The architect, interior designer, hotelier and proud innovator in the design space, and his wife welcome Hello! Into their palatial penthouse on top of della tower, in Mumbai’s dadar parsee colony. The impressive structure, harks back to heritage iranian design. We get a glimpse into the mind of a creative entrepreneur, who wishes the city of dreams had been developed with not just a commercial but cultural sensitivity
We see in your residential building, a great resurrection of Zoroastrian figures… like a re-owning of your heritage (such figures can only be seen around Fire Temples and old Parsee neighbourhoods like in Tardeo, etc). How proud are you of your Parsee roots?
Jimmy: “I’m super proud of my Parsee roots; I’ve been deeply invested in the community since the beginning. I started a Parsee resource group as a community NGO way back in 2006. I worked with the priest and his family to provide them with medical and educational support; we also started working with the youth of the community. My ‘Cultural Heritage Award’ was the turning point and got me fascinated with architecture – the simplicity, yet grandeur of architecture when I studied in Iran – was something completely different, and hence I decided to recreate Persian architecture from ancient Iran in this glorious tower in Dadar, Mumbai.”
Delna: “Yes! We all are very proud Zoroastrians! We try to include some value system in our kids, mainly, to try wearing their sudrehkasti on a regular basis, going to the Agiary, our fire temple, on all good occasions and as often as possible. We mostly try going as a family together.”
Your home has a grand, larger-than-life feel… how long did it take to put together and what are some truly special areas that you are particularly happy with?
Jimmy: “Yes, it’s taken a lot of planning. The home was done about 10 years ago, but the design knowledge required for planning a small home is quite different from the requirements of planning a large house and we did a lot of research and homework. There are a lot of special elements in the house; but most important is, even though it’s large, it’s still a home. There are a lot of design elements that make it custom-built for us; like you see a lifestyle change from a formal living room to a family living room, from my black and white combinations with hints of gold and a touch of red, to the beiges, to the family living room. The home has all the facilities and features which were absolutely ‘in’ to have when we made this house – a home theatre, spa, gym, salon, guest bedrooms, private swimming pool, which is not just a plunge pool size, but a proper heated pool with a counter wave/ current machine – it is a huge pool – then, we have three terraces, so there are a lot of specialties. I love my greens and natural plants within the house, every nook and corner has tonnes of natural plants. The artistic exterior also continues within the building; one of the terraces shows the 27 nations that were ruled by Persia. The house, overall, has many interesting areas, like I love the huge bathrooms, I still spend most of my personal time in my bathroom! So all in all the house serves its purpose and binds us together as a tightly knit family.”
Delna: I didn’t really have too many inputs on the making of our home. By and large, Jimmy understands design and details and he provided all that I need as per my requirements, likes and preferences.”
Do you entertain frequently by the pool? Very few people in the Maximum City can throw poolside parties!
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