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.