Geo­met­ric Story

PS As­so­ciates - Palna and Sachi Shah

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When they were handed over an old house to re­fur­bish, ar­chi­tect Palna Shah, 28, and in­te­rior de­signer Sachi Shah, 24, de­cided to pull down the en­tire bun­ga­low and build it from scratch us­ing en­ergy-sav­ing eco-friendly de­sign. “We’ve used a lot of ge­om­e­try in the house, from the stair­case to the way the win­dows are cre­ated. The win­dows are at 30-60-90 an­gles to bring in ver­ti­cal strips of sun­light into the house,” says Palna. Mov­ing to the use of nat­u­ral stones like kota and sand­stone, the duo has used ex­posed brick walls in the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas to “lend a new look to the space at dif­fer­ent times of the day”. The ar­ti­facts have been hand­picked to suit the own­ers’ tastes but what stands out in this 5,500 square feet home is a 24 feet high cir­cu­lar stair­case that rests with­out any ver­ti­cal sup­port. “It rests on its cir­cu­lar ge­om­e­try and is an­chored only on two points on the walls,” says Palna.

TREND CHECK “It’s all about go­ing back to where we come from—nat­u­ral stone and bam­boo play a vi­tal role in con­tem­po­rary de­sign. Nat­u­ral stone keeps your house cool in the scorch­ing Gu­jarat sum­mers,” says Palna.

THE BE­GIN­NING Armed with a de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture from the Cen­tre for En­vi­ron­ment and Plan­ning (CEPT), Palna joined hands with in­te­rior de­signer Sachi to col­lab­o­rate on dif­fer­ent projects. “Since our ar­eas of ex­per­tise are dif­fer­ent, there are no clashes,” she says. Over the past few years, they’ve de­signed houses, of­fices and restau­rants in Ahmed­abad. De­tails ps.col­lec­tive.in

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