AHMEDABAD HAS RECENTLY BECOME INDIA’S FIRST UNESCO HERITAGE CITY AND VRUNDAVAN VILLA 6 DESIGNED BY ANKITA JAIN AND DHWANIL PATEL IS PERFECT ODE TO THIS AND MORE.
The Vrundavan Villa 6, in the Science City, Ahmedabad is an amalgamation of traditional and contemporary architecture. The multi-level home spread over an area of 3,300 sq. ft. has a large garden, parking and recreational space on the ground floor. A large Buddha statue welcomes the visitors into this plush home. This home is an example of what good understanding between an architect and a client can do. “The client played an important role in giving us a freehand and allowing us to do the necessary experiments to ensure this becomes a unique space. We have tried not to create unnecessary partitions in the home to make the area feel more spacious.” says Ankita Jain, Principal Designer, Adhwa Architecture Interiors. While the main home starts from the first floor that has the living, dining, kitchen, utility and one bedroom, there is a lift that services all the three floors. “We took the opportunity to enhance the triple height area of the stairwell by placing hanging light fixtures, which looks like a water drop at every landing and connects the whole house vertically through this beautiful light source. It gives the sparkling feeling on every floor of the house making it look visually appealing,” avers Dhwanil Patel, Principal Designer, Adhwa Architecture Interiors.
The staircase to the first floor starts at the dining area, where the ceiling is aesthetically treated. The entire ceiling in the dining area is made out of Burma-teakwood giving the space a warm feel. The living area and drawing room are visually segregated by a contemporary racked partition. “This multi-purpose partition works as a library, display for artefacts and a divider. The kitchen platform is made of leather finished granite, giving a matte feel to the space. The back-painted glass in the kitchen helps in maintaining the hygiene and adds a nice olive shade to the nude colour palette here,” says Jain. The parent’s bedroom on first floor was a combination of soothing colours to showcase their simple personality. While, the main colour palette is subtle, the wooden panel here was highlighted with coloured MDF on one of the wall adding colours to the space and merging the toilet door with the panelling. The basin top of the toilet is designed in a curved shape to make it more smooth and unique. The seamless curved was made of Corian buffing and the round mirror complements the platform shape.
The second floor is mainly divided in three areas -- the small lounge and both the son’s bedrooms. The concept of both these rooms are different with the elder son’s room having a completely contemporary design with exposed finished ceiling and track lights, cantilevered sleek bed and a white uneven PU finished panelling merging the dressing area door to have seamless look. “We took the advantage of the uneven design by having two under lit shelves as a display space. It also adds the soothing mood light. In front of this panelling is a nice leisure area created with two lounge chairs and a round side table. It has a uniquely designed TV unit with veneer finished wooden drawers and MS frame as legs. The open wardrobe in the dressing area gives a western feel. The dry area of the wash room has indirect light on the sides of the floor continuing to the sides of mirror of the wash basin. It connects the walls with the floor and adds a different source of floor and wall light unlike the usual wall fixtures,” says Patel.
The younger son’s room is more traditionally designed and has a slant roof that gives more height in the room. The room is enhanced by traditional hanging lights, post bed and nice traditionally designed TV unit. “Taking the advantage of the height, we have created the center TV unit with two metal poles running all required electrical wires in it and giving support to the carved TV back panel.
The traditional feel is heightened by soothing yellow lights and the upholstery colours. The colonial lights add to the aesthetics, as do the traditional sofa and ethnic side table. The dressing area also holds the same traditional feel, as the wardrobe and has a CNC carved design on the veneer surface. Also the theme reflects in the partition between dressing and wash area. Each area defines the character and personality of individuals,” adds Jain. The third floor bedroom, has been earmarked as a friend’s party den considering the availability of both height and space; a mezzanine floor was created and the bed is placed on upper floor. The metal ladder leads to the sleeping area that has a youthful appeal, while a leisure space is provided at the floor level.
Each space in this home has its distinct light element. A standing lamp is placed at the sides that double-up as an artefact in the drawing room. The ceilings have indirect mood lights, LED panels and corner metal hangings in the rooms that have been designed as per the theme of the individual room. Italian marble flooring in all rooms lend a luxury feel. “The beige Italian marble called Dyna is a perfect back drop for all the furniture to stand out and the colour and the grain of Italian marble was main aspect, while selecting all furnishing. The plain fabrics with some bold colour, do justice to the space and balances the grains in the floor,” says Patel. Natural teakwood and white PU finish with coloured furnishings complete the look of this home.
A distinguishing factor in this home is the intelligent use of colour to accentuate various areas. The main thought was not to go over the top, but to have one or two focal points in every room. “Like the single sofa chairs with floral print in living room or the blue and grey colored MDF panel in parent’s room. On the first floor the stucco texture on the wall and ceiling and the exposed finish ceiling with track lights. In the other room the traditional colour like yellow sofa, handi hanging fittings in the centre and multi-colour jute rug are the statement feature of the room. With all this colour combination, the main colours were added through natural materials at many places like the teak wood ceiling in dining area and living room holds special place with its natural grains and colours,” explain the duo. Again the main challenge was to ensure that the requirement of each individual was met and yet synchronize the design to come up with a homogenous design solution.
Living cum family area connected with dining and open kitchen is divided by multi-pupose racked partition. 1
5 The traditional themed room with elements like four-poster bed, metal and glass hanging lights, carved panel and seating area. 5
4 3 On the second floor, contemporary-themed room with the stucco painted walls and ceiling complements the uneven white partition. 4 The parent’s room with signature blue and grey coloured MDF panel.
7 7 The friends’ den covered fully with pine wood planks, having the mezzenine floor as a sleeping area.
Yellow sofa corner with coloured cushions and jute rug enhancing the traditional theme. 6 8 Ground floor lounge attached with huge garden used as a recreational space. 9 Note the three-storyed stairwell with the hanging lights on all the levels of the house. 10 The main entrance of the house with Budhha statue highlighted with hanging lights above it. 6