The house cum studio is planned as an upside-down residence with a rooftop garden and pool. Coming down to the living and dining areas and further down to the private sleeping spaces, the unit responds well to a tight location, compact site and exciting client expectations.
Each aspect of design has been controlled as one can see the play in space creation; from the play of volumes, to play of materials and natural light, light is brought in without views of the neighbouring houses infringing, through the concrete fins that span forty feet. As one climbs the double flight of steps that bring the visitor to the living floor, one sees the double volume with a glazed top connected across three levels through natural light.
As a boutique furniture store, the entire concrete face brings in the art and design feel to the space. Basic finishes like kota stone, wooden floors and exposed concrete ceilings accentuate the furniture on display in the store. A few walls are highlighted by wall coverings and lit with focused and directed lighting. The fabrics and soft furnishings bring in a certain informal cozy feel. The challenge was to create a neutral yet powerful space within which dean European furniture can be displayed, and yet changed and modified without making much effort.