Saturday, September 16, 2017

Luxury amidst chaos!

By Marina Correa
Photography: Andre J Fanthome; courtesy the firm
Read Time: 1 min 30 secs 
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Group DCA designs a plush 11,889  sq. ft multi-level residence far removed from its chaotic neighbourhood of Pusa Road, New Delhi…

Verticality of the three-level bungalow on stilts defines volume rather than the sprawling site on ground. Projecting balconies, extending roofs with wooden undersides, recessed full-height glass windows and a ‘green’ entrance makes for a dynamic landscaped composition.
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Built for a small family, the façade is contemporary as compared to its more classical interiors. Though the residence is a luxurious abode, it does not come across as over-the-top, showing off the firm’s capability in balancing flamboyance with modesty. For instance, the double-height family lounge is juxtaposed against casual furniture; plush drawing-dining area against a subdued colour palette; elaborate patterns on screens and railings against simple lines in the façade etc.
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Furthermore, use of natural materials and textures like Brazilian wood and Portuguese limestone for the elevation allude to an understated style and warmth. Slatted rough-finished stone and stone mosaics on the boundary wall add character.
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The highlights of the project are its landscaped courts along with terraces and balconies and the double-height family lounge that harnesses light and ventilation into the home. Free and easy movement along circulation paths and a dark Emperador-clad stairwell add on to the spacious and luxurious vibe.
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The outdoor landscape becomes an extension of everyday living and opens up into a large gathering space for parties. The vast openness of the premises against the backdrop of greenery amidst the crowded city earns this three-level residence a unique luxury tag.

Fact File:
Client: Gujral & Sons
Design Firm: Group DCA
Principal Designer/Architect: Rahul Bansal and Amit Aurora
Area: 11,889 Sq.ft.     
Location: Karolbagh, New Delhi

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