AMIDST NA­TURE

AHMED­ABAD-BASED AR­CHI­TECTS AR­CHANA AND AMIT SHAH DE­SIGN A CON­TEM­PO­RARY HOME CHAR­AC­TER­IZED BY CLEAN LINES, SUB­TLE COLOURS AND A NAT­U­RAL MA­TE­RIAL PALETTE.

Society Interiors - - LIFESTYLE - Text: Bindu Gopal Rao Pho­to­graphs: Palak Jhaveri

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.

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