Residence Design Interplay Between Contemporary and Classical Style of Architecture | Uneven
The residence designed for Mr Sachin Patel is a perfect example of the interplay between the contemporary and classical style of architecture. In an attempt to blur the lines between the new and the old, thus Kalrav was designed. It overlooks a lake making it a pleasurable place to live.
The approach to the bungalow is through a linear driveway sided by coconut trees and landscape at sides in an organic pattern; with the flooring that integrates stones that run in a circular fashion.
The exterior design incorporates earthen colours that emphasise the sobriety of the volumes. The windows on either side of the facade have been veiled with exposed brick arches and the brickwork end with a gable at the top with an intricately carved cornice.
Though there has been a range of styles that have blended in the design, the symmetry of their characteristics and forms have been followed through and through.
The driveway escorts one to a Grand porch with a figure of Lord Shiva engraved on grey Kandla stone. The entry of the bungalow is through the first floor. The entrance leads one to a foyer that opens up into a lounge. Long, double heightened gothic arches with fixed glass separate the foyer and the lounge.
The arches are carved in wood with the central arch having a floral jalli that runs till the top of the arch.
There are four intermingling wooden chakras that resemble rose windows of a church of the gothic era, set in modern times. The arches along with the carvings act as the centre of attraction in the interior of the bungalow. The lounge is double height with a gable roof cladding with wood on the interior.
The three chandeliers in this space are inspired by a blooming lotus which is hung upside down from the ridge. The lounge is the central part of the first floor, which opens up into other rooms such as the pooja room, family room, formal sitting, parent’s room and veranda.
The veranda with exposed brick columns opens into the garden with a vista of a line of date palms, and a landscape inspired by the yin-yang symbol made from the pebbles and grass. A curved pathway runs from the veranda to the garden on the south of the site.
The folded plate staircase in the lounge runs down to the ground floor, with a family sitting that opens into the deck and the swimming pool. The swimming pool has been enclosed with a blanket of exposed brick arches that compliment the arches in the front facade.
There are lounge lights for setting the ambience of the pool area between two arches that sets a certain mood as one enters the area. The deck opens to the backyard and the vegetable garden. The ground floor also has a theatre with a collage of posters and stills from movies as a backdrop of the room.
The second floor of the bungalow houses three bedrooms and a terrace garden covered with pergolas.
Each bedroom of the bungalow has been given close attention to detail of the interiors, with each of them being different from the other but none outweighing the features of the other.
The minimalist and classy interiors maintain the charm of the bungalow in all corners. A wide range of artefacts ornament the interiors along with floral wallpapers and wooden cladding.
Clients Name– Mr Sachin Patel
Address– Bil Village, Vadodara
Project type: High-end Residence
Plot Area: 21606 sq. ft.
Built-Up Area: 14875 sq. ft.
Design Team: Paresh Patel, Hardik Kharadi, Rajan Patel , Ami Shah ,Parita Jani , Swati Kadam, and Aarushi Khakkar
Structural consultant : Zarna Associates
Civil Contractor: Mr Bharat Mistry
Landscape Design: UNEVEN
Photography Credits: Darshan Dave
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