LOCATION Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
DESIGNER Hiren Patel
DESIGN COMPANY Hiren Patel Architects AREA 690 m2 PHOTOGRAPHER Sebastian Zachariah
The backyard of the old home has been transformed into a private garden with a meticulously planned layout. Each plant has been handpicked and nurtured. A stone-carved waterfall with flower and butterfly motifs amongst greenery along with mood lighting makes this a perfect party and entertainment area. It is simple in its design and yet spectacular with its glass walls and specially fabricated silver-plated carved door. The six panels on the door are sourced from Udaipur and framed locally. The temple was shifted from the old house to the outside, according to Vastu. The patio is shaded by a wooden awning, which stands on a six antique pillars sourced from a dealer on the outskirts of the city. Foliage, stone and terracotta statues and carvings and a main door of teak wood with intricate paneling, welcome one in. The formal living areas is an amalgamation of the old and the new, some pieces inherited, some bought. Pichwais, statues, sculptures, 322
silverware and artifacts sourced from various trips abroad, mainly Thailand and China, exist in perfect harmony. The two identical wall units are family heirlooms. One side of the living room leads to the dining room, which further extends into an outside area. A metal buffalo greets you, when you walk through the door leading to the informal living area, as a beautiful glass lampshade redesigned from an old chandelier. The traditional Jhoola(swing) is the focal point here. It was custommade by a local carpenter, like the rest of the furniture. The upholstery is in a riot of bright colors, which animate the ambience. Upstairs a common room leads to three bedrooms with attached bathrooms. The couple’s two sons share a bedroom and a study. The bedrooms are specifically designed to be functional and elegant, yet understand-unlike the rest of the house.