Contemporary is the key word in this double duplex project designed and executed by Spaces Architects@ka. With a design team that worked around modern concepts and clients´ comfort, luxurious interiors were guaranteed.
It´s plush without being extravagant. It´s spacious without being overpowering. It´s contemporary without being complicated. Working with the idea of two duplexes, the design team at Space Architects@ka have taken care to make their latest project an epitome of style and comfort.
Speaking about the client´s brief, Kapil Aggarwal, Principal Architect, Space Architects@ka, says, ´The house was intended for two brothers and was to be built on a plot area of 132 sq m. The initial concept was to create two duplexes. The clients wanted their house to be contemporary.´ In accordance with the client´s wishes, the design team conceptualised two duplex structures, one for each family. Aggarwal is of the opinion that designing the house and fulfilling the client´s requirements in the given space of 132 sq m posed the biggest challenge.
Best laid plans
Elaborating on the structure of the building, Aggarwal said that the house was designed as a whole, with stilt and four floors (two for each family) with a common terrace garden. The building elevation was designed in a staggered form with segregated balconies to break the linearity of the façad. IPE wood and Italian stone was used on the façad giving it a neat contemporary look. The double height green wall at the front adds a soothing feel to the hard façad.
The layout of the interiors follows the overriding principal that the duplexes sit one atop the other. The lower duplex has drawing and dining areas as well as the kitchen and one bedroom on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the first floor, with master bedroom placed in the front. The upper duplex houses three bedrooms, with an internal staircase connecting the two floors.
Emphasis was given to details as demarcating factors for the two duplexes. The lower duplex has green as the dominating colour, which is reflected through the paintings and textures, whereas the upper duplex has blue as the main colour.
´Taking advantage of a green belt in front of the plot, the master bedroom and drawing room has been designed to get the best view possible. Creating the duplexes on the plot size of 25´-0´ x 60´-0´, we tried to bring in maximum daylight into the interiors,´ explains Aggarwal.
The lobby is a crucial part of the duplex design. On the ground floor, the lobby leads to a casual sitting area with dining space and the kitchen alongside. The cut-out above connects the upper floor with the lobby below. The upper floor, too, has a small lobby with green texture paint that continues the colour theme of the duplex. ´The water body with customised wall stone, backlit jaali on the ceiling and the wooden flooring create a beautiful ambience. The dining room has three brass jaali panels, with paintings adding colours to the space,´ says Aggarwal.
In keeping with the minimalistic approach to interior design, the bedrooms display classic décor. The front bedroom overlooking the green area has a ceiling formed of multiple teak beams and panels, while the rear bedroom sports geometric wallpaper behind the green apostle bed. A guest bedroom at the rear of the house has leather wall panelling behind the bed.
An internal staircase connects the two floors of the upper duplex, which has three bedrooms. Blue, the predominant colour, is reflected in furniture, paintings and paints. Paintings and artefacts are an integral part of the design with colour playing an important role in defining spaces.
Aggarwal points out, ´Each frame in the house has been designed with respect to its surroundings. The rear bedroom has designer grey textured tiles in the niche behind the bed. The front bedroom on the third level continues to flaunt blue texture with laser cut back panel adding drama to the space. The rear bedroom has designer handmade stone-cladding on the rear wall, with luxurious leather bed. Huge windows allow natural light into the interior space.´
The furniture has been picked up in accordance with the space concept, for instance, the master bedroom has a king-sized bed giving a luxurious feel to the room.
In designing terms
Apart from looking at every aspect of the house holistically as well as individually, the design team has laid emphasis on making each element blend with the whole. Materials and colours naturally come into play here. Wood has been pre-dominantly used in the interior, with different shades of veneers being used in accordance to the space designed.
Aggarwal adds, ´The terrace is 800 sq ft, with Indian stone on the floor and wall. Interesting cove lighting and a glass enclosure for the bar adds character to this space. The green wall defines and screens the neighbour´s property. My most favourite aspect of the design is the terrace, as it has the perfect ambience created through its treatment.´
This double duplex design undoubtedly deserves the tag of a luxury home, as it stands testimony of the creativity and expertise of the team at Spaces Architects@ka.
Design team: Kapil Aggarwal,
Chander Mohan Kaushik, Pawan Sharma, Suneet Kumar
Site Supervision: Arvind Pal, Praveen
Contractor: Cubix Homes
Total Area: 4,500 sq ft
Total Cost: Rs.2 crore
Text: Kanishka Ramchandani
photos: Bharat Aggarwal
Spaces Architects@ka, A-21/A,
Basement, South Extension-II,
New Delhi-110 049.
Tel: 011-2626 8108-09.
Meet the designer
Firm: Spaces architects@ka founded in 2012.
Firm specialisation: Architecture and interiors.
Design philosophy: Reinvent, don´t just follow.
Philosophy towards life: Life is constant process of learning experiences.
Favourite architect/Designer: Charles Correa & Coop-himmelb(I)