Surfaces Reporter|July - August 2020

Designed by Hiren Patel Architects, this modern single-family residence is situated in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

SURFACES REPORTER (SR) has organised a special LIVE webinar on “Demands and New Needs in HI-END RESIDENCES” to capture the current market changes in the luxury residential market, in conversation with the frontliners of the industry. This webinar received huge viewership of 10,000+ views through various channels of SR. Along with this super lineup of speakers from architecture & design, this discussion had the presence of dignitaries who represented as clients from the top luxury segment – renowned kathak dancer Dr Padmashri Guru Shovana Narayan, Manoj Barthwal, Executive Director from ONGC, and Tushar Aggarwal, Director, Paramount Wires & Cables Ltd. Along with the webinar coverage, here we have added exclusive glimpses of some High-end luxury Houses designed or owned by the architects themselves. To see the entire coverage wait for our next edition.


Hiren Patel architects

The ongoing pandemic has hit the economical and social scenario at large. As the world was locked within their living spaces of homes, technology had made it possible to stay connected with the outside world and continue the lives. This situation also brought in light the shortcomings of the current dwellings. With the pandemic hitting hard, not only the prices of the luxury residences are seeing a decline, but the fundamentals of the interiors & spaces are subject to major shifts as well.

The dwellings, that were built to relax and spend quality time with families at the end of a harsh day spent in offices or otherwise, are now striving to be much more. The architectural design of our homes has a huge impact on our well-being during trying times like this, if not otherwise. Hence, understanding the new needs is paramount in order to move forward. There are many changes that need to be done in homes due to the current predicaments of our lives, such as building a dedicated workspace, which is more efficient, self-sufficient kitchens & open-to-sky spaces closed to nature with cross-ventilation in focus.

I think everybody is going to be more conscious about the hygiene, whether it’s a 1 BHK apartment or a private villa and we will look for the spaces that are easy to maintain.

The concept of “Work From Home” has now become a norm. While there are some areas of work that cannot be done without being physically on site, there are plenty of works that don’t demand so. Thus, the work-life regime is going to see a huge change. Entertainment, much like a theatre experience, to be included as a part of the living space, is going to see a huge surge in demand. The lavish interiors are taking a more practical approach and also becoming more inclusive. Artificial Intelligence will play a huge role and even the colour scheme will be affected post COVID.




Ar Puran Kumar, Principal at Studio PKA believes in creating spaces that exude a strong sense of place and identity. The Mango House has been christened ‘Pool’– referring not just to the swims, but to the talent, skills, and most importantly the pool of ideas that people bring in with them. The unwavering desire to allow the house to blend in and become one with the land is accentuated by the earthy tones of exposed brick and concrete that complement the verdant landscape around it.

Kelly Wearstler, Founder and Principal of Kelly Wearstler is an American Designer. This residence shown above is situated at the Malibu Beach incoming tide, belonging to Kelly Wearstler and her family, signifies a new wave in the designer’s style. The home has a castaway allure with a sun-bleached colour palette, consisting of shades of driftwood taupe, misty gray, watery green, and shell pink. The Wave-patterned marble walls evoke the feeling of abstract art and chunky, modernist furniture.


People have been using their study room mostly for home-offices for working from home, yoga, meditation, exercise, etc. However, having your family around makes concentration on work difficult to attain.

While some people may have worked from their bedrooms claiming full attention to work, the practice is alluding and more distractive. Therefore, the need of a dedicated space—if not an entire room—meant only for work with proper work table, internet connection and desk space will be a focal point for designers post-Covid.


When it comes to automation, kitchen and home offices are not the only spaces to be updated. The role of AI in terms of every utility to lessen the contact with surfaces of appliances is going to be huge. Remote-controlled devices are going to be upgraded to voice-controlled more likely.

Self-help has become the new norm because staff, helps, assistants, are all going to be in their own spaces for security purposes. This enhances the need of AI (Artificial Intelligence) at home. For instance, I always had a mini robot to help clean up at home because I don’t like to impose on my staff. Currently, I have upgraded the robotic technology in my home so that it becomes not only more hygienic but also more self-reliant.

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July - August 2020