MULSHI: This bungalow for a retired couple emulates colours of nature from its surroundings. | Lovekar Design Associates

Designed by Ketaki Kolambar, Senior Architect, Lovekar Design Associates, Pune, the project won WADE ASIA 2019 'Best Use of Color–Architecture.' Also published in the March 2020 Women Architects Special Issue of SURFACES REPORTER (SR), Here's a sneak peak of the beautiful project here.

The Mulshi House is designed for a retired couple who wanted to live in the middle of nature after having spent their entire lives in urban areas. It is located in Mulshi, which is on the outskirts of Pune. Mulshi is surrounded by mountains on all sides, sparsely inhabited, hence was an ideal location for a serene, secluded lifestyle. The house has been designed by borrowing elements from the local vernacular architecture, but adapting them in a modern manner.

"The sloping terracotta tiled roof gives a natural and earthy texture and also blends with the local architecture. The front Yellow wall aims at giving a strong façade to the bungalow. It also acts as a focal point against which all other colours are used in order to create an interesting composition."


The Mulshi House

The colour palette chosen for the project is warm and earthy which blends with the surrounding landscape. The colours of the landscape change throughout the year from brown to lush green. Ochre Yellow and Dark brown colours merge the structure with the surrounding dry landscape in summers while creating a background to the lush green surroundings in monsoon.

The Grey colour below the sloping roof disconnects the roof mass from the bright coloured walls of the bungalow below & creates a background to the warm colours used.

The Mulshi House

Large open verandahs or decks, which can be used by the clients during most times of the day and the year, are central to the project and the most important too.

The Mulshi House

The Shahabad flooring & the Jaisalmer stone used in the flooring at the periphery of this deck gives a rustic & neutral background to the colours used.

The Mulshi House The Mulshi House

A skeletal M.S. staircase painted Grey, leading to a linear attic above the living room aims at creating a sculptural feature against the Ochre wall.

Overall, the architecture of the bungalow emulates these colours of nature from its surroundings.

The Mulshi House

*Winning Project: Best Use of Color–Architecture          

About Ketaki Kolambkar

Senior Architect, lovekar Design Associates, Pune

The Mulshi House

Ketaki Kolambkar graduated in Architecture from Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture, Pune, in 2013. After having graduated, she immediately started working with Lovekar Design Associates in 2013 and continues to work with the firm in the position of senior architect. She won the Runner Up Award in the category of Best Use of Color–Architecture.

Text and Images - Lovekar Design Studio

Tell us how you liked the project. :)

Stay tuned for more interesting posts from Follow us on social media to stay connected and updated


You may also like:

Reinterpreting Vernacular with Parametricism - Temple by Shilpa Architects & rat[Lab| studio

The Courtyard House by SPAN Architects

Use of unusual colours in Architecture and Design



Post Your Comment

"Content that powers your Business. News that keeps you informed."

Surfaces Reporter is one of India's leading media in Print & Digital Telecast for News on Interiors & Architecture Projects, Products, Building Materials, and the Business of Design! Since 2011, it serves as a referral for designers & architects to know about inspiring projects and source new products. If you have a Product or Project worth publishing in Surfaces Reporter, please email us or you can also submit your project online.

Like Surfaces Reporter on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram | Subscribe to our magazine | Sign Up for the FREE Surfaces Reporter Magazine Newsletter

5 Top Reasons to Attend WADE ASIA 2023 22-24 SEPTEMBER, New Delhi- Vertica Dvivedi

It is that time of the year when India celebrates the contribution of women in architecture and design. Since 2016 WADE ASIA has hosted the largest competition and award platform for women in architecture and design along with the DESIGNS INDIA Architecture Conference.

Read more

Attend the First Edition of INDIA FURNITURE CONCLAVE 2023 - September 22 at MATECIA Exhibition, Delhi - REGISTER Today

India Furniture Conclave is a B2B conference on Furniture, Kitchen, Wardrobes & Hardware sectors with its inaugural edition happening on the 22nd of September 2023 at Pragati Maidan Delhi alongside WADE ASIA Architecture Event, MATECIA Exhibition and India Interior Retailing (IIR).

Read more

Energy-Efficient Wonders of Special Glass and Fins in Zaha Hadid Architects’ New Art-Deco Inspired Hotel | Macau | China

The building uses special glass and fins for energy efficiency and combines Art Deco elements with a contemporary style.

Read more

*SR Exclusive* - Airworks MRO Facility: A Perfect Symbiosis of Functionality, Efficiency, and Aesthetics

The Cochin based Airworks MRO facility, designed by Zarine Jamshedji Architects, sets benchmarks with its diverse materials and design symbiosis, SURFACES REPORTER (SR) reports

Read more

This is alt