Architect Puran Kumar was asked to design a house for the art collection of the Saffronart founder in which the family would also live in. This meant that the house was designed for housing the art, almost like a museum yet it had to be a livable space. The entire space can be broadly classified into two blocks at the lower level and the terrace at the upper level. Since there would be a lot of entertaining in the home, the terrace became the party zone as well, while the main level focused on the art and family.
The intention was to highlight the artwork display and maintain sanctity of the heritage structure with all the modern facilities provided for. One of the highlights is the use of state-of-the-art technology for display and security without hindering the heritage look of the space. To keep the focus of the house on the art, rest of the elements have been kept simple and easy on the eye – from the flooring or the walls to the furniture. The private block has been kept simple with the master bedroom, a connected kid’s room, the bathrooms and the walk-in wardrobe on one side of the passage and the den-cum-office, the kitchen along with a small patch of green as balconies on the other side. Beyond the bridge is the guest room, the gym, the utility area and the servant’s block.
The terrace at the upper level is designed as the party space of the house with a little bar and a serving area with a green wall in the background. A rotunda that is the bar at the lower floor becomes the smoke room or a lounge during parties with another seating lounge created on a slightly raised platform that can be kept open or be enclosed with the air conditioning for comfort, according to preference. Over all, this house is a balance blend of two kinds of worlds – the old world (of the building) existing with a very livable and contemporary home.