Project in Detail
KNS Architects Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai, India
An Architects’ residence is a fine imprint of his own persona. It’s even more challenging when his wife is an accomplished interior designer herself. However these creative minds share a common vision for a spacious modern apartment.
Ar. Neemesh Shah set pencil to paper with his designer wife Sonali Shah in building their dream home. The futuristic modern dwelling is also a result of a confluence of inputs by his partners Ar. Kanhai Gandhi and Ar. Shresht Kashyap of KNS Architects.
In this home the merging of all the three dimensions to create a cocoon is both organic and futuristic in many ways...
The no edges’ look factors in the infinite nature of the universe, much like a “WOMB” that lets you grow within it, thus providing a frame for total unison of mind, body and soul.
The ancient Indian science of vastu has been used to further enhance the positive vibes of this space, infusing a sense of well being and peace.
By creating a fluid communication of continuously transforming spaces with innovation at conceptual, geometrical and material levels, it transcends you to delve deeper within. This nature- future symbiosis reflecting the openness, timelessness and purity is what gives this home its subliminal appeal.
Entire design process evolved- based on form finding; the main source of interest being: line-to-curved surface and curved surface-to-line generation. Sometimes lines mesh together into surfaces; sometimes surfaces are torn and stretched into linear elements.
In this project we used the analogue techniques to study surfaces that can both contain expansive open spaces for communication and contractive closed spaces for concentration.
The house is conceived as a suite with a guest bedroom. So the entire four-and-a-half bedroom has been opened out- keeping the guest bedroom as a single enclosed space in the apartment. The transparency between and fluidity of the spaces, the intermingling and overlapping without distinct boundaries sets this home apart. The flexibility of enclosing the open spaces, without disturbing the homogeneity and seamlessness is yet another achievement.
A lot of thought went in to choosing the right surface finishes, as we desired curvature not only in the walls but also at floor level... this even transforms the quality of light and sound.
Light is another fascinating tool used optimally in this home. There are the normal whites, which are essential and effective for working; There are several yellows for infusing warmth into the white spaces, there is a color therapy lamp, which creates different moods for the space- relaxed, work, energy, love, meditation – are some of the modes that can be switched on as desired. Also custom – designed, laser- cut elements in materials like leather, corian and aluminum get a whole new dynamism due to the play of colors. The high-tech and futuristic spatial quality gets a magical and surreal quality by the dramatic and flamboyant use of colored lights on a white canvas.
The openness, timelessness, seamlessness of the home gives it an almost meditative aura. The clutter -free space seen and felt – lends a sense of calm and peace to the mind – and offers a welcome break from the chaotic and claustrophobic environment that one needs to work, live, travel in.
KNS Architects Pvt. Ltd