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Mediterranean Styled Villa by Ar. Puran Kumar

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on November 15, 2014 at 06:10 PM

Architect Puran Kumar – an architect better known for high-profile corporate interiors, has designed a villa – which strongly reflects the Mediterranean/Greek style and influence. This holiday home on a one-acre plot in prestigious Aamby Valley is used occasionally for social and entertainment purposes. View Profile: https://www.tfod.in/Profile-PuranKumar

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There is something special or unique about all ‘styles’ of architecture; just as in music or literature, or any of the arts. Styles mark the growth or evolution of an art, and therefore act as reference points in their history. Very often, no style is too pure – as it has several elements borrowed from its precursor! These overlaps often make it very difficult to specify a style, as such.

The style of architecture called Mediterranean which has re-gained popularity in recent times, also borrows features from earlier styles like Spanish Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Moorish Revival, Italian Renaissance, Greek and others!

The basic speciality of the style is that it effortlessly and beautifully blends form and function with materials and features that keep interiors cooler in warmer climates, usually using techniques of passive cooling – such as a central courtyard, paved or landscaped and often with a fountain or courtyard. Common exterior elements typically include numerous oversized windows, carved entry doors, multiple balconies, high arches, columns, arcades and ornamental wrought iron work on gates and windows.

Low, pitched roofs usually clad with red tiles and white stuccoed exterior walls are very strong features of the Mediterranean style. With a sharper Greek influence a stunning contrast of white walls with rich cobalt blue doors and windows! The blue-on-white is a distinct visual feature and is often carried into the interior scheme as well, seen on furniture and furnishings, and even accessories. Common elements in the interiors include hand-painted and mosaic tiles, wooden beams, spiral staircases, arched doorways and stucco or plastered walls.

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