The brief for this small and elegant 2 BHK flat was just two words – SIMPLE & WARM. These were my client’s words in our preliminary meeting’, says Ar. Rohit Deshpande and Ar. Mugdha Deshpande of Dymaxion Architects
The name of the project itself is the central idea of the project. “Akshayshree” means indestructible or everlasting or enduring. The idea was to nurture the feeling of enduring from the space planning to the final finishing materials touches.
This project is based on simple line geometry. Predominant use of white colour with warm tint and some complementing textures in furnishings gives a spacious feel. Vibrant colours in paintings, artifacts, upholstery and pleasant play of light balances it as a whole. The enriching Diana marble flooring gets complemented by subtle furnishings. The purity in design is expressed through veneers, stone tops and solid woods. Design detailing of functional areas are done in such a manner to create an interesting space, which adds up to its aesthetic value.
The shape of the living room is elongated. The first half is the seating area with L-shaped brown coloured fabric sofa with vibrant coloured cushions and a white glossy finish laminated TV unit with a glossy finish veneer with beautiful rustic grains. The wooden natural polish finish center table with sleek metal jet black designed legs sitting on a self-textured, geometric design beige coloured rug creates a soothing and cozy mood. The little variation in the overall palate is added through the bright coloured abstract painting sitting on plain white wall behind the plain brown fabric sofa. The second half of the living room is designed elegantly with a dark brownish grey marble top with white fabric and metal dining chairs. The storage unit in front of the dining area is designed as an artwork in itself. The white glossy laminate finish storage boxes are hanged on the series of dark polished vertical timber members.
Space planning for this project was challenging. The house being in an old building the room sizes were small. In order to make the room feel spacious, we went with an open kitchen planning. The white laminate in combination with light wooden laminate is used in order to make it more spacious. The metal panel behind the hub is placed precisely opposite the window in order to get the reflective light in the room. The 4′ X 2′ travertine tiles with minimum joints give a warm and rustic feel and complement the classy Diana marble flooring. The use of dark ebony laminate for the canopy binds the all other materials and textures together.
Another challenge was to plan the two bedrooms with a maximum storage, without giving a feel of bulkiness. We decided to break the wall between the two bedrooms and used that 9” space constructing both the wardrobes back to back as a divider between the two bedrooms. We designed the sliding shutters for the wardrobe which saved a lot of space in between the bed and the wardrobe. The use of white back painted glass shutter and the white leather panel for the shutter as well as the headboard gives a classy look and feel to the master bedroom. The wallpaper was also chosen in such a manner to give it an enduring and close to the nature feel. The hanging light in the corner of the bedroom creates a dynamic pattern on the walls.
The use of the striped wallpaper on the wall as well as the ceiling in the guest bedroom enhances the simplicity of use of line work. The temple is designed with simple square frames merging with the rhythmic elevation of the storage partition between the bedroom and washing machine area. The bronze bells in the square frames of the temple door breaks the monotony of the wood stripe design as well as gives a holy feel.
- project : Akshayshree
- location: Prabhadevi, Mumbai
- architect: Dymaxion Architects
- carpet area: 800 Sq.ft.
- date of commencement: February 2017
- date fo completion: June 2017
- photographs: Dymaxion Architects