Ar. Shitesh Agrawal,


Owner at SAaP Lim­ited, has a team of young, cre­ative, and highly tal­ented pro­fes­sion­als. The com­pany came into ex­is­tence in 2002, and since then, the firm has un­der­taken sev­eral pres­ti­gious projects of vary­ing mag­ni­tudes and de­sign styles per­tain­ing to ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign. In an at­tempt to be pi­o­neers of be­spoke de­sign, Ar. Shitesh and his team has been work­ing on projects such as sump­tu­ous homes, mul­ti­fam­ily dwellings, town­ships, ur­ban plan­ning, cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial ar­chi­tec­ture, so on and so forth. Wi t h re­gard to work, SAap is char­ac­ter­ized by an un­ri­valled com­bi­na­tion of de­tail­ing, di­verse de­sign and cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy and the ex­clu­siv­ity syn­ony­mous with tai­lored projects. When it comes to plan­ning, macro and mi­cro level plan­ning have al­ways been the forces shap­ing their designs and pro­fes­sional ap­ti­tude. The team has metic­u­lously honed skills aided by their abil­ity to rec­om­mend ap­pro­pri­ate ma­te­ri­als and con­struc­tion method­ol­ogy to en­sure that their clients de­rive value for money and stands to gain from their ex­per­tise. The firm takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pli­ca­tions, be­sides other fac­tors like pro­found com­pre­hen­sion of con­tem­po­rary mu­ta­tions and en­thu­si­asm for imag­in­ing new life­styles and de­ter­mi­na­tion to make this world a bet­ter place to live. Speak­ing about one of his res­i­den­tial projects, a bun­ga­low owned by Mr Gaware, Ar. Shitesh talks about the ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails of the house and how a def­i­nite ar­chi­tec­tural brief and metic­u­lous plan­ning have helped his team to build the mar­vel­lous piece of ar­chi­tec­ture.

To be­gin with, tell us a lit­tle about the ar­chi­tec­ture of the house. Mr Gaware’s house is planned on the ba­sis of the tra­di­tional court­yard plan­ning, which is suit­able for the cli­matic con­di­tions in Pune. Nat­u­ral light and ven­ti­la­tion are the two as­pects that are given the ut­most im­por­tance; so much so that the en­tire house is ven­ti­lated by an up­ward draft. Hot air from the lower lev­els rises up through the cen­tral open­ing and is driven out through the open­ings below the sky­light. Ow­ing to the huge open­ings in the house, from beam to floor, am­ple light en­ters in­side all the rooms so that they are well lit by the day­light. All in all, the ar­chi­tec­tural set­ting

of the bun­ga­low com­pli­ments with its sur­round­ings.

As the ar­chi­tec­tural brief plays a piv­otal role in de­sign­ing in­te­ri­ors as well as ex­te­ri­ors, what were the pre­req­ui­sites from the client?

It was sim­ple and clear. The client wanted his house to res­onate his own as well as his guests’ per­son­al­i­ties. How­ever, there were cer­tain pre­req­ui­sites per­tain­ing to the house, such as spa­cious liv­ing room, bed­rooms with at­tached clos­ets, sports room with the fa­cil­ity of spa and beauty par­lour, an open-to-sky court, spa­cious prayer room, kitchen room with a break­fast counter and din­ing area, to name a few. I must ap­pre­ci­ate Mr Gaware for not con­fus­ing us with the brief, which helped us to focus more and come out with a sat­is­fac­tory end re­sult.

While de­sign­ing a house or any prop­erty, an architect has to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the de­sign chal­lenges. How did you man­age to win over your chal­lenges while con­struct­ing this house?

Oh! I couldn’t have man­aged it with­out metic­u­lous plan­ning. Right from de­sign de­vel­op­ment to the ex­e­cu­tion of the project, thought was given to ev­ery de­tail to avoid hap­haz­ard sit­u­a­tions on the site. Also, the ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings were pre­pared in de­tail, giv­ing a clear idea to the crafts­man for ex­e­cu­tion. All the con­sul­tants such as struc­tural en­gi­neer, MEP con­sul­tant, land­scape de­signer, etc, were kept in loop to be on the same page. Hence, a proper pre-planned flow in the work helped us to ac­com­plish the project suc­cess­fully.

As re­gards in­te­ri­ors, what colour scheme have you used for the house?

The client wanted the walls to be painted in light colour shade, there­fore,

we have made use of sub­tle shades of beige along with high­lighters, which added more essence to the de­sign style. If you look at the de­sign as a whole, it is a fu­sion of clas­sic and mod­ern aes­thet­ics. What kinds of light fit­tings have been used as a part of home decor?

Ow­ing to the ap­pro­pri­ate plan­ning of open­ings, the house is blessed with am­ple nat­u­ral light. In ad­di­tion, we have in­stalled LED mood light­ing in the liv­ing room, bed­rooms, etc, to cre­ate a sub­tle yet homely am­bi­ence. The ex­te­rior of the house car­ries as much im­por­tance as that of the in­te­rior. What kind of land­scap­ing has been used to beau­tify the ex­te­ri­ors? In or­der to make the house look beau­ti­ful ex­ter­nally, the client sug­gested the use of nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion in the lush green land­scape area at the en­trance, which has en­hanced the aes­thetic quo­tient of the ex­te­ri­ors. Also a small wa­ter body with plants has been set up out­side, so that it in­stantly catches the at­ten­tion of the per­son step­ping in­side the house. Lastly, it is a given that a house re­flects the per­son­al­ity of the owner. So what fea­ture is it that stands out in this house that re­flects the per­son you de­signed it for? There are many fea­tures of the house that are syn­ony­mous with Mr Gaware’s per­son­al­ity. In sim­ple terms, the de­sign of the house re­flects roy­alty. Be it stone cladding, slop­ing roof­ing, en­trance gate, etc, we have main­tained the same de­sign style and flow for each and ev­ery as­pect of the house. Thank­fully, it has turned out to be ex­actly the same house that Mr Gaware had en­vi­sioned.

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