Location : Bhayli,Vadodara, 2016
Area: 4,800 SFT
This penthouse on the 9th floor of an apartment in Vadodara, is an experiment in itself. It is conceptualised to put up a play of modernism merged with rusticity and create a new metaphor. The client’s brief was more functional than aesthetical. They wanted a budget friendly house with simple interiors.
The white walls and kota flooring provides a neutral platform. Interesting contrast are then created by adding colour elements. A natural palette of materials with a little twist and an experience enriched with natural light creates an elegant environment for the family.
This house tries to break the stereotype of conventional design philosophy and attempts to combine two completely different ideologies. It reflects the present times while is rooted in the past. Innovatively each material is used differently to enhance the spatial experience. Each furniture piece is designed in house and locally crafted. Creatively materials are woven with each other to derive an eclectic ensemble.
Collaboration of ideas, materials and aesthetics derives the final design which is then detailed to produce a holistic output. The wooden entrance door is accentuated by metal jaali work. The jaali is conceptually traditional but is detailed out as a very modern element. The console unit in the foyer area, is very rustic in design divided in small pockets to create a look which reminds one of old tijoris.
The formal living extends into a double height terrace separated by french windows to bring in lots of fresh air and natural light. The backdrop for seating in this space is an IPS wall. Kota flows from the flooring to the wall and further highlights a few art elements.
Living, kitchen, dining and family seating are designed using the open house concept with minimum physical barriers and maximum visual divisions. Coloured wood and metal works stand out in an otherwise subtle furniture arrangement in these spaces.The staircase connects this space to the upper more private area. It is a pure play of metal with wooden treads. It's backdrop is done in kota stone with groove patterns.
All the rooms are detailed meticulously to create interesting spaces. The guest bedroom is designed to be unchaotic. By providing a folding bed, the room becomes free for other use in absence of guests. The parent's bedroom with it's wooden and beige elements is conceptualised to create an earthy aura. The master bedroom is more modern than rustic in nature. Two poster platform bed spreads on wooden flooring. The wood further flows on the highlighter wall and is completed with grey sheets. This room opens into an overlooking terrace and is connected with kids' bedroom through a not so secret door. The kids' bedroom is designed with pastel colour elements and chalk-board wall to keep the childishness alive. The bathrooms are paid equal attention and designed in sync with the bedrooms.
The experiment ends with a touch of artworks and sculptures customised on site to blend with our design concept. Some highlighter walls are also designed as art works. The staircase has a group of sculptures cast from solid wood and metal to highlight the lower level and glass planters hanging from box ceiling on the upper level. An art piece painted directly on wood further enhances this area. Different medium is used to make paintings for the home theatre area. Metal based paintings compliment the metal works in the entire space. All the artworks are designed in house and customized on site leaving behind only an impression of simplicity and minimalism for the clients.