AT A GLANCE
LocationAmby Valley City
Area5000 Sq. ft.
Amby Valley City is a beautiful township on the outskirts of Mumbai. In the midst of many houses, a beautiful bungalow of about 5,000 sq. ft was redesigned and refurbished to its best, by KNS Architects on a plot of 20,000 sq. ft.Being a leading developers’ house, the house was detailed with upcycled materials. The builder had tons of material available from different sites. The challenge was to optimize the use of these materials. Upcycle House is a project, aimed at exposing potential carbon-emission reductions through the use of recycled and upcycled building materials. In the case of Upcycle House, the reduction has been 86% compared to a benchmark house.
The client wanted simplicity, and warmth yet a feel of elegance and luxury to the space. The house was designed with a muted color palate, and earthy tones that a struck balance with the outside. We worked constantly on ways to make the homes feel more expansive and create spaces that encourage flow between different zones organically. We were largely able to do that by forging a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors. Spaces that connect with the outside not only lift our spirits but can also enhance the everyday home-life experience.
The driveway was made from the residue available from other sites forming an alluring pattern. The kitchen counter is made of paver blocks, finished to the optimum utilization which gives another accent to the house. The powder toilet is designed with strips of marble available from the excess creating an interesting pattern. Every corner of the house is well thought out and designed. The lighting near the dining is a basic light fixture that got its accent from the exposed wiring meticulously done to match the language of the house. A facetted ceiling with indirect light forms the language of the house. No direct light, either chandelier or facetted ceiling gives the space its beautiful look. The lighting for the staircase is also wisely done to complement the facets of the house. The chairs and sofas were bought from the ancestral home. It suited well with the design, with a slight tint of blue and orange to the upholstery that perfectly matched the look.
To talk further, the house is painted in on single color from the outside, apart from the porch which is black in color. It was done to enhance the feeling of entrance to the house and give a sense of grandeur. The greens outside and the earth tones within created a perfect amalgamation of inside and outside. Essentially, the space was designed keeping comfort and elegance in mind. Modest luxury, clean lines, and use of exquisite materials and artifacts were the key factors in designing this space.
Featured in Architectural Digest 15th August 2021
Upcycled House by KNS Architects 1st June 2021
- IIID AWARD-BEST SINGLE DWELLING