ARCHITECT FIRM HAEID PERFECTLY BALANCES FUNCTIONALITY, LUXE APPEAL AND EVOLVED DESIGN SENSIBILITIES FOR BUSINESSMAN PRAKASH’S VILLA IN BENGALURU.
Located in the residential locality of Girinagar in Bengaluru, this large independent home with a white and brown façade belongs to Prakash and his family. Being a business man, Prakash had a clear cut directive for the architect firm HaEID that he wanted a contemporary home that needed to fit the aspirations of all family members..
Having been commissioned the project in the second quarter of year 2015, ar. Harshavardhana H.N, Principal Architect, HAEID had many discussions with the home owners and finally zeroed in on a 2.5 floor home, whose construction was commissioned in the third quarter of year 2015.
With a built up area 7,500 sq.ft., the exterior façade of the home is impressive and gives you a precursor of what to expect once you are inside. Located in a relatively calm street, the frontage is contemporary with clean and straight lines. As soon as you enter through the massive gates that have been textured with a floral print on one part of the door, is the car porch with a double-storied roof, fashioned as a sleek beam-less flat slab. There is also a shoe stand here, again with patterned flooring, as well as a small green patch with a lawn dotted with seasonal blooms. The porch faces the northern part of the building and is supported with circular MS tubular structural members. “These MS members were wrapped absolutely to conceal structural members with exterior grade imported wooden finished panels with CNC cut floral pattern. Those floral patterned voids were sealed with exterior grade perforated and back lit with SS plates. Thus the main building has a porch that exhibits multi-levelled features, contrary to the singularly volumetric car porch,” explains Harshavardhana.
There is extensive use of wood as a material palette here, and the two balconies on the first level seem like they are resting on the L shaped canopy at the roof bottom of the ground floor. The exposed roof bottoms are also in a wooden finish to achieve a harmonious exterior. The external illumination that highlight the important exterior features of the building ensures that it takes on a whole new character post dusk.
The villa has solid teakwood entrance doors on both the eastern and northern corners of the spacious drawing room. The living space is done up in contemporary hues of beige and cream, accentuated with wood notes, and has a contiguous dining space as well. The open kitchen is spacious and well laid out and flows seamlessly into the dining area. The mother’s room is located on the ground floor behind the living area, as being a senior citizen, she need ease of use. Likewise, it also helps that guests who visit her can do so easily.
The mother’s room also has a northern garden view and has two twin beds, so that a guest can also stay here. The attached bathroom with a separate EWC room is also sensor controlled. Done up in rustic post-modern shades, the balance of dark coloured furniture against the rich light coloured marble, finished imported wall paint with peach leafing for highlighted wall panels, is perfect.
The master bedroom for Prakash and his wife is in the south-western corner of the house and the expansive room has typically British interiors. With bold orange coloured Italian leather, PU coated boxed burl wood with polished SS for furniture, imported Golden Spider marble with a combination of imported engineered wood for the flooring adds a wow element here. The son’s room on the first floor is done up in an advanced contemporary genre. The floor plate is split with its entry and study area being lower. The space for the bed, seating and wardrobe has been elevated and cove light on all four sides gives a floating effect here. The artefacts here along with the lighting element, add an element of drama. The daughter’s room in the north-western corner of the first floor has an uncommon floor plate with a projected L-shaped full length window. Seating in the form of an easy sofa has been placed here that also overlooks the northern garden below. Exclusive Italian leather, PU coated dark wood and polished SS have been used in Chesterfield patterns here. Exclusive pendant Floss lights have been modified and are used as concealed lights into the false ceiling.
The top most level of this home is split into eastern and western sections. The Western half is home to a cosy home theatre towards the north and a spacious home office to the south. Fitted with top notch and state-of-the-art gadgets, the home theater is the family’s entertainment zone that also doubles-up as a guest hosting space. Incidentally, the architect firm has taken care of acoustical insulation that ensures that the noise is contained within the space. The smart advanced illumination, use of imported dark hued leather and fine quality of dark fabric for wall panels and low noise dark wooden imported floor, and luxurious and advanced recliners provides a picture perfect entertainment space. The home office is well laid out and makes extensive use of wood, imported wall paper and Italian leather to its interior to add to the advanced contemporary theme.
Done up with Italian furniture, imported wooden flooring, wooden false ceiling with smart lighting, this space has a quiet elegance. The east half of this floor has a terrace with a painted metal pergola and the flooring of this terrace is noteworthy for the intricate carpet designed hard flooring. “The spectacularly interwoven conglomeration of efficient, exposed kitchen, luxurious dining hall, highly ornate Pooja room, living room, well detailed staircase, grand double-height which connects ground floor to first floor including the cosy lounge on first floor, creates an amazing physical, acoustical and visual coherence,” explains Harshavardhana.
Technically and practically, the home comes together beautifully. The plumbing used the finest hydro-pneumatic system, which guarantees hot water supply and provides stipulated water pressure round the clock. With VRV-based central air conditioning that keeps the interior clean, cool and healthy and smart home features that include automatic curtain controls, this is a home that is as smart as it is practical.
12 The bathroom is equipped with state of the art sensors.
13 The exterior façade of the home.
14 The front porch, including the home’s main entrance.