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The Tropical House

Residential Interior Design I Bengaluru, Karnataka

Area12,000 Sq.ft

Status Completed 2006

Photographer Pallon Daruwala

Team Shimul Javeri Kadri, Annkur Khosla, Sonali Bhargava

The sun rises at the entrance goes along the axis of the house, piercing the central skylight in the living room and sets in the final courtyard of the axis, giving the house its soul.

This house could be the final transition from the various homes the Mahtaney’s have transited through in the course of our architectural practice and their lives from Mumbai to Bengaluru.  A one-acre plot near the airport, coconut trees, a dirty nala, mosquitoes, aeroplanes, and dreams, were our beginnings!  We had built a home for our clients in Bengaluru before this one and they moved on only to enable to greener, more spacious lifestyle.

Volumes, light quality and simple textures

Our initial design – more introverted with courtyards, was completely vetoed by us, towards this design where the inside and outside flow into each other.  Volumes, light quality and simple textured, natural stones, survive with exposed R.C.C ceilings.

The sun axis

The sun rises at the entrance goes along the axis of the house, piercing the central skylight in the living room and sets in the final courtyard of the axis, giving the house its soul.

This house could be the final transition from the various homes the Mahtaney’s have transited through in the course of our architectural practice and their lives from Mumbai to Bengaluru.  A one-acre plot near the airport, coconut trees, a dirty nala, mosquitoes, aeroplanes, and dreams, were our beginnings!  We had built a home for our clients in Bengaluru before this one and they moved on only to enable to greener, more spacious lifestyle.

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