Feel The Essence of Nature from All The Corners of This Home | Hyderabad | Urban Zen

Feel The Essence of Nature from All The Corners of This Home | Hyderabad | Urban Zen

Aptly named, Dancing with Nature, this beautiful home in Hyderabad conceptualized and designed by Rohit Suraj, Founder, and Principal Designer at Urban Zen, allows the dwellers and visitors of this home to enjoy nature in its full glory from every corner. The biggest challenge for Suraj and his creative design team including Harsh Agarwal and Rohit Patnalal was to create an impressive home for a client who had already experienced working with several well-known architectural firms. Hence, delivering a compelling design scheme was inevitable. Suraj shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) how this home is shaped up, the challenges, inspiration and more. Read on to get some home decor inspiration:

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dancing with natureSource of Inspiration

Spread over a vast area of 12,500 Sq Ft, the house features gently sloping contours with openings on two sides to the access roads and the general calm in the surroundings. Hence, the designer came up with the idea of creating a structure that is in touch with nature whilst drawing attention to itself.

dancing with nature“In seeking inspiration, we found that the lay of the land screams for a certain justification that couldn’t be ignored. The answer lay in a design that ‘cradled’ the landscape within a pristine built environment,” said Suraj.

dancing with natureOrganic architecture embraces the keywords ‘unified’ and ‘interrelated’ specifically in its composition and as the first step we created the ‘cradle.’ “Seeking inspiration from ‘dancers’ in an intimate embrace we started by developing the union between ‘building’ and ‘surroundings’ within the plan. By organizing the landscape following the aesthetic principles of ‘artistic vanguard’ especially ‘cubism,’ ‘modernism’ and ‘abstractionism,’ we created a new and modern grammar with the structure,” he further added.

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Striking Facade Offering Dramatic Views

The design team cantilevered the superstructure over a gently flowing stream where the horizontal and vertical planes meet. In consequence, this ‘natural setting’ also signifies the point where the motionless meets the turbulent and the finite meets the infinite. 

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“We likened this point to a ballerina’s ‘leap’ where she’s caught mid-flight in the course of a split leap that when frozen in time represents the ‘infinite.’”

dancing with natureAs a ballerina reaches out in the full stretch, the sectional architecture has a cantilever over a cantilever structural outdoor terrace that creates a striking façade and viewpoint – whether the viewer is inside the house or outside, the dramatic views are a unique feature that characterizes the house.

To complete the setting, it was important to ‘frame’ the different elements and aspects of the home into a cohesive package that integrates harmoniously. Therefore, the firm took all the juxtaposed building blocks and brought them together on a platform that they called the ‘Stage.’

Carefully Designed Around A Climate

The orientation of the home and its landscaped parcels have been carefully designed around a climate study where the design team mapped, modelled and animated both wind and sun paths.

dancing with natureThus, all outdoor spaces are shielded and usable both in the rains and in the summer when the weather isn’t as cooperative as the comfortable winters of Hyderabad. Instead, the house is both boundless and bound, infinite and finite, stone and liquid. It remains continually captivating and as the name suggests ‘Dances with Nature’.

Terrace- The Focal Point of the House

Just as a performer occupies the ‘centre stage’ this terrace stands out as the central element in the architecture of the house and is the life of the whole.

dancing with natureThe residents of the home enjoy this deck as a social space, a space for contemplation and as that perfect indoor-outdoor space for their morning coffee.

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Minimal and Functional Interiors With Neutral Colour Palette

The palette – Grey, Lightwood, Bianco Beige marble and Brass – repeats itself over the home, in unique and interesting patterns. The interior feels light and airy and is regularly punctuated by a lush green; either indoor palms or outdoor trees. The clients wanted a home that is clutter-free and almost minimal but functional. Ceilings are white, only accented by subtle cove lighting in some spaces or statement pendant lighting.

dancing with natureThe entire ground floor of the house is connected by a spacious vestibule and different spaces are set in from this passage. The route from the innermost family living space through to the dining area and the covered sit-out towards the Puja room and the Formal drawing room provides an experience that is both delightful and engaging to the visitor and residents.

dancing with natureThe lift wall cladding is a Bianco marble stone wrap with a minimalistic control panel. As the core is centrally located, the subtle onyx lighting and combination of light and dark stone makes an elegant setting.

dancing with natureThe puja room door has been inspired by the natural phenomenon of light filtered through foliage. The combination of light-coloured heavy-grained timber and inset triangles of brass bring in an aesthetic that is modern with a tinge of antique.

dancing with natureThe puja room is located adjacent to the formal drawing room and hence this design is an apt portal that takes you from the realm of everyday living to a spiritual space.

Project Details

Name of the project: Dancing with Nature.
Design Team: Rohit Suraj, Harsh Agarwal, Rohit Patnala
Location: Jubilee Hills, HYDERABAD
Area (Sq. Ft): 12,500 SQ FT.
Budget: Confidential
Photo courtesy: Monika Sathe Photography

About Rohit Suraj

Rohit Suraj is the CEO and Founder of Hyderabad-based Urban Zen. He is also a TEDx speaker and has been awarded as one of the Top 50 Architects and Interior designers of 2019. Recently during the lockdown, he has added yet another feather to his illustrious cap & is now a Founding Member and the Lead Vocalist of the band SIRIUS. The lockdown gave him space & time to rediscover his passion for music & his love for performing, thus incepting SIRIUS. Interior Designer Rohit Suraj has been felicitated with a plethora of awards for his outstanding works.

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Rohit Suraj, CEO and Founder, Urban Zen

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