A Bengaluru home defined by its courtyard and verandas

At the end of a winding driveway in Bengaluru, an unassuming gray and brown structure stands out from the surrounding foliage and sets the tone for what lies beyond – a sensitively designed home that takes climate and lifestyle into consideration. owners. Deceptively simple in initial appearance, the house reflects the design values ​​of lead architects, Nupur Shah and Saahil Parikh of We Design Studio – restraint and austerity that do not diminish spatial experiences.

The main facade of the house is a soft blend of browns and grays, highlighted by a long veranda that wraps around the structure.

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Charcoal gray slate tiles from Italy were used for the flooring of all verandas. Beyond the live edge wooden bulkhead is an outdoor dining area. Polymer wood cladding sheets envelop the main structure of the house. The pendant ceiling lights are from a flea market.

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“Growing up in colonial homes with central courtyards, clients asked for a home that would take them back to those roots,” Parikh shares. He adds, “We designed this project with a large courtyard and verandas along the peripheries, as our post-modern vision of a quintessential tropical Indian home.”

Glancing through the front door, the eye is drawn to the curved partition followed by the sunny courtyard and then the profile of the staircase with the artwork beyond.

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A double curvature partition is the highlight of the entry vestibule and was made by Bram Rouws Woodcrafting Studio by bending individual two-inch strips of Burmese teak wood.

Kunal Bhatia

Located in the very center, the courtyard is indeed the beating heart of the house, as it not only connects all the spaces but is also the pivot around which everyday life revolves. To one side are the more public spaces, including a formal dining room and a voluminous double-height living room that opens onto the rear garden. On the other side are the more intimate and private spaces which include bedrooms, office, family room and more.

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