Excerpt: Manoj Patel Design Studio’s Renovation of House is a residential project that incorporates contemporary modulations within the same space while keeping costs to a minimum. The house creates a connection between the new and old structural grids by adding a number of punctures. The design provides possibilities for visually open spaces while addressing problems inside a building mass by incorporating colourful graphics.
[Text as submitted by architect] The residence is located in one of the central areas of the Vadodara city and is surrounded by many adjacent urban dwellings. The client’s design brief for the home was filled with fond recollections. They wanted to experience modern modulations in the same space while keeping costs to a minimum.
The house establishes connectivity between the old structural grids and the new, various punctures added. By incorporating vibrant visuals, the design offers options for visually open spaces while resolving issues inside a built mass. Passive design strategies and planning ideas have been implemented as part of climatic consideration.
To create a wider atmosphere, spaces are extended in accordance with the site grid and have seamless connections. In order to create double-height volumes and connect the various floors, portions of the original slab are removed for various functional spaces. With an inward-looking design, this creates an illusion of larger areas.
Façade interprets a proportion of brick-woven grids in various volumes as screens, with complementary colour tones. On the west side of the property, where the facade is opening up, it creates natural light and shadows during the day. Earthy materials laced with soft river valley hue on the walls give the room’s material composition a sense of art. Stretcher bonds are crafted as cladding, and jali work elaborate joinery to create arches for free-form openings or as gates in elevation. The cuboid is synced by the smooth railings and grey, textured walls.
The entrance path opens to a nearby seating area with a brick fabric backdrop holding plants. Flooring is covered uniformly in a variety of marble with flowing patterns and terrazzo effects. One is greeted in the living area, which celebrates the theme’s textures and materials. Shade of river green colour conveys luxury and styling comfort in fresh palette of compositions. Overhead, a TV set hangs as a neutral accent against a backdrop of exposed brick. Décor upholstery covers in grey furnishings. For a major compositional notion, it flushes with the living wall to have a hidden concept for the main entryway.
A kitchen that is barrier-free and oriented towards daily activities initiates communication with the living area, allowing one to take pleasure in cooking. The positioning of the dining area in the middle of the home’s double-height volume creates a focal point for social interaction. The current grid elements are hidden by the wall’s wavy colour patterns, which merge with the aesthetic of the artwork.
A built-in chic window seat next to the dining area doubles as a spot to unwind. An decorative arch that continues as a double-height element has been carved as the opening to establish the notion of the temple shikhara. Rustic colours are given a touch of greenery by pockets of plantations. The ground-floor bedroom of the elderly parent is connected to the temple space. A substantial opening leads to the double-height volume of temple for light and airy comfort.
The room’s backdrop changes the herringbone brick patterns into a variety of shapes. The room’s existing column was surrounded by wardrobes that had niches for holding artefacts.
One walks to the core hallway, which has a view of the eating area’s double-height space, after ascending the stairs. This also establishes a connection to the first-floor window of the master bedroom. The accent wall in this space, which features floating brick patterns, highlights the play of frame compositions and continues with an extended informal lounge alcove. On the floor and walls, the complementary exposed brick jali casts stunning patterns and shadows. Users of a rustic cottage-themed bathroom can enjoy a setting that seems close to nature, with skylights providing diffused lighting.
Another area features marble slits in contrast with brick craftsmanship as a novel approach to arrange materials for the background. The linear layout is enhanced by coloured tones.
A terrace-level outside dining area encourages conversations about café culture. A curved puncture opening stands out as an elevated window element. High tables with seating in the centre allow for peace. Tiles, flat bricks, and pebbles are essential elements of flooring because they influence human psychology.
The renovated home illustrates how structural parts are incorporated into new volumetric mass complimenting material palette while taking into consideration economy.