This house resides in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The architectural skeleton was ready, so the design task was to internally restructure the bungalow to meet the client’s specific needs. The main vision for the project was to enable a merging of the indoors with the landscape outside. Climate is one of the significant design-drivers. The climate of Ahmedabad certainly needs some design interventions to stabilize the extremities of temperature in summer and winter.
Towards the right of the main entrance area is the formal living room with large windows overlooking the garden. Facing the entrance is the family room, which is the focal point of the house and seems to merge into the outer landscape, making it an ideal space for the family to spend time together. Since it is the core of the family interaction, the larger space was allocated for the family room, thereby reducing the share of the formal living room.
Another very important aspect in the client’s brief was to create an impressive entertainment space. The basement area was allocated for this purpose, and equipped with a dance floor, a home theater and a serving counter. While the overall décor of the home is sober and muted, this space is vibrant and dramatic; in stark contrast with the rest of the interiors. The continuity of the décor scheme, however, is maintained by the use of wooden flooring all over. Almost every room opens out on to a balcony; therefore the connectivity with nature is also maintained all throughout the house.
The décor of the home reflects harmony and timelessness. The furniture is sleek and contemporary, with complementary soft furnishings and thoughtfully selected accessories. The lighting design is well planned and adds dramatic touches to the elegant décor.
Instead of conforming to a single and specific décor style, the attempt is to transcend the effects of time and allow the design to evolve and grow on its own over the passage of time. Basic principles of Architecture have been applied to the house and use of art & art-objects make the spaces of ‘timeless’ quality.Location: Gujarat, India Architect: Hiren Patel Architects