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A white haven: by Ar. Sachin Agshikar

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on March 21, 2017 at 02:32 PM

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A tastefully designed white haven, a finely detailed marvel, a beautiful specimen of elegant material palette; these are just a few words that describe a minimalist house designed by architect Sachin Agshikar. An architect known for his work of substance, utilitarian architecture and site-driven approach, he upholds it all and more by means of this stunning residence in Ahmedabad. The subtle yet asserting interiors of this humble abode, will blow your mind away.

Sachin Agshikar is a well-known name since he graduated from Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai University, for his medal winning final year design thesis. After an eight year long run with legendary architect Charles Correa, where he worked on a diverse range of projects, he set up his own practice in 2000. He worked as an associate to Charles Correa on the Cancer Research Centre in Lisbon, while continuing his independent practice. Some of his personal works include 26 storey residential towers in Mumbai, Winery in Nasik and Houses in Aamby valley, Goa and Chiplun, Panjim Municipal Market, Ronil Beach Resort and a School in Goa

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This is the second project the architect has designed for Gala Infrastructure Pvt Ltd; the first one being interiors of a sample flat for a rather glamourous apartment. Though the brief for the second project in Ahmedabad called for a much simpler intervention, the architect was nevertheless excited, as it fit his style of work. The architect recollects being told, “This apartment may not fetch the same rate like the last one as the location is different.” With that very statement, began his chain of thoughts, deducing the need to reach out to the youth. It became very clear to him that the apartment called for a ‘young and minimalist look with lots of space and some trendy furniture.’ 

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Thus began his design process, with articulating the interiors for a more open and spacious look. The entrance door was transformed into a grand door that seems welcoming. The passage wall leading to the living room, was moved to include a corner unit and make it feel wider. Kitchen and dining area were separated by chic wooden blinds, while the entertainment room had a glass wall looking into the dining area. The space modulation done thereby, made a deep impact in the way the space was perceived. The architect believes, “Space modulation is a strong point usually seen when an Architect looks at an Interior project as Space and not what goes into it.” 

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The clients had a highly organized setup, with perfect clarity on budget and materials to be used, but Sachin found the freedom to do what he believed in. They put a lot of thought into selecting a material palette appropriate to keep the look minimalistic and youthful. Flooring was done in concrete finish lookalike tiles and imprinted wooden flooring in the entertainment room. This decision was specifically taken with the younger generation in purview. The house was mostly perceived in monochrome, with most walls and shear curtains done in white, with a bit of earthy shades in the form of oak veneer for the doors with a touch of black paint. 

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The house was completed with some ready elegant furniture and decorated with pieces of simple light fixtures and artwork, purchased from stores in Ahmedabad. The end result was a happy client and equally happy designer, as it was a reflection of everything they believed in – ‘Keep your design simple and elegant, and it will always be appealing.’ 

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Though the project at the heart of it is simple, elegant and minimalistic, the clients felt the need to add a bit of ‘glamour factor’ in the building lobby. Already designed as double volume space, adding a bit of allure was an easy task. The side facing the garden, was hindered by the presence of a beam which was removed after consulting the structural engineer. Thus a grand, clear opening was covered with glass supported on glass fins, enhancing the space ten folds.

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The material palette for the lobby had to be different from the rest of the project. Marble flooring was a prerequisite and they selected Armani beige with a beautiful shade of brownish grey. The lobby overlooked the garden, hence the architect chose not to replicate the look in the atrium. Instead, he chose to have two dimensional sculptural trees that don’t need a lot of maintenance and could also double up as a piece of art. Shades of greys were used for these metal trees and the rough textured wall behind. A bit of warmth in the atrium was required in the form of a wooden screen, that also helped to cover up the view of lift doors. The feeling of double volume was emphasised by introducing hanging lights. 

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The architect’s charming work profile, especially in the private residential sector, is a testimony to the fact that he puts in a lot of his heart and soul into designing the perfect retreat for his clients. He allows his designs to be nurture with time and leaves it open for the users to put part of themselves into it. He believes, “A house cannot be completed in one shot; it should be allowed to grow. I tell this to all my clients when I give them their home; it is really only eighty percent complete then, the remaining twenty percent is left up to them.”

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Let us conclude with thoughts by the architect himself, of what Architecture means to him. “As one grows older and more mature, you ask yourself one question while designing ‘is this necessary’, and very soon you start looking at things differently and with clarity. You eliminate the unwanted elements and finally what is left behind is ‘simply beautiful’. That is Architecture.”

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