From Ireland to Morocco, experience the glamour of travel in this Aligarh home by Studio Bipolar
JUL 11, 2022 | By Shriya Goyal
Do you ever feel the dilemma from hopping on a plane and exploring the world when at home to the need to come back home when travelling? Putting an end to this constant struggle, Studio Bipolar draws inspiration from numerous interior styles across the globe and crafts this Aligarh home.
This 18,000 sq ft Wanderlust villa is designed by co-founders Ujjwal Sagar and Sanjana Mathur of Studio Bipolar along with their team.
The curious brief
Why stick to one city, when you can travel to multiple locations within a single home? Built for a well-travelled family who takes great pride in their adventures, the villa aims to capture their excursions through insightful architecture and interior design. Be it the experience of an Irish bar, the glamour of a Moroccan riad or even a 60s-style cinema theatre, the studio fuses each element to resonate with the space.
Tour every turn of the opulent home…
A sight in white! The ground floor formal living room is a contemporary canvas floored in eye-catching cool white statuario marble and complemented with a chevron patterned walnut veneer ceiling. Brass elements through inlays and bespoke furniture pieces contrast the whole setting. With wall beading, glass detailing and warm wall lamps, the formal dining room precedes the minimal aesthetics.
The stairs leading up to the first floor are retained and rejuvenated by a subtle change in polish. It is greeted by sweeping curved walnut veneer panels along the walls with warm light coves built into them.
Designed as per the younger son, the first floor exhibits a light grey marble flooring. Main and guest bedrooms, an informal lounge area and a library on this floor are emphasised with hues of deep colours.
Conceptualised as a double-height volume, the library is a fusion between a classic appeal and modern elements. Painted in teal and walnut brown, high windows allow ample natural light. A floral marble design gives a sense of scale to the length of the room. Handcrafted brass balusters line the solid wooden staircase that leads to the second floor through the library.
With an appeal of Dr Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, the second floor executes an Irish bar aesthetic—simple sounding yet highly complex. Concealing the structural columns, the archways are designed to frame the bar area. The moodboard is realised through the deep cherry teak veneer and ceiling coffers lined with solid teak wood moulding coves.
A circular opening in the bar overlooks the billiards room. The dining and billiards room are adorned with mirror panelled ceilings that reflect the cherry wood textures below and make the space visually massive. The 60’s style cinema houses 25 plush leather recliners with a door crafted by radial grooving within the veneer and a floral brass handle.
From Ireland, we made our way to Morocco through the glass elevator. Walking through the arched corridor with french arched windows and black and white ‘patang-chal’ pattern on the floor, one enters the Moroccan riad inspired jacuzzi area on the third floor.
Crafted as an attic, the fourth floor is reserved for the gym with a double-height cutout. It overlooks the jacuzzi and a brass chandelier reflected in a star pattern by the water below.
Ideas to bookmark—colours and materials
A multitude of materials and their execution techniques renders distinct interior styles. Be it the minimal white aesthetics of the ground floor with marble and brass accents or the deep colour hues and use of veneers on the first floor or the warm wooden interiors of the second floor or the use of mosaics and tiles on the third floor.
The bar counter is furnished in a classical flair with a black marquina marble bar on a floor of mosaic tile paired with a lattice of brass plates on a vault like ceiling. The brass deer head décor at the centre of these vaults gives a regal appeal. The Jacuzzi is created with 18 different tile patterns in harmony. The arched niches housing a tree patterned stone mosaic serves as built-in seats.
What Studio Bipolar fell in love with…
The designers seeked to incorporate a few sustainable features into the home. While deciding on fenestration placement, multiple windows are provided on the northern facade to minimise heat gain and maximise ventilation. Alongside, the terrace area is floored with waste pieces of marble in a broad form of terrazzo or kaleji.
Ujjwal and Sanjana surmised and said, “We pride ourselves in having an adaptable design philosophy that works in tandem with the owner’s aspirations rather than sticking to a certain aesthetic. Especially when it comes to homes, each family member has their own unique demands from the space. The varying themes across the space showcases the same.”
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