Project Name- Residence: Pores 34
Location- New Delhi
Client- C. M. Jain
Design Team- Studio An-V- Thot Architects Pvt. Ltd.
Photo Credits- Avneesh Kumar
Completion Date- August 2015
Built-up Area- 5000 Sq ft.
1980, A not so busy road in the Western part of Delhi, led to a not so dense locality, amidst a not so chaotic neighbourhood, where stood a freshly developed residence praised for its grandeur by all who saw it.
2013, A very busy road in the Western part of Delhi, led to a dense locality, amidst a chaotic neighbourhood, where stood a young boy looking at it in desperation for a change resonating with present times.
Soon, The boy & the father sat across us, at our studio, with shear pleasure on their faces as we talked about the possibilities and the eventual future of their dream house. The residence is a 1st & 2nd floor duplex where the planning immediately had to deal with de-cluttering the place as to bring in open plate structure and let the house breathe, to rejuvenate again after so many years. The family had expanded & hence the place had to be expanded. It was a challenge because of the limitations the old structure had, but with careful study of the structure, we were eventually able to dismantle the walls we did not need. Dismantling was even more tiresome, as there was a lot of stone presence at every face of the internal areas of the house, including stone domes, wall claddings , etc.
The lower floor has a living room, a lounge adjacent to a double height lobby, a kitchen overlooking the dining area, a powder room, master bedroom with a walk-in dress leading to an attached toilet. A terrace cum courtyard has been pulled inside to touch the inner parts of the floor, which also can be opened up completely to become a part of the master bedroom.
As you enter the house, a giant white wall of JALI greets you with a suspense as it beholds the space behind it, while leading ones eyes to the upper floor, creating an innate connection between the floors. The jali acts as a partition between the Dining & the Lobby which then travels vertical to become the Railing at the first floor. This was made using wooden frames holding square laser cut MDF boards especially painted in white duco, for letting its pattern do the drama. As there are two sets of sit-outs on this floor, we have tried to develop the Living Room through a formal outlook, using dark wood & dark brown leather sofas, a few tall artefacts sit at the corners, two centre tables are placed at hand’s reach with green pockets to add life, which are kept on to a pastel shaded warm rug. The false ceiling has been kept subtle with the use of wallpaper wrapped floating roof combined with linear bands of wooden frames adding warmth. The rich ambience has been enhanced using a large back lit wall hang that acts as an artefact adding grace to the whole area. On a contrast to it, the lounge has a totally relaxed spatial feel to it, with deep hugging grey sofas & a nice bunch of cushions on it. The complete floor which turns on to the front wall is of rough cudappah stone in its natural form, complemented by the linear bands of wallpaper at the ceiling level. The whole place is wearing a vibrant attire though a number of colourful artefacts, paintings and an even more youthful set of SS finished centre tables sitting atop a contemporary colourful rug. Two original bedrooms were combined to become the master bedroom on this floor, the focal point of the bedroom is the courtyard with vertical garden all through one side of the room. The master bedroom is placed at the rear of the house, which faces south west, so the openings were closed and desire to bring in indirect sunlight resulted in the creation of this court. The court can behave as a private outdoor terrace, and at times may become a part of the bedroom as per user’s choice, with the help of 3 panelled UPVC sliding doors. The terrace has a vibrant yellow recliner complementing the vertical green, a fix bench with multiple foot massagers and a platform placed at the other deep end hosting a huge & magnificent back lit artefact sitting in a bed of pebbles. The bedroom houses a private sit out area, a study, a walk-in dress cum closet with a play of warm carpeted floor, hanging lights etc, which leads to the private washroom equipped with Jacuzzi, steam and two cubicles to house WC & the shower area, finished with dark Emperador Italian stone on the floor as well as the wall.
Behind the white wall of JALI, sits a 10 seater Dining, here the table is a glowing square box of back lit, laser cut corian with glass on top protruding out from all sides. It has 6 chairs with blue leather & a bench with SS legs, the laser cut corian design is repeated on the ceiling level to bring in a connection. The back wall of this area is covered with sky blue patterned wallpaper hosting three vertical niches with glass mosaic cladded inside them. A rich leather wrapped console & a framed mirror accentuates the adjacent wall. The Dining area overlooks the kitchen, which hosts a wide island counter finished using blue composite with 2 high rise chairs. The colours in the kitchen are a mix of light grey and dark grey present as the overhead & under-counter storages, where vibrancy is added at the back splash using toughened lacquered glass in the shade of blue. The kitchen also has a service balcony attached to it at the back.
The Central Lobby at this floor, has a linear rug, where at the deep end, a designer curvilinear chair made of SS & red leather, is placed and an antique studio light post compliments the chair from the side. The backdrop here has a wooden finished hanging storage and a six feet wide painting with splashes of colours creating yet another focal point. Such focal points were carefully thought of at various intervals throughout the house.
The upper floor has a Foyer with waiting, an extended newly wed’s bedroom cum lounge with attached dress & washroom, a guest room with attached dress & washroom, a family lounge, a massage/meditation room, a multi-purpose room and a powder room. A central lobby here acts as a circulation space with a visual connect to the lower floor. A very important area of this floor was the newly wed’s bedroom, for their specific brief to create their room in a way so as to accommodate a complete home within a room, where they could cater to their guests, work at their study, read at the library, enjoy newspaper with coffee at their lounge under the sun or enjoy a private sit-out at their terrace. All this was achieved through linear extension of the existing room so as to accommodate an existing living area within the room’s periphery. Now, with a 30’ x 12’ enclosure, there was a need to create a visual disconnect so as to divide the whole area into two parts, this was done by creating a study that turned onto the wall, extending to the ceiling and finally dropping at the floor while becoming a library with show compartments. With this insertion, the room was visually divided into two halves, where one was catered as the bed area and the other half became a lounge with fixed seatings on a raised platform. A separate pocket was attached to the bed area, which is used as a walk-in dress, secretly also opening onto a private terrace with a set of patio furniture. The whole ambience was intended to be youthful yet classy, this was done using careful play of hidden lights with complementing hanging lights, a large niche with dark wallpaper at the back acted as a stage for LED, linear bands of cushioned leather ran across the bed-back, blue fabric at one end was used for blinds while the other end has multiple back-lit niches painted blue in the sea of grey. A courtyard was placed towards the centre of the room to add life which was then complemented by bringing in shaded sunlight through a skylight positioned within the lounge area. The attached washroom was finished using black tiles which was then complemented by glittering silver mosaic adding sparkle to the couple’s lives.
The Guest room sits at the rear left corner of the floor, which is of a subtle mix of warm colours. A bed with a fabric panelled back is at the centre, to its right is the store cum dress area and to its left is a study with a small library. Wooden flooring has been used throughout this room, brown and beiges can be felt all over with careful insertions of yellow painted in duco. A light brown rug adds warmth here. At present, the multipurpose room is being used as a gym, with an attached washroom. The family lounge has been specifically kept dark with a relaxed feel to it. Its a rectangular room with half the portion raised by 6 inches, the front half houses two dark leathered automatic recliners and the rear half has deep push back sofas. The room has been face-lifted in a retro manner, achieved through the placement of many artefacts and wall hangs complementing each other, the rear wall is finished with upholstered red leather to accentuate the retro. Adjacent to the family lounge, is a fairly small meditation room opening up to the north -east side of the house, bringing in uniform day light and especially creating refreshing mornings with a play of light and shadows with the help of vertical louvers covering the complete front wall.
As the central area of the house is a double height area, it was very important to enhance this area and bring in a visual connect between the floors. To start with, we dropped down the ceiling as a floating member to visibly decrease the distance between the floors, the hanging ceiling was then punctured to bring in natural light from above, and all the faces was then covered with wallpaper to add drama. The drama was then accentuated by custom made rectangular chandelier, which was further dropped down to enhance the connection. A laser cut, linear back-lit panel, and playful geometries on the wall act as the final touches to the painting of the refreshed house that we finally did manage to achieve.
This project is particularly one of our personal favourite, as its a complete package of a brilliant story, wrapped in the perfect attire with an identity of itself.