Hiteshmistry & Associates: This site sits in very dense and developed area of Ahmedabad in a plot size of about 1580 sft. The plot is North facing and square in shape. this was clients old house used by past two generations of family. He wanted to keep some elements of the ground floor as a memory and convert the existing built up house into private office with guest house, so we decided not to change the foundation and build two additional floors giving the whole built form four new elevations. The placement of spaces lead us to plan a house that opens up to outside view of north and west.
The client's profession as charter accountant he required main cabin adjoining to a small meeting /presentation space as a part of it. reception-waiting area with separate accounts staff easily accessible near his cabin. needed a separate space for his two son and the staff of ten. the conference area as the must.
There are two separate entry- one for the guest house which is from the society lane whereas office entry and parking is from the main road. the rotating louvers and staircase screen on the front facade helps to bring north light into the building though out the day. These elements featured on north helps in the defining elevation that is - casted bricks made out of clay and louvers made of corten steel with minimal cut-outs. As you enter the guest house door, you are welcomed into the drawing room and dining area, divided by a diagonal wall.
One of the most interesting and unique feather of the house is the use of natural light. the light from west direction is indirect and soft with the help of diagonal architectural fins.
Interiors play a very important part in getting a place together and making it a home. Furniture is designed and made in specialised workshops with practical requirements makes up for the modern interior. Minimum POP ceiling, while utilizing the exposed concrete slabs as an ornament works perfectly with the modern approach. Locally procured Kotah stone in the flooring goes well with the colour story of greys and neutrals in the house. Adding solid wood in wall panelling, furniture and ceilings as and when required balances out the use of grey.
The decorative lights follow the same material palette of concrete and wood. These were specifically customized for this project, by a light designer. Similarly customized and carefully procured art pieces sit in different corners of the house, enriching the interiors.
The bedding fabrics and curtains were designed by a textile designer, fulfilling the client's specific requirements while keeping the modern interior language intact. Adding subtle colour tones and balancing those out with neutrals makes for the fabric palette. All these factors amalgamates into a minimalistic interior.