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  • 1. grand residencesLiving it upDrawing inspiration from different periods oftime, the homes on these pages reflect anaffinity for varying architectural stylesmore homes at Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 more homes at 3
  • 2. Flight of fancy Grand and opulent, this weekend house blends classical elements with contemporary accents Grand and opulent, this weekend house blends classical elements with contemporary ac- cents. The façade of any structure is usually a good indicator of what architectural elements lie within. But sometimes appearances can be deceptive, and open up to reveal wonderful sur- prises. Wadhawan Palace is one such weekend residence that hides within its structure a clas- sical fountain, Corinthian pillars and a grand dome. Designed by architect Mahesh Punjabi on a 9-acre plot on the outskirts of Mumbai, its simple exterior gives way to a living room that looks through to a central courtyard and a grand dome with a 10-ft chandelier. “The owner often travels to Europe and de- sired a classical, palatial weekend home where he could host colleagues. It had to be in a dif- ferent league altogether,” says Punjabi. “The interiors therefore have double-height ceilings, chandeliers, a grand staircase design and many intricate details.” The architect says that the façade, in con- trast, is understated. Since an indoor fountain and a dome had to be accommodated, Punjabi’s design includes a structure with high sloping roofs. In keeping with the classical look, the light indoor. Preceding pages: A stained glass “Inside, the central courtyard is the high- dome in this weekend house is light of the house. The fountains and the dome reminiscent of the grandeur of European palaces. The 10-foot here have been built such that they are visible chandelier has been tailor made. from all the areas of the house,” says Punjabi. The courtyard is awash with light that Left and above: A fountain amid the comes in through the dome. Over the decora- cobbled pathway gives direction to tive, stained glass dome is another dome made cars to turn around and park. While of polycarbonate, which stands at 35 feet. gables lend the structure a classical “The glass dome that is visible from the void look, fins bring in a contemporary had to be brought lower because the skylight touch. The entrance features tiles in a was not visible on the upper dome. This one carpet pattern. The floral pattern has now stands at 22 feet,” says Punjabi. been hand carved in the wall.4 more homes at Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 more homes at 5
  • 3. Top and above: The fountains in the The fountain and two other water bodies en- The passageways lead to the courtyard,central courtyard have been made which hosts the dining room, the kitchen andof travertine and recycle water. For including the living room, which is the main ac- two guest bedrooms. The upper level has fourpractical reasons, the lion head has cess to the house. It stands out for its detailed bedrooms, a lounge and a terrace sit out.been fabricated in fibre. Beige Italian ceiling, two passageways that lead to the court- High ceilings and textured walls charac-marble features inlay in a darker yard as well as a raised glass wall that frames terise the upper level where various materialsshade. a view of the grand dome and the chandelier. and colours come into play. Stone walls in theFacing page: Craftsmen from Decorative pillars that are visible through the bar area feature hand-carved patterns while theRajasthan have etched the floral glass lend the area a Corinthian look. seating space showcases wooden panels as wellpattern in the 20ftx8ft Danish cream “The glass wall enables those in the living as a huge stained glass section in the wall.stone wall behind the bar. Artist room to have transparent views of the courtyard “Stained glass is a regular feature of medi-Hema Desai has designed the stained and yet because it is at the entrance, it is private eval churches and cathedrals. But while thoseglass wall section at the rear. enough to host colleagues,” says Punjabi. are usually bigger, about 20 feet or so, we have6 more homes at Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 more homes at 7
  • 4. shrunk the size to 5ftx8ft,” says the architect. Left and above: The chandelier Punjabi has used many elements to accentu- complements the ornate furniture ate the ceilings. Criss-cross wooden trusses have in the dining room. Wooden panels offset the sheen of the glazed stone now been used as decorative elements. The ar- wall. The staircase stands between chitect has also wooden sheets in an interlocking the courtyard and the living room pattern to line the under sides of the roof. and so screens or jalis have been All the bedrooms have diverse styles of fur- used to enable transparency. Glass niture and feature chandeliers to maintain opu- too has been used at the mid- lence throughout the house. The bathrooms use level landing so that the courtyard Italian marble with streaks of different colours fountain is visible from all the areas brought in by the use of precious stones. The of the house. powder room has backlit red onyx walls and in-8 more homes at Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 9
  • 5. Right: An interlocked pattern ofwood and Italian marble make up themaster bedroom floor. Dark colourshave been used in the stained glassin the gable to bring in minimumamount of light from the roof. Thechandelier has been entirely made ofgold and bronze.Following page: Sloping roofs in thebedrooms have been broken intoinclined and flat sections. The flatsections have been used to suspendchandeliers while textures havebeen added on the inclined surfaces.10 Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 more homes at 11
  • 6. Architect/designer: Mahesh Punjabi Cladding: Jotun Roof: Spain Window/door: On site solid teak wood doors with walnut veneer Tiling: Italian marble Supplier: Classic Marble Flooring: Italian Marble Supplier: Paras Prabhu Granites Wallcoverings: Carved stone from Stone Source Lighting: Sejal Encasa Furniture: Italy Bath: Kohler Vanity: Kohler Cabinetry finish: White polycoat Story by Marisha Thakur Photography by Mrigank Sharma - India Sutra Ground Floor First Floor This page: Italian marble has been used in the bathrooms. The subtle colour palatte is broken by the use of coloured stone on the walls with 7 7 an inlay of precious stones. 7 8 7 8 10 8 Legend for plans: 1 Living room, 2 1 staircase, 3 dining room, 4 courtyard, 4 2 9 11 5 powder room, 6 kitchen, 7 8 bedroom, 8 bathroom, 9 landing, 10 Lounge and bar, 10 terrace seating. 6 8 5 3 7 8 7 Share this story online at more homes at Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 Home Trends Vol 1 No 6 2010 13