Palace Of Illusions

Livingetc India|May 2020

Palace Of Illusions
This grand Hyderabad home unfolds like a magnum opus, just as its designer Rohit Suraj deemed it to be…
Nandini Banerjee


Adjoining the formal living room on the ground floor, this patio continues the luxe design story of the living room. Get the look All the furniture has

been sourced from Tribu.


From the brass jaali to the wooden panelling, not to forget the show-stealer chandelier, the living room embodies the design spirit of larger-than-life living. Get the look This is the Sans Souci Aurora chandelier. The sofas and chaise, as well as the Constellation centre table and side tables, are from Fendi Casa. The consoles came from Roberto Cavalli, while Ponzio takes credit for the windows.

Like a goddess rising from the sea, this Hyderabad home in Banjara Hills rises tall over a fairly narrow plot and defies clichés… Designed by Rohit Suraj for a young family of three, the home is built with a series of overlapping volumes. “When we set out to ideate, we wanted to achieve a big, bold and captivating effect. Because of its narrow land, horizontal extensions were created deliberately to give the structure a sense of proportion,” explains Rohit, a self-taught design enthusiast.

The client was special, a young 32-year-old entrepreneur who wanted his home to showcase his success and accomplishments — a sort of ode to all his triumphs. Spread over 22,000 sq ft, the house has many eccentricities. First, it has only four bedrooms! “Given the sheer size of the covered area, the four-bedroom request by the client presented us with a massive opportunity to think out-of-the-box and innovate with volume, space and design. We, therefore, used the floor plate to create a dramatic effect,” exclaims Rohit. Hence came along the vaulted ceilings, projected outdoor spaces and an open-to-sky pool at the bar level. “These were amongst some of the many elements that we brought in to create a sense of openness and grandeur.”

The home was also split into public and private areas. The public areas included a 20-seater office and conference room, as well as the formal drawing and dining area which the homeowner wanted specially curated to entertain his guests. The informal areas include the pool, bar and home theatre, which are on the upper levels. “My client’s only brief was that the home had to be larger-than-life. That became my vision too! But, the challenge was that I had to balance this approach without taking away from the warmth and liveability of the home. A fine line had to be cast, to make it both entertainment friendly and yet, still be a private sanctuary for the homeowners,” Rohit elucidates.


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May 2020