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Society Interiors - - PROPERTY -

hen de­sign­ing a house, an ar­chi­tect has to keep in mind that its func­tion­al­ity and ar­chi­tec­ture stays rel­e­vant for years to come. that was the con­cept be­hind de­sign­ing um­ber home, in the diplo­matic en­clave of Malcha Marg, delhi, de­signed for the own­ers of de­sign house ‘ex­hibit d’.

Adding in­sight on the de­sign phi­los­o­phy, ar­chi­tect Anika Mit­tal dhawan of Mold de­sign stu­dio, says, “the con­cept was to ar­tic­u­late a res­i­dence for a multi-gen­er­a­tional fam­ily that has a con­tem­po­rary time­less ar­chi­tec­ture that is uni­fied as a whole whilst re­tain­ing an in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter.”

the client brief was cen­tered around cre­at­ing a ‘fam­ily home’ un­like the stan­dard stand-alone mod­els prac­ticed nowa­days with iden­ti­cal mo­not­o­nous façade across all floors. Sim­ple and lin­ear, the de­sign re­volves around the front gar­den/lawn, which is a rare ur­ban op­por­tu­nity th­ese days. it pro­vides a fore­ground and a breath­able green space, to cre­ate a healthy tran­si­tion from the street to the veran­dah. the house is de­signed around a cen­tral open space that uni­fies all floors, while pro­vid­ing a re­lief space that brings in light and also an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a sculp­tural el­e­ment. “by do­ing so, the space of the house be­comes a liv­ing space that seems to ex­pand and con­tract on in­di­vid­ual oc­cu­pan­cies to jux­ta­pose vivid func­tions of each per­son in the over­all def­i­ni­tion of home. Fur­ther, the lay­out of the floor has been planned to cre­ate max­i­mum open­ness, so that the gar­den and built space be­come an ex­ten­sion of each other, al­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to spill from one edge to the other ef­fort­lessly,” says Dhawan. oc­to­ber 2018 the jux­ta­po­si­tion of the dou­ble-heightspace on the ground floor with the open to sky cutout cre­ates an in­ter­est­ing play of vol­umes. the ma­te­ri­al­ity for all in­te­ri­ors, floor­ing, and ceil­ing, etc., is kept muted, in line with client’s pref­er­ences and to off­set the in­te­rior de­sign and decor. so­Ci­eTY in­Te­Ri­oRs 113

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