Better Interiors|April 2020
The brief from the client resonated with Studio Lagom’s predilection for creating spaces that were connected to nature, open to nature and exhibited a clean look rendered using minimal materials. The additional requirements — and emphatic ones at that — were a sense of being in a villa and not an apartment and plenty of storage. “So while we were developing the design, the constant thing at the back of our minds was the fact that it could not appear, at any cost, like a flat,” states Hardik. “And the challenge mainly revolved around fulfilling the storage requirements in a streamlined, unobtrusive fashion.
The spatial programme was driven by the owners’ wish for all the primary areas being located on the first level, with the second level being devoted to the entertainment zone/ guest space and the terrace. Ergo, the lower level houses the living-dining, kitchen and three bedrooms used by the family of four; while the upper storey has the library, guest room (with attached sauna/steam), gym and the terrace garden. Simply put, the home is actually two apartments — almost independent of each other — tied by a vertical connection. “This way, guests and family enjoy a certain independence and don’t impinge on each other’s schedules… the daily household routines can continue downstairs without disturbing visitors.”
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