By : wadeindia | 10 Jun 2017 | Recent projects
The House of Quirks
This quaint 3 BHK apartment is situated in a large residential complex in Powai. Surrounded by typical apartments filled with “imported” italian marble and Swarovski chandeliers screaming out the price tags more than the emotions and lifestyles of the people living in it. The young owners a couple and their 3 month old daughter were sure they wanted the house to be very personal and more about the experiences it has to offer than just purely being aesthetically. The home had to reflect their personalities.
Typically the house had 3 bedrooms and 2 attached bathrooms and one powder toilet, a living room, small balcony and kitchen. Since the living room was small we decided to break down the powder toilet and enlarge the living and dining area,. To further increase the common spaces, the kitchen wall was broken to make way for a large barn style sliding door which when open ties the living space with the kitchen. the 2 larger rooms were retained as bedrooms and the third was converted to a media bedroom
Home is not a space; its a Feeling !
The Design intent was to create moments and spaces that tell a story about the owners and their lifestyle. I believe as architects we help clients shape a lifestyle and also help improve it.
The living room is complete with many such moments
- Dining Nook : Breaking away from the stereotypical dining table with chairs on both sides. we decided to give a more playful and relaxed seating. One side of the dining table is a comfortable cushioned bench seating highlighted with the veneer panelling and the other side has 3 chairs.
- The Backgammon inspired Dining table :itself is sleek modern wooden table with a magnetic back painted white glass. This allows for their growing child to play with magnets and even write on the table top, thus making for some great interactive time.
- V shaped book shelf : The conventional image of the father of the house sitting on his big fat armchair reading a book . The V shape book shelf adds an element of quirk to this picture.
- The Chalkboard Wall: This has to be undoubtedly the most used area of the house. 2 of the back walls of the living room are enveloped in a chalkboard painted wall. The family take pride in sitting with their little daughter every evening to draw and play and spend some quality time together. Alternatively the couple also use this wall to write messages to each other.
- Flooring: One of the most striking feature of the living room is the pop coloured flooring. It is a handmade cement tile locally produced in India . The tiles helps reduce the temperature of the flooring hence making it a cool surface to walk on. The Striking colors add an element of fun. The rest of the walls and ceiling colors are kept muted to a white. The same flooring continues into the kitchen to make it look like a seamless large space
Antique distressed finished cupboards in Mint green , a Peek a Boo louvered Window and a stunning Swing side table made of a cut section of a tree trunk all set against a blue wall make this room very fun and vibrant
We wanted to guest bedroom to be simple The striking Ombre cupboards are allowed to do the talking in this room. The cupboards are divided by a bed with a tall headboard and book shelf .
The couple loves to watch movies . TO make this room comfortable, half the room is converted into a large bed with cushions and the other side is a bookshelf to store all their books and DVDs. The warm grey makes it a cosy and great space to watch movies in
Lastly every nook in the house comes a space where the family can create memories and also being up their child in an interactive way . Architecture need not be stagnant and all about the aesthetics only. Interactive designs help in engaging family members together thus making it more of a fun house to live in
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