By Marina Correa
Photography: Courtesy ARCHOS
A 2,500 sq. ft. three-storey row house in Goregaon, Mumbai, designed by principal architect Jimit Mehta of ARCHOS in just seven months, follows a simple yet elegant design thematic…
Faced with the challenge of delivering the project in just seven months, the architect relied on the diligent functioning of his firm and quick decision-making from the client’s side to accomplish the project on time.
Following a basic philosophy of ‘keeping things simple and clutter-free’ - be it in the overall earthy tones largely comprising ivory and brown, or as seen in the fuss-free furniture, or even in the uniform marble flooring throughout the home - the residence is imbued with a contemporary and minimalistic style, while taking care of the needs of its homeowners.
Splashes of colour in different areas such as blue glass tiles in the kids bathroom; metallic tiles in the powder room; fluorescent green in the kids’ bedroom and colourful cushions in the living room etc. enliven the interiors.
Linear geometry being characteristic of all three levels, the architect seeks to break it by weaving strong yet understated design elements in the form of back-lit jaali in the living room; Tetris-game-themed ceiling in the kids’ bedroom and the dining table wrap-around-a-column feature in the dining room – anchoring the home with great flourish and aplomb.
Great care is also taken to maintain a high level of aesthetics. For instance, an unsightly column in the living-dining area is deftly converted into a dramatic feature by cladding it in stone textured tiles; doubling up as a solid support for the dining table.
Since the home is not directly in dialogue with nature, the creation of attention-grabbing features makes it an inwardly interesting one; while it endorses the architect's acumen and skillset.