SUNIL PATIL AND ASSOCIATES DESIGN A CONTEMPORARY VERNACULAR STYLED BUNGALOW FOR MANISHA MANSING KHORATE, IN KOLHAPUR.
The Wood-House, designed for Manisha Mansing Khorate, by architecture firm Sunil Patil and Associates is inspired by contemporary vernacular architecture.
Situated in an affluent residential colony in Kolhapur, this mid-size cosy residence is spread over a plot size of 500 sq. mt. with a built up area of 314.85 sq. mt. The aesthetically designed home has neat segregation of space that includes a living room, dining room, kitchen, family area, two master bedrooms and a guest bedroom.
Lending insight to the design process, Sunil Patil, principal architect adds, “We have incorporated vernacular ethos and features like courtyards and stone masonry in a highly contemporary style. A wooden box accentuated by large glass openings and flaunting linear pergolas creates a balanced massing effect for the bungalow.”
The flow of the spaces is the essence of this project. The double-height living and dining spaces have a connecting corridor on the first floor and is lined by an L-shaped courtyard that floods the spaces with ample natural light. The massing of the house is a composition of solid wooden mass with sleek steel pergolas. The sizably voluminous tree in the front of the house has been retained. It complements the massing of the building. The bold hued furniture and sofa lends vibrancy to the space.
The basement is designed to accommodate three cars and a store room. The ground floor has an entrance lobby, living room, dining area and a kitchen and a master bedroom with an L-shaped courtyard. The L-shaped courtyard is strategically designed to create a buffer space between master bedrooms and other spaces on this level, as well as the first floor.
The indoor waterfall in the dining area provides a cooling effect to the dining space. “The white-painted MDF cut-out on the grey background in the living room creates a perfect backdrop for the furniture and accessories. The corner window provides a visual connect between the family room and the living area.
“The resplendent chandelier further lends a dramatic touch to the space, while the tree-jali work near the dining room by an artist uplifts the beauty of the doubleheight dining room and the rustic dining table complements the jali work,” says Patil.
Further, a compact puja area has been created to maintain the spiritual sense. Here, the cut-jali partition creates visual barrier for the puja room.
A sleek bridge connects the bedrooms with the family room on the first floor, allowing the double-height living room and dining areas to merge into each other, creating a huge volume for both areas. The breakfast counter is located between the open kitchen and the dining area, creating a partial buffer, allowing the ease for service.
The wooden cladding, which has been constructed at the exterior of the house, is made from bamboo pulp and was specially customized for the architect firm. The materials chosen are used in their natural colours, whether it is wood, stone or clear glass. “The same material selection continues for the exterior, as well as, interior spaces. The bright colours in fabrics for furniture and the wall treatment underlines the natural beauty of the materials,” says Patil. Natural palette and the walls painted in white and grey ceramics have been used for the flooring. The breakfast counter has been made from neolith solid surface material. Chunky Caesar stone has been used for the kitchen platform.
The large opening and windows in the living room and master bedroom creates a fascinating space flow from inside to outside or vice versa. The huge terrace attached to the family room on the first floor flows to the front garden, creating an interesting outdoor space for the family to unwind. The garden on both sides of the living and dining areas, along with the courtyard, creates an interesting array of landscape spaces. The statue of Buddha, which has been procured from Indonesia, enhances the beauty of the garden. A natural steam and water cascade has also been created in the garden, which additionally enhances the resplendency. Due to ample ventilation, there is minimum utilization of electricity.
The L-shaped courtyard creates a buffer between the living room and washroom. The wall of the bedroom has been painted by an artist. The interior spaces seamlessly merge with the outside landscape, resulting into a soothing blend of architecture and landscape. “The major constraint was the small size of the plot. Though the requirements were more, the major challenge was of parking space requirement and hence we designed it to accommodate at the basement. This gave us the freedom to utilize the maximum building footprints along with the concept of indoor spaces merging into outdoor,” avers Patil.
This is a home that is a perfect amalgamation of the client’s needs and the architect’s design sensibilities and makes for a home where the heart is.
The Tree- Jaali Artwork that continues from ground floor to first floor is the focal point of common areas. 3