Villa In The Sky by Abraham John Architects

Architects: Abraham John Architects
Location: Mumbai, India
Year: 2011
Area: 3,500 sqft
Photo courtesy: Alan Abraham
Description:

The brief called for the complete remodelling and combining two separate apartments on the top floors of an unremarkable building into a refined 3,500 sq ft contemporary penthouse suitable to the favourable tropical climate and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Bombay.

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The shared vision of the client and the architect is seen in the minimal layout integrated with landscape, lighting, refreshing earthy colours and natural textures.

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A limited palette of complementary materials ensures consistency in design and minimises maintenance, adding warmth and texture through light and shadow. The interiors are finely detailed with custom-made furniture. The flooring pattern enhances the line of sight and continues from the indoors to the outdoors: dark-stained wooden floors and teak wood deck.

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The home fits within its tropical seaside context and encourages sustainability: reclaimed sleeper wood for garden screens and pergolas, natural stone, recycled tiles, high efficiency mechanical systems, durable engineered wood and natural fabrics; automation with mood lighting, power saving and curtain control, solar heaters and evergreen terrace gardens. Interior solar shades and large double-glazed sliding windows allow natural ventilation, uninterrupted views and access to landscaped areas, while cutting down on solar radiation and air-conditioning load.

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The design approach took advantage of orientation: the sea is now visible from all rooms of the house, including the master bathroom. Previous cave-like rooms are turned into optimal, unusually large living spaces for Bombay standards.

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The living, dining and kitchen areas merge into one big lounge connecting views of the Arabian Sea on the West to the trees on the East.

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The open kitchen with a brushed SS island platform is complemented by an enclosed kitchen specially designed for traditional Indian cooking. A teak tree forms the dining table and seating.

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A balcony space was converted into a cantilevered wood and steel staircase set against imposing double-storey windows, visually and physically connecting the upper and lower volumes that were previously disconnected.

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The master bedroom suite includes a private sea-facing terrace, a lavish walk-in wardrobe and an open plan spa bathroom – a fluidity of private spaces that retain total privacy while blending with the landscape.

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The hi-tech glass walled media room with a large projector screen, AV and automation is a dynamic and versatile space. It overlooks the ocean as well as a spacious wooden deck with a walk-on glass skylight. The luxuriant garden terrace serves as an expansive outdoor entertaining area with artful illumination and an open bar.

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