ifj https://ifj.co.in The Indian review of world furniture, interiors and design Fri, 16 Apr 2021 02:56:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.12 https://ifj.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IFJ-Favicon.png ifj https://ifj.co.in 32 32 Concrete fly-ash block jaali for Dakivali home https://ifj.co.in/focus-projects/concrete-fly-ash-block-jaali-for-dakivali-home/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 19:19:26 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20215

Mumbai-based unTAG Architecture and Interiors has designed the House in a Gaothan in Dakivali, which was to build a cost-effective home within the gaothan for a paddy farmer and a retired schoolteacher.

Positioned on a 5,000 sq. ft. plot abutting the dusty kutcha (unpaved) village road, the site was once a wasteland with a small bamboo grove. Flanked on two sides by traditional village homes in a closely-knit farming community, the house had to be both participative and reclusive. The farmer wanted his retirement home to be connected to nature yet be affordable.

Spread over 1,400 sq. ft., one enters through a traditional central courtyard (aangan). The courtyard with a young champa tree creates a comforting microclimate, and lowers the ambient temperature by three to five degrees Celsius. It is enclosed by a low-cost locally-sourced concrete fly ash-block jaali that acts as a buffer for dust and prevents direct visibility from the village road. The jaali screen serves as a measure of climate control by blocking sunlight, while allowing the breeze to flow through it.

While ensuring the residents’ privacy, the house has a road-facing entrance verandah on the west. Large, controlled openings establish a connection with the landscape, imbuing the compact indoor spaces with a feeling of spaciousness, through light and cross-ventilation. Multifunctional spaces optimize the floor plate, such as the double-height dining and pooja space that also serves as a library integrated with a metal staircase.

Wall surfaces, openings and projections are conceived through passive solar strategies to achieve optimum thermal comfort for the inhabitants and the terraces are painted white to reduce heat gain. Locally-manufactured concrete fly ash blocks, plastered walls and Indian kota stone foster economic and ecological sustainability. Recharge pits at key locations channelize the rainwater run-off into the ground, and wastewater is treated through phytoremediation (using living plants to clean up contaminated soil and water) and used for landscaping.

Minimalistic layout for Bengaluru holiday home https://ifj.co.in/ifj-likes/minimalistic-layout-for-bengaluru-holiday-home/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 19:01:08 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20201

Bengaluru-based Cane Boutique has designed the Holiday Home, a house set amidst the natural surroundings of Bengaluru. The client wanted a home that was a close to nature, and would be an extension of their interests.

A minimalistic and clean-lined design comprises the house’s exterior, with large windows, step-out decks and large windows. Spread over two floors, the house has a living and dining area, a bar, a Buddha courtyard, mandir and kitchen on the open-plan ground floor. A Jacuzzi room, children’s bedroom, master bedroom and a family room are situated on the first floor.

A customized Buddha’s face is sculptured on the double-height wall, along with a fish pond, a frangipani tree and natural light from the glass ceiling. The wall on which the natural light falls is treated with brick, stone and wood strips, which creates a drama of light and shadow.

The living room on the ground floor features contemporary seating, a stone-clad wall and a flight of stairs. There is a billiards table and a bar that look out into the garden from the large glass windows, which slide open during social gatherings. They connect the indoors with the outdoor deck space, forming a large entertainment space.

The dining area has a brick wall, a 14-in. logwood table with French paneling and a sideboard. A paneled mandir door leads to the temple, which is custom-designed using motifs and finishes. The family area on the first floor is simple and low-maintenance, along with a four-poster bed in the master bedroom, two single beds in the children’s room, large dressing areas and attached bathrooms.

Eco-friendly extension for 250-year-old Kakinada house https://ifj.co.in/focus-projects/eco-friendly-extension-for-250-year-old-kakinada-house/ Sun, 11 Apr 2021 19:18:39 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20183

Hyderabad-based Studio Inscape has designed the Padal Residence in Kakinada, which was to create an extension for a 250-year-old house.

The client initially wanted to build a single room with verandahs on all four sides, while leaving behind the existing structure and creating a separate linear block to accommodate the extra bedrooms. This idea was changed to integrating the functional spaces into the existing verandahs and shifting the other spaces to the upper floor – allowing them to create extended spaces without increasing the overall footprint.

The wooden rafters of the sloped roof from the old structure are reused to create a flat roof for the extended sections. Mud blocks with lime finish are used for the walls, which allows a comfortable indoor environment in all weathers. The chances of termite attack are reduced as lime acts as a natural insecticide. Lime sandwiched between two terracotta tiles is used for the sloped roofs; being a natural insulator, it also cuts down on solar radiation offering no need for artificial air-conditioning.

Spring theme for Bengaluru home https://ifj.co.in/ifj-likes/spring-theme-for-bengaluru-home/ Sun, 11 Apr 2021 18:54:39 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20172

Bengaluru-based Boketo Interior Concepts has designed the Spring Home, which is a 4BHK apartment spread over 4000 sq. ft. The client wanted a blend of timeless classicalism and modernity, and the project constitute a spring theme that connects the décor with the outdoors. The site encompasses the entrance foyer, living area, dining area, kitchen and bathrooms done up in neutral tones of beige and wood.

Arches in the foyer feature Armani fern-leaf wallpaper and a customized ceiling with gold leafing. An accent wall with classic veneer paneling, brass strips, sculptural light, salmon and cream upholstery and ottomans in cow-printed fabric comprise the living and dining area.

The private zones are airy and light-filled spaces with metal-accented lighting fixtures, set against an Ukiyo-e  inspired wall cushioning in the master bedroom. Botanical-themed wallpaper brings a tropical ambience into the daughter’s room, while fluted veneer paneling and blue tinted glass with brass inlays is used for the accent wall in the son’s bedroom.

Leading wood product manufacturers present at Canadian Wood’s recent webinar https://ifj.co.in/news-ifj/leading-wood-product-manufacturers-present-at-canadian-woods-recent-webinar/ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 19:36:04 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20159

Canadian Wood’s recent webinar “Born in Canada Made in India – a webinar on manufacturing with wood’, in association with NürnbergMesse demonstrated widespread suitability of its species through first-hand experiences of leading woodworking companies along with specific reference to reman category.

Miss Bhawna Sharma, Founder, Artius Interior Products Pvt. Ltd. presented a talk that included solutions focusing on dust, sound, weatherproofing and use of yellow cedar to deliver high-quality solutions. The yellow cedar from B.C., Canada is known to be one of the world’s most durable wood with exceptional longevity due to its natural resistance to decay, used in door and window systems. She concluded her slides referring to Artius’ efforts through a clubhouse made using multiple Canadian Wood species, which was previously displayed at three premium trade fairs.

Next, Miss Soma Singh Roy, CEO, Bramola, Noida spoke on western hemlock sourced from the sustainably managed forests of B.C., Canada. Her presentation unveiled ethnic and contemporary furniture using this species and elaborated on its workability and staining advantages. Besides sharing her creations suited for individual homes and hospitality projects, she concluded her session with a western hemlock set embellished with hand painted motifs by local artisans.

Mr. Thomas Markose, Management Director, Kelachandra, Bengaluru spoke on doors and window systems. His presentation included pre-hung, flush and solid wood doors manufactured with yellow cedar. He also emphasized on the scope for wood in manufacturing and the onset of biophilic architecture, which aims at connecting occupants to nature through design and planning.  He emphasised on continuous product development to avail the gains of technological advancements.  All speakers were vocal on the adoption of greener alternatives when manufacturing with wood, which reflected the eco-conscious shift in consumer mindset.

While coating enhances the visual appeal of wooden product, but impact finish and longevity in exterior wood applications. The webinar included a quick and informative session by Pankaj Bassi, Country Manager ICA Pidilite, Mumbai and Marco Mancini Renner, Technical Assistance, Italia SPA, Italy. The webinar ended with an insightful Q&A session where the presenters were joined by Peter Bradfield, Technical Advisor, FII- India.

Energy-efficient design for Norway powerhouse https://ifj.co.in/focus-projects/energy-efficient-design-for-norway-powerhouse/ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 19:07:48 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20145

Oslo-based Snohetta has designed the Powerhouse Brattorkaia, which was to build the world’s northernmost energy-positive building.

The site is located in Trondheim, where the sunlight varies greatly between the seasons, making it a challenge to harvest and store solar energy. The 18,000 sq. m building is situated by the harbor and is clad with black aluminum and solar panels, reflected in the adjacent Trondheim Fjord. It aims to maximize the amount of clean energy produced by the building while minimizing the energy required to run it.

The site was chosen to ensure maximum exposure to the sun throughout the day and season. Its skewed pentagonal roof and upper part of the façade is clad with approximately 3,000 sq. m. of solar panels, which are strategically placed to harvest about 500,000 kWh of solar energy. Viewed from the harbor, the façade’s sides slant inwards, which gives a sense of the building ‘bursting with energy’.

On the opposite end, the sloping roof reveals a cutout in the center that permits a natural inflow of daylight. Here, there is an atrium that functions as a public garden with horizontal glass windows on the sides, providing sunlight into the canteen below. The skewed lightwell allows daylight to enter the building and also offers stunning city views. Large glass windows and open spaces flood the area with daylight, contributing to an inviting work environment.

Also functioning as a small power plant, there is ample energy storage integrated into the building footprint, which can be used in the winter months with minimum daylight. Energy efficiency is accomplished through insulation and maximizing airflow to reduce the need for heating, heat recovery solutions to ventilate air and greywater, using seawater to heat and cool, and using energy-efficient electrical appliances.

In a concept called ‘liquid light’, artificial light is allowed to dim up and down as per the ongoing activity in the building. One of the many energy-saving strategies, the project thus consumes half the amount of energy typically required to light up a commercial building of similar size. Apart from office spaces, there is a café and visitor center on the ground floor open to the public as an educational resource. Interestingly, the visitor centers expand on the energy-saving concept and support public knowledge and discourse on sustainable building strategies for the future.

The ventilation system provides clean air to the indoor spaces, along with technical installations for air supply that regulate ventilation. The building’s structural system consists of thermal mass low-emission concrete exposed through strategic cutouts in the ceilings, which absorbs heat and cold without using electricity.

The Powerhouse Brattørkaia has received the BREEAM Outstanding Certification, the leading sustainability assessment method for its efforts. Furthermore, it supports the UNFCCC Paris Agreement that strives to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Luxe neutral detailing for Hyderabad retail and diner https://ifj.co.in/ifj-likes/luxe-neutral-detailing-for-hyderabad-retail-and-diner/ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:56:11 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20136

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New Delhi-based I’m D’sign Studio has designed the Almond House Begumpet, an Indian-based restaurant spread over 4000 sq. ft in Hyderabad. The client wanted a space that reflected the brand’s experimental personality to suit the modern demand without compromising on heritage.

The interior color palette is neutral, highlighting the luxe metallic textures reflected by the surface finishing. Aesthetic signage denotes a fluid spatial flow, rhythmic colors and subtle charm. The contemporary color scheme of grey, white and black tones give way to luxury with champagne gold detailing and wooden panels.

The design escorts the diner from the luxury retail zone to the signature dining space featuring marble-clad displays, light wood, rustic terrazzo walls and pristine white flooring. Textures such as the patterned tiles and terrazzo complement the asymmetrical metal stripes that run across the walls and counters. Statement lighting illuminate the space, including chandeliers and queued spotlights, to creates focus zones.

Classical details such as arched partitions, vintage-inspiring tiling and wooden profiles lend an old-world charm. Contemporary designs include waffle-like panels on the walls and food-inspired patterns on the counters. The central dining area becomes a conversation-starter with suspended golden discs reflecting the back-gold seats against a golden backdrop.

Strategic façade openings for Bengaluru apartment https://ifj.co.in/ifj-likes/strategic-facade-openings-for-bengaluru-apartment/ Wed, 07 Apr 2021 03:53:55 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20111

Bengaluru-based AJ Architects has designed the Modish Hue, an apartment spread over 1600 sq. ft. in a bustling neighborhood that’s known for its street food. Strategic openings in the façade allow the daylight to enter and allow for experimentation with darker colors. The bold palette is neutralized with basic colors, which promote a harmonious unity as well.

An intricately-carved main door welcomes the guest, into the foyer that has a peach pencil-ribbed storage unit with golden accents. The dark-grey false ceiling attracts them into the living room, which has wooden-textured laminate panels and three-dimensional semi-elliptical panels made of Plaster of Paris. The golden-accented kitchen is planned with additional full-height storage, with a breakfast counter that acts as a family den.

A balcony in the master bedroom adds additional storage and creates a small sit-out area, while the bedroom itself features a neutral color palette to promote relaxation. The parents and son’s bedrooms are designed with a warm palette, the latter of which has a mud brick ceiling.

Earthquake-proof design for Kutch shelter center https://ifj.co.in/focus-projects/earthquake-proof-design-for-kutch-shelter-center/ Wed, 07 Apr 2021 03:52:55 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20113

Ahmedabad-based Footprints E.A.R.T.H. has designed the Gandhi-nu-gam Ludiya in the Kutch, which was to design a shelter system as a part of a rehabilitation program after the 2001 Gujarat earthquake.

A total of 455 bhungas – traditional circular hamlets – were designed with conical thatched roofs with clay and mirror work relief, in an earthquake-resistant block. The structures include health centers, grass banks, sanitation blocks, shrines, rainwater harvesting ponds and check dams. The homes are climatically comfortable in the hot and arid desert environment and socio-culturally appropriate to the tribal lifestyle.

An earthquake-proof design due to its round form, the structures have a low slenderness ratio, thick wall, stiffened base, multi-layer plastering, earthen material and small openings with conical thatched roofs. There are smokeless stoves for a healthier kitchen environment and house-to-house sanitation systems for comfort and hygiene.

Solar photovoltaic cell lighting ensures minimum lighting needs with decentralized systems and the decentralized sewerage system ensures hygiene and sanitation.

U-shaped plan for Sri Lankan house https://ifj.co.in/focus-projects/u-shaped-plan-for-sri-lankan-house/ Mon, 05 Apr 2021 03:47:27 +0000 https://ifj.co.in/?p=20095

Sri Lanka-based Damith Premathilake Architects has designed the Personalised House at Anderson Road, which was to create a personalized home experience.

Spread over 8,565 sq. ft., the residence was built on a 31-perch block of land that fringes on the otherwise haphazardly designed neighborhood. Clear lines and simple flowing spaces are devoid of unnecessary ornamentation, and showcase the luxurious lifestyle of the occupants.

A classic U-shaped floor plan optimizes privacy and promotes the influx of ample natural daylight and cross-ventilation. Ascending from the entrance, a timber façade seamlessly weaves into the white-washed interiors that are flooded with daylight. Bedrooms are extended to the passageway acting as a balcony. Passive cooling strategies ensure an ambient indoor thermal climate and ventilation. Canopies shield the site from excessive heat while the pool and surrounding foliage further contribute to the livability of the space.

An entertainment area perched atop the southern wing is centralized towards the residential fabric, buffering all the private activities located at the northern connecting wing. A conventional material palette of concrete, steel and timber along with rubble walls is used, against the subdued backdrop . Timber fenestrations add a pleasing contrast, while white marble flooring adds luxury to the gardens. Steel columns leading to the upper floors are clad with timber to conceal downpipes.

Natural cut and polished cement walls contrast with the white walls, and reduce the enclosed aspect of the U-shaped plan, allowing the trees to blend with the ambience. The tropical greenery extends into a cascading terraced garden merging with the pool. Three canopy levels, including wild black plum, kaim and a large canopy reach up to the rubble wall. Strawberry, guava and amber trucks form the second canopy level, while ferns form the lowest level.