrangement
The wide corridor reflects natural light
The living room features a grey couches and a personal library
An opening to the lush garden area
A view of the corridor
A demarcation between the seating area and corridor
The home also features a small water body
Natural light seeps in through every corner of the home
A view of the facade in the evening light

The Nene residence in Vadodara is a minimal layout set along the east-west axis and surrounded by sprawling landscaped lawns. The 7,500 sq ft home is crafted by principal designer Dipen Gada and his team to keep out the heat, while ensuring good ventilation and plenty of sunlight.

A play of light and shadows

The dramatic entrance—with the walkway floating on water that leads to a solid wooden door studded with an elaborate brass casted handle—brings to mind the stately doorways of castles enveloped by a moat.

From the almost Mediterranean entryway, the house spreads out on either side, housing four bedrooms and a living area in two cuboids with a Corten steel facade and a serene courtyard. Perforated bricks that pivot on fixed frames line the passage, creating shifting patterns of light on the floor and walls, while teasing one with glimpses of the verdant environs outside.

A seating area in the house
The lounge overlooking a swimming pool provides a fascinating lesson in sciography, with the interplay of light and shadows through the pergolas on the skylight. A centrally located spot connects the three main bedrooms, each with its own balcony and a spacious bathroom.
The exterior of the home is stone grey with wooden panelling
The master bedchamber is characterised by earthy materials such as terrazzo, brass and terra cotta coloured IPS. One witnesses an enchanting spectacle of dancing silhouettes on the balcony, as a result of the light streaming in through perforated corten steel jali doors.
The bedroom features muted grey interiors


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The outdoor facades of the residence
The spacious passageway makes for a grand entrance
The natural light casts mesmeric shadows on the floor