homify 360º: The house of yellow shadows

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Located in the heart of Panipat, north of Delhi, this 3200 sq ft. property is at the height of contemporary and geometric architecture. The main hurdle for the architects was to ensure that the home was fashionable and light-filled, despite the fact it was situated in a built up area with two neighbouring buildings shadowing the property.

As you will soon have the pleasure of viewing, Studio An-V-Thot Architects have created a bold and modern home that encompasses an incredible play of shadow and light, working in both elegant and avant-garde interior design.

Push, pull

The extruded appearance is definitely a design marvel. With it's push-pull exterior, the geometry of the property is exciting and playful, and forces the eye to wander from corner to corner. The timber screens allow natural light to easily penetrate the property, yet provides the occupants with privacy from neighbours and passers-by. The eaves over individual windows is an interesting design aspect too, as ordinarily eaves protrude outwards from the roof. In this instance, it creates a continuous dialogue with the bold external façade of the building. 

A grand entrance

A grand house must have a grand entrance, and this is indeed what has been achieved here. A hint of yellow is displayed; perhaps a little hint to new guests as to what is inside. The intricate panelling on the door is yet another bold and exciting design feature, showing off the finesse and style of both the architects and occupants. Everyone knows that first impressions are the most important, so it is inevitable that guests would be itching to know what lays behind this impressive set of doors.

Wait in style

Here, a beautiful lobby follows a wonderfully grand entrance. An excellent space to greet guests, this room shows off the impressive work of the architects. The same push-pull geometry is evidenced here too, with the internal wooden screens mimicking those seen on the outside. The subtle interactions between the interior and exterior design create a stunning juxtaposition, allowing us to visually see the relationship between the two areas. The glow of natural light in conjunction with the wooden material finishes on the furniture, make this space warm and inviting. 

Citrus pop

Interestingly, and you would have noticed it above, that instead of using walls and doors as partitions and dividers between the different spaces, curtains and timber screens have been used instead to create the distinction. This is the best way to ensure as much natural light as possible can penetrate the internal spaces, and as you can see for yourself, the lobby, living room and dining room in the rear, are literally bathed in light. The living room, as it should be, appears to be comfortable and relaxing, with the armless sofa and ottomans beckoning you to take a seat. The floral pattern balances the timber tones used throughout, yet creates a slightly more casual feel and is definitely conducive to respite and calm. 

Bold geometry

The title The house of yellow shadows is able to be experienced in full here, with the skeletal steel staircase and yellow feature wall, one of the most incredible design aspects of the property is shown off. The yellow paint, which has been hinted through the other spaces viewed above, casts a wonderful glow throughout the entire ground floor. Yellow and brown are two colours which work wonderfully together—earthy and natural, they have counteracted the contemporary design of the home to make it feel luxurious and elegant. 

Shadow play

Even outside, the light and shadow play is evidenced by the architects. As mentioned earlier, there is an obvious dialogue between the spaces via the vertical timber panelling, push-pull geometry and subtle touch of greenery. By looking at the photos in sequence, you are very easily able to tell that it belongs to the same house because the relationship between every space, no matter how different the use is, is apparent. 

If you would like to see more stunning architecture examples from our homify India experts, see the following ideabooks:

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Do you like the effects created by colour and light play? Let us know in the comments section below.
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