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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Art & Interior Architecture

By Zoya
Photography: Tejas Shah; courtesy the architect
  
Luxury amidst the skies

‘Art can be a very integral part of one’s lifestyle statement’ proves Ar. Dipen Gada as he carves this luxurious penthouse with vast spaces in synch with each other and with art in a seamless soliloquy…

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.
 
India Art n Design features luxurious Baroda penthouse by Ar. Dipen Gada
Terrace Lounge
India Art n Design features luxurious Baroda penthouse by Ar. Dipen Gada
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.

India Art n Design features luxurious Baroda penthouse by Ar. Dipen Gada
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.
 
India Art n Design features luxurious Baroda penthouse by Ar. Dipen Gada
Ceramic art by Vinod Daroz

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”.
 
India Art n Design features luxurious Baroda penthouse by Ar. Dipen Gada
Essaying narratives everywhere

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”.

India Art n Design features luxurious Baroda penthouse by Ar. Dipen Gada
Balancing light sources
India Art n Design features luxurious Baroda penthouse by Ar. Dipen Gada
Simplicity & Elegance

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. 

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