Who lives here:
A businessman with his wife and 2 children
Size: sq feet :
1300sqft (carpet area)
Type: apartment or house?
Number of bedrooms and bathrooms:
3 Bedrooms & 4 bathrooms
Dhara & Atri from DA Architects
Photograph courtesy for the images:
A family from humble beginnings wanted their future house to reflect their aspirations. Their main task was to design a simple house with a playful approach within the budget constraints.
A family of a 4 with parents & 2 adults.
For projects like these, as a beginning point, we like to chat up with our clients and more than often, hidden amidst these conversations we find our starting spark. It was no different this time. During the initial conversations about the project, it became quite clear to us that the heart of this project would be the merging of the proverbial new and the old. Though the family is strongly rooted in their unique traditions and culture, it is also at the same time a quintessentially a modern Indian family. This for us was an opportunity disguised as a challenge and became the starting point of our design process. In all aspects of the design process we have tried to highlight this merger. Decisions about the materials, textures, artworks, ambient lighting, furniture design, fixtures and overall outlook of the apartment were so taken that they reflected this core concept. This way of designing projects we feel is very interesting for us as it allows us to realize projects as a way of spatial story storytelling, which is unique and hence personal to every client.
It’s a 5th-floor apartment and opens up into the living area. A large balcony spills out from the living room, bringing in the outside to the inside. A sequential open plan concept leads to the kitchen which is aptly flanked on two sides by two kid’s bedrooms. The master bedroom is separated by a corridor from the living area to bedroom giving it the privacy and the space that a master bedroom demands.
Well-lighted living room has a custom made seating arrangement with attention given to not just the form but also it's material and its textiles. Indian textile inspired wall pieces are hung on the wall facing the long side of the seating. These wall arts are further accentuated with a contrasting wallpaper of similar language. The ceiling has wooden purlins to give a sense of the ambiance of a traditional house. It is this marriage of new and old, which we felt should be the concept of the interior of this house.
A simple bed back highlighted with profile lights give a unique identity to this grey themed room. The large wardrobe is designed in such a way that gives an effect of a feature wall & breaks the monotony of the typical wardrobe designs.
A Black and white linocut frame in the bed back surrounded on other sides by grey colored walls to lend a sense of softness to space. A calm colour palette soothes the mind and relaxes an otherwise anxious mind. His love for music has been incorporated by providing a niche to highlight his favorite instrument.
Daughter's love for the moon played in perfectly with the over the grey color theme of the house. To break the gloominess sometimes associated with monotones, we have also introduced wood bands. Tints of cool-blue splattered proportionally across the room add to the feeling of calmness.
The apartment is built by a local builder and the scope of the firm was just to the interior design of the residence, there aren’t any structural changes are done. So, all the material used in walls & floors are conventional i.e. brick & vitrified tiles.
Paints: Asian Paints
Sofas: Custom made
Dining table: NA
Flooring tiles: NA
Furniture in living/family room: Custom made