Photography: Tejas Shah; courtesy the architect
Manish Patel’s 10,500 sq. ft. penthouse in Baroda is no less than a villa. Giving his architect Dipen Gada a carte blanche over carving out the perfect personalized spaces for the family, has rewarded him with an openness to new ideas and experimentation, as Dipen weaves a narrative, surprising with colour and integrated works of art in almost every area of the home.
|Pockets of lush living|
“Art is the most important factor of any project,” ponders Dipen; and so the penthouse, an art piece in itself, is divided into two levels with an additional third level for a terrace that is designed as the perfect getaway to unwind amid a lush green garden and smart seating - mostly in white to add lavishness to the open air lounge.
|Sculpture from Ashit Das’ Parchaai series|
Taking you through: The main door with its patina-finish brass plate and sheesam wooden battens with a carved-in handle hints at the details and customization that the project explores. Inside, a dramatic sculpture from Ashit Das’ Parchaai series, alongside a vertical glass with a female figure etched on it alludes to the male-female equation. As you venture forth, the mirror on one wall of the small foyer alludes to a larger space as a prelude to the eloquent double-height living room.
Large windows allow maximum daylight, while artificial lighting is used to create a perfect ambience and to highlight the works of art. Dipen pays key attention to materials used. A coating of burnt granite on the wall in living area, for example, takes the form of a canvas for installation of nine ceramic pieces by Vinod Daroz that leave one pondering on the subject; while the seamless blend of matt and glossy finishing across the house is metaphorically “full of life”.
Artistry is imbued into the design. A combination of drop lights and creepers in glass holders customize the dining area with the mother-of-pearl inlaid dining table opening out to the terrace. The exposed concrete wall forms a formidable backdrop along the staircase, as intriguing human figures “mount the journey of life”.
|Balancing light sources|
Crème walls, vintage lamps, ethnic showpieces and meaningful art add depth to a beautifully designed home that takes the dual onus of being warm and welcoming as well as engaging and thought-provoking.