• WOVEN HOUSE | Sunil Patil & Associates

    WOVEN HOUSE | Sunil Patil & Associates

    The project is located in Ichalkaranji , a small town in Maharashtra. Ichalkaranji is famous for textile – known as Manchester of India.

    Taking inspiration of city’s famous textile weaving, the house is designed with patterns on walls, furniture and art. In the free-flowing spaces, the interior decor creates defined spaces & gives warmth through its patterns and textures.White walls and glass also form a pattern completing the feel of Woven house.


    Project brief

    The project brief was to design a bungalow with large living areas with kitchen and dining. Family spaces with three master bedrooms, two children’s bedrooms and a guest bedroom. The house also needed home theatre, gym, library and a hobby room.


    Context and Climate

    Ichalkaranji falls in the hot and dry climate zone with the warm and humid monsoon. The design is based on climate responsive architecture with courtyard planning and high thermal mass walls. Open planning allowing natural ventilation through large openings covered by large overhangs – allowing diffused light and ventilation and blocking high solar radiation.


    • Customized Sofa : Grey checkered pattern was an inspiration for sofa design. The square module is used creating seating at different levels. Grey floor, wooden carpet & grey shades of fabric sofa create an interesting element in the formal living area.

    Design Philosophy

    While designing a house it is impossible to separate architecture, interiors and landscape design as they have to compliment and not dominate each other.Interior designing is not an afterthought, in fact, the basic parameter for designing any space is the interior layout.

    Hence the design of any space starts with the interior designing itself.The architectural form and the fenestrations in the building envelope are governed by the interior layout.

    The interior decoration gives character to space hence appropriate use of materials, colours and textures are of paramount importance.

    This project was a complete assignment of architecture, interiors and landscape designing.Hence, it was a need to design architecture, interior and landscape in harmony with each other.


    • Stair Case:The sleek wooden Staircase is embedded with ss pipes as railing, highlighting the design concept “the Woven “.



    The architectural style of the bungalow is inspired by the city and its textile. The stone walls are designed as fabric pattern and it continues in interiors on wood and furniture. White walls and glass also form a pattern completing the feel of Woven house.

    Planning Spread on the large plot, this house has a simple plan which is derived out of functionality of spaces, catering to clients needs. The public and private spaces are segregated within the house.

    Original idea was to create boundary-less spaces which flow into each other and then in the landscape. Interior decor complements the idea yet creates defined spaces keeping the flow of the spaces intact.Public areas like living, dining and family are designed around the courtyard. All the spaces in the house flow in the landscape creating harmony with nature.

    Double height living and courtyard allow visual connection between the spaces at the upper level . Glass railings help in enhancing this effect.

    • Bedroom 2 : Master bed with texture back panels and indirect lighting.

    • Bedroom1 : Master bed has siporex art mural as the background wall. The organic form is generated as if the fabric is hanging on the wall. The curves and unevenness of the fabric is superiorly depicted through siporex mural.



    Design features

    The palette for this project is grey stone and ceramic flooring, white painted walls enhanced with wood, which brings warmth in the decor.

    The materials are used with surface variations creating subtle patterns , as per the theme of the house.

    • Stone Cladding : The walls have been cladded with tandoor stone to achieve high thermal mass in hot- dry climate of the city. Pattern of tandoor stone cladding is inspired from textile. The strip pattern enhances free-standing walls and continues from exterior to interior forming elements of interiors.
    • Fenestrations : The windows are made of teak wood in order to match the rustic appeal of the house and seems as the continuity of the tandoor cladding.

    Along with architecture and interior even the artwork has been designed by us in  same ethos adhering to the theme of woven house.

    • Mural : Double heighted mural in the courtyard is another artwork inspired by the pattern. The wooden piece of art continues from ground floor to first floor. Wooden strips have been used forming patterns from nature in subtle way.

    The mural is inspired by the five elements of nature :-

    • Ether-(Akash) denoted as a globe.
    • Earth- (Bhumi) associated as a plant
    • Air-(Vayu)interpreted as bird in flight
    • Water- (Jal) 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, hence depicted as Mother Earth
    • Fire-(Agni) construed as a burning flame.


    The mural and the courtyard compliments each other depicting the five elements in their own term. The space blends at the same time is enhanced by various architectural elements.

    Pool : Gazebos provides a fantastic shady spot to relax and enjoy the Pool side


    • Home Theater- The Elongated Home Theater with grey walls and alternate glow lights enriches the beauty .The big brown sofa implies a real “Cinema Experience” at home.



    Green features

    • Climate responsive architecture
    • Ample daylight and ventilation – Common areas naturally ventilated
    • Courtyard planning & Landscape as micro-climatic modifier
    • Large overhangs to protect from solar radiation
    • Thermal mass through stone masonry



    Fact File

    Project Name:Woven House

    Client:Mr. Abhijit&ShailendraSatpute

    Location: Ichalkaranji

    Architect: Ar. Sunil Patil, Sunil Patil & Associates

    Interior Designer:Ar. Sunil Patil, Sunil Patil & Associates

    Landscape Designers:Ar. Sunil Patil, Sunil Patil & Associates

    StructuralConsultants:S.S. Patne& Associates


    Site Area:17,550 sq.ft

    Built Up Area: 8986sq.ft

    Cost: 1 Cr 83 Lac , 35,000 Sq. m

    Project Team: Ar. Sunil Patil, Ar. AnujaPandit, Er. SanajyPatil


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