Ahmedabad-based Vihar Fadia Architects has designed this alluring weekend home for a family looking for a place to break the monotonous routine and rejuvenate. “Like Epicures once said, good food, good friends and good wine is the perfect way to live life.”- I wanted a place where I can enjoy and live with my people, said the client, Mr Yash Vasant. Thus, this became the purpose of building this weekend home. The client wanted his 3BHK with a library hall, a home theatre and bar area included with common functions like the living room and kitchen areas. The exposed material palette is inspired by the client's brief, which focuses on the bonds and quality. The team has shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) how this project is shaped up. Read on:
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The client briefed the concept for his house: “The house should be the place where I can take a pause from my daily routine, energize and get back to routine,” he added. Thus, the plan of the house is simply distributed in two floors without disturbing each activity. The ground floor of the house consists of the living room, kitchen and dining areas, bedrooms and library (study) areas.
The first floor is provided with the Indoor Game Area, Lounge Area, home theatre and bar. The outdoors of each floor has good spaces where they can sit and enjoy nature.
No Harm To Existing Trees
As the home is intended to be a gathering and celebrant space, it is designed in an inclusive nature, strengthening the bond between the client and his guests. The gathering areas are mainly divided in three loops called indoor gathering, deck gathering and outdoor gathering.
The indoors and outdoors are intricately harmonized with a deck area at the ground floor. When the site was handed over, many existing trees and vegetation were kept untouched and the functions placed accordingly.
Exposed material palette
The entire house is built with the use of exposed materials. This exposed look of the materials is inspired by the client's brief, which focuses on the bonds and quality. The exposed exterior of the building intricately emerges with the surrounded landscape. The exposed surfaces and open ceilings purely give the glance of the industrial revolutionary architectural era.
To enhance the experience of the exposed materials the designing of the interior elements are also kept in their raw look. The exposed surfaces and open ceilings purely give the glance of the industrial revolutionary architectural era.
The selections of the bright coloured furniture, art pieces and floorings help to break the raw look of the interiors and tell out for the modernity. Although two different styles are selected to design the house, it does not break or overrule the characteristics of each other but simply harmonize with each style. With its inclusive nature, this building serves the purpose for what it was built- the gatherings.
Visually connected spaces
The rectangular house is placed on a square plinth longitudinally placed in the east-west direction. At the north, an exposed concrete frame on the first floor clearly directs toward the entrance porch of the house. The floating steps beneath the frame lead towards the pivoted entrance of the house. As soon as one enters from the doors, a large living room is visually connected to the deck area to the south.
The fenestrations and doors are placed in a manner which clearly gets the views outside.
An infinity pool for relaxation
Walking towards the south, there are bedrooms placed on the west face, while you will glance at the kitchen and library covering the east face. While walking more towards the south, a sliding opening connects a swimming pool placed in the southwest. An infinity-edged pool not just enhances the aesthetics but also serves climatically.
The deck east to the deck is planned for recreational activities. A concrete staircase projected from the pool leads to the upper floor.
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A small terrace welcomes you on the first floor as you step up the stairs. The upper floor is provided with the home theatre, bar space, and a poker game area. The door opens in the large lounge area that emphasizes the casual gathering. The lounge area is decorated with modern bright coloured furniture that breaks the raw look of the interior.
The full height glass façade to the home theatre is given so that it does not break the outside views. The contrasting flooring became the odd-out yet harmonized element for the poker game area.
All with the raw looks, bright-modern interior, the openings and direct views to outsides help to create and maintain the inclusivity. Coming back to the terrace, the glass deck extinction above the pool gives the feeling of walking over the water.
Project Name: The Epicurus
Firm Name: Vihar Fadia Architects
Project Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Completion Year: 2021
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 7000 Sq Ft.
Program: Private Residence
Lead Architects: Vidhi Shah, Visu Jain, Ravi Prajapati, Rocchi Ladani, Viral Desai, Amit Gavde
Photo Credits: Inclined Studio
Project Architect: Vihar S Fadia
Project Interior Designer: Vidhi Shah
Landscape Designer: Deepan Kharidiya
Structural Engineer: Gyayak Bhuta
Lighting Supplier: Genesis Enterprise
PMC and Developer: AVJ Construction works
Waterbody: NG Water Processors
Products and Materials
Flooring: Jaisalmer Stone, Abu Black Stone
Tiles in bathrooms: Sunhearrt Ceramic
Italian marble: Sharda Marble
Back to wall WC: American Standard
Thin Rim Table Top Basin: American Standard
All Bathroom Fittings: American Standard
Wall Brick Cladding: Urban Bricks
Wall Colour: L152 (Cream Pie): Asian Paints
Fabrication Colour- 9654 (Cobalt Hit-N) : Asian Paints
Ceiling: L152 (Cream Pie): Asian Paints
Windows: Venster Alluminium
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