DA Architects, a young Architecture and Design firm based in India recently completed the interior design for the private Bungalow of Murtuza- Zehra family in Dahod. Designers were challenged to imagine and realize the functional requirements & aesthetical sensibilities of a Modern Bohra nuclear family within a finite budget. The outcome is beautiful interiors living spaces, fairly balanced of intricate Islamic patterns and the lightness of Modernity and well-pleased clients.
Design: The Bungalow itself is around 4500sqft, comprising of a community area, living & cooking spaces and bedrooms shared between two levels.
Semi-public Spaces: Foyer and the living areas are well lit and airy spaces. Brightly colored walls, heavily patterned furnishings & flooring, custom made furniture all add on to captivating semi-public spaces.
A space for community gatherings, which is a must-have space for any Bohra community house. The interior design of this hall has reimagined many traditional elements- an arch aisle, a heavily worked ‘galicha’ & a mirror on the ceiling.
Master bedroom: Master bedroom has a ravishing colonial blue palette complemented with heavily patterned curtains, beddings, and carpets in blue & white. These colors & patterns work well with the furniture -brown color of teak wood poster bed and a truss –inspired high wooden ceiling.
Children Bedroom: The entire elements of son’ room – be it the floor, ceiling, mezzanine bed or bookshelf is of pine wood. A monkey ladder to mezzanine floor bed was given to nurture the highly energized youngest child of the house. The daughter’s room has a subtler color palette primarily of white, yellow and orange. The bed has suspended frames with fairy lights as bed back design.
Parents’ bedroom: Teal Green colored walls, matching furnishings, antique finish wooden wardrobe & a large wooden double bed completes this space.
Materiality & Expression
The interiors use a carefully chosen, exquisite palette of colors, patterns, and materials making it beautiful and delicate. From vitrified tiles of maze-like -colorful Morocco pattern, brightly lighted walls, wooden patterns, sleek balusters having subtle floral details, a variety of multi-colored glass openings to printed textiles- the complexity of choices are seen.
The traditionalist approach extends itself to the mode of production. The design & production process was labor-intensive. The drawings were made on-site in 1:1 scale. In the current market, where most of the carpenters are trained to work on engineered wooden boards rather than solid wood, this project stands apart. The project uses reclaimed solid wood as a construction material. The client and the designers patiently invested their time and means to train the carpenters.
Location: Dahod, India
Project completed: 2018
Clients: Murtuza & Zehra family
Type: A Private bungalow
Designers: Dhara Desai & Atri Shah, DA Architects
Photography: Photographix India