A minimalistic and contemporary residence at Valsad, Gujarat, designed by Parekh Ankit Anil Architects, becomes the background for woody effects.
The owner of this residence is a mechanical engineer who spends most of his time working with metal. Wanting a break from this routine, he decided upon wood as the key material for the new interiors. Taking a cue from his requirement, Surat-based Parekh Ankit Anil Architects has given this residence a minimalistic yet stunning dTcor.
The residence signifies harmony in design as the spaces are connected visually and aesthetically. Spread over 5,000 sq ft, the residence comprises of the living room, courtyard, bedrooms, entertainment room and bathrooms.
The living room was required to be cosy and welcoming. The undulating ceiling design adds edginess to the room while a set of wooden hanging blocks divided in nine parts helps scale down the volume of the overhang. The air-conditioning unit is aest¡hetically camouflaged as part of the design.
The living area extends up to the courtyard. The opening towards the courtyard uses fixed clear glass, while the floor is covered with carpet grass. There are also three centrally placed champa trees along with a pitara, which is the client´s ancestral asset. Small wooden balconies with miniature flowering plants provide visual pleasure. One of the walls flaunts a vertical garden with wooden planters while the wire mesh is camouflaged in its inner body.
In the private quarters, three of the four bedrooms have mirror-finish kota flooring while the fourth one (the son´s bedroom) is done in Valsadi teak wood floor, finished with ICA water-based floor coat.
The entertainment room contrasts the otherwise simple dTcor of the house. The home theatre´s design is parametric and it changes as you shift your viewing angle. Ankit explains, ´Taking cue from the famous Raj Mandir in Jaipur where people go to enjoy the theatre effect, we tried to create a space where the client´s family, friends and guests can have a gala time.´
This area has multi-layered acoustic walls made to specification using bricks, glass wool, MDF, soft board covered with fabric in-between and wooden strips to elaborate the design. This pattern is continued on the ceiling as well. Indirect lighting through the false ceiling is done using frosted glass. ´We have used insulated glass with wooden frame on the inner side partition,´ adds the architect. The flooring here is covered with carpet tiles.
The moment you enter this house you notice the designer´s keen perception, primarily because of two things the presence of natural material and the feeling of warmth.
Sharing his thoughts on the extensive use of wood, Ankit says, ´Modernist Danish Furniture is where my heart lies. The client was very supportive and together we decided to opt for wood. The versatility of wood makes it a very interesting dTcor element, thereby lending a unique touch to this residence.
The use of wood in modern home interiors adds warmth, which is an important addition for Ankit. Speaking about his love for natural materials, he said, ´The designer has to ensure that the lines created are sleek and the tones match with the rest of the dTcor to make it outstanding. Making use of light tones brings out a good contrast between the sleek metal accents, thereby creating a brighter space.´
Total Area: 5419 Sq Ft
Text: S Iyer
photos: Nachiket Gujjar
Parekh Ankit Anil Architect,
18 Jyoti Nagar, Adajan, Surat.
Meet the designer
Firm: Parekh Ankit Anil Architect founded in 2010.
Firm specialisation: Architecture and interiors.
Design philosophy: Believes in fourth dimension - emotion.
Philosophy towards life: Adopt and adapt.
Favourite architect/Designer: Sen Kapadia and Enric Miralles.