French classical style for New Delhi home
Photography: Atul Pratap Chauhan
New Delhi-based 42MM Architecture has designed the Prarthana Residence, which is a 5BHK residential project spread over 840 sq. yds. The client wanted a luxurious residence following Vaastu guidelines, and the firm chose a French classical style for inspiration. Designed for a small family, it has large common spaces including the basement, stilt, ground floor, first floor and second floor. The basement comprises the entertainment zone, the stilt has the service zone, the ground floor has the living and dining space, the first floor has the master bedroom and the second floor is the son’s den.
The entertainment zone in the basement has a tangerine couch set against the Turco art panel, along with signature consoles and mirrors. For the flooring, 24-carat golf-plated glass mosaic is set in Z black stone to create a floral pattern.
Apart from the basement, the entire house follows a French Renaissance design. One enters through a double-height foyer with continuous half-turning stairs. The staircase features a gold-plated wrought-iron railing, and the stone medallions on the floor add a royal ambience. The formal living space features white walls, Plaster of Paris moulding and black Marquina onyx marble. Royal blue furniture offsets the silk-on-silk carpet, along with vernacular artwork and stone planters.
The dining space follows the theme with Plaster of Paris designs, mother-of-pearl inlay and black onyx flooring. In the formal lounge, wine-coloured furniture is set against the textured wall with a gold leafing design. The adjoining powder toiler uses black Marquina marble with mother-of-pearl inlay.
Moving up to the family living room on the first floor, it is a double-height space with stone rug flooring, chandeliers and green walls. The space is decorated with neutral colours and wine accents, and the green walls create the illusion of openness on both sides. The pooja room is a white monolithic space with Michelangelo marble flooring and mother-of-pearl inlay.
The black-and-white themed master suite has ornate Plaster of Paris designs with patterned wallpaper, completed with Michelangelo marble flooring. The son’s suite on the second floor is designed with dark veneer and leather wall panelling, while reflective glass moulding and abstract artwork add youthfulness.
Apart from the green wall backdrop at the central staircase, the stairs in the side elevation connecting the stilt floor and basement have a vertical green belt. The green wall framing the living area opens it on both sides to the courtyards, made from glass-reinforced concrete that resembles a stone wall. The ground-floor terrace has a traditional flooring design in glass, and the terrace has planter beds along its perimeter.
The maximalist material palette has Plater of Paris mouldings, gold leafing, wood panelling, patterned wallpaper, leather and fabric panelling. Glass and stone mosaic work, stone medallions, Z black stone and marble form other materials.