Client: Dipak Shah, Amisha Masala
Location: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Plot Area: 450 sqft
Built-up Area: 1050 sqft
Status: Completed 2019
Photographer: Tejas Shah Photography
Set in a densely woven grocery market in the main city area of Vadodara, the site is a very tight plot enveloped by shops sharing their terraces. Reflective of the spice business the client is engaged in, the overall design concept, idea of arches, the colour yellow and the material palette of grey lime plaster & wooden wicker furniture were derived from Indian culture. A silent vocabulary of plain grey mass done in exposed lime plaster provide a subdued backdrop to the contemplative yellow arched openings producing a bold minimalistic façade in contrast to the chaotic surroundings.
The interior was then conceptualised in sync with the exterior to allow simplicity and playfulness exist cohesively. The jugglery between the parameters of light, privacy, spaciousness and functionality demanded a strong organization concept. A simple idea of having double height space with overlooking mezzanine area opened a new dimension adding immense volume to the store. The design demanded an additional more private floor to accommodate all the requirements. No space could be wasted by adding new walls and structure. Innovatively, metal arches merged with the necessary metal structural members reformed the design concept adding a new parameter to the design keeping the Indian-ness intact.
As the facade’s arches, the yellow Jaisalmer flooring draws inspiration from Haldi. It presents a beautiful carpet to the handcrafted furniture done in wicker and wood. The palette was otherwise kept monochromatic with the walls, ceiling and metal arches finished in grey. The diversity presented by soft curves used in vivid elements from metal arches, staircase to furniture pieces was bound together by the organic design language. Natural light adds a little drama as it unfolds differently at different levels. Lower level draws light from the front north opening, mezzanine from the skylight and the upper level from the walled terrace. The blend of this light with artificial lights sets the perfect environment.
The selection and blend of materials, the manner in which they are utilised, the openings for natural light are all derived from Indian culture justifying the client’s business. The design presents a breath-taking experience difficult to imagine on such a busy market street.