Form Space N Design Architects has experimented with materials to give this king-size apartment for their clients in Mumbai a royal look.
This sprawling 3,500 sq ft residence in Mulund, Mumbai, is an amalgamation of two 3-BHK apartments to form one 5-BHK home for a nuclear family. Though space wasn´t an issue here, challenges came in the form of optimum space utilisation with minimum maintenance. Further, it was imperative to optimise the 360-degree view from the 26th floor, which the 5 ft balconies afforded.
Light and dark
With the abundance of natural light and space, Sohil Valia and Rajesh Kathe, Principal Architects, Form Space N Design Architects, took the liberty to use dark grey Italian marble flooring with strategic lighting to highlight specific areas. The entrance is adorned with a huge backlit onyx resting on a laminate finished shoe rack, which sets the tone for the royalty of design one can expect on the other side of the door.
The flooring is in a combination of dark grey and beige Italian marble with inlay work of a barcode strip design. This element is repeated on the main door security grill and also performs a highlighting function in the living room.
This formal living room has a variety of seating arrangements and the textured wallpaper is clad on the walls and the ceiling where a metallic finish MS jaali designed with staggered MS flat strips creates a vertical barcode design highlighting the seating zone efficiently. ´A simple ceiling with zinc texture focuses on the formal seating with a slit for indirect lights above and a wallpaper finished ceiling above the day bed blends the overall look and feel of the room´ shares Valia.
The kitchen and dining were planned to be equidistant from both ends of the apartment. ´The glass sliding window in between the dining and kitchen gives a feel of openness to both the areas and helps separate the sections as and when required,´ says Valia. The serving console is made up of a variety of materials such as Corian top, veneer-finished storage shutters, mother-of-pearl above the shutters and indirect light underneath the platform.
The dining table is finished in straight oak veneer with an open grain effect in water-based poly urethane coat in a specific colour and a 12mm thick clear glass to protect the top surface. Two chairs finished in yellow PU add character to the room.
The parent´s room is washed in warm tones while the daughter´s room uses shades of orange for a young look. The master bedroom has an inlayed step up flooring, with a repeated form of design with vinyl cut outs on the ceiling. Bed is veneer with lamination finish. The son´s bedroom adorns a black portoro Italian marble flooring that compliments the hues of brown encompassing the décor in different form, feel and texture. A free-standing Corian finished bed forms the highlight of the room, with unconventional metal backrests finished in metallic grey rexine. The textured wallpaper and a cluster of white bulbs forming the hanging light create a warm environment.
Entertainment in style
The highlight of the house, however, is the entertainment room where a large U-shaped seating arrangement has been created, which is modular in parts for flexible seating. The theatre also houses a 12mm thick cork flooring with side walls in blue paint with 12mm thick MDF squares of 12´ x 12´ size, finished with Dune texture by Asian paints. The resulting effect is that of twinkling stars. A multipurpose unit comprising squares and rectangles in varying depths and heights create an interesting geometrical composition, breaking the barriers of an innovative storage box and creating a contrasting language to the smooth ellipses in the room.
Bundling up all the comforts without compromising on the aesthetics, this home is a beautiful piece of design.
Total Area: 3,500 sq ft
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
photos: Ravi Kanade
Form Soace N Design Architects
514-515 Atlanta Estate, Near Virvani Industrial.Estate, GM Link Road, Goregaon (E)Mumbai 400063
Telefax: 022-2927 7419, 022-29277456
Meet the designers
Sohil Valia & Rajesh Kathe
Firm: Form Space N Design Architects founded in 2003.
Firm specialisation: Sample flats for eminent builders, high end residences, corporate offices, call centre, restaurants and high end bungalows as far as interiors is concerned. The firm is also completely involved in Architecture.
Design philosophy: Design starts with an instinct and develops with a thought process.
Philosophy towards life: It´s the almighty who gives power to think and do good things in your life.
Favourite architect/Designer: Charles Correa, Uttam
C Jain and Zaha Hadid.