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Deftly designed, this Mumbai bungalow is an indulgent yet a private space

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A home is a physical extension of the homeowners' personality. It reflects their lifestyle and more importantly, their attitude towards life. A designer's task is to create an abode that translates this attitude into a tangible form.

Mumbai-based architects Manjunath Hathwar and Ashutosh Wad of Space Dynamix had the same task to accomplish while they were designing a 5000 sq ft house in Mumbai for the Patels. Three generations of the family regularly entertain in this six-bedroom house.

The home has been given an opulent flourish and the first striking feature is the grand atrium that one instantly comes across at the entrance.

This has been created by enclosing the open staircase with the help of a featured wall made of white bison board. The irregular boxes on this wall have been randomly backlit to add a soft glow to the area.

"This wall ensures the residents' privacy, while the glass doors and skylight above bring sufficient light into the house," says Hathwar.

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A large fibre optic light fixture has been suspended from the ceiling of the atrium and forms the epicentre of this dramatic space.

The light at the end of the filaments gradually changes colour, creating different moods and ambience which can be changed as per one's desire.

"Since the staircase is the main focus of the house, it has been given a rounded glass railing which gives it a lighter appearance making it look less formal," says Hathwar.

A combination of focused and hidden lighting has been used to create a play of light and shadow on the columns running between the staircases. During the day, the same effect has been created with natural light as it pours in through the surrounding glass panels. This effect serves to tone down the solid mass of the columns. Each of the bedrooms on the upper floors have a distinct colour scheme. All have attached bathrooms separated by glass. This feature gives the bedrooms a more spacious look.

"In each of the bedrooms, the closet was integrated into either the bathroom or the bedroom space, giving continuity to the entire area. There is no separate closet area so the spaces are not boxed in," says Hathwar.

In one of the bedrooms, the black and white colour scheme of the wall blends into the similar back-painted glass doors of the wardrobe, giving it a seamless continuity.

In another room, mirrors have been used on the closets to create the same effect, reflecting the damask motif wallpaper on the other walls.

The use of cement boards and anutone boards are a signature mark of the designers. The atrium wall and the undulated ceiling of the guest room are examples of the unique style of using these relatively commonplace cement boards to create an extraordinary design feature.

The custom-made two-toned ceiling in the guest room displays fluidity as the brown and beige shades merge into each other.

In the entertainment area, the acoustic soundproofing material, anutone board has been used. Since it has been left exposed, it displays its own unique texture while blending with the colour scheme of the house.

First published date: 16 February 2012

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Architect/designer Manjunath Hathwar, Ashutosh Wad; Space Dynamix
Association Council Of Architecture (COA)
Furniture Durgesh Interiors
Wallcoverings Shreeji Innova,
Furnishings Bharat Furnishings
Oven Kaff
Ventilation Mitsubishi
Microwave Kaff
Refrigerator Samsung
Water feature AK Enterprises