The 4,000 sft site of this residence was flanged by residential plots on three sides and a narrow road on the front side. The constraints of a tight plot of land had us think primarily in terms of maximising efficiency while still maintaining a feeling of openness and light.
The living space is a grand volume with the roof at differing heights due to the angle of the home theatre seating above. Its verticality is emphasised by large floor-to-ceiling windows with sheer linen blinds that provide soft light in the mornings. The living areas open to a wooden deck that continues into a wrap around verandah overlooking an internal courtyard garden in the dining area. Almost all the spaces on the ground and first level visually flow into it. The central feature of the living space is a staircase sculpted out of a golden mirror clad structural wall with marble and timber details. The large expanses of beige marble are contrasted with a bright colour palette of turquoise, green, red and mustard. The bold patterned carpets provide a vibrant base on which pieces by Ligne Roset, S. Oliver and Poliform sit alongside other furniture. The central cluster of Artemide Mercury Lamp was sourced from Milan. The spatial flow takes into consideration the family’s requirement of segregating public and private space. The ground floor has living, dining, puja, kitchens and utility areas, and 1 bedroom while the upper level has 3 bedrooms, home theatre, a indoor games area and a family room.
We were driven to create a contextually sensitive design by maximising use of local construction materials, large overhangs to protect against sun and rain, and cross ventilation to keep the house breathing at all times. As firmly as our clients were rooted to their traditions, they were also global travellers equally open to an eclectic design aesthetic that is reflected in the house interiors.