Nestled in the compact residential site in Ahmedabad, this home designed by Mistry Architects for a family of four draws attention with its traditional Moroccan aesthetic combined with Indian design inspirations. To achieve the Moroccan theme, the firm crafted hand-plastered walls, arches, geometric designs, and impressive stone works in the abode, with the intricate crafty construction done by local artisans. Planned in an extroverted manner, the abode is drenched in leisure, peacefulness and ample natural light. Further, the right positioning of courts and open spaces allows for proper air ventilation and enables homeowners to connect with nature. The team has shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) how they realized such an airy and timeless Moroccan-style home amidst the dense site.
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The client commissioned the design work to Mistry Architects and directed them that the language of this residential space ought to teleport to a Moroccan style home while having a significant connection with nature.
They wanted to have open yet private spaces with a completely soothing atmosphere. The architects thus designed an open home, blurring the boundaries between internal and external spaces.
Extrovert Design Layout
The house is planned in an extroverted manner, bringing in natural light and yet being mindful of the local weather. The staircase as an element separates the formal living room from the dining area, serving as the focal point of the home.
The architects began with creating a home having a basic form of straight walls and large openings, with flat slabs and curved edges (creating the language of a Moorish design) lending a stunningly beautiful aesthetic.
The orientation of the house and its strategic positioning of elements such as the courts and open spaces bring in an ample amount of daylight and, at the same time, avoid direct heat gain.
The Splash of Mediterranean Elements
Volumes are played with to create multiple leisure spaces with a landscaped terrace accessible from the first floor. The architectural vocabulary of this home was envisaged as representing Mediterranean elements. The idea of having a Moroccan home is majorly achieved through the imposition of hand-plastered walls, arches, geometric designs and impressive stone works, with kudos to the local artisans for this intricate crafty construction.
The landscape design manicured a crucial role in establishing connections between the house and existing surroundings. "Approaching and understanding what the site has to offer us, we started to design the external spaces – open and green and slowly venturing into the interior areas. A simple plan was developed capturing the essence of viewpoints," said the architect.
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Common Areas in The Ground Floor
Ground-level houses the common areas, with first and the second consisting of bedrooms with play in levels, creating a profuse expanse on the interior. The house experiences a magical dance of shadows through the wooden pergolas, slits on the frontal elevation and huge fenestrations on all the rooms.
The living room opens up to the external courtyard spaces, which in turn adds a voluminous formal breakfast space overlooking the pooja court, directly accessible from the entry foyer.
Brimming With The Elements of Nature
Choosing an earthy colour palette reflecting the desert hues for the shell was imperative for the architects.
Beige and sand colour textures along with creatively crafted tiles complement the surroundings. The design theme of this home is a complete mix with elements of nature, vibrant colours, highly adorned furniture and accessories.
Role of Lighting
The entire home's lighting was accentuated with lamps and pendants of geometric shapes made of stained glass with a tinge of wood.
Hanging decorative mirrors with deeply carved wooden frameworks and onion dome-shaped frames for the mirrors in the restrooms added to the interior value of the home.
Architects: Mistry Architects, Bangalore
Photography Credits: Umang Shah
Project completed year: 2021
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