Inspired by scenic surroundings, Studio 7 builds a spacious and organic weekend home that blends earthy charm with a minimal, modern, Zen aesthetic.
The client, Simit Shah, wanted a comfortable farmhouse or holiday home amidst the rustic idylls of Sherkhi on the outskirts of Vadodara, where he could relax with his family on weekends.
The 3,000 sq ft house, occupying a corner of the 75,000 sq ft expanse of farmland, is surrounded by a verdant open area, landscaped to match the natural environs. In their design, Studio 7, the Vadodara-based firm headed by Rajnysh Rami, experimented with materials like railway sleepers, stone and untreated and cement fibre planks with a burnt wood effect, etc to underline the rustic sensibility and merge the house with its location.
The structure of the house is cubical in form with large doors and windows designed to lend a feeling of openness and to blur the divide between indoor and outdoor spaces. The curved, cream and ochre stone wall at the entrance was conceptualised to bear the structural load at the front and impresses with its volume. The main door made with sleeper wood and MDF at one end of the wall exudes a rough, earthy appeal.
The lower floor houses the living room, dining area, the kitchen and a guest room. The living room is characterised by simple, clean lines, and the ceiling is a combination of exposed slabs and railway sleepers with custom-made, vertical, rectangular lights adding a touch of minimalist elegance. This theme is echoed by the dark satin finish ceramic tile flooring, a deep brown, leather-upholstered sofa with contrasting cushions and an entertainment console fashioned with metallic tiles. The adjoining dining area commands a view of the pool outside and is furnished with railway sleeper wood (extensively used in most of this area) and glass furniture.
The simple yet beautiful kitchen design fulfills the client’s requirement for minimum storage. The stunning washbasin in the common area is created with a vertical base of sleeper wood topped by a basin scooped into an irregularly shaped natural stone.
Colour and dazzle
The guest room, located on the same floor, impresses with its vertical, sleeper wood panel and black leather headboard. A specially constructed horizontal rectangular niche adds balance to the overall view and breaks the monotony with its light, laminated look. Lime yellow, aqua and floral motif work on a solid coloured base on the wall creates a pleasant and bright distraction from the predominantly understated décor.
On the floor above, a stunning painting in the lobby sets the tone for a mix-and-match concept. The ceiling is designed with finished POP and unfinished sleeper wood, while the headboard gets funky with a crocodile-skin textured wall covering and a rough sleeper wood panel above it. Amidst the flamboyant, a large mirror and a wardrobe made of dark veneer and unfinished strips of wood lend depth and balance. The minimal use of furniture here makes the room seem larger.
Of pool and pond
The pool area features a jacuzzi, a changing room and a shower area. The unusually-shaped pool is designed in a free-flowing curve similar to the stone wall in the foyer. The rough, kota stone flooring around the pool conveys a natural touch as do the green, landscaped surroundings dotted with quaint sleeper wood benches. The changing room wall is covered with backlit wooden strips and makes a glamorous backdrop for parties and celebrations.
On the opposite side of the house, a small gazebo and a lily pond give the plot a sense of serene beauty. Here, an informal seating area created with shera planks provides the perfect spot for relaxing with one’s thoughts for company.
Rajnysh sums up the simple yet deeply strong aesthetic of the house by saying, “Design knows no boundaries,” and elaborates that working on Savri Farm was a wonderful experience since they got a chance to feel and work with natural elements and materials and could thereby explore new aspects of design.
- Firm: Studio 7, founded in 2008.
- Firm specialisation: Residential interiors and architecture.
- Design philosophy: Versatility in design with strong basic fundamentals of design form, flows and function.
- Philosophy towards life: Enjoy every moment in life.
- Favourite designer/architect: Amongst Indian designers, I admire Rajiv Saini and amongst international architects its WATG architects.
Text: Purohit Rashmi
Photos: Ranu Mistry
Contact: Studio 7, 103 Ambika Avenue, Rajesh Tower Road, Harinagar Cross Roads, Gotri, Vadodara 390 007; Tel: (0)97250 20817; E-mail: email@example.com