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The Modern Home | Luxury Design & Interiors in India

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Contents BADRI RESIDENCE | Bangalore Architecture Paradigm



KADAMBA HOUSE | New Delhi Atrey & Associates


KRISHNAN HOUSE | Bangalore Khosla Associates


THE MONSOON HOUSE | Kerela Taliesyn Design & Architecture


POOL HOUSE | West Bengal Abin Design Studio


PEACOCK & THE WOODS | Ahmednagar Aijaz Hakim Architect

THE MANGO HOUSE | Alibaug Puran Kumar Architects


GOMATI | Malavli Spasm Design

SHAH’S RESIDENCE | Bharuch Dipen Gada & Associates


YADAV’S RESIDENCE | New Delhi Spaces Architects@ka

RESIDENCE | New Delhi Untitled Design Consultants


PORES 34 | New Delhi Studio An-v-Thot Architects

VIKAS SHARMA’S RESIDENCE | Chandigarh Anudeep Bhandari & Associates


SHAH JAHAN | Vadodra Footprints E.A.R.T.H.



VOLUME VILLA | Lucknow Archohm Consults

PRAMIT PATEL GUEST ANNEX | Billimora HCP Interior Architecture Pvt. Ltd.


SURMAYA ABODE | Ahmedabad HCP Interior Architecture Pvt. Ltd.

MOOD HOUSE | Faridabad Archohm Consults


HAPPY HOME | Surat Reflecct


NEST HOUSE | Surat Architecture & Beyond


SANJAY GUPTA’S RESIDENCE | New Delhi Spaces Architects@ka


TWIN COURTYARD HOUSE | Chandigarh Charged Voids


FUSION HOUSE | Pune Sunil Patil & Associates





VIRAJ KOHLI’S RESIDENCE | Gurgaon Confluence

256 268 280 294 310 318 330 350

THE SKEWED HOUSE | Kerela Lijo.Reny.architects


B23 RESIDENCE | New Delhi Architecture Discipline


HOUSE-OUTHOUSE | New Delhi DADA Partners


WEEKEND HOME | Alibaug The Ashleys



S8 RESIDENCE| Chennai Mancini Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.


BEEHIVE | Bangalore 4site Architects


KINDERED HOUSE | New Delhi Anagram Architects


KINGS HOUSE APARTMENT | Bangalore The Purple Ink Studio


APARTMENT BY THE BAY | Mumbai Collaborative Architecture


SEVEN | Lonavala Planet 3 Studios Pvt. Ltd.


Contributors Acknowledgement About the Publishers


Foreword Design of Homes | A Home for Designs

The etymological roots of the term Bungalow lies in ‘Bangla’- the region where the East India Company established its first colony. It was a type evolved in response to environmental and socio-political context prevalent in the region then. The bungalow form emerged as an aspect of hot and humid local climate conditions and the British coloniser’s Master- Servant relationship with the natives then. Peripheral and generously proportioned Verandas, three tiered sloping roofs, louvered openings, dense vegetation etc. emerged in response to tropical hot and humid climate condition, requiring transparency t o breeze as well as cross ventilation for physiological comfort. While compound gates, detached kitchen, banquet hall in central core etc. came in response to lordship and the chosen alienation from the locals. The house type challenged a few fundamental premises of the household such as its alienation from street and neighbours, absence of kitchen from the core house and introduction of banquet and party places in the very interior central core. It was a total inversion from oriental introverted courtyard house with central void and guarded inner core for only family activities, to a totally extroverted dwelling unit with outer ring of veranda serving as family space and inner core for public banquets. Gated compounds, deep seated units with densely planted gardens offered the privacy and seclusion rendering it non social. This type continued in the regions of similar favourable climate conditions such as Mumbai, Goa, Malabar or even Bangalore. This typology was curiously localised in hot dry region by introducing flat roof terraces in place of sloping roofs, internal chowk in place of banquet hall and entrance porches in place of veranda. Since then experimentation has continued in bungalow architecture. From legendary masters to new professional entrants in the field, architects have found in bungalow the freedom of design and multitude of creative opportunities. As it has not been jacketed in any typological idiom yet, it remains an open and levelled playfield for each designer. Residence also has, inherent to it as personalised single family detached dwelling form, number of variables in terms of variety of scales of spaces from personal dens to gathering grounds; types of spaces ranging from private cells, semi closed verandas and balconies along with open courts and terraces; diversity of functional space needs from utility rooms to leisure spaces, hobby corners to party places and puja alcoves to liquor bars.. These inherent set of variables overlaid with individual home owner’s preferences and personalities, make each home a unique alchemy of space making. As such a breeding

ground and opportunity for unique ideas and infinite explorations. Maestros like Corbusier could realise his critical theories through residence designs. May it be Domino as an idea of standardised, mass produced yet flexibly partitioned urban dwelling, Villa Savoy with signature elements of ramp-garden or pilotis, esprit nouveau pavilion thoughts applied in Shodhan house and roof garden idea in Sarabhai house and so on. Architectural masters such as Mies Van Der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Geoffry Bawa and so on, found their identity and signature image primarily through their residence designs. Contemporary Indian architects, like the modern masters, have been in charge of inter related spheres of house designs and have got fully involved with space planning and architecture to interiors, landscape, furniture design, product design, hardware, as well as artefacts and accessories design. Thus it is emerging as the most finished resolution of design. The architecture of residence remains most crafted and attended through design details and accessories in addition to spatial organisation. There has been increased integration of artwork, furniture and landscape in residence architecture. There is also an increased exploration of constructional material and their textural renderings. Residence architecture also has been least prototypical yet in this era of globalisation and industrialised mass production in comparison to other building types such as office buildings, malls and multiplexes. Residences have therefore also remained less typified of creator’s styles.

With diverse geographic and natural contexts of uniquely different sites for residential designs, with wide ranging client aspirations and with diverse design approaches adopted by as many diverse designers, house designs remain to be an open book on architecture to find infinitely varied responses to spatial themes and fascinating resolutions of form, space and architecture. Architecture of individual homes, while remaining customized to place, people and its programme ironically also provides enough laterality to integrate designers’ vision, poetics of space, explorations of ideologies and a playfield of creativity. Architecture of residence has a vast horizon which finds its limits only at creators’ gaze, concerns and competence.

Yatin Pandya Principal Architect | Footprints E.A.R.T.H.

One end of spectrum of this liberty has polarised into increased esotericism with personal fancies where residences are getting to become more and more of mere fashion statements and as a matter of fact, objects of display rather than convenient places to stay, cosy dens to cherish or personalised homes to recluse. Houses are created for peer groups to admire and be counted as a part of the “league” rather than a personalised recluse that nourishes physically as well as spiritually. An icon for others to admire rather than an experience to personally feel. While on the other end of spectrum there have been numerous explorations exploited in this type. May it be a rendezvous with very organic forms and amazing space making, like residences designed by late Shri Nari Gandhi; or it may have become an intimate affair with nature or local terrain; or the realization of selfproclaimed ethos of sustainable architecture. 2

Preface The Modern Indian Home | Transcending Cultures and Lifestyle

“Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution.�
 - Ivan Chermayeff

Globally, 20th century Design has evolved to be figurative of a contextual shift in cultural lifestyles. In India, more than anywhere else, design is becoming intensely integrated with modern living, where it finds its way into even the most modest and unassuming aspects of our lifestyles. Evolving from an earlier approach of being a simplistic means to a functional end, Contemporary Indian Architecture and Design has matured; cultivating itself towards producing design solutions for all aspects of our private, public and communal lives. Apart from Architecture and Interior Design, Environmental design, Product design, Industrial design, Experience Design etc., are all finding their way into the Modern Indian Home.

comes together in the form of an idea book, igniting inspiration. A unique blend of Luxury Design and Interiors, this book aspires and endeavours to promote a new discourse in the realm of contemporary home design. Tanya Khanna Founder & Director | Epistle Communications

Architects and Interior Designers have therefore become the creators of a narrative, to conceptualise the design of the Modern Indian Home for a global inhabitant, who is a part of a rapidly changing world. The home itself is an optimized amalgamation of design, form, function, value and aesthetics that manifest in this shifting spatial paradigm of house design. Imbibing an Inside-out character, with spaces of both communal and intimate nature, the overall design of the home today blurs the boundaries between architecture and interiors. As opposed to the earlier approach to the private interior of a home, and hence a more ephemeral nature of its design, contemporary houses are an continuum of Architecture and Interiors; spectacularly mingling the individual and the collective, the private and the public, the domestic and the cultural, the heritage and the avant-garde and of course, the inside and the outside. Within this context, this book is therefore a selection (albeit not an exhaustive one) of houses and apartments designed by significant Indian Architects and designers that attempt to epitomize the notion of the luxurious Modern Indian Home. Embodying the hybrid concepts that transcend all geographic boundaries and influences, yet are rooted in rich, cultural tradition, the project compilation


Krishnan House, Bangalore Khosla Associates Client: Gopalkrishnan and Pushpalatha Area: 16,000 Sq. Ft. Photo Credits: Shamanth Patil J. Year Of Completion: 2015

Modernity since the twentieth century has always been about bold language and an expression of style that was often arrogant. The house designed for Gopalkrishan and Pushpalatha in Bangalore defines modern architecture design which is paradigmatic of evolving from within the natural landscape. The built structure is not expressed as the power of the human race but creates a vocabulary that embraces the environment and works in close harmony with it. Each space is emblematic of its close association with the surroundings and the natural habitat of the site before the house was built. Morphology of form is driven by the pre-existing trees on site and the spatial planning works towards an inclusive design of 16000 square feet built area that keeps these green elements at its core. Designed as a habitat that celebrates nature, with architecture becoming the language through which it is expressed with subtlety yet exemplarily. The planning follow the principles of a traditional courtyard house with a central open space and rooms planned along the peripheries. Wooden slatted deck in the court provides transitional spaces to move around the house. Use of natural materials on the columns supporting the pitched overhanging roof gives this court a deep sense of rusticity that is a way to pay homage to the natural environment. To the north west of the house the courtyard spills out into a beautiful green lawn with tall trees retained from the site before construction. Entry to the house is through the foyer that overlooks a water pond and small court with tree shading, part of the central court itself. Home office with a private gazebo and an open garage are located on one side of the site while the personal spaces of the house are built on the other side. 20

An open to sky court with a shaded patio is sandwiched between the living room and the dining area which further opens on to the wooden deck of the central court. This ensures a deep connection with outside greenery and creates a holistic approach to the inside and outside, that are designed in unison than as separate elements of the house. The massing of the blocks is staggered and recessed at places to bring in the natural greenery and connect the central court to the peripheral greens that form the boundary of the site. Trees seem to be dictating the layout of the house that uses decks, recessed opening and slit roofs to address them and integrate them within the planning. Opposite Top: Double height living room accentuated by a spectacular spiral staircase in steel. Opposite bottom left: Entry foyer overlooking a water body and a small court. Opposite bottom right: Overhangs from the first floor and the large foliage of the trees provide protection from sun and rain. Left: A shaded patio in the courtyard. 22


LEGEND 1. Entrance Portico 2. Foyer 3. Office 4. Gazebo 5. Powder Room 6. Waterbody 7. Double Heighted Living Room 8. Pooja Room 9. Electrical Room 10. Home Theatre 11. Open to Sky Court 12. Patio 13. Deck 14. Dining 15. Kitchen 16. Utility Laundry 17. Utility Yard 18. Laundry 19. Store

20. Shower 21. Toilet 22. Servant Room 23. Guest Bedroom 2 24. Walk in closet 25. Guest Bedroom 2 26. Court 27. Semi open Garage 28. Hobby Room 29. Son’s Bedroom 30. Family Room 31. Gym 32. Daughter’s Bedroom 33. Balcony 34. Master Bedroom

Random masonry cladding of Shira stone on the wall is accompanied with Kota stone flooring, which is covered by Mangalore clay tiled roof. Use of vernacular and traditional materials gives it a sense of grounding with the earth accentuating the importance of nature in the design of this house. Timber louvers used for shading, wooden cladding on sleek steel columns and a vertical wooden screen together bring in the traditional touch from old Indian houses that were made in locally available wood. The use of wood has been used liberally even in the inside on furniture and flooring of the bedrooms, becomes a material to contextualise similarity in the outside and inside. Large wooden jambs on the clerestory windows of the house are additional features that work well with the exposed concrete tones of the ceiling and bring a visual balance.

Opposite top: Exterior view of the house from the lawn. Opposite bottom: Home office with a private gazebo. 24

With a more conventional use of materials on the exterior, the interiors are designed in a contemporary style but with minimum fuss, the only spectacular feature being the steel spiral staircase in the double height living room. Other spaces are designed in subtle colours with white walls and tones of grey. But furniture and artworks act as catalysts in livening up the rooms. Most of the furniture pieces are customized by the architects for the house. Some traditional elements are used in the interiors but with a redefined identity reflecting an eclectic modernism, like the Mori fabric pendant lighting in the central living area or the Ikkat patterned rugs.

Opposite: Modern Furniture, artworks and lighting fixtures enliven up the space. Top left: Bedroom with an elegant four poster bed. Centre left: Daughter’s bedroom with an attached balcony. Left: Luxurious bathroom with sufficient natural light. 26



With a more conventional use of materials on the exterior, the interiors are designed in a contemporary style but with minimum fuss, the only spectacular feature being the steel spiral staircase in the double height living room. Other spaces are designed in subtle colours with white walls and tones of grey. But furniture and artworks act as catalysts in livening up the rooms. Most of the furniture pieces are customized by the architects for the house. Some traditional elements are used in the interiors but with a redefined identity reflecting an eclectic modernism, like the Mori fabric pendant lighting in the central living area or the Ikkat patterned rugs. Most lighting fixtures are selected to create interesting and elegant spatial dynamics, while the selection of furniture is based on simple and classy modern styles. Artworks have also been specially acquired from the local artists of Bangalore with the butterfly sculpture called Secret Garden and paintings acquired from Shiv Kumar and Suresh Kumar. 28

The design of the house is an eclectic mix of contemporary styles in the interiors with an array of furniture that is modern as well as uses traditional motifs and materials to create a space that is elegant as well as luxurious. While many components of the interior spaces are splendid and distinct, the general use of earthy elements on the surfaces keeps the definition of the style mild, letting the greens of the surrounding define the vocabulary than the man made elements. Nature is the clear hero of the design and the architecture not only emphasises this role of the environment in our daily lives but uses materials and construction techniques to pay homage to the natural flora.

Opposite: Living area opening onto the wooden slatted deck in the court. Above left: Home theatre with an eclectic mix of modern furniture. Above right: Kitchen and dining space with statement lighting. Left: An open to sky court with natural landscape. 30

Pool House, West Bengal Abin Design Studio Client: Mr. Kamal Das Area: 3670 Sq. Ft. Photo Credits: Ravi Kanade Year Of Completion: 2015

A traditional ancestral home gets a fashionable and contemporary extension. And the connection is through this versatile space where various encounters with its surrounding, gives it a dramatic experiential quality. Much like many wandering quests, it is the journey that takes you into an enriching experience before reaching the end point. The Pool House and Gazebo are built as extensions to an existing residence, built on two adjacent plots of 19000sq ft area to fulfil the dreams of fitness enthusiast, Mr Kamal Das, who wanted a pool with gymnasium and guest areas in addition to an open green landscape. Located in the rural area of Adi Saptagram in Hooghly district of West Bengal, the extension is designed to the north and east of the house with minimal construction of 3600sq ft and maximised greenery. Keeping vastu principles in mind, the Pool House is designed in the east and the Gazebo in the north which optimises conditions for light and ventilation. There is a vivacious transition from the traditional and old to the urbane and chic through an experience which enhances the liveability of the house. The journey of moving from the existing house block, enjoying great views of the surrounding landscape and appreciating the details of design add excitement and thrill culminating at reaching the Pool House and Gazebo. The Pool House and Gazebo define a modern language of architecture, which becomes iconic in its immediate traditional context. The use of natural materials like wood and granite in contemporary style and adept details define earthiness and luxury together. The Pool House is a getaway for the client from the house with a large gym area and ancillary services on the ground floor and a huge lounge and guest rooms on the first floor to host friends. 32





LEGENDS 1. Entrance 2. Existing Building 3. Swimming Pool 4. Gym 5. Shower 6. Changing Room 7. Jacuzzi 8. Gazebo 9. Sculpture 10. Lawn 11. Bridge to existing Building 12. Lounge 13. Bedroom 1 14. Toilet 1 15. Bedroom 2

16. Toilet 2 17. Kitchen 18. Viewing Deck

Opposite top: Mood lighting on the boundary walls and plantation create a peaceful background to experience the Pool House at night. Opposite bottom: Open-to-sky, granite steps. 34

The use of green and pebbled courts, sculptures and tactically located trees and shrubs unite the buildings with its surrounding landscape. Mood lighting on the boundary walls and plantation create a peaceful and majestic background in the night. The use of limited but all natural materials on the face of the buildings with extensive use of wood and granite in shades of grey and black, create a harmony with its immediate context and natural environment. Balconies and terraces open the rooms to the outside greenery and provide transparency to the facade allowing vast amount of sunlight to come in. Wooden slatted doors in the lounge open into a viewing balcony and bring in a play of light and shadow to the space when closed.

Left: The Gazebo has minimal, comfortable furniture that defines luxury together with earthiness 36

Opposite: Pool-side front view of the house. Above left: An elongated swimming pool and open to sky Jacuzzi is accompanied by a lotus pond and landscape. Above right: Sleek wooden louvers bring in mottled sunlight and breeze. Left: Peeping through the tall palm trees and the lush green lawn is a concrete hollow cuboid, enclosing the Gazebo in its glass walls. 38

Opposite top: The minimalist deck extruding from the old house, gives a panoramic view of the versatile landscape. Opposite bottom: Balconies open the rooms to the outside greenery and provide transparency to the facade letting in ample sunlight. Left: A small peep window in the wooden screen gives a glimpse into an idyllic green court with an open-to-sky Jacuzzi.

An elongated swimming pool accompanied on its side by a lotus pond and shrubs growing in small pits and a white and wooden structure encloses all the pool and gym facilities. Sleek wooden louvers bring in mottled sunlight and slight windy breeze adding a new dimension to the changing environments from the old part of the house. As one reaches the end of the bridge, a small peep window in the wooden screen gives a glimpse into an idyllic green court with an open-to-sky Jacuzzi. Made in concrete and wood, the Gazebo gives a rusticity and diversity to the entire house. With small stone paths leading into the green lawn, it is a perfect spot to enjoy the landscape and rejuvenate. It has nominal but comfortable furniture and a large palm tree that stands on one side of the structure, enveloping the area in its warm embrace. 40

The Mango House, Alibaug Puran Kumar Architects Client: Mrs. & Mr. Puran Kumar Area: 6000 Sq. Ft. Photo Credits: Amit Pasricha Year Of Completion: 2015

Placed amidst beautifully aged mango trees is the setting for a house that the architect has designed for himself. The mango trees growing all over the site provides inspiration to build that makes them the defining factors for the planning and language of design. Located in picturesque natural surroundings, the design is facilitated to bridge the gap between nature and the built. The design sensibilities revolve around warmth and comfort with a sensitive approach to create a dwelling that has organic and free flowing movement. The question of finding the ideal location for the main house block on the site was answered by the mango trees itself, utilizing a patch of clear land encircled by five glorious trees. One of the oldest of them shades the entry porch and creates for dramatic entry while the others become the transitory points of movement and circulation for the house before moving outside. Thus instead of the usual cardinal points used to define direction, the four diametrically located trees identify bearings in planning. The foundation and construction is done precariously keeping in mind the conservation of the deep growing roots of these trees. The emphasis on the native is a feature of the house resultant of a sensual adeptness of the building design to its immediate environment. Creating its own language of design, the house does not create an explicit statement but through its inherent nature respects the context of the site and creates a great character building which blends well with nature without losing its own implicit quality. The minimal use of elements but to their maximum effect both visually and functionally bring in a design emotion that is intrinsic to the love for nature. 42


Addressing the constraints of a narrow plot, the program for the house is built over two levels with a separate studio for the architect set away from the main block. The planning of the interior spaces is done along two perpendicular axes that connect the outdoor deck and patio on the ground floor and the balcony and terrace on the upper floor. Movement and circulation within the house takes place along these axes making a statement through the intrinsic relationship of inside spaces with the outdoor. Palm trees and various other shrubs further enhance the outdoor area which is the perfect canvass on which the architect has painted a reflection of his creative sensibilities. Built in concrete and brick which is left unmarred both inside and outside give a rustic appearance and retain the honesty and integrity of materials. The marriage of organic design with a modern sense of appreciation of tradition and heritage is a success marked by this prodigy.

Left: View towards the living spaces through the swimming pool. 44

The most striking feature of the house are the mango trees, not only for their heritage value but the sculptural quality of its trunk which grows organically in all directions and creates an ephemeral artistic impression in its surroundings. To parallel such a natural wonder the aesthetics of building facade are kept modest and close to nature. The linear horizontal bands and orthogonal elements compliment the ornamentation of the tree trunks. Terracotta tiled roof with wooden rafters give simplicity and a connection back to heritage. Pitched roofs have been iconic to the dwelling units since centuries, the effort to return back to those basics in design create a domesticity which is extremely inviting.

Above: The most striking feature of the house is the mango trees, the oldest of which shades the entry porch creating an ephemeral artistic impression in its surroundings. 46



LEGENDS 1. Entrance Porch 2. Foyer 3. Living Room 4. Dining Room 5. Kitchen 6. Utility 7. Lounge 8. Bedroom 9. Bathroom 10. Staircase 11. Deck Area 12. Pool 13. Family Zone 14. Master Bedroom 15. Study Area 16. Master Dressing 17. Master Bathroom 18. Balcony 19. Bedroom 20. Bathroom

21. Balcony 22. Outdoor Deck

The layout spaces are defined by volumetric proportions and large openings towards the outside. Double height living and dining rooms are designed with casual seating mostly in natural materials like wood, leather and jute spilling out into an outdoor patio and pool deck. The swimming pool in one corner of the house in neatly camouflaged by the mango trees and the wooden deck is serene and closely set in the greens. A free standing metal staircase in the middle of the large central living area is the element that adds a dynamism and contradiction to an otherwise organic and effortless planning of the house. Bedrooms on the first floor open into a family lounge overlooking the lower floor and enjoy large balconies and decks with spectacular views of the sprawling green landscape.

Opposite: Recycled teak wood furniture and use of traditional cane chairs adds earthiness and pastoral quality to the dining room. 48

Left: Terracotta tiled roof with wooden rafters in indigenous construction detailing endow simplicity and establish a cultural connection. Centre: View into the house from the pool. Bottom: The artistic loungers add eclecticism and quirk to the organic tangibility of the finishes. Opposite: A free-standing metal staircase in the double height living space adds an element of dynamism.

Rustic and traditional feel of wood with the freshness of trees and daylight set the ambience for the indoors. Colour and texture of plastered concrete and Shahabad stone on the flooring give it a rawness that is urbane and complex but extremely natural to the eye and physical perception. Recycled teakwood furniture and use of traditional cane chairs adds earthiness and pastoral quality to the dining room. Antique looking wooden columns supporting a metal thin roof create a traditional portal into the swimming pool deck. A mixed style of outdoor furniture and artistic loungers inside add eclecticism and quirk to the organic tangibility of the finishes. Luxurious natural elements with their versatile textures and earthy tones make this house extremely appealing to the human senses. 52



Left: Rustic and traditional feel of wood with the freshness of trees and daylight set the ambience for the indoors. Opposite top: Outdoor patio and pool deck with spectacular views of the sprawling green landscape. Opposite bottom: Plastered concrete and brick on the facade reinforces the rustic appearance of the structure while retaining the integrity of the materials. 54

Shah’s Residence, Bharuch Dipen Gada & Associates Client: Mr. Vinay Shah Area: 6856 Sq. Ft. Photo Credits: Mr. Tejas Shah Year Of Completion: 2015

The Shah residence is a vibrant and vivacious five bedroom house built for Vinay Shah and his family in a dense and busy neighbourhood of Bharuch. The client wanted a well facilitated house that would be a colloquial getaway from the chaos of the city. Entertainment zones such as a home theatre, gym and ample green pockets were a necessity in addition to the comfortable formal and informal spaces of a city home. Thus a double storey house is designed segregating the formal and entertainment zones from the more private areas through a well lit central double height court. It acts as a spine to the house dividing the two areas, but also holding them together as a single cohesive unit. The building has an undemanding facade marked by deeply set windows that are a result of an introverted planning in response to the climate. Planning is done to facilitate north-south orientation ensuring best weather optimisation. The entrance to the house is through a front garden and a semi enclosed garage on the other side. A ramp from the garden leads to the entrance foyer and living room which further connects into the family area and an internal court. The Shah residence is an experience of comfort living through simplicity but yet complexity of design and materials. Use of textures through material grace and contemporary design define the essence of this house. Sensitivity to spatial design and emphasis to serene elegance makes it a perfect place for the modern family to live and enjoy the environment. The use of a central court that acts as a spine, facilitating movement and transition through the building is an intelligent and impressive character of this house. 56

Far Left : The use of concrete and wood complimented by adding vibrant furnishings in the living area. Left: An abstract geometric pattern in concrete defines the design of the skylight, creating mottled shadow patterns in the court throughout the day.

As one enters the house, small glimpses of this abundantly lit central enclosed court through large glass windows, gives one a sense of surprise and vibrancy. The court is lit by a huge sloping skylight and double height windows on both sides. Well designed floating wooden staircase in the double height court connects the upper floor. At the edge of the elongated central court is the family dining area that is vivaciously lit and opens onto an outdoor deck. On the other side of the internal court are the private areas, with bedrooms split on two floors. A simple bridge on the first floor connects the bedrooms to the gym area on the front side. The central court is the space for easy transition and organic flow within the house, and also the instrument for bringing in natural light.. The skylight in the central court is made in patterned concrete and glass which brings in large amounts of light and character into the semi private areas. An abstract geometric pattern in concrete defines the design of the skylight, creating mottled shadow patterns in the court throughout the day. 58

It is the versatility of this vibrant central spine that not only binds the spaces of the house together, but also ensures adequate lighting for a cheerful and happy living. The geometric pattern of zigzag lines in the skylight becomes a defining guide for other elements of the house like the skylight in the garage and as elevation on the entrance door to the house. The exposed concrete ceilings in the rooms and the court, with seamless joints and perfect workmanship add to the contemporary and urbane look of the house. The natural characteristic of the concrete and wood is complimented by the use of vibrant furnishings and dynamic lighting in the interiors.

Opposite: A simple bridge connecting the bedrooms to the gym area on the front side. Above: The dining area with double height windows opens onto an outdoor deck. 62


Legend 1. Entrance 2. Foyer 3. Living Area 4. Family Area 5. Pooja 6. Dining 7. Double Height Area 8. Deck 9. Kitchen 10. Store 11. Toilet 12. Utility 13. Lift 14. Daytime Bedroom 15. Master Bedroom 16. Servant’s Quarter 17. Garden Area 18. Parking Area

19. Daughter’s Bedroom 20. Gym + Library 21. Toilet 22. Home Theatre 23. Lift 24. Bedroom 25. Son’s Bedroom


The materials used balance each other and create sophisticated interiors without making it too opulent. Italian marble and extensive use of wood gives the interiors warmth and familiarity along with a magnificent eloquence. Furniture of the house is modern with a hint of eclecticism at places adding an extra dimension to the everyday style of living. Dashes of stone murals on the court wall add a tinge of drama to the interiors. The floating ceiling in the bathrooms and light cove in the bedrooms accentuate the sumptuousness and elegance of the space.

Opposite top: Light coves and clean furniture in the bedroom accentuate the sumptuousness and elegance of the space. Opposite bottom left: Windows in the bedroom accentuate the openness and maintain visual connectivity to the nature outside. Opposite bottom right: Washroom designed to be in sync with the overall clutter-free theme of the house. 64

The materials used balance each other and create sophisticated interiors without making it too opulent. Italian marble and extensive use of wood gives the interiors warmth and familiarity along with a magnificent eloquence. Furniture of the house is modern with a hint of eclecticism at places adding an extra dimension to the everyday style of living. Dashes of stone murals on the court wall add a tinge of drama to the interiors. The floating ceiling in the bathrooms and light cove in the bedrooms accentuate the sumptuousness and elegance of the space. Deep set windows and restricted use of too many materials on the elevation of the building define a modern and minimalistic building, defined by the pureness in form. The sunken windows ensure shading from the sun and rain and become a buffer from the outside hustle-bustle.

Left: A semi-open garage with zigzag, geometric lines in the skylight. Far Left: Entrance to the house. 66

Private Residence, New Delhi Untitled Design Consultant Client: Undisclosed Area: 20,500 Sq. Ft. Photo Credits: Pranav Purushotham Year Of Completion: 2015

The house is the coming together of a myriad of ideas of traditional crafts and art works to create harmonious music. The clients wanted to create a home imbibing Indian arts and culture but in the language of the zeitgeist. Thus Untitled Design Studios have designed a house that is a collage of works from artisans all over India. A contemporary approach to the local crafts from various regions of India helps create customized products for the interiors of the house. The 20,000 square feet of internal area is generously used to express these artworks and create a free spirited home with an eclectic flavour. Conceptually, the broad idea was to use spaces effectively in planning and then play of versatile elements which are contemporary in style but using traditional techniques as an agent to do define an in-between quality. India as a country has a strong cultural heritage where each region has its own distinct art form or craft that has been carrying on from generations. The use of many of these art forms in different parts of the house give each space its own personality but also bind it together as a strong exhibit of art and crafts. Various regional art styles and crafts techniques are used which range from Gondh art of Bihar to Sanjhi and Pichwai of Uttar Pradesh. Brass work from Orissa and Thangka painting technique from north-east are used to accentuate the spaces. Though these vernacular styles are not used completely in the traditional sense, artists from the field have used it as a medium to express modern ideas. One example of which is the Gondh artwork on the double height wall of the living that is an abstracted version of the original form. Lighting design also plays an important role in defining the ambience and decor. 68

Sunken courts in all directions of the basement are the driving forces for organisation of rooms which then address the outdoor. The missing garden on the ground is replaced by vertical greens in the courts and the large windows opening from each of the internal areas in the house accessible to the outdoors. Accompaniment of vertical gardens with waterbodies like a lily pond and the swimming pool along it make for spatiality in the basement that rids the feeling of being underground and detached. The opulent fireplace with tiger eye stone defines the living area with a bespoke designed bar to recreate an old-world charm to it. The micro concrete used in the basement with rich materials on furniture and accessories complement each other well. Left: View of the dining area offset by the copper handi downlighter. Far left: Quirky art and an unconventionally designed coffee table augment the lobby area. Above: Sculptures and various other artworks used in the house enhance the overall experience. 70


Legend 1. Front Lawn 2. Sunken Court Below 3. Bedroom 4. Lift 5. Toilet 6. Entry Foyer 7. Powder Room 8. Lobby 9. Lift 10. Sunken Court Below 11. Lawn 12. Dining 13. Shaft 14. Kitchen 15. Potwash 16. Servant’s Room 17. Rear Lawn 18. Verandah 19. Sunken Court Below

A feel of spaciousness and free flowing movement is added through light material partitions, each designed in accordance to the ambience and decor of the specific areas being connected. Mirrored walls with geometrical patterns used in the living area add depth and openness. Antique wooden carved chowkhat along with a glass partition in the lobby is the perfect welcome to the house. Flooring material is kept neutral with an Italian grey grainless marble at most places which gives a blank canvass for inking artistic expressions. Walls are also dressed in colours of grey to accentuate the bright artworks acquired by artists from all over India.

Left: The antique wooden carved chowkhat along with a glass partition in the lobby creates the perfect welcome into the house. Far left: Staircase with glass railing and quirky lighting fixture. 72

The highly decorated post of the diwan and the hanging swing that is reminiscent of old Indian houses sits in juxtaposition with the contemporary Gondh artwork. . The bedrooms have the four-post wooden beds highly ornamented as in older times contrasted by leather panelled wooden side boards. Living room furniture is extremely modern with Lawson and Tuxedo styled sofas and unconventionally designed coffee tables. Bathrooms are designed as individual pieces of artwork with each strikingly elegant.

Above left: Hanging lamp and a four poster bed add drama to the master bedroom. Above right: Unfinished seasoned wood and semi-precious granite counters are remarkable features in the bathrooms. Opposite: The highly decorated dewan reminiscent of old Indian houses sits in juxtaposition with the Gondh artwork. 74



Legend 1. Sunken Court 2. Store 3. Home Theatre 4. Lift 5. Pantry 6. Study 7. Sunken Court 8. Lobby 9. Toilet 10. Lift 11. Wooden Decking 12. Swimming Pool 13. Living Room 14. Sunken Court 15. Lily Pool 16. Balcony 17. Bedroom 18. Lift 19. Toilet 20. Lift

21. Shaft 22. Lobby 23. Balcony 24. Bedroom 25. Dresser 26. Toilet 27. Balcony

Left: The hanging swing and Gondh artwork on the double height wall of the living area endows the house with a traditional feel. Far left: Glossy yet elegant interiors create an aura of opulence. 76

Natural light is ensured to appreciate the art installations while lighting fixture are artworks customised. A multifaceted mirror light in the ceiling of the basement lobby, the copper handi downlighter in the dining area and the chandelier in the lobby are exclusive to the areas. Bespoke cabinets in the bar and living areas are made using brass and semi precious stones for a rich luxurious feel. Sculptures from known artists all over India representing art styles are either acquired or commissioned for the clients who have a keen eye for art. Accessories like rugs and throws, upholstery and fabrics are selectively picked with traditional motifs and geometric designs to create a balance. The beauty of the house is in the elegant balance of art style and honing of craft forms of India in a globalised language. Left: A multifaceted mirror light in the ceiling of the basement lobby stands out as a focus feature. Opposite top: The micro concrete used in the basement with rich materials of furniture and accessories complement each other. Opposite bottom: The opulent fireplace with tiger eye stone defines the living area with a bespoke designed bar to recreate an old-world charm. 78

Vikas Sharma’s Residence, Panchkula Anudeep Bhandari & Associates Client: Mr. Vikas Sharma Area: 4500 Sq. Ft. Photo Credits: Purnesh Pev Nikhanj Year Of Completion: 2015

In close proximity to the Shivalik Range, the Sharma Residence is designed to enjoy the surrounding views and the cool breeze from the mountains. An array of cascading terraces overlooking into the front court and a lush green lawn makes this house extremely desirable for the owners. While the south entry is designed with receding terraces to enjoy the winter sun of Chandigarh, the North houses most of the rooms of the house protecting from the summer sun. With the picturesque view of the mountains in the north, balconies and a backyard are synced well with all the bedrooms of the house. This 5000 square feet house is split on three levels creating versatile volumes and using different materials to make the spaces comfortable and interesting at the same time. The innovative use of conventional materials like stone and wood lend the house an exposure needed in a domestic space giving it an individual and independent flavour that the family can enjoy every day. Layout of the house follow simple principles of segregating formal areas with more private rooms like bedrooms that are placed mostly on the first floor and two bedrooms on the ground sit away from the common spaces. Each of the bedrooms enjoys outdoor spilt out areas either as balconies or back yard looking towards the beautiful scenery of the surrounding landscape. Separate drawing room for guests at the front of the house overlooks the greenery outside. The family lounge is the central core of the house with a double height volume and an attached staircase. Large two storeyed opening towards the front court brings in sunlight and keeps the space vibrant and hospitable. The staircase leads up to the second floor that has a versatile and flexible room that may be used for gathering, relaxing or fitness routines. 80


Legend 1. Parking 2. Lawn 3. Main Entrance 3a. Service Entrance 4. Entrance Foyer 5. Formal Drawing Room 6. Powder Room 7. Kitchen 8. Utility 9. Lobby 9a. Bar 10. Dining 11. Guest Bedroom 12. Bedroom 13. Dress 14. Washroom 15. Home Theatre 16. Gymnasium

17. Servant’s Room 18. Terrace 19. Puja Room



A large terrace opens from the second floor looking onto the terrace of the lower floor and the front garden, making this composition of cascading platforms ideal for family interaction. Spiral staircase at the back of the house gives direct access to the staff rooms on the top floor. The multiple terraces in the south address the winter months which can get cold due to the vicinity of the mountain range, the large green front garden can be used by the family as a group and individually to enjoy the winter sun. Openings are mostly recessed in the south to protect the indoors from getting heated in the summer days but still enjoying the diffused light entering through the windows. Front entry porch also plays an instrumental role in shading the foyer from the summer sun. Opposite top: Minimalist bedroom enjoys outdoor spill out areas. Opposite bottom left: Living and dining space in a warm, minimalist color palette. Opposite bottom right: Family lounge with a double height volume and an attached staircase. 82

Similar materials in the interiors, like the extensive use of wood in cladding on walls, railings and furniture keeps the indoors warm and familiar. Drop down wooden slatted ceiling are used to harmonize the areas and also act as aesthetical elements not imposing on the space. The kitchen is designed as modern modular unit but use of wood on the cabinets keeps the conventional classic look. Colourful and patterned rugs, cushions and blinds are used to accentuate spaces and create mottled and fun environments inside the house. Natural light through well designed opening throughout the house and the conscious lighting plan ensures comfortable and vivacious indoors. The design of the house which is a combination of well composed exteriors, versatile use of materials both inside and outside and the elegant planning of spaces makes it an abode extremely enjoyed by the people living in it. Interactive spaces through play of volumes, openings and terraces are at the core of conceptualization of the house that aims at happy communal living of the family members. Left: Wood cladding on walls stands out as a design focus in the formal drawing room. 84

Opposite: Composition of the building defined by its blocking, tuses play of volumes to create a balanced facade. Left top: Wooden slatted ceiling act as an aesthetical element not imposing on the space. Left bottom: Horizontal and vertical elements add character to the front elevation.

Composition of the building is defined by its blocking, that uses play of volumes to create a balanced facade. Introduction of horizontal and vertical elements in the street facing side of the house accentuates the play of volumes with open spaces, while recessed windows and open terraces further add character to the front elevation. Projecting sun shades that frame the opening are intrinsic to the visual quality of the house. A triple height trellis at the south west corner creates an inviting gateway in bold character paradigmatic of the building design. Another projecting jharokha element on the first floor terrace shades part of the open area and is a vista to the surrounding greenery. Highlighting of the horizontality in the composition breaks the bulkiness that the massing might have created and the use of various materials also ensures that essential pauses are part of the visual experience of the facade. Flamed granite tiles are combined well with the pristine white paint on the walls that is continued on the RCC and Steel trellis. Wooden frames and clear glass create a connection of the inside with the outside and the natural materials help create a language of design that is not very harsh, but more delicate and inviting. 86

Nest-Private Residence, Pune TAO Architects Client: Undisclosed Area: 21,850 Sq. Ft. Photo Credits: TAO Architects Year Of Completion: 2007

This private residence in Koregaon Park of Pune has a distinct personality from other family homes with design elements that are epitomes of luxury and extravagance. Extending over a 1.5 acres site, the structure is robust and gives a sense of protection. Designed by taking account of local context and micro weather conditions makes it extremely comfortable as well as a sustainable home where people can live a happy comfortable life of pampering. Two 12ft-high stone walls divide the entire site into individual quadrants with separated private and public areas. These Murad stone walls run across the site to create the largest quadrant towards the north-east which becomes the sprawling landscape area located such to welcome the morning sun and provide a comfortable environment to the swimming pool and lawn. While the other quadrants house the private bedrooms and public spaces like dining and living areas separately. An array of circular and semi-circular arches carved into the walls become entry points for the various rooms giving it an old-world charm. An individual guest block sits on the other side of the main entry of the house. The house not only possesses the basic facilities but also hones the sumptuousness and magnificence of these spaces through the play of materials and details. The characterful swimming pool and versatile water elements around the entry of the house in tandem with the sprawling green lawn and tall trees help savour tranquil settings within the everyday living. Dextrous structure that hones the idea of shelter and provides climatic comfort sits well within these landscape elements creating a balance of luxurious swanky spaces and humble green outdoors. 88

Entry to the house is though a 17ft-high ornamental door with peacock inlays that lead into a large glass enclosure. Split into another glass box is the formal drawing room, and the remaining area is a spill out living area. The formal drawing room enjoys great view to the lawn with a water body around it giving the glass box a floating effect. Located in the north part of the site, the tall glass walls bring a lot of natural light and avoid the harsh effects of the sun on the insides. Small clerestory windows in the wall carry natural light to the interior parts of the house from the common double height glass enclosure.


Opposite: The entrance of the house has a 17ft-high ornamental door with inlay in peacock patterns. Above: Bringing nature indoors to maintain connectivity with the landscape. 90

The waterfall from the outdoor arched wall into the swimming pool along with other sculpture courts and trees give it a calm natural feel and connects to the environment. Essential water elements all along the site including the entrance driveway and the overflow from the swimming pool around the main block of the house add an element of tranquillity. A large stone paved deck along the pool is shaded by the metal pergola inset, a beautiful archway giving spatial dynamics to the pool area. Stone walkway in the front garden leads to the gymnasium and spa area with changing room and other ancillary facilities.

Left: The waterfall from the outdoor arched wall into the swimming pool along with other sculpture courts and trees builds a connect with the environment. Above: Stone walkway in the front garden leading into the gymnasium and spa area. 92

A large area for spa facilities is planned around the swimming pool with access from the main pool deck area. First floor has additional bedrooms and a family lounge along with a large terrace. The terrace and an observatory on the top floor offer panoramic views to the entire site with its distinct water features and extensive green plantations. A small sculptured green court in the living area breaks the bold volumetric proportions giving it a humble bearing. Extensive use of leather and stone in the interiors of the house add to the opulence and old-world quality of the spaces. Each bedroom is designed with a private outdoor deck that opens into well designed greenscape and colossal bathrooms for the everyday indulgence. Furniture is designed with playful creativity, and the finishes on the walls are further extensions to this mirthful expression. Opposite top: Bedroom designed with a private deck. Opposite bottom: Endowing the structure of the bedroom’s private deck with a bold and dynamic look. Above: Leather furniture designed with playful creativity. 94

Wooden sculpted tree of life at the entry of the recreation block with the spa and gym is the representation of the experience of the house that is a place for rejuvenation of the soul. A holistic solution with plush domestic spaces, the house boasts of amenities that one travels miles to experience. Lavish landscape and luxurious settings with entertainment and recreational activities gives this city home all the happiness and magnificence of a vacation. From spa facilities to a ravishing swimming pool spread over a magnificent landscape and large dwelling areas with opulent and alluring interiors create a resort like feel.

Opposite top: Dining area with striking lighting fixture above the table. Opposite bottom: A small sculptured green court in the living area breaks the bold volumetric proportions. Above: Extensive use of leather and stone adds to the opulence and oldworld quality of the spaces. 96



The expansive areas of the entire house are united together through a single metal roof with skylights and vents for entry of light and escape of the hot air. The structure of the roof is designed to manoeuvre air circulation and cross ventilation along with strategic points for entry of daylight without much gain of solar heat. The glass wall extension at the edge of the building structure supports the roof and gives it a floating effect. In addition, the two perpendicular walls extending from the main mass to the landscape outside give it a wider angle for viewing thereby reducing the massiveness of the single structure.

Opposite top: Front view of the house spread over a magnificent landscape. Opposite bottom: Wooden sculpted ‘Tree of life’ marks the entrance of the recreation block. 98

Pramit Patel Guest Annex, Billimora HCP Interior Architecture Pvt. Ltd. Client: Mr. Pramit Patel Area: 3472 Sq. Ft. Photo Credits: Mr. Hemant Patil Year Of Completion: 2013

Located on a large linear plot, exists a three-decade old family house full of memories. The house is used by the clients whenever they are in the city. A new contemporary guest unit was needed to coexist within this space. The house is also used for extensive entertaining of key international clients visiting their factory located in Bilimora, which was one reason why the requirement included a separate two bedroom outhouse, including a spa. Design challenges: To create a new building within the existing site that would be different but also complement the existing house, not obstructing the view of the landscaped gardens. The second challenge was to ensure that the interiors of outhouse and the family residence aligned with the expected usage. The first challenge was addressed by the anchor the outhouse in the furthest corner of the garden which helped retain the depth of the existing site. Using warm colours to treat the interiors, the second challenge was met. The outhouse interiors were focused on a luxurious and elegant feel, that of a high end boutique hotel , where cooler tones and more polished surfaces were incorporated. The entire project was greatly enhanced with a number of commissioned art works. The outcome enhanced the living space for the client, as the current landscaped gardens were not only merely retained but actually increased in size. The outhouse was successfully integrated on the site without any major compromises or set backs for the existing house.


Legend 1. Verandah 2. Living Room 3. Powder Room 4. Pantry 5. Dining 6. Passage 7. Swimming Pool 8. Bedroom 1 9. Toilet 1 10. Bedroom 2 11. Toilet 2 12. Jacuzzi


Full height windows from the living spaces towards the pool area and the court provides a vastness and yet a well connected outhouse to the main building. A seamless transition from the inside flooring to the pool outside, gives the impression of an extended floor, that further extends into the green landscape. The entrance is through an elevated platform that guides up to a large terrace on top and leads to a tall wooden door to the inside of the house. The exposed concrete of the facade is a further rendition to this transition, bringing all the elements of the house into a harmonious assemblage.

Opposite Top: Dining space with full height glass windows providing unobstructed views of the pool and landscape. Above: Achromatic colours in the spacious bedrooms create a luxury quotient of calmness. 102

Straight clean lines of elevation and simplicity in use of materials on the exterior face of the building blends this modern building well with the greenery surrounding it. The unfussiness of facade sits effortlessly on the stage set up by the landscape of the house. The combination of red and white plumeria trees and various indigenous shrubs and trees line the boundary of the house, separating it from the neighbouring noises. Moonlighting on the trees of the site add a sublime eeriness to the landscape. Circular pavers create a path into the green garden around the site.

Previous page: Full height windows face the garden, to maximize the view. As the site has no exterior view, the garden creates views for the spaces to enjoy greenery. Left: Circular pavers create a path into the green garden around the site. Above: The bird sculpture artwork adapts well with the landscape design. 106

The bar and living room flow into a central versatile space that is flanked by the pool on one side and the outdoor court on the other side. Warm hues and use of traditional materials with modern designs in the interior design of the spaces make for comfort and tranquil setting. Achromatic colours in the spacious bedrooms and by serene artworks give it a luxury quotient of calmness and relaxation. The subtle greys in the interiors compliment the grey stone on the deck of the pool which does not let the occupants feel the transition they make into the outdoor space.

Left and above: A cool sophistication permeates the lounge and bar of the guest unit. The length of the wall sports a texture one would normally see on an exterior.


Opposite: A bedroom in the new guest unit has an artwork with trees behind the headboard, consisting of stretched fabric on a frame. Above: Close up view of the minimalist bar and lounge area. 110

A large semi-covered Jacuzzi sits in the outdoor court amidst the green which is lit by the sun in the day and moonlight at night. Sitting on the wooden bench inside overlooking the pool and court, is the feeling of sitting in a beautiful green park with nature surrounding you. This central part of the house is the epitome of where the edges of the inside and outside become completely blurred. Each bedroom has full height glass views either to the pool or the outdoor court keeping them close to the surrounding environment.

Left: A large semi-covered Jacuzzi in the outdoor court. Far left: Bedroom with views of the pool. 112

The Modern Home Luxury Design & Interiors In India  
The Modern Home Luxury Design & Interiors In India