Excerpt: The interior design project, The Fluting House by UA Lab (Urban Architectural Collaborative) is a blend of simple aesthetics, functionality, and flexible use of spaces. The entire house is designed using materials like wood, fluted glass, brass, and veneers as the basic palette. Except for this shade of grey, white and blue are used as colour palette. Furniture is designed with small details and functionality in mind.
[Text as submitted by architect] Concept: This 3 BHK compact house is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The house was designed with basic requirements in the past, but the client wanted to redesign it because of changing needs. This was more of a renovation project for the firm, and the clients wanted to remake it in a semi-contemporary style.
This house is designed as per the client’s functional requirements and aesthetic expectations as a typical 3 BHK home that works for modern living. As the apartment exists in a society, in order to maintain the outer elevation, changes were not made to the exterior facade. The whole house is planned in such a way that it can get a sufficient amount of sunlight and wind circulation throughout the day.
Walkthrough spaces: When one enters the house, there is a little porch area that includes a shoe rack unit and a seating area. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are seen as they proceed. Together, these spaces form a sizable open volume. A seating balcony is connected to the living room. One is able to connect to the dining and living areas because the kitchen is kept open. When one enters the kitchen area, there is a breakfast table in front of them that also serves as a connecting space between the dining and kitchen areas.
The living and dining areas are divided on the other side by a partition unit. This unit is designed to be accessed from both sides. There is a puja space if one enters from the dining area, whereas if one enters from the living area, the unit resembles more of a display unit. The puja was designed with the needs of the client in mind, and if they only want to hold a modest puja, they can do so by simply opening up the dining area. There is a utility and storage area right next to the kitchen. Next to the dining area, there is a shared bathroom and a powder room.
The dining area leads straight to the bedrooms. The main bedroom features a standing balcony and an attached bathroom. It has a study room and a small library unit. There is space to stand on the balconies, which are mostly covered in small plants. The space is designed in such a way that it has adequate cross-ventilation and natural light.
A bed, TV unit, dressing and study unit, and full-height closet are all included in this room. The standing balcony in the master bedroom connects to the balcony in the grandparents’ room. The bedroom for the grandparents is a little more intimate than the other two. There is no attached bathroom in this room. The furnishings in this room is very minimal.
The other bedroom is designed for their daughter. She preferred having a study desk and full-height wardrobe in her bedroom. Thus, both functionality and aesthetics were taken into consideration throughout design. Along with a bathroom, this room also offers a standing balcony.
Overview: The primary palette used in the design of the entire house includes wood, fluted glass, metal, and veneers. The colouring scheme consists of white and blue with the exception of this shade of grey. Functionality and minute features are considered in the design of furniture. This house is a blend of simple aesthetics, functionality, and flexible use of spaces.