Breaking away from tradition can provide an uncertain response, but here, in this Bengaluru home by Studio Bomb, it is a welcome change—a monochromatic endorsement of minimalist design! An admirer of minimalism would applaud the honesty of the materials and the functionality of its elements but this home does more than honour the famous words ‘form follows function’, it provides a surreal dispatch from the everyday to provide a cocoon of comfort and opulence.
At 1600 sq ft, principal architect Shankar Kallutla and his design team, Archana Anil and Rohan Oommen, have managed to be consistent with their neutral hues, the restrained natural oak, nuanced tones of grey and the immaculate soft lighting that seamlessly bind the spaces together to achieve a harmonious blend of simplicity and elegance.
The curious brief
Designed for a young couple in an upscale neighbourhood, the home needed to be sincere and straightforward. With a minimal identity at its core, the approach was to create an ease of habitation by eliminating the superfluous and focusing on precision while crafting a warm and welcoming abode for modern living.
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Stepping into Flat Blanc leaves you with no qualms about what to expect from the home. The theatrical corridor draped in oak and steel guides you to the public spaces, designed to entertain.
The living room features an enclosure of dark tinted glass that conceals the television while hosting guests and makes a pretty convincing media room (snug) for those long weekends. A fog grey sofa, a pair of leather chairs and a centre table made of Napa hide consume the rest of the space with a grey textured rug tying it all together.
A prominence of oak and steel is felt to the left of the dining room while a substantial piece of art, a homage to the space by local artist Saranya Kallutla, hangs over a dark red console to the right. At the centre stands a custom dining table made from natural stone emphases the delicate balance between material and form.
The kitchen is concealed by a wooden sliding door at the far end of the dining room. Its cabinets are built in the similar shade of red from the console and the coffee table and the light grey floor tiles mimicking the relaxing colour palette in the living and dining room.
The bedrooms open at the end of the corridor through the social spaces maintaining a sense of privacy as outlined by the architect. Minimalism follows you into the bedroom with sparse furniture, natural wood, dark leather headboards, white textile and another grey rug.
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Maybe it’s time to declutter our lives? The open living plan with the voluminous floor to ceiling windows adds an expanse to the space, bringing the outside world into the home. The red accents interspersed with the greys and browns, add a pop of colour amidst the monotony of the greys and browns.
LADLAB, a Nashik-based architecture and interior design studio, was engaged to design a home of calibrated simplicity for a family of four in an upscale neighbourhood in Nagpur, India. This 1200 sq ft apartment was designed and executed entirely during the pandemic over countless video calls and WhatsApp messages.
Unphased by current design trends, architects Saniya Jejani and Sagar Lohar ensured timeless design and function remained at the core of this home. An interplay between light and materiality manifests to create a modern family home.
A tight edit
“The apartment was a typical builder-flat; we had to work with tight spaces, large storage requirements, and still enough area to move around freely.” chuckles Sagar. LADLAB’s design intervention began with efficiently planning odd spaces and utilising every niche to accommodate concealed storage. Their keen awareness of light, composition and material came to the fore in designing this minimal abode.
The central spotlight — Living room
LADLAB uses colour strategically to evoke emotions of a gentle whisper across the space. Architects Saniya and Sagar worked with subtle tonal shifts across white, cream, and grey with hints of unusual pastels to create a calm, responsive environment. The apartment is a collection of soothing spaces to rest and entertain. The living, dining, kitchen, passageway, and master bedroom have large format milky-white tiles with grey striations.
The living room is the centrepiece of this home, around which the rest of the spaces convene. A cosy, contemplative place perfect for curling up on the couch and watching television together. Light grey textured walls complement a slender ribbed ceiling, cleverly concealing the general lighting in the apartment. The linearity continues onto the TV wall, emphasising the overall height of the space. “We paired a sand-coloured L-shaped sofa with a tan-coloured ottoman to break the monochrome palette”.
Every piece of furniture is custom-designed to serve the scale and minimal aesthetic of the apartment. A perforated wooden portal softly punctuates the light-grey walls, doubling up as a partition and bookcase. “For the dining, we found an abstract work of art whose colours were in tune with the sensibility of the overall apartment,” remarks Saniya.
LADLAB generates continuity in the home through clean lines and a repetitive colour palette. Ice-grey cabinetry and strong black accents frame the kitchen. The milky-white floor tiles wrap onto the backsplash, accentuating the volume of the kitchen. The kitchen is adjacent to a large balcony, flooded with natural light.
This airiness permeates into all three bedrooms. In the master bedroom, a curved dual grey-toned bed rests against a pale grey-panelled wall. Overhead, a crisp white concave ceiling adds texture to the space. Natural light bounces off the ceiling and wall, casting soft shadows. Neatly tucked into a niche is a study clad in warm veneer, which also wraps onto the wardrobes juxtaposing the cool palette with warmth.
The teen’s bedroom was challenging because the storage requirements were disproportionate to the area. Two single beds with curved grey tufted headboards soften the space. “We adopted a playful scheme and used gender-neutral colours: Mangrove green, pearl grey, and crisp white. Floor-to-ceiling wardrobes and study niches wrap the bedroom on two sides, green for the daughter and grey for the son,” remarks Saniya.
The tiniest room in the space had only one function: long-term storage. A bed is snug between two full-height wardrobes with ribbed surfaces finished in white PU, adding a soft textural quality to the room. The niche is painted in a shade called Young Berry, infusing colour into an otherwise all-white room.
A continuing aesthetic of ribbed panels, clean lines, concealed storage, and a soft grey-and-white palette characterise this apartment and demonstrates how minimal spaces can be designed in a manner that combats the cold and sparse associations with it.
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it,” said Irish writer George A. Moore once. What can a person possibly find in a dwelling made of concrete, bricks, wood and suchlike materials? When I think of it, the answer lies in the very foundation of the home—from the first moment a layout on paper transforms into layers of bricks on site to when a whole structure stands tall with a world of its own inside brimming with character, warmth and anticipation of making memories that only its dwellers will know of.
My team and I took a similar route of birthing an idea into a home when we met a young couple a little over two years ago, who completely floored us with their passion for architecture. We were certainly excited to know what this encounter of two architecture-inclined minds will take shape into. Thereupon started our journey to design and build SI’RENITi House, a 21,600 sq ft habitat in the prime neighbourhood of Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad where days feel warmer and nights cool and breezy.
The drawing board was not just ours to work on. Our clients often spent hours with us conceptualising that added to the gradual development of the layout, combining the best of architectural practises laced with a thoughtful, joyous spirit of the homeowners.
The architecture of the house is inspired by post-war modernism with formed concrete structure meticulously cast on-site that turned into our canvas for wall crafted murals and art pieces, interacting with the ever-changing light patterns caused by deep pergolas above and evoking varied emotions throughout the day.
A formed concrete volume sits perpendicularly above a stone block, extending out as a large cantilever which functions as an entrance canopy, softened by the dense vegetation amongst which the house resides. A stepping stone through the water body leads into the 12 ft high floor-to-ceiling pivoted entrance door. The water body has a glass bottom that allows refracted light to penetrate into the spaces below.
The landscape architect, Kunal Maniar designed the landscapes to fit in with the house so seamlessly, it felt magical. It was exciting that he was on the same wavelength as us right from the beginning, and knew exactly what needed to be done to make that powerful dialogue between the indoor-outdoor spaces.
At the entrance door, Maniar proposed a sculptural tree whose trunk could be slightly bent to go with the flow of the water body below and the cantilever above, and that effort added so much energy to the experience of walking in.
A predominantly concrete and basalt environment in the house is juxtaposed against slatted oak walls, which are evenly washed with daylight and strategically conceal doors into the services and storage rooms behind. Alongside physical and functional requirements of the spaces, we aligned our thoughts into how this home could play a role in the enhanced wellbeing of its occupants.
The thought led us to introduce skylights with deep, angled pergolas to bring in controlled daylight in each of the spaces. Large overhangs connecting indoor and outdoor spaces have been so seamlessly intertwined that it’s hardly possible to really differentiate the two, also ensuring that the home is always a few degrees cooler and in a well-ventilated environment that minimises the need to depend on mechanical energies.
The house is named “Stripped Mobius” — a pun on the minimalistic approach to the design. We had to adhere to strict Vaastu guidelines that the clients were extremely particular about, and the resultant box-like structure was broken by juxtaposing large sweeping curves onto the composition.
The structure consists of a simple construct of two cuddapah-clad double-storied rectangular blocks placed parallel to each other along the north-south axis. One functions as the guest wing with the entrance, formal living room, guest room and kitchen, while the other includes the private quarters like the master bedroom, parents’ room and bedrooms for the children.
The void between the two blocks plays host to the family living and dining spaces, a temple and large shaded verandahs that open to gardens on the North and South. Simulating a Mobius strip, it enables the removal of strict boundaries between spaces, modulating them into contradictions that work beautifully together — both inside and outside, contained and yet spilled, lofty as well as intimate.
The challenge for large homes is quite similar in our context – generations bound by family business and obliged by ingrained traditional values, choose to live together.
This often leads to the creation of autonomous suites within the house. It was important to simultaneously integrate the requirements of the opposing lifestyles of different generations and provide opportunities for family time, while safeguarding the privacy of individual members.
Located on a secured plot and abutted by large villas on three sides, another challenge was to maintain privacy. There is an increasing paradox in homes as windows are getting larger but end up remaining closed with curtains at all times. A system of brise-soleil and deep shaded verandahs function as natural screens that hide the house from inadvertently prying eyes. They also double up as elements that cast beautiful, intriguing and ever-changing shadows on the outside at all times.
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An unassuming contemporary house sits pretty, satiated with elements of diverse styles—there is country, an element of modernity, and a rustic blend of minimalism and jagged elegance. This cosy Goan holiday home, built for an industrious couple, is a fresh respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here, they unwind, host soirées and bask in the warmth of the quiet morning sunshine that trickles through almost every corner of this private dwelling.
A few short steps inside and the neutral palette gives way to rich, earthy elements. The high ceiling and outlandish chandeliers in the otherwise somber decor grab the attention.
“I think one requires certain pieces that are striking, everything can’t be dull and sober,” says Bindu Vadera of Ahilia Homes. The firm, helmed by Bollywood’s favourite couturier Tarun Tahiliani fashioned the glamorous yet earthy interiors of the home.
The brief was simple: “Classic, fine taste and a need for functional spaces that would fit a holiday home,” explains Tarun. To accentuate the rustic frames, rafters and chattai cladding line the extended roof in the living area. This opens up a splendid view of the infinity pool that reflects the bright sky, green lawns and backwaters—a mesmerising sight that soothes the mind and soul.
The bedroom adorned in muted shades upholstered in neutral colours like cream, taupe, beige, biscuit, sand and invokes languour—leeching away stress, radiating peace.
As the sun sets over the horizon, a breathtaking scene unfolds. Coconut trees swaying in the breeze and the backwaters shimmering in the light of the dying sun. This is a home that is one with nature.
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Clever layering and a mixture of opposing textures form the key aesthetic of this 1,800 sq ft Mumbai home designed by MuseLAB for a family of three, with warm minimal tones that bring a respite from the din of the city.
The dark oak rafters line the ceiling of the living and bedroom spaces neatly and cleverly . Knotty oak doors with wooden furniture and leather upholstery play a delicate balance with choice hints of colour, horizontal stone countertops, sliding glass shutters in matte black aluminium frames, and a dining space bookended with mirror panelling for added light and depth. A measured use of patterned tiles, whitewashed walls and concrete finishes mixed with a contemporary industrial feel and a classical traditional woodsy touch. All of this forms a cool combination of textures and layers.
A romantic “rustic-modern” brief
Designed by décor firm MuseLAB, this project, code-named Tango Dreams, is a labour of love between co-founders Huzefa Rangwala and Jasem Pirani along with project lead Aishwarya Lakhani and designer Batul Paryani. Located in a quiet decade-old standalone building in a leafy and very residential eastern suburb of Mumbai, this apartment is home to a small family of three, Aditya Raju and Kumudini Sagi and their five-year-old daughter. “When this project came to us, Aditya (who went to boarding school with me) and Kumudini were living in the US and looking to move to Mumbai,” explains Pirani. This was bang in the middle of the first and second wave of the pandemic, and all the ideation happened over Zoom calls. “The brief given to us was modern rustic – modern for the clean, straight lines, and rustic for the textures and warm tones,” adds Pirani.
Sagi, a classically trained ayurvedic physician and a public health graduate from University of South Florida, wanted a simple, light, airy, earthy home that was also functional and modern with a muted colour palette and light tones. With some intervention from MuseLAB, Sagi’s shades were eventually supplemented by additional accents of warm wood, darker finishes and concrete textures mixed with metal and glass that add depth and dimension to the space.
Fluid spaces, functionality & visual connections
The entry to the home is through a foyer-like corridor that has been flanked with a kitchen on one side and the study across from it, which allows for better visual connection throughout the space. At the very heart of this house is the playroom-cum-study with its monochromatic wallpaper, located across the partially open kitchen that is anchored to one side of the dining and living space. While the two other bedrooms belong to the couple and their daughter, the fourth is a guest bedroom with a pull-out Murphy bed that also doubles up as a space for yoga, meditation and ballet lessons.
Functionality and versatility lie at the core of this space. For one, an automation consultant helped with the automation of lights, curtains and air-conditioning. Additionally, optimal storage space that reduced clutter on the eye was a priority for everyone involved in this project, which is why the living room cabinetry was finished with a concrete textured paint to make it look like part of the wall. Most importantly, the homeowners wished for a fluid social space between the family room, kitchen and dining area that felt connected but also discreet. “It allows us to do different things within our home and stay connected at the same time,” smiles Sagi. “MuseLAB cleverly designed our space with sliding glass partitions that were functional and elegant.” MuseLAB’s goal in turn was to create a connection between the public spaces and expand visual and sensorial contact within the whole home.
As the mother-daughter duo love to bake together, the warm vanilla scents of beaten butter and sugar wafting from the kitchen across the home on most days. Not surprisingly, the kitchen and dining areas were at the forefront of most conversations between Sagi and MuseLAB and ultimately became the favourite spaces for both parties. “You will most often find me in my beautiful kitchen experimenting with new recipes with my five-year- old,” says Sagi. It is deliberately designed for shared experiences – where the kitchen counter extends into a breakfast bar and the spicy smells of everyday Indian cooking can be concealed with sliding glass shutters when needed.
Reuse, refurbish, recycle
Sustainability was another key factor for the design team at MuseLAB and homeowners alike. “To start with, the design team did a great job in selecting affordable, yet high-end furniture, curtains, rugs, artwork and lighting to beautify our home,” says Sagi. Apart from that, the home came to the couple with marble flooring, complete bathrooms and built-in wardrobes, all in good condition. “There was no point in demolishing those, so we gave them a new lease of life by changing the finish on the shutters from a laminate to an MDF with a duco finish and updating some hardware for smooth functioning,” explains Rangwala. “We also retained the flooring in most places besides the kitchen and the study/playroom. Here we went in for patterned tiles to add some visual texture.” What’s more, while a large part of the apartment was furnished afresh, a few choice pieces of furniture – like the living room sofa, armchairs and bedroom armchairs – were shipped across from the owners’ home in the US along with their other belongings and put to good use right here.
When pink won
With clients who were wary of using colours, MuseLAB kept the palette natural, painted the walls linen white and let the veneers be the hero. Since the built-in wardrobes within the bedrooms were visually heavy, the MuseLAB team used this opportunity to sneak in a dash of blues and greens to tone it down. The colour palette overall is earthy, highlighting the wooden veneer tones of the doors and the rafters in the living spaces, dining spaces and the master bedroom. There are shades of grey, black, blue and green used in most spaces. Tones of pink pastels feature within the daughter’s bedroom, for which MuseLAB collaborated with the five-year-old, so much so that she happily transitioned from co- sleeping in the family bed to sleeping on her own bed in her own new bedroom.
For a perfect cappuccino, each ingredient needs to be of quality. Much like the same, the Cappuccino home by The Little Details follows the same ordeal. Neither too extravagant nor simplistic. Ornate but at the same time utilitarian. Luxurious and yet warm and cosy. Basically, the perfect cup.
Designed by Jjesal Lodha of The Little Details and styled by Priyanka Aggarwal, this 1540 sq ft home in the heart of South Mumbai is a fusion of classic western design sensibilities with a touch of Feng Shui and Vastu.
The curious brief
The premise provided by the homeowner was as straightforward as it gets. Residing out of India, the homeowner wanted a home that replicates the look, feel and aesthetic of their home situated Internationally. The home is doused in neutrals with a focal point present in every room to set it apart.
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Keeping true to its name, entering into the Cappuccino home feels like the blissful first sip of coffee in the morning. A lit corridor made up of contemporary arches and striped beige and white floor tiles leads the way to the living room.
Following the curve in the living room wall, the furniture compliments the blueprint of the space and moves along the same lines making the space feel flowy and undisrupted by harsh lines. The plants placed are symbolic in nature with Feng Shui being an integral part in developing the space and concealing power sockets and wifi routers. The TV wall doubles up as a storage unit for all miscellaneous items.
Previous spaces lead to the open kitchen with a bar and mandir. The kitchen is a sight in white with composite stones. The bar makes for a great conversation space. A concealed mandir is present behind a foldable door with laser cut straight patterns all over.
Moving to the master bedroom, the room is tucked away in a corner. With a dazzling view to accompany one at any given moment, the furniture in the room provides a softness to the space.
With a compact space, the parents room is organically divided into two parts, the first being the bed with bedside tables on both ends, and the second being a combination of a storage unit, a dresser, and a TV. Due to vastu restrictions, the mirror was unable to be placed in front of the bed and hence a pocket door with a full-height mirror sliding outwards was created.
Last but not the least, the kids room. Minimalist design and clean lines define the space. With a retracting bed, there is ample play room for the children.
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The living room furniture blends in with the shape of the house seamlessly. There is something so appealing about the sofa taking the same form as the curve of the living room. The stylish and utilitarian character of the furniture present throughout the home shows clever use of compact spaces.
Nestled amidst 400 mango trees, the Mango orchard mansion in Gujarat’s Karamsad city spans an impressive 14,000 sq ft of built up space. The entryway to the residence is led by a 150 ft cobble stoned driveway that ends in a cul-de-sac and leads to a mild steel entrance canopy that connects to the main structure of the house.“The intention was to respond to the natural context to the best of our ability. You’re looking at a house in the middle of a lush, mature mango orchard. The goal was to create visual links between indoors and outdoors, blurring the line between them,” explains Saahil Parikh and Nupur Shah, Principal Architects at We Design Studio.
As you enter the residence through a steel canopy permeated by white bougainvillaea, the interplay between the permanent building and the ephemeral landscape becomes defined. The ground floor features the living, dining, kitchen and guest bedroom, while the upper floor houses the three primary bedrooms. A freestanding staircase made of mild steel connects the two floors. The living room, which features double-height ceilings and access to the verandah, serves as a visible and physical link between the ground and upper floors.
The clients approached the award-winning architects with the original request to renovate a home built by the owners’ parents approximately three decades ago. Upon closer investigation, however, it became apparent that the property did not match the splendour of its surroundings, which included hundreds of luscious mango trees. Therefore, “We decided to demolish the existing structure and build anew, sparing the surrounding trees,” explained Saahil. The new building’s footprint was limited to equal that of the old one, and the road was planned to wind its way through the existing forest to help accomplish this goal.
The home is perched precariously above its surroundings due to the careful sizing of its apertures, which optimises the mass to void ratio. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows maximise the visual connection between the interior rooms and the exterior landscape. Moreover, as a direct response to the region’s severe temperatures, the house was constructed exclusively from locally produced cavity brick walls. “The cavities work as an effective insulator and shield the covered spaces from the harsh Gujarat climate,” shares Saahil, an alumni of the prestigious AA School of Architecture in London. The five courtyards allow for cross-ventilation and natural light, and the double-height living room serves as the home’s centrepiece by providing a panoramic view of the trees all around.
What’s endearing is the sparse use of material finishes, which creates a neutral palette and sets the stage for the homeowner’s priceless art collection, which hangs on the walls with grace. “We wanted the mango trees to be the protagonist here. The brilliance of the green needed to be experienced,” articulates Nupur about the design moodboard. This inspired the material selection; limiting the colours to white, grey and black. “A light grey slate runs across the floor and bathrooms of the home. The walls are finished in a textured white paint. The doors are made in recycled Burma teak stained black. The windows are from Schueco and finished in a textured black powder coating,” says Nupur about the home lit up using state-of-the-art decorative pieces from all over Europe and is a significant value add to the spatial experience.
When asked to name a feature that represents elegance, workmanship, and sustainability, Saahil cites the “locally made mild steel free-standing staircase” as a highlight. This staircase serves to connect the two levels. The staircase serves as a focus point and can be seen from many rooms thanks to its sleek black finish. The stairs, in an interesting twist, were built in three distinct pieces: the upper and lower flights, and the intermediate landing. These were then painstakingly assembled on-site with the assistance of a compact crane and welded together. As Nupur summarises, “it needed substantial preparation and resources.”
Evidently, the Mango Orchard home, according to Saahil’s description, is an attempt at harmony between indoors and outdoor. Unusual seating configurations, interactive lighting fixtures, and last but not least, the iconic artworks ranging from commissioned works by Yashwant Deshmukh and Vrindavan Solanki to pieces from Japan and the client’s private collection are a visual feast for all! A variety of spatial gestures create visual passages between rooms and through interior spaces to the trees and the landscape beyond, despite the house’s initially monolithic façade.
The Late Dr Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi 26 August 1927 – 24 January 2023
He was a man who personified a strong stand towards design. A man who resonated with the Indian identity rather than the design motifs that had intrigued the British back in his younger days as he shaped the architecture of modern India.
The Pritzker laureate ascended one more stepping stone on 15 June 2022 as he was awarded UK’s highest honour for architecture, the 2022 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. But, in the realm of modernism and development where high rise buildings or glass facades are markers of urban success, the architectural works of Dr. B.V Doshi have always been grounded in context, exhibiting a localised approach.
Realigning contemporary design to the needs of India, Doshi’s proactive stance towards the discourse of Indian architecture poses a question—where does this approach stand in between a world obsessed with touching skies?
Commencing his architectural journey with education at Sir J. J. School of Architecture in Mumbai, Doshi proceeded to London in 1950 and worked with Le Corbusier—the pioneer of modern architecture. It was the Post-independence era, when an aspiration for modern India marked a wave to acquire influential and international architecture. With a newfangled aesthetic of greys and whites and concrete houses, the Bauhaus movement stepped foot in the country.
Returning back to the country and working in Le Corbusier’ atelier for the city of Chandigarh, Doshi adopted his formal vocabulary and attempted to incorporate it into his early works. With a focus on India’s past, spatial experiences and their significance for the built environment, his projects resonated with the Indian identity rather than the design motifs that had intrigued the British.
Today, with sustainability being the talk of town, every other architect or designer is set out with an aim to incorporate it into their projects. Trading the international for local, B.V Doshi commenced this notion long back. Developing an approach that oscillates between industrialism and primitivism, modern architecture and traditional form, his practice is based on ideas of sustainability with an endeavour to root in social, ethical and religious beliefs.
Though there’s no denying that the soaring steel-glass towers leaves us wide-eyed at the first glance, the structures reflecting culture and local materials unfailingly render a sense of warmth and devotion. This fondness to the rich material palette and the cultural galore is what made Doshi’ building stand out for me. Even though he valued modernist architecture, the adaptation to an Indian way of life marked his approach. Will his triumphs embark India towards a more definite concept of sustainability? This is an answer I leave on time, though I do hope it enhances the appetite of upcoming practitioners to follow their heart, take risks and set the trajectory for next generations.
“Follow your heart and do what you think is appropriate for the welfare of the society and profession.” Balkrishna Doshi
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The smell of soil after heavy rains is what this home in Ahmedabad feels like! Designed by Ankita Jain and Dhwanil Patel of Adhwa Architects, this newly designed residence is located in the residential area of South Bopal, Ahmedabad.
With 7000 sq ft built up, this three storey house is the epitome of expanse. With a modern Indian aesthetic, the architects have created a voluminous space with generous outdoor connections and open spaces.
The curious brief
Art has an undeniable presence in the home, with sculptural pieces to hand painted murals to awe inspiring paintings. A neutral monochromatic theme can be observed throughout the home with statement pieces that highlight the space they are placed in.
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Entering the home, an aura of green surrounds oneself. With a raised garden, a shallow lilypond greets on arrival. The foyer seamlessly transitions into the informal seating area lit with ample daylight. A stunning statement chandelier can be seen highlighting the space.
A formal living area, dining area and an open kitchen are divided through meticulously detailed screens. The formal living area is doused in greys and beiges with wooden accents. With an openable floor-to-ceiling glazing, the room also houses an embroidered and hand painted fabric screen to mirror the foliage present outdoors. The dining area is a dramatic delight, with bold sculptural and playful elements.
Adjoining this area are the parents and guest rooms designed with the inhabitants in mind—a serene atmosphere where one can sit and enjoy peacefully.
Moving up through the house’s focal point, a sleek mild-steel staircase seamlessly connects the family rooms. With dreamy cloud-like lights hanging from the ceiling, the walls around the staircase are covered with a mural with traditional cows and flora around it. The second floor has a total of three bedrooms, with two placed towards east and one in the west.
Facing the west is the master bedroom. A movable metal screen envelopes the long balcony. The checks present on the grid of the screen cast shadows creates spellbounding patterns. The name ‘Komorebi’ for the house was inspired by this aspect. Several feet long, a breathtaking hand knotted back rest is present behind the bed. The master bathroom is clad in in precious red Travertine stone exhibiting glorious horizontal grains and striations.
The east facing room is an amalgamation of marble and wood. With a raw and tactile feel, the long balcony is paved with stone. With grey and black being the majorly used, the wash area in this room has dark accents.
The other east facing room, the daughter’s bedroom, is tucked in and plush. Keeping the same design language throughout the home, clean wooden accents are present.
Further upward, the third level is entered through a hidden door that leads to a staircase. It leads to a comfortable lounging area. With multiple tufts, ottomans, loungers and rugs, the place is perfect to unwind in. An extended terrace is equipped with outdoor lounging furniture.
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A fresh new perspective towards screens, the movable metal screen with a chequered pattern was an absolute delight to witness. The purposeful Komorebi effect caused by the grid feels enchanting.