The Layered House / Gaurav Kharkar & Associates

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Design Firm : Gaurav Kharkar and Assosciates


Project name: The Layered House


Principal architect/designer: Gaurav Kharkar and Vidhita Kharkar


Area: 3800 sqft


Location: South Mumbai


Photo Credits: Pulkit Seghal - The Light Cube Photography


This apartment is located in the busy streets of Mumbai, Lower parel ..situated on the 38th floor..It has a breathtaking view of the cityscapes along with it one can also enjoy the evening cool breeze and the warmth from the early morning sun .

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal
Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

Entrance Passage :


Entrance passage areas with unique and welcoming decor, undoubtedly creates an everlasting impact on the person on entering the house. Therefore, we always emphasize the best elements to highlight the space. The moment you enter the house you will be greeted by an over sized Gate painting.


This is not just a painting on a ply backing but it is a shutter hiding the electrical main distribution board. The uber creative idea of large scaled painting on a shutter grabs your attention instantly. There are other interesting details all along the lengthened passage leading the hallway and other rooms. The intention was to bring in few unique details which could create a sense of mystery.


For instance the grid panels on the left side of the passage smartly hides the large storage space for shoes and further flushes the door leading to the sons bedroom This panel is created in white back painted glass with a gray P.U border around it. It's our signature style to to camouflage doors and storage shutters with unique elements and panels The ceiling along the passage also has a geometric patterned style to it which is further finished in grey textured paint .


The ceiling and the grid panels on wall were created to have a sense of similarity of incorporating geometric forms along the length of the passage The right side of the passage flaunts a rustic open fitting hardware which holds the kitchen sliding. The wide Kitchen entry door finished in wood and glass gives a sense of openness to the kitchen space .

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal
Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

The living area is particularly interesting. Pls explain how have you created the various distinctions within the living area?


We had done civil changes in the living room to accommodate spacious and comfortable dining area. We have created 3 zones in the living room .

The formal seating area , informal seating zone and the dining area .


Each zone is in sync with one another ..All these 3 zones are bound together by common elements like art work, hint of soft blue colour and shade of grey .


A design theme of Layers and textures runs through out , hues of soft blue and greys are found in form of artifacts , cushion covers and art work . The dining area has been tucked in weel under the warm wooden canopy ceiling .


This ceiling actually houses the a.c ductable unit ..The wooden Ribbed wooden ceiling acts as a trap door to access the A.C units hidden inside it . The backing of the dinning area is finished in panels of cement sheets painted in blue , above these blue panels the wall has been kept bare minimal to emphasize the tiny blue and green coloured circular rob hooks .


The adjacent wall of the dinning area holds a multi layered and leveled Dinette and mandir unit ,The drawers underneath are mainly used to store dinning cutlery items and the tall cabinet finished in frosted glass covers a traditional mandir behind it .

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

At most attention has been given to the details like even the knobs and handles have been thoughtfully chosen in blue ceramic material which coordinates well with the overall decor of the living room .The sofa backing wall is a perfect example of simplicity along with creativity. It adorns right scale, proportion and layering of materials.


Modern straight lined blue and Tan sofa has a strong backdrop finished in terrazzo slab which further turns inwards towards a passage leading to 3 bedrooms. This half height terrazzo slab has been teamed up with a overlapping detail of a large scaled veneer panel which is flanked by a minimal painting depicting an architectural building with balconies Between the two zones of formal and informal seating area is a beautiful intricate arched detailed opening finished in plaster of Paris .


This adds a neo classical feel to the opening . The informal seating zone in the living area is the most vibrant space and the most favorite spot of ours in the house. This space has a huge wooden frame on a white wall and there a several picture frames which are flanked within this big frame .


The placement Of these frames along with a big wall clock is in an off centered manner .Apart from this there are these 2 bespoke chairs upholstered in an printed patterned fabric. This area has an amalgamation of print ,pattern and colour yet there is different sort of calmness in this eclectic clutter .


This had the most different execution that resulted in a satisfactory outcome..This creation flaunts a perfect mix of colours and patterns against a rather simplified canvas , it is indeed a visual delight which brings a balance and harmony in this urban home.

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

What is the backdrop for the TV unit?

The backdrop tv unit is finished in white pu panels .It has a thick veneer border around the white p.u panel.


This veneer further turns on to the adjacent wall to then form a cube like structure .It forms a nice backdrop to hold the capsule shaped mirror for the customized basin counter below it which is made in terazo .


There is an interesting overlapping detail of the basin counter which further turns and intersects to become the storage drawers for the the tv unit .

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

What is the colour palate used throughout the house?


What is the reasoning behind it? Each room has it's own story and has a strong sense of identity...every space in the home makes a strong statement with an effortless transformation from one room to another .


Throughout the house there few common netural colour palette like cement grey , white which creates a sense of harmony .Further each room also has a different colour pop which distinguishes it from another room .


Daughters Bedroom

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal
Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

Daughters Bedroom


The daughters room has mixed colour palette with the oversized bold art work behind the bed Back which instantly grabs your attention..Shades if pinks are introduced which brings in softness to the overall theme and gives a feminine touch To the room .


The room is further accentuated by placing a pink rocking chair against the walnut harring bone veneer panel and the bold lettered motivational quote written on the cemented grey wall pops out strongly against the quirky theme running in the room.


Parents’ room

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal
Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

Parents’ room


This room focuses on the emerald Green velvet finished cushioned bed backing ,which is further enhanced with a nature themed painting having similar hues.The bed runner was thoughtfully created to match with the green bed backing .


The whites , greys and the white oak veneer compliments well with the overall decor .Another element in the room which grabs ones attention is the bespoke chest board unit which has a neo classical hand painted art on the grey shutters .This is a lovely unit to display the colour coordinated artifacts on it.


Master bedroom

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal
Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

Master bedroom


Master bedroom colour palette - The simple fact that you may never get tired of a netural colour palette , this was the reason why we chose to go for a simple, crisp and straight lined furniture pieces with netural colour palette , its one of the best canvas to introduce pops of colour , we did it by adding hues of yellow on the bed back cushioning which oozes lots of freshness against the cemented oversized panel on the white moulding background.


The black and white prints on the throw , cushion cover and the gemotric print wicker basket adds a chaotic character to rather simplified decor .


Overall we remained true to the project by introducing several layers teamed up with various textures and colours to create this house with the Charm of modern and eclectic vibe.

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

Which is the most vibrant space in the house? How has it been designed?


Sometimes an area which may blend in effortlessly and look uber creative to the onlooker but in actual the process of creating this space involves difficult execution for the architect , So this informal seating zone in the living area is the most vibrant space in the house. This space has A huge wooden frame on a white wall and there a several picture frames which are flanked within this big frame .


The placement Of these frames along with a big wall clock is in an off centered manner , ,Apart from this there are these 2 bespoke chairs upholstered in an printed patterned fabric.


This area has an amalgamation of print ,pattern and colour yet there is different sort of calmness in this eclectic clutter , This had the most different execution that resulted in a satisfactory outcome.


This creation flaunts a perfect mix of colours and patterns against a rather simplified canvas , it is indeed a visual delight which brings a balance and harmony in this urban home .


How have you managed the storage?


We have thoughtfully scooped inch after inch from different nook and corners and smartly Created lot of hidden storages by knocking of few walls and instead created thin marble partitions to achieve more space , Further these storages have clever details like the shutters have been camouflaged with the adjacent wall panel details , These creative ideas creates a seamless look and makes the onlookers wonders as how well the storage shutters are hidden and instead look like design elements without making it look overbearing .


How have you mazimised the light in the house?


Since most of the rooms are connected to balconies there is ample of light and breeze flowing in anyways.


Apart from this we made sure that we do not add unnecessary hindrances in form of partitions in the living room to create zones.


Infact we have distinguished the zones with the help of different form of furniture pieces and kept it more open and connected to each other , also white coloured floor bounces more light and most of walls are kept white and pop of colour adds freshness to the overall look.

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Seghal

Which is your favourite corner in the house? Why? How is it designed?


The study nook from the sons room A thoughtful placement of the study table connected to a deck filled with green grass floor and a vertical garden which overlooks the beautiful city scape .


This serene placement can definitely spark the creative side of the kid .The customised study table is rested against the white brick wall .This brick wall ends with an interesting artwork of a scale on the Upper level with a grey background to it .


Above the study table we have created a black board panel for the kid to chalk down motivational quotes or to do list and on the sides of the boards we have created small little tapered boxes which can hold his important stationers.

This entire placement indeed gives a sporty look to the bedroom.


What are the elements in this house that has the owner’s stamp on it? How is it unique for the people who stay there?


None.Everything is bespoke and selected as per the theme of the house , only 2 green coloured artifacts were already present and couple of souvenirs.


What is the flooring use throughout the house? Why?


To begin with foyer : The Lasa white marble with a pristine white base with a distinct grey character runs all along the lengthy passage and further fixed in the entire living room and the passage leading to the bedrooms and finishes in the master bedroom , in the other rooms we have retained a beige italian marble provided by the builder already.

since it had a netural colour we dint feel the need to break it and waste clients money and time behind it ...the colour of the marble was good enough to go with the eclectic theme and we thought it would coordinate very well against the colours we were planning to use .


The brief says 4 bedrooms. You have detailed 3 (parents, daughter's and master bedroom). Which is the 4th bedroom? And how is it designed?


The sons bedroom is aptly designed for a 10 year old boy who had gushingly told us about his fondness towards all kind of sports .


so keeping his passion in mind we went for few elements related to sports in form of artwork on the foldable bed panel, The blue colour n the room depicts the Jersey colour of Indian cricket Team A thoughtful placement of the study table connected to a deck filled with green grass floor and a vertical garden which overlooks the beautiful city scape can definitely spark the creative side of the kid .


The customised study table is rested against the white brick wall .This brick wall ends with an interesting artwork of a scale on the Upper level with a grey background to it .Above the study table we have created a black board panel for the kid to chalk down motivational quotes or to do list and on the sides of the boards we have created small little tapered boxes which can hold his important stationers.This entire placement indeed gives a sporty look to the bedroom.

Image Courtesy : Pulkit Sehgal

Any sustainability features in the house that we can highlight?


Vertical garden and green grass floor is quite prominently seen in the study nook image.


Vertical gardens not on look fancy and add value to the decor but they are also sustainable Vertical gardens don't just look good; they DO good for the planet as well!

Vertical gardens help to reduce the impure air by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air, which also benefits those living nearby as the quality of the air is improved. Exterior vertical gardens also help to The reduce heat .


About the Firm : Gaurav Kharkar and Assosciates


Website Link : http://www.gauravkarchitects.com/


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GauravKharkar, The Principal Architect of GAURAV KHARKAR & associates is a 2004 graduate from BhartiVidyapeethCollege of Architecture, affiliated to University of Mumbai. Mrs. VidhitaParekh Kharkar, Principal Designer & wife of Gauravhas passed Interior Designing from RachnaSansad'sAcademy of Interior Designing, Mumbai in the year 2005.


GAURAV KHARKAR & associates was established in the year 2008. Immediately after inception, the clients began to take cognizance of this firm. Within a span of 4 years the size and number of projects has increased to a large scale.


The firm that is now known as one of the creative versatile architects, handles a wide spectrum of Architectural and Interior projects which includes Residential, Commercial, Retail Spaces, I.T. Parks, etc. at important centres like Mumbai, NaviMumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pune, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, New Delhi and Dubai.

The firm is passionate about their Contemporary Aesthetics, Functionality and Sensuality of using Quality Materials.


They strongly believe that clients satisfaction is their biggest reward and they maintain a relationship -be it between a space and its furniture or even a designer and the client. They say it is a challenge to understand the whims and the choices of every client and then create a space they can enjoy. This is probably the reason why this duo is able to give an individuality to each project they take on..





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