Steeped In Grandeur back to all projects
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Steeped In Grandeur
Architects Monica and Hardesh Chawla, of Essentia Environments, who have been building dream spaces for clients over the years by challenging the conventional design norms, have designed their massive residence-cum-"show-home" in Gurgaon in an extremely elegant fashion.

To add to the grandeur of the house, the architects have used a 40 ft high courtyard with a life-like tree in the centre - truly a modern interpretation of the traditional courtyard built around a tree.

Design can be art, design can be aesthetic. A good design is always simple and that's why it's so complicated to execute,- says architect Hardesh Chawla. He, along with his wife Monica, have literally translated this design philosophy into reality in their residence, which is a standing example of simplicity and grandeur combined. They also use their residence as a platform to showcase their work to prospective clients, and thereby call it a "show-home".

"I believe in making my work as beautiful as I can, no matter how big or small the project might be," adds Hardesh. The house stands on a 1,000 sq yard plot which is open from three sides. Spread over an area of 20,000 sq ft, the residence personifies splendour and opulence. To add to the grandeur, a 40 ft high courtyard has a life-like tree in the centre - truly a modern interpretation of the traditional courtyard built around a tree.

"We consciously try to design spaces that are clean and clutter- free. We enhance the positives of a site and try to camouflage the negatives. Above all, we strive for simplicity and that is what adds sophistication to our work," says architect Monica Chawla.

The design sensibilities of the architects lean towards "modern contemporary" and their home reflects that. However, it is not stark by any means - the look has been softened by the use of jaalis and motifs in traditional patterns. The result is a unique blend of traditional and modern aesthetics.

Each of the elements - from the elevation of the building to the smallest of design details has been carefully thought of, selected and executed to create this "work of art". "I consider detailing to be more important than broad strokes. Nothing works without details," affirms Monica, and pays equal attention to furniture, the furnishings, accessories and art.

What adds to the beauty of this home is the enviable collection of art and accessories, which the Chawlas have managed to collect over the years. Most of the furniture is straight-lined with an emphasis on a clutter-free look and ease of maintenance. The sofas are all finished in leather and the palette kept deliberately neutral. The splash of colour has been introduced through cushions, art and accessories.

The landscaping for all the open areas around the house began when the construction started and as a result, the house is now surrounded by lush greenery. Gulmohars, jacarandas, camelias and laburnums provide a magnificent view from every corner of the house. A large water body situated near the entrance adds to the calming effect. The front garden showcases a huge sculpture which augments the glam quotient. The terrace has been beautifully planned as a party area and is one of the best features of the house.

The scale and the complexity of the design was indeed a challenge to execute for Monica and Hardesh. What further added to it all was that each element was custom-made and had to be personally approved by the architects. However, having an in-house team to handle both the design and the execution really helped. "Building spaces is a team effort and having a large and professional team is the key that sets us apart," says Hardesh.

"It's no longer enough to create spaces that are just functional, we now need to create spaces that enhance the sense of being, that bring joy, and yes, beauty to people's lives. It is a privilege to create beautiful spaces and I feel really blessed to be doing exactly that," Monica sums up!

The design sensibilities of the architects lean towards "modern contemporary" and their home reflects that.

"I consider detailing to be more important than broad strokes. Nothing works without details," says Monica.

Careful attention has been paid to furniture, the furnishings, accessories and art.

The look of the house has been softened by the use of jaalis and motifs in traditional patterns. The result is a unique blend of traditional and modern aesthetics.

What adds to the beauty of this home is the enviable collection of art and accessories, which the Chawlas have managed to collect over the years.

Most of the furniture is straight-lined with an emphasis on a clutter-free look and ease of maintenance.

The bedrooms have a warm feel to them with soft lighting adding to their charm.

The terrace has been beautifully planned as a party area and is a striking feature of the house.

The landscaping for all the open areas around the house began when the construction started and as a result, the house is now surrounded by lush greenery.

Top