AHMEDABAD-BASED ARCHITECTS ARCHANA AND AMIT SHAH DESIGN A CONTEMPORARY HOME CHARACTERIZED BY CLEAN LINES, SUBTLE COLOURS AND A NATURAL MATERIAL PALETTE.
Ahome in the beautiful natural vistas of the North-East is exactly the stuff that dreams are made of. Ahmedabad-based architects Archana and Amit Shah have turn this dream into reality for Rakesh Nahata. Spread over an area of 5,000 sq. ft., Rakesh Nahata’s home in Guwahati, Assam, is a luxurious two level terrace apartment. It has a lovely view with an adjoining terrace on each floor. It allows the lush surrounding to become a part of the overall home decor.
Lighting inside this home is very subtle; and has been added through indirect forms in the design. “Also, we have procured fixtures to create a controlled low-level lighting environment. Even in the bathrooms, there is beautiful indirect play of lights, which helps in setting the perfect ambience,” says Ar. Archana Shah. The use of decorative chandeliers is seen in the main seating area and dining room. The dining area has an onyx wall specially created as a decorative focus element, which is further accentuated by indirect lighting. Likewise, seamless Italian floor flows throughout the house. The master bedroom has been done up with a leather finished floor tiles to add on to the luxurious feel of the house. Son’s bedroom has been done up using a wooden floor to complement the brick wall in the room.
All the other areas of the house including the kitchen, daughter’s room, study room, lounge and passage use Italian flooring. “Different materials have been used for different areas. We have used finishes that are light and fresh, with earthy textures. The material palette overall includes use of marble, stone wood, glass, fabric and metal,” explains Amit.
Art work conceptualized by Aneri Shah plays an important role in enhancing the overall décor. The rooms follow different colour schemes so while the master bedroom has a neutral colour scheme with subtle design elements, the daughter’s room is peppy with bright colours.
The various spaces in this home are divided into the living room, formal seating room, home theatre, dining room, parent’s room, kitchen, son’s bedroom and terrace on lower floor. While the daughter’s bedroom, study/dance activity room, master bedroom, lounge and terraces on the upper floor.
“This project has this very unique quality that each area has been given its own customized ‘soulful’ element. The drawing room has a double-heighted Bidasar stone cladding wall on one side and customized metal art work for the double-heighted wall on opposite side,” says Amit. The formal seating room, which also has a home theatre, has a customized art work that has been customized which adds a warm feeling to the otherwise cool hues here. The addition of customized art works especially handcrafted by local artisans has been planned intentionally to ensure that there is a contemporary Indian touch to the decor. The living room has an elegant laid back vibe with a single lounger in neutral shades. “We custom made most of the art installations keeping in mind the need of the space. The daughter’s room is vibrant, quirky and cheerful.
Designed around the interest of its young occupant, the custom-designed curtains, acts as a photo story and adds to the glamour of the space exactly the way she wanted,” says Anita. The lounge acts as a perfect area for having a cup of coffee amidst the cityscape view from the window. The kitchen makes use of a combination of black, white and grey coloured glossy surfaces. A pop of red colour has been added into the breakfast counter to enhance the visual appeal and this lends the house a refreshingly unique character. The glass wall was knocked down and a glass window was created, which allows the greens to be a part of the interiors. An array of textures is used to create a rich, layered look in the bedroom.
The bathrooms have also been tastefully done and the clean straight line look of the overall design is extended to the bathroom as well.
The planning of the house came with its own set of challenges for the design team, as there were many big changes required. “The stairway direction was changed. Firstly, it was facing the main entrance of the house, which we shifted to create proper space division and planning. The dining area was double-heighted, which was then covered and a lounge area was created on the upper level,” explains Amit.
Overall, this home combines elegance and class with the needs of the family seamlessly to create a space that is as comfortable as it is glamorous.