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Livingetc India|December 2020
Ar. Sumit Dhawan of Cityspace’82 goes all out to blend tech and new materials, with the interior language of Ar. Zafar Choudhary (Habitat Architecture) in this Gurugram home
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The joint family concept is alive and well in this home, with three generations of a well-travelled family living in it, creating memories.

PROPERTY: A four-level city house built on a 1000 sq yd plot in Gurugram. The basement has the entertainment and wellness zone with a spa, gym and a pool. Two guest rooms are also located here. On the ground floor are the formal and informal living areas, kitchen, dining and the powder room. The first floor houses three grand bedroom suites. On the second floor is the master bedroom, children’s room and a private lounge along with a lush terrace garden.

FACADE

Fibre optics woven into the facade cladding provide multiple options for thematic projections. With car parking moved to the rear, the drive in becomes a pleasant one.

For every architect-designer, a dream project would be one in which they get a clear, detailed brief and then a free hand to execute that brief. “With greater freedom comes greater responsibility, and we have to live up to the trust reposed in us,” says architect Sumit Dhawan of Cityspace ’82. A second-generation architect, Sumit has been designing residences for several sports celebrities and others in the NCR. This particular site, being part of an existing city development posed several challenges, privacy being the foremost. It was not just the requirements of the family that had to be met, but the location and integration of staff quarters was given equal emphasis in the brief. The clients wanted a home with minimal accents and spacious light-filled living spaces with comfortable reading nooks and unique indoor/outdoor seating areas. They were completely open to new ideas and allowed the architects to experiment with new materials. Starting right from the gate which is a series of porcelain tiles set in a graphite frame and the boundary wall which was treated with dry stone cladding, the house boasts of several ‘firsts’ that all combine to give it a most distinctive look.

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