A premium penthouse apartment in Pune has been designed by Atelier Design N Domain; apparent here is how luxury and functionality were woven together to craft a space which is at once youthful as well as timeless.
“These clients had earlier lived in a bungalow, so it was clear to us that the apartment had to be rather special, as a substitute for the space which they had previously enjoyed,” says Anand Menon of Atelier Design N Domain. The premium high-rise in which it is located has only one apartment on each floor; as a result, the lift lobby is a private space which Anand has used to extend the material palette present within the four-bedroom apartment. “Veneer panelling with antique brass strip accents has been used here too,” says Anand.
“The clients brief was to create a space which was a reflection of his personality – young and energetic, he was seeking a home in which to rewind at the end of a hectic working day and de-stress with friends and family. After the ground level bungalow in which he had grown up, this space was to be a sky retreat,” says Anand of the 3,600 sq ft four-bedroom apartment.
At the entrance, a metallic table top sculpture of a man blowing a trumpet invites closer inspection. Within, the intention was to open up the space so as to offer a glimpse of the terrace – the star of the space. “Earlier, the inner lobby obstructed this view,” says Anand. In keeping with the luxurious ambience, there are no painted walls.
“They are all clad with panelling or mirrors, with the entrances to the various bedrooms or the powder room barely decipherable in the seamless space. The living room has an enclosure for the dining area, created with the help of 3D brass screens. Self-supporting, it has been made of extruded hexagonal brass frames with an anti-corrosive matte finish. The powder room has a dark, blue-black palette, with three round mirrors suspended at different heights creating interest. The concealed downward cove near the wall mimics daylight streaming in from a slit, drawing the eye upwards towards its source. It was actually this spacious terrace that persuaded the clients to move here from the bungalow which they were accustomed to.”
The core of the project revolved around a lofty double height terrace space attached to the main living room,” says Anand. Doubling as a lounging space, it has decking wood for the flooring to provide an outdoor feel; a plunge pool, a barbecue in an elongated island and a tall green wall on a backdrop of
“The island is covered with micro concrete which imparts a solid in-situ aesthetic, but actually has storage under its counter,” says Anand. “This also serves as an informal breakfast space.” Stark white outdoor loungers and a day bed contrast with the dark wood deck flooring, leading to an infinity edge plunge pool.
Mood lighting in the form of hanging pendants, coves and up-lighters for planters along with soft pool lights augment the tone of the design scheme of the space. The master bedroom is clearly for a bachelor, with its mattress on a low step up platform. Grey walls, stained wooden flooring, charcoal grey drapes make up its aesthetic. A large mirror is propped casually against a wall, providing a full length reflection for dressing. “The walk-in wardrobe is segregated by fabric, to be replaced by frosted glass when required. “At the moment, it is possible to watch TV from the tub,” says Anand.
The parents’ room has an old world charm with a four poster bed and a softer palette. The aesthetic, nevertheless, is sleek with no ornamental clutter, the wall and the wardrobe shutters both being clad in beige-grey leather. A rocking chair in one corner provides comfort. The room for the daughter, a product designer, has a quirky feel. The white brick wall continues into the en suite bath, while an artwork of Marilyn Monroe looks down from one wall.
As is often the case, the study doubles as a guest room, when required,” says Anand. One wall functions as a library, with floor to ceiling shelving. Grey mirror cladding behind the shelving was used to create the illusion of a bigger space, though it is actually quite compact. “The art on the wall is rather interesting…the human figures appear to be in 3D, due to the thick daubs of paint which have been used,” says Anand. Following the rest of the aesthetic, the handles of the wardrobes and the door to the attached bath are within the wall cladding, providing a seamless look to the space.
The lighting throughout creates drama, with a variety of table and floor lamps, as well as ceiling pendants and the usual concealed spot lights for ambient illumination. “We are also particular about creating a clutter free space, with a sense of rhythm,” says Anand. “Alignment and detailing are important, together with minimising the offsets which one inevitably has to deal with.” In Anand’s reckoning, there should be minimal fragmentation of space in order to maintain openness so essential to the luxury quotient.
Text By Devyani Jayakar
Photographs Courtesy Photographix | Sebastian + Ira