Delhi-based Interior Design and Architeture Firm, Envisage has blended south Indian traditional designs, elements & textures in this modern house designed in Gurgaon for a family of Kerala Iyers. According to the firm, often when individuals see the contemporary homes of today, homeowners are mesmerized by the aesthetic, functional designs of the residence, and the latest trends. Yet there is an inkling that something that isn’t whole. Designers and their clientele often glance over the importance of staying grounded and being touch with one’s roots. Traditional methods, materials, and design elements are often ignored to achieve a modern look. However, Anubhuti, a residence designed by Envisage, takes the traditional elements in a modern residence for a South Indian family. The brief of this residence was to design a residence for a family of Kerala Iyers, and to create a space which would be a place of fun, comfort and most of all, had the essence of South India. Check out the marvellous interiors of this home at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
From the colour palette to the material palette and furnishings, this home encompasses its dwellers’ South Indian roots
Let in Natural Light
Spread across 2600 sq. ft., The house is a south-facing property and hence, is varnished optimally to let in natural light, with glazing running across an entire side of the house. Designed to create a warm, modern and chic abode for a nuclear family, the house is varnished optimally to let in natural light, while the design palette is inspired by soft earthen and neutral hues. Designed in an Indian Bohemian style, this residence has an ambience that accepts an individual as it is.
The house opens into a hallway with the living room where a viewer is greeted by an explosion of ochre, with bright Athangudi tiles native to Tamil Nadu greeting the individual to the essence of the south Indian heritage.
Athangudi Inspired Flooring
The hallway is left uncluttered, with a shoe-rack being the only piece of furniture adorning this space. Before the entrance opening into the living room, a mural of an ancient Tamil scripture “Kandar Anubhuti” about Lord Kartikeya adds to the celebration of this family’s heritage.
Living Room Draped in Earthen Hues
Entering the living room, subtly chequered tiles snake across the periphery of the room. Created with an open layout, the walls of the living room are draped in an earthen colour, with a corner containing a white Kolam pattern which traditionally adorns houses across India during the festivities.
Kolam pattern in the living room
However, the most striking object within this space is the Attukattil Jhula, crafted in wood with traditional oonjal supports done in brass.
It reinforces the homeliness of the space, and adds a sense of playfulness to the volumes, giving the viewer an opportunity to unwind and feel at home.
Living room area
Wood has also been used carefully across the space across the living room, adding warmth to the space in a harmonious manner.
Connected Dining Area
Two distinct spatial axes intersect to create a seamless living area which is split into the living room, the dining room and the spill-out zone, distinguished by their material palette, and distinct illumination characteristics, yet connected with coherence. The choice of furniture for the dining is modern yet laid out eccentrically, with dining chairs and sofa with a trellis back, inspired by Nalukettu style of architecture native to Kerala. This space is topped off with an informal spill-out zone flanked by Chettinad Pillars, which functions as a small study space.
While traditional Chettinad pillars are done in Teak, the logistical demands were too great to have them created and then transported from the South. Hence a decision was taken to create them with MDF in a concrete finish. This subsequently led to a visual break from the usage of wood through the space, while also creating a point of intrigue for the viewers.
Brass and Wood Elements in the Bedroom
Where the living rooms were earthen and neutral, the bedrooms of Anubhuti are an explosion of colour. Within the master bedroom, the décor has been chosen to include a multitude of patterns and textures.
Elegant brass bedside lights flank the bed, with a back-wall done in a hue of red oak, creating a sense of relaxation and homeliness.
Wood is used liberally throughout the space with the furniture and accessories having a distinctly Indian character.
The master bedroom is flush with natural light with glazing across two walls, with the space itself facing south east, which subsequently reduces the need for extensive lighting systems to be augmented within the space.
Large double glazed windows for natural light
The guest bedroom is full of warm hues in its décor and furniture. With a warm Nalukettu-inspired wooden frame going around the bedside, and with brass lighting and accessories flanking the bedside, the layout of the space is clean, open and inviting, connecting the bedroom to the rest of the house through a coherent design language.
Anubhuti reflects the lifestyle and individuality of their occupants, and pays homage to their rich culture and tradition. This residence speaks a language of its own, with the heritage, culture and tradition of the occupants echoing across every single corner and space. It is a space of belonging, comfort and acceptance, a bespoke creation amongst the masses of contemporary homes.
Name of Project: Anubhuti
Location: Gurgaon, Haryana
Name of Client: E.N. Murthy and Chitra Murthy
Principal Architect: Envisage
Design Team: Meena, Vishal, Akanksha and Payal
Built-Up Area (sq ft & sq m):2700sqft
Start Date: Apr2019
Completion Date: Jun 2019
Vishal Kakkar and Meena Murthy Kakkar
About the Firm
Commencing formal operations in 2007, Envisage was formed by two partners - Meena Murthy Kakkar and Vishal Kakkar - and the studio was set up in New Delhi. It is identified as an interior and architecture firm that specializes in Design and Build projects, offering turnkey solutions from conceptual design to execution at site. During the initial course of the studio’s journey, it was realized the clients preferred design as well as civil services. Thus, Envisage started with Turnkey Project services as well. This combination of efficient design and project execution became the studio’s USP.
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