Located in Baroda, Gujarat, Kabir Bungalow is a single-family dwelling, designed by USINE STUDIO – led by young duo Yatin Kavaiya and Jiten Tosar. The client wanted a residence that gives the pleasure of farmhouses within the city limits. And a thoughtful design proposal was given by the designers, “Concrete slabs, stone walls, and wood are used to construct the buildings, white walls and floor nearing the garden are given a matte finish, to mimic the dry grasses of the summer, setting the buildings into the landscape”. A unified color palette- grey- runs through the home that further amplifies the fluidity between the spaces. The architects have shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) in detail about the other interesting features of the project. Read on:
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The large cantilevered slab floating at the entrance for a sense of warm welcome.
The architects have thoroughly combined the concrete slabs, stone walls, and wood in the structure, while merging it gently with the surrounding green landscape, offering a much-valued feeling of serenity, and a tranquil amalgamation with nature. The spaces are arranged along the periphery walls that define and support the structures of the house. Simple proportions and feelings of the abundance of space were created by the juxtaposition of masses conveys the designers.
Connection Between Interiors and Exteriors
When the clientele questioned “what would be the connection between interior and exterior?, Yatin conveyed, “The interior design was not an afterthought, it is interwoven.
The extended verandas act as outdoor seating with detailed metal columns creates a balance between inside out.
Water Body and the Elements of Japanese Garden in the Entrance
A water body and abstraction of Zen gardens with a concrete bench at the entrance establishes the mood of the person entering the house. Waterbody gives us direction and binds us with the divine on the other hand and wraps the pooja space.
The geometrical metamorphosis of a rectangular shape as a screen to get an indirect vision in the Foyer.
In the foyer, a geometrical metamorphosis of a rectangular shape is designed as a screen to get an indirect vision.
Foyer acts as a transition space from outside to inside with the glimpse of water body.
Metal plate and wood are merged to create a modern abstraction of a leaf that acts functionally as a door handle.
A water body and abstraction of Zen gardens with a concrete bench at the entrance establishes the mood of person entering the house.
Within the home, a recreational area, the informal bar is a blended inn. The aesthetic is modern, integrated with a minimalistic approach towards living.
Grey Colour Dominates the Formal Living Room
The formal living has an opening at the eye level of the person sitting in & making the vision of nature unending. It houses a rare concept of nature with grey hues.
The formal living with an opening at the eye level of the person gives the vision of landscape while on the opposite side a customised mural is created from MDF sheet to give a classic appearance
Artwork on the wall is made by incorporating pastel shades of every element in the room. The mural is created from a basic material MDF sheet and given a classic appearance by aligning it linearly. The plain canvas of the room got a breakthrough from this mural.
An Interplay of Light and Shadow in The Bar
The Bar is housed in the family room following the concept of light and shadow. Basic engraving and embossing techniques with plain hues are used to create such an elegant light element in the bar area which is also clubbed by a dining space.
Simple geometrical grooves composed with artistic tint of colours on the wall.
A tint of color and a sense of artistic space in an area with a grey floor and white ceiling is added by temporary elements like a sofa and an original painting on the wall.
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The Kitchen is Kept Simple and Minimalistic by using White Coloured Cabinets with Grey Stone Top and Ceiling.
Passage Acts as the Main Spine in the House
A minimalistic and sleek - open wooden stair with a metal base leads from the ground floor to the first landing in the passage.
Light and clean Staircase with folded metal plate and wooden treads that seamlessly compliments with the theme of the house.
On the right is the gymnasium and the other built-ups are bedrooms.
Bedrooms Exude Elegance
Like other spaces in this home, the bedrooms are elegant and simple without being run-of-the-mill. The bedroom on the right has a royal feel & is a minimalistic design with the use of minimum but unique materials.
The master bedroom with tones of greys and whites to attain the richness of the area.
A Neolithic ceramic sheet having an impression of marble serves as the headboard with grey sheds on the wall.
This Bedroom is curious mix of Fabric & Veneer
The bedroom on the right gives an impression of artistic touch by using different art pieces.
Good Vibes in Kids’ Bedrooms
The upper floor houses the bedrooms of their sons. Different effects are achieved by engraving and embossing elements on P.U finished walls, planks of new wood with different colors and textures, and wall arts.
Son’s bedroom is dark-themed with distinct lightings that sets up the mood.Wooden planks are meticulously punctured and used as a backdrop of the bed. The toilet door is clubbed with the same effects to make it look like the wall.
The second son’s bedrooms have a metal sheet with soft mat combinations as a headboard. Customized back painted glass with backlight serves as the major light element in the room with grey tones.
The other Son’s Bedroom is simple and minimal with wooden headboard and furniture pieces that itself enriches the area.
Despite many exacting demands and alterations in the layout –an objective has been achieved admirably in the house; showcasing young designers' sensitivity to balance and design.
Project name: Kabir Bungalow
Architecture firm: Usine Studio
Location: Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Photography: Tejas Shah
Principal architect: Yatin Kavaiya & Jiten Tosar
Design team: Yatin Kavaiya, Jiten Tosar, Shalini Pereira, Chitra Sindhkar
Interior design: Usine studio
Built area: 12,500 ft²
Site area: 45,000 ft²
Civil engineer: Mayur Thakkar
Structural engineer: R V Patel
Environmental & MEP: Mayur Thakkar
Landscape: Kanchan Bhagat
Supervision: Mayur Thakkar
Visualization: Suhit Gajjar
Tools used: ZWCAD, Adobe Photoshop
Construction: Mayur Thakkar
Material: Italian marble, wood, wall textures, wall paint, natural stones, glass
Client: Mr. Vinod Bhagat
Typology: Residential › House
About the Firm
Usine studio is a boutique design firm based in Vadodara; founded by Yatin Kavaiya and Jiten Tosar. Upon graduating they immediately began garnering experience by working constantly as senior designers under the aegis of a well-established architect in the city. They started their own firm: their creative workhouse in 2010 to tap into the growing market. The studio is dedicated to make contemporary and elegant designs that are functional with timeless details, also fuses luxe to organic accents. They assume that the client’s requirements should be fulfilled in the best possible and most creative way by reflecting the occupant's life-style. Few of their projects have got recognition in magazines, coffee table books, and also have been awarded by IIID, FOAID etc.
Yatin Kavaiya and Jiten Tosar, co-founders, Usine Studio
The guest bedroom was kept clean and simple by using wooden and fabric for the backrest and adding punch by asymmetric metal wall-hung sculpture.
The material palette used were simple plastered walls, Natural-stone cladding and polished wood with grey Italian marble in the flooring
Breaking the stereotype of the Powder toilet, a free standing wash basin complementing with grey Italian redefines the space.
Simple geometrical grooves composed with artistic tint of colours on the wall.
Illuminated Puja space with indirect natural light that making it calm, meditative and water which wraps the space binds us with the divine.
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