The project is set in the Sholinganallur residential area of Chennai. Defined by symmetry and proportion, designed in the classical style with grandeur and royalty, this bungalow is a palatial edifice, planned for a large family of twenty members. This residence strikes the right balance between – client aspirations, strategic-functional design and exquisite artisanship.
Designed In The Classical Style With Grandeur And Royalty, This Bungalow Is A Palatial Edifice | Creative Architects and Interiors
The residence meets ambitious and lavish functional requirements, via efficient planning and innovative design. Elevated above the ground level, the residence stands tall and creates a magnificent sight for the passersby, contrasting the built fabric in the vicinity, due to its unique and resplendent architectural language.
Being a frequent traveler to Europe, the client who is the owner of South Indian Shelters (SIS) is heavily inspired by the European classical style of architecture and aspired to have a similar language for his home. This became the functional and spatial design driver, apart from the site context.
The design takes shape from a symmetrical square grid, enabling maximum utility of the space. The ground floor of the residence is designed to accommodate all the essential services – wash areas, staff quarters, service kitchen, home theatre, gym and parking being a few of them. The ground floor is interconnected with the floor above, restricting access to only the main foyer and visitor’s lounge, keeping in mind the frequent flow of guests at the residence.
At the heart of the first floor is the column-free, grand central hall – which enables connection and transition within spaces, both horizontally and vertically. Based on the simple, yet efficient planning hierarchy of – public, semi-private and private hierarchy, the design enables seamless integration of spaces, while keeping their privacy intact. The openings, decks, balconies and cutouts on this floor are planned strategically such that they enable seamless ventilation through the floor.
On entering, the visitor is awe-struck by the grand hall, softly illuminated by light cascading from the oculus and a series of arch-shaped windows carved out of the gigantic dome above. Completely column-free, this space spans around 9500 sq.ft of double-height space that manifests as the core of the residence while demonstrating excellent structural innovation.
The dome sheltering the grand hall is an ingenious structural innovation spanning a huge area of around 55ft x 43ft. It rests on a post-tensioned beam grid, which helps it achieve the enormous scale. Its structural integrity is attained through the two ring beams, allowing the area below to be a column-free space.
The grand staircase takes one to the second floor, the corridor for which is lined with circular balconies, enabling visual connectivity across floors.
Formal spaces in a house become the focal point for familial interactions and gatherings. The Residential Bungalow for SIS in Chennai designed by CAI focuses on having intimate yet luxe spaces catering to the 20 people in the family, and their guests.
The spaces take inspiration from classical European styles of design and are elevated to accomplish a royal look and feel. The formal seating rooms and dining rooms have a cinematic feel – with intricate woodwork, elaborate draperies, and luxurious furniture the formal spaces are designed and finished with a picturesque luxury.
Designed for more than 26 guests, the formal dining room is a masterpiece in itself. Traditional furniture, intricate chandeliers and the pastel beige theme is synonymous with royalty.
The bedrooms in the Residential Bungalow for SIS demonstrate royal elegance and rich tones. Inspired by classical European architecture, each bedroom explores a different style personalized to the client’s requirements.
The ornamental details on the facade are crafted with finesse, punctuating the magnificent edifice with pauses of visual interest. Each interior detail showcases an impeccable sense of craftsmanship, which is evident through their precise execution. With an interplay of the solid and void, the massive mass of the structure is broken down into separate planes, making the eye travel smooth.
The arches supporting the portico are embellished with a pattern of black glass tiles that reflect light and add a sparkle to the dominating beige stone canvas. The roof is cladded with black square tiles, the design idea for which is derived from the traditional English cottages. Following a similar language, the granite balustrades add a sense of depth to the elevation.
Designed by : Creative Architects and Interiors
Project Type : Residential Architecture Design
Project Name : Residential Bungalow for SIS
Location : Chennai
Year Built : 2020
Project Size : 85000 Sq.ft
Principal Architect : Ar. Varsha Jain
Team Design Credits : Ar. Prabhu, Ar. Ranjana, Dr. Nawaz, Dr.Pradeep, Ar.Dhanalakshmi, Ar. Jayanthi, Ar, Swetha & 3D Visualizer – Dhanasekar
Photograph Courtesy : Sushmidha Jawahar
Products / Materials / Vendors : Wallcovering / Cladding – Beige Travertine stone, Black Square tiles for roofing – Classic Marble Company / Construction Materials – Porotherm blocks / Lighting – AVA Consultants / Doors – Custom Made as designed by CAI / Sanitaryware – Bongio, Roca,Schell, V&B, Toto / Facade Systems – Wet Cladding / Windows – Custom Made as designed by CAI / Furniture – Readymade from US / Flooring – Italian Marble from CMC / Kitchen – personally ordered by client / Paint – Asian Paints
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