Design Firm : ArchitectureBrio
Location : Tardev, Mumbai, India
Type : Interior
Themes : Interior, detail, poché
Status : Completed
Design Team : Shefali Balwani + Robert Verrijt
Size : 213 square meters
Photographer : Sebastian Zachariah
Program : Interior design of an apartment for a couple and their young son.
The brief for a duplex apartment for a couple and teenage son was to be inspired by a modern French style with a touch of lavishness. The design incorporates the old with the new.
At the same time it lets unique pieces complement one another and stand together. It attempts to display an interior that has grown and been collected over the years. Apartment Design
A collection of subtly detailed wall panels of custom proportions define the classical idiom. These details repeat throughout the house while changing in material and colour as the space demands. While a common lineage defines the detailing of every room, each one has its own unique character as well.
Often the differences are subtle, but sometimes they are dramatic. It emphasises the cohesive quality of each space. It turns this house into a collection full of rich experiences. Staircase Design One of the most dramatic spaces in the apartment is the staircase. A sinuously curved timber clad staircase winds up 210 degrees to turn back at the landing.
A white closed railing offset the deep blue panelled wall on the perimeter of the staircase. In a compact space a rich spatial experience becomes the central focus point of the house. Architectural Detail
Each room is defined by encompassing architectural detail, material and colour scheme. An obsessive compulsion for symmetry has created a unique layout. The technique of modulating the leftover space in between self containing rooms, “the poché”, enables the symmetrical layout of internal elevations.
However this in between space has not gone to waste in an apartment like this. In a city like Mumbai every square inch counts. Everywhere you will find hidden pockets, invisible doors, a secret bar or wine cooler, niches, cupboards or wardrobes to fully optimise the poché. However all these utilities are hidden from sight by the extensive and elegant millwork.
About the firm :
Architecture BRIO engages actively in the creation of contextually appropriate, sustainable design solutions within an increasingly changing world.
The work of the studio addresses new ways of understanding the often contradictory interrelations between the city, architecture, landscape, and the world of interiors.
There is a growing need for our built environment to re-establish healthy relationships with the natural world.
Similarly there is an urgency to address the never before seen growth in urban and rural areas in India and globally.
Within this context, the work searches for a delicate balance between architecture as the act of disappearance, and creating characterful, responsive and experiential environments.