Under the Indian sun: MuseLAB designs a Spanish hacienda inspired home in Coimbatore expressing architectural artistry

JAN 19, 2024 | By Shriti Das
The courtyard flooring is designed in a pixelated pattern with furniture from Project 810; Photography by Ishita Sitwala
The modular fittings are from SEA Kitchens with a House of Things island counter. In the distance is a toaster by Smeg. The table and chairs are by Magari; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Their most ambitious project was also their greatest challenge. It isn’t just MuseLAB’s largest so far, but also their first of its kind. The homeowners wanted a Spanish Hacienda, it was going to be their first home but with vacation vibes.

All while adhering to the principles of Manaiyadi Shastram, an ancient science that is native to Southern India, which mandated certain sizes and specifications in the layout.

The common favourite for Huzefa and Jasem is the swimming pool lounge where the entire length of the pool vault is clad in a floral mosaic pattern using tiles, custom designed by MuseLAB and sourced through 121 Home Decor. A Cell coffee table by Iqrup + Ritz is placed atop an Okej Squiggle rug accompanied by the Corbu Bench, Forma Side Table and a bespoke armchair, all by DeMuro Das. The flooring is from Elegant Marbles. Seen in the distance, tracing the arched opening is a floor lamp by The Wicker Story; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The built-in benches are designed by MuseLAB with tiles from 121 Home Decor with lights by Lightbox; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Located in Coimbatore, the sprawling 39,400 sq ft plot may have definitely been a delight to design upon, to contextualise the home to the city’s geography. Charming courtyards, lofty arched openings, sloping roofs and the indoor outdoor spaces — despite cues from the Spanish inspirations, “the layout of the home is a fitting tribute to a Chettinad home,” mentions Jasem Pirani, the cofounder of MuseLAB with Huzefa Rangwala.

In the library, a sofa by Gulmohar Lane flanks the collection of lamps, a side table with a magazine rack, a coffee table and an armchair, all by Phantom Hands. A custom-made rug by FAZO Project accompanies a library unit by Greentree Associates; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


Magari; The staircase leading to the library, custom-crafted on-site by Greentree Associates boasts of a light installation by The Wicker Story; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The 12,000 sq ft home is planned keeping the central courtyard as the focal point, connecting the social spaces on the ground floor — the open-to-sky pool, its lounge, dining area and family room, nestled in landscaped pockets.

The pool offers itself as a vantage to the daughters’ bedrooms on the upper floor, which also accommodates the master bedroom and library.

The entrance foyer is accentuated by the marble flooring from Elegant Marbles, a cluster of lights by Harshita Jhamtani, wall art from Morii, and a metal seating from The House of Things; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The design mostly hinges on dynamic spatial interplay between the spaces and the gestures that unfold within. “This home is not a distinct departure from our usual gestures but a conscious one where we have tried to hero the floor, focus on the forms (vaults) and select elements within each space where we have collaborated with a lot of local artists and craftsmen,” explains Jasem.

A bench-style dining table and chairs by DeMuro Das accompany a console from The House of Things against the mural by House of Berserk. Alongside the Klove chandelier, is a white crockery almirah from The Jodhpur Furniture Company and a floor lamp by Harshita Jhamtani; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

With a skilful play of light and spatiality, the swimming pool is the “boldest thing” they have ever done, laughs Huzefa. The 75 ft long vault is clad in a single finish — black and white mosaic tiles. Owing to its multiple curves, the MuseLAB team travelled to Morbi where they translated it into tiles. In the library, the experience of the vault begins with the staircase leading the user upward.

The family room has seating and the coffee table by DeMuro Das, set upon a rug by FAZO Project; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The formal living space has a marble console by Iqrup+Ritz, a House of Things corner and side table and custom-designed sofas and armchairs by DeMuro Das. Lights from Objects of Interest crowns the room with Maimoon Decor’s wallpaper; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

But it is at the midlanding that the depth reveals itself. As one approaches the library, sunrays from the skylights find their way indoors, bouncing off the walls, onto the floors, creating a constantly evolving visual experience.

“It was a conscious effort to keep the palette neutral, there are pops of colour, but there is a lot of play of light that happens in the space,” explains Jasem. He continues, “The moodboard started with monochromes, layered with some pops of colour — there’s pink, aqua, teal blue and greens.”

The elder daughter’s bathroom features find Nexion Tiles on the floor, wall tiles from 121 Home Decor, bath fittings from Gessi through FCML and Valdama WC; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

However, they did go to town with the floors. A spin on the conventional black and white transpires across the home. From the traditional chequered pattern in the kitchen and dining to a distorted hexagon in the living area.

In the midst of the design elements, the family’s personal touch is also evident. The husband’s love for  the outdoors, especially swimming, found its (larger than life) reflection in the design.

The master bathroom features custom-built double vanity and mirrors by Greentree Associates, marble vanity tops from Elegant Marbles, vitrified tile flooring by Nexion, mosaic wall tiles sourced through 121 Home Decor, Gessi bath fittings from FCML and a bathroom ladder caddy from IKEA; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The daughters, each with her unique interests of painting and dressing up, influenced their rooms, be it the blue bathroom or the art-inspired elements. However what makes the project truly special, was being led by architecture, allowing a seamless whole for everything else to fall in place.

The elder daughter’s bedroom is decked in wooden flooring from FCML, complemented by furniture from Essentially Metal, and bedding from Divinare Creations; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


In a corner of the master bedroom is a swing by Length Breadth Height against a jaali by House of Beserk; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The home as it stands today, while it doesn’t speak about the process, it does speak the language of artistry, and the multiple facets of design that transcends boundaries. When it comes to the home, both the architecture and the interiors are not regarded as isolated entities, but rather as part of a continuous journey — a conversation unfolding between the spaces.

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