Brick and concrete help create a balmy home for a retired homeowner
This bungalow in Ahmedabad designed by Manisha Shodhan Basu showcases Indian aesthetics, open spaces and ample use of local materials.When the client approached Manisha Shodhan Basu, an architect, planner and author, for designing his home, he brought along with him, a clear picture of how he envisioned his house to be. He wanted a spacious dwelling big enough for his entire family and one that was built using local materials. He also wanted his 4,200-square-feet bungalow to amalgamate a variety of spaces which offer a retired person a chance to live life with energy, happiness and zeal.
An Indian Way of Life
The house nestled on the western outskirts of Ahmedabad was built keeping a retired man in mind. Basu decided to conceptualise the home with a clean slate, wishing to build a home for a man who wanted to restart his life in India after retiring from a 34-years-old career in the United States. The basic design concept was to build a house that responded to the Indian climate and also had some western touches (like the American kitchen in the design).
Th house has three bedrooms, a living room, a family room and a lounge on the first floor. According to Basu’s architectural philosophy, “Every space is a story of the client’s life, lifestyle and experiences. I give my clients what they need—spaces that are alive, happy, healthy and human, climatically suitable and culturally very Indian.” It was to her advantage that the client too shared the same ideas for his home.
A combination of brick and Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) was used throughout the home with a material palette of marble and wood introduced into the interiors. Architecturally, the idea was not to have any corners but only curves. Softly curved walls encompass the whole home and create an interesting play of light and shadow. A red and grey colour palette dominates the house with the interiors exuding an equal amount of warmth as the walls itself. The furniture is sourced from Fab India, bringing together the theme of a rustic, country side home. A large veranda was introduced for the owner to host large gatherings and social events.