By : Nishita Kamdar | 10 Jun 2017 | Recent projects 2
We come from a time where spaces are getting smaller but expectations are getting much larger. There is this constant fight between reality and expectations. Amidst this stands the architect whose role is to try and bridge this gap. Design is the harmony and compromise one reaches between thoughts and execution. What makes you a good designer is your ability to realize all your thoughts into things.
This 4,200 sq ft house is nestled in a typical G+13 storey building complex in the heart of Ghatkopar East. The typology of homes around here is blingy stones and “imported” Italian marble finishes complete with veneer polished to its glossy best, expensive chandeliers screaming out to their Swarovski brothers.
The client Mr. Shah and his family had their brief laid out quite strictly from day 1: the house needed to be functional, free of clutter, simple and true to their personalities. And this was the starting point of a great project.
The 3 most essential materials used in the house are Wood, Metal and Concrete. The Metal and Wood Staircase forms the backdrop to the living room and becomes an architectural element. Metal sliding doors and railings are used to keep the look as slim and minimal as possible. Hardwood in its natural form is treated in various ways, we have tried to reuse even the smallest scrap of wood produced on site. Door handles , wood art frames , diwan backrests were made from leftover plywood and Hardwood on site.
The Deep Chestnut wooden flooring gives a sense of great warmth to the rooms. The client wanted extremely clutter free spaces; hence the house has been designed with extremely minimal and discreet storage pieces.
The terrace area which is an 800 sq ft large space open to sky is the best space in the house. Since the main colour palette was black and brown, we painted some colourful DIY flower pots to brighten up the space and make it look fun. Plants with distinct smell like the Champa and herbs like basil, oregano and mint fill up the space with a lovely aroma.
The material palette is carefully selected here . Since the double height volume in the living room, invited a lot of heat from the sunlight, the natural concrete panels on the wall (concrete is a cooling agent) helps in bringing down the overall temperature of the space.
Overall the house is extremely functional and easy to maintain. By maximizing the window and openings one also ensures that throughout the day, the need for artificial light and ventilation is almost not required.
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