Green Living

It’s as lush out­side as it is plush in­side. In this be­spoke bun­ga­low in Ban­ga­lore, tra­di­tional, green ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tices cou­pled with con­tem­po­rary de­sign and aes­thet­ics make the space stand out.



Ar­chi­tects San­deep Khosla and Amaresh Anand take us in­side a bun­ga­low in Ban­ga­lore that is an ode to green de­sign


En­trepreneur and de­signer Am­rita De­ora shares tips on sus­tain­abil­ity with a walk through Camelot CoWorks in Mum­bai


Ar­chi­tect Ni­lan­jan Bhowal on cre­at­ing eco-friendly spa­ces


Prod­ucts that are look good and re­duce your car­bon foot­print

Ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture has known what mod­ern aes­thetes of­ten miss—that eco-sen­si­tive de­sign is easy to in­cor­po­rate in a home. When we were pre­sented with 16,000 sq ft of space in a leafy, gated com­mu­nity of Ban­ga­lore, the plot was dot­ted with sev­eral ma­ture trees, which we re­tained and built the home around. We en­vi­sioned a rel­a­tively low-slung ar­chi­tec­tural expression that would be in­ter­pre­tive of a ver­nac­u­lar aes­thetic, while ac­com­mo­dat­ing its green sur­round­ings. This also led us to cre­ate a con­tex­tu­ally sen­si­tive and sus­tain­able de­sign by max­imis­ing lo­cal ma­te­ri­als, us­ing clay tiled roofs to keep the house cool, large over­hangs to pro­tect against sun and rain, and cross ven­ti­la­tion to keep the house breath­ing.

As firmly as the home­own­ers are rooted to their tra­di­tions, they are also global trav­ellers, equally open to an eclec­tic de­sign aes­thetic that is re­flected in the house in­te­ri­ors. An ar­chi­tec­ture of sloped Man­ga­lore tiled roofs and rough-cut shira stone cladding con­trasts with floors of rough and pol­ished Kota and a join­ery of teak. The living space is a grand vol­ume of 25 ft with two slopes of the roof at dif­fer­ing heights sep­a­rated by a clerestory win­dow. Large floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows with sheer linen blinds pro­vide soft light in the morn­ings from the north­east. Large over­hangs on the south­west pro­tect against the harsh af­ter­noon sun while hor­i­zon­tal tim­ber lou­vres pro­vide for nat­u­ral cool­ing via a stack ef­fect and act as sun break­ers. The living

ar­eas open to a wooden deck that con­tin­ues into a wrap around a ve­ran­dah over­look­ing a lush in­ter­nal court­yard gar­den.

The cen­tral fea­ture of the living space is a burnt orange spiral stair­case sculpted out of a shell of mild steel and hous­ing tim­ber treads. The large ex­panses of grey kota are con­trasted with a bright colour pal­ette of turquoise, vi­o­let, red and mus­tard. The bold ikat pat­terned carpet pro­vides a vi­brant base on which pieces by Moroso, Minotti, Riva and Po­liform sit along­side other fur­ni­ture de­signed by us. The cen­tral clus­ter of Mori fab­ric pen­dant lamps were sourced from New York-based de­sign house Rich Bril­liant Will­ing, com­ple­mented by other light fix­tures by Tom Dixon and Isamu Noguchi. The but­ter­fly sculp­ture on the wall is Su­nil Gawde’s ‘Secret Gar­den’ and other paint­ings are by con­tem­po­rary artists Shivku­mar and Suresh Ku­mar.

The spa­tial flow takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the fam­ily’s re­quire­ment of seg­re­gat­ing pub­lic and pri­vate space. The ground floor has living, study, din­ing, puja, home the­atre, two kitchens, and two guest rooms while the up­per level has three bed­rooms, a yoga and med­i­ta­tion space and a fam­ily room. On the gar­den side, the study and the living rooms flow into their re­spec­tive ve­ran­dahs that hug a large peb­bled fish­pond.

Ar­chi­tects San­deep Khosla and Amaresh Anand head Ban­ga­lore-based Khosla As­so­ciates. They have won over 30 na­tional and in­ter­na­tional awards. www.khoslaas­so­ci­

EARTHY EL­E­GANCE The ex­te­ri­ors of the home (in­set); one of the master bed­rooms (right); the burnt orange stair­case forms the fo­cal point in the living room (be­low); ar­chi­tects San­deep Khosla and Amaresh Anand (left)

SEAM­LESS SPA­CES Out­door seat­ing over­look­ing the deck and gar­den (above); fam­ily lounge on the first floor (right); a cosy cor­ner in the living room over­look­ing the wa­ter­body and gar­den (left); the study looks into the serene wa­ter fea­ture (top); a sky­light lights up the master bath­room (top, right)

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