Originally from Gujarat, India, the clients wanted a large dwelling that would accommodate the extended visits of their family while incorporating elements of the rich traditions of their homeland. Drawing on Indian architectural precedents such as stone domes, step-wells, and temple towers, the home blends subtle Indian influences with a modern sensibility.
The white stone that extends throughout the home, which was extremely important to the owner, is reminiscent of many of the great historical buildings of India. The architects responded with a composition that combines white stone with copper outside and with wood inside. The starkness of the white stone is softened by the incorporation of warmer, more tactile accents of makore and pearwood throughout the house. The glass stairs and second floor walkway tie the public and private spaces together in a contemporary material that allows light to penetrate the double height space of the gallery.
An equally essential part of the project was the inclusion of water features, starting by incorporating views of the lake in nearly all of the interior spaces and exterior spaces and continuing by bringing water into the property in the form of a 5,000 sq ft pond off the master bedroom and terrace. Water is integrated into the entry sequence via a large reflecting pool that surrounds the foyer, office, and puja room and cascades into a smaller reflecting pond and fountain that greets visitors.
The architects were involved in aesthetic choices at all scales—from the design of the home and spaces to the selection of the china patterns. The primary feature of the dining room is a custom dining table, designed by the architects, while the central outdoor room features a pair of custom-built swings that allow residents to enjoy the expansive views of the lake. Meanwhile, the bedroom’s built-in bed, nightstands, and headboard are also custom designed by the architects and are all made of pearwood.