22 Aug 4 Ahmedabad homes that are an oasis for the mind, body and soul
If redesigning, redecorating or new constructions are on your mind, then these homes are a must-see
Picture the perfect quarantine home….what kind of visuals pop up? An earthy space that spells comfort, views to the nature, a tactile material palette and calm hues, isn’t it? With life becoming more and more homebound, it has become essential to reassess your home’s design—it should instil peace and make you intrinsically happy. If you’re interested in giving your home an update, then these examples are ideal for you. Browse through this robust selection of Ahmedabad homes and make note of all that appeals to you.
An Ahmedabad Home That Celebrates the Raw Charm of Materials, Designed by Studio Saransh
Clean lines, natural materials, uncluttered spaces and a feeling of serenity washes over those who enter this home. A family home located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, its design and conceptualisation was executed by Studio Saransh. The 5000-square-feet home features a towering black compound that hides a relatively small wooden door framed with floating roof and ample greens. Inside the home, minimalist interiors, muted tones and textural spaces harmoniously blend, and give rise to a home that’s one-of-a-kind. “We decided to focus on the visual and tactile journey throughout the house using the flooring. A combination of leather finished and mirror polished grey Kota stone has been used to define spaces that are otherwise monochromatic,” explains Malay Doshi, Partner at Saransh. A majority of the wood used in the project is reclaimed and the walls are all finished with a lime wash. Apart from the solar panels on the terrace, the house is also automated to run on the least amount of energy possible. This is done by coordinating the HVAC systems as well as the lighting of the house. The home is uncluttered, clean, airy, and sophisticated space, perfectly functional and harmonious, that offers tranquility to the eye and serenity to the soul.
An Ahmedabad Bungalow That Looks Like a Serene Forest Retreat, Designed by Hiren Patel Architects
A young couple with two school-going children were leaving behind a large farmhouse in Gandhinagar, to build anew in Ahmedabad. “They trusted me to bring a green element to this home, which they were accustomed to in their previous home,” says Hiren Patel of Hiren Patel Architects. “This new home was not only for the family of four, but also for the parents, who visit often. The children needed open space to use as a playground—we also built a path along the boundary of the plot to use for walking, cycling or skating. The family wanted a modern house with fine detailing, but nothing loud,” says Patel. A low-lying two storey structure hugs the landscape, and a linear cluster of white cubes and grey granite walls with flat projected wooden roofs catch the eye. The northern part of the plot has tall trees which provide a green backdrop and create a forest-like feel for the walking and cycling path. On the west is a large lawn for other outdoor activities. “The species of trees chosen provide shade in the evenings in summer, sheltering the home from harsh sunlight,” says Patel. “A lily pond with a frangipani tree creates a tranquil ambience.” Inside, all spaces open out, framing the perfect outdoors. In this home, Hiren Patel Associates have steered away from manicured symmetry in favour of a natural ambience through the landscaping.
An Ahmedabad Home With a Twist on Mid-Century Modernism, designed by Workshop Inc
With a detour to the mid-century, Workshop Inc. turned an Ahmedabad apartment into an airy, modern haven. The focus for designers Keta and Varun Shah was to make the 1,280-square-feet apartment feel vibrant and open—but they weren’t afraid to add a touch of whimsy. Keeping the original structure intact, the team layered in teak wood panelling and pastel upholstery, creating a combined sense of warmth and levity. Ornamentation was kept at a minimum—this included the lighting, which was primarily indirect and recessed into a clean, false ceiling. “We wanted to maximise the natural light that the house offers,” says Keta, “and instead of adding too many objects at once, we wanted to give the clients the opportunity to add to the space over time.” The colour blue reigns supreme in the home interiors, offset by the natural walls and soft furnishings. Decorative lighting, carefully chosen art and decor pieces, plus a functional aesthetic takes over spaces.
Long Sight Lines Make This Ahmedabad home the Perfect Retreat, conceptualised by Hiren Patel Architects
This Ahmedabad home, built for a family of five is designed such that all spaces offer unobstructed views to the lush garden outside. Conceived by Hiren Patel, principal architect and founder of Hiren Patel Architects, the one-storey home features opaque walls enhanced with glass. The result is a cluster of transparent boxes lit by generous swathes of natural light in the day and emanate a bright glow after dark, while efficiently eroding the boundaries between inside and outside to provide panoramic views. Ever present, though, is Patel’s cognisance of the tropical sun in his execution of this tricky exercise. Having received carte blanche from his client, Patel decided on a contemporary aesthetic. The structure has projected roofs that provide adequate shelter for the large glass openings. The facade is a combination of box forms topped with an overhanging wood-finish flat roof, and featuring stone-clad walls in local sandstone and large expanses of glass. As Patel designed the architecture, interiors, and the garden of this home, he helmed the interaction between the three. Consequently, this home is wrapped by a formal lawn as well as a thick ‘forest’ with a stream.