Architecture & Interior Tours

Mumbai: This Dadar home tips its hat to the owners' Tamil heritage

When it came to the bedrooms, the Sankarans were keen on making each room as functional as possible. What followed was lots of reorientations: an antechamber was conjured up for guests, two neighbouring bedrooms were combined to create a spacious suite for the mother, and the guest bedroom was turned into a part-time home office. In addition, a multipurpose bedroom with sliding doors was created next to the dining room, "in a way that it could be closed away for privacy, or opened to meld into t

Ensemble Hyderabad is a stylish tribute to the brand's iconic Mumbai flagship

Also read: Glamour reigns at Falguni Shane Peacock's Hyderabad store, designed by Gauri Khan From the street, Ensemble Hyderabad gives little away. The facade is imagined as a grey monolith, with terrazzo poured onto the lower two levels and a punctured concrete screen on the second floor. The grey is nicely counterbalanced by pops of colour here and there: plants on the first floor, pristine marble framing the windows, and a large indigo double door that tips its hat to its sister stores. "The

Masseria Belvedere Holiday Residence in Puglia by Valari.

A centuries-old olive garden, sweeping vistas of the Adriatic coast, a hectare-and-a-half of land that unfolds unto the horizon—Masseria Belvedere looks as much a part of the landscape as the sky and the sea that ensconce it. And not without reason. When architects Nicolò Lewanski and Federica Russo—co-founders at London-based architecture firm Valari—first set sight on the Puglia property, it wasn’t much more than a stone ruin jutting out of a rockface. “It was this strong character that set t

Moss Manor in Moss Vale by Luke Moloney Architects.

Moss Manor has had many lives. Its glorious Victorian bones once housed the town’s council chambers, and now, in its present avatar, it serves as the Southern Highlands’s first art hotel. To say it has set precedents would be putting it lightly, so when Luke Moloney, founder and principal architect of his eponymous architecture firm, came on board to design the hotel, he was but destined to set another. In a bid to turn the hotel into a characterful showcase of Australian art, Luke tied up with

This seafront Mumbai home is a haven of glam, glass and gold

Rare are those homes that offer an equal view both inside and out. Even rarer are those that offer two. When Kunal Barve first stepped into the Mumbai home he was tasked to redesign, the twin views of the Arabian Sea and the Mahalaxmi Race Course were almost too good to be true. “We fell in love with it the second we saw it,” recalls the founder and principal architect of Interface by Kunal and Mihir, whose team also included co-founder Mihir Barve and designer Tanmayi Dhir. “The first thing tha

FUNFUN Gallery, Exhibition Space & Cafe in Hangzhou by lialawlab.

FUNFUN Gallery is exactly what it sounds like—fun, fun, fun, in big capital letters. Situated in an old building that once housed the Hangzhou silk printing and dyeing factory, the cultural and creative park-cum-gallery retains the factory’s 1950s industrial hallmarks—most notably its single-pitched roof, cement trusses and high daylighting windows. “The project is positioned as an integrated exhibition space for art and cultural exhibitions, as well as for multimedia facilities and services. It

AD Visits: Actor Aahana Kumra’s Mumbai apartment is a pretty-in-pink princess pad

In a building full of identical brown doors, Aahana Kumra's entrance is the only non-brown curiosity. "I absolutely love pink. It's my all-time favourite colour—that's why it's right at the front," she laughs, holding open the candyfloss-coloured opuscule as she ushers me inside. For Kumra, the home is a manifestation twenty years in the making, and one that nods equally to her Lucknowi roots and her life in Mumbai. "There are whiffs of Kashmir, London and Delhi too. It's a collection of all my

[Print] A Sunlit Sanctuary in Mumbai by Quirk Studio

When a 30-something couple approached Shivani Ajmera and Disha Bhavsar to design their home, they knew exactly what they wanted: something modern, something mid-century—with lots of sunlight and storage to boot. "The couple enjoys hosting and entertaining, and with a little toddler, they wanted a space tailored equally for family and friends," say Shivani and Disha, whom the couple found through mutual acquaintances.

[Print] Unwind: Den by the River in Goa

In the sleepy Goan village of Alorna, hides a villa where time takes a breather. "It was designed to be a little oasis that melds into the local landscape; a place where its Mumbai-based owners could escape when they needed a break from the Maximum City," says Kumpal Vaid, founder and principal designer of Purple Backyard, who, along with a team that included Rutu Mehta, Kunal Pawar and Anjali Jadhav, was brought on board by the homeowners to conjure up a colourful holiday villa.

A 75-Year-Old Japanese House Was Transformed Into a Zen Weekend Hideaway

When Giselle Go and Philippe Terrien—cofounders of Japanese clean beauty brand DamDam—began searching for a quiet pied-à-terre on the fringes of Tokyo, they had a checklist at the ready: access to the city where they primarily reside, great privacy, and a mountainside build. So, when their list remained largely unchecked even after several potential matches, they knew they had to reconsider their options. “We were introduced to this house by our friend and now neighbor Naoko Kawamura (who overs

In this minimalist pan-Asian Surat restaurant, the ceiling steals the show

Surat’s upscale Pal neighbourhood is one of those areas where the river and the farmlands and the malls and villas and bazaars take equal pride of place. So when the design brief for Soy, a pan-Asian restaurant, found its way to Chinmay Laiwala, Jigar Asarawala and Tarika Asarawala—co-founders and principal architects of AD100 firm Neogenesis+Studio261—there was much to be considered. “The interior design was rooted in creating holistic energies that would hold a mirror to the cuisine. It had to

Writing on the Wall: Monolocale Effe in Mantua by Archiplan Studio.

When Diego Cisi and Stefano Gorni Silvestrini of Archiplan Studio jumped on board to restore a house in the historic Italian town of Mantua (designated the Italian Capital of Culture in 2016, and declared a centro storico or old town, by UNESCO in 2008), the 15th-century wall frescoes were one of the many things that caught their attention. So much so, that the intent to preserve them for posterity, was presented, literally and figuratively, as writing on the wall for the pair. For Diego and St

This Surat apartment in various shades of blue is an ocean-inspired oasis

Piercing cobalts, dove grey upholstery, Italian marble flooring, mottled rugs that hold a mirror to the ocean floor—the interior is an ocean-esque escape that sensitively counterbalances its city surroundings. “As a family of three generations, we were after an aesthetic that would nod to each member. Also, since it was our first home, we were open to experimentation,” say the Mehtas, adding that besides the ‘bold and blue’ brief, the designers were given carte blanche over the design process. I

Slow Living in the Hudson Valley

As a child growing up in San Francisco, Amalia Graziani dreamed of becoming a philosophy professor. “The fact that I now spend my days on construction sites still surprises me,” jokes the owner of Noor Property Group, who at 31 has made waves as one of Hudson Valley’s pioneering developers. In retrospect, the unconventional career choice might just have been written in the stars. “I’d grown up doing renovations with my dad and loved the design process but wrote it off as an impossibility. Although I found my way into development inadvertently, I was methodical about making this dream happen once I recognised its creative potential.”

This vacation villa in Gujarat camouflages into the landscape

On a plot of land in Himmatnagar, Gujarat, is a pied-à-terre that melds into its surroundings. To the front of the house, as well as on different levels within it, lives dense vegetation that inhabits the spaces in as equal a spirit as its human counterparts—a family of four—who, not a few years ago, decided they needed a nature-cloaked hideaway that would provide reprieve from city life. Soon after, they tapped Ashish Patel, Nikhil Patel, Vasudev Sheta, and Nilesh Damania of ACE Associates, to conjure up their dream weekend villa in Gujarat.

Artchimboldi’s New Work-Play Retreat in Menorca by Emma Martí and Anna Truyol.

For Anna Truyol, Menorca is special for reasons personal and professional, old and new. Not only does she have family ties to the island, but now, her latest labour of love—a nature-inspired retreat for companies—has made a new home on the Mediterranean island. As the founder and promoter of Artchimboldi—a company devoted to reimagining the way teams synergise in the workplace—Anna isn’t new to the art of creating inspired meet-and-eat business environments. Her existing two work-play jewel boxe

Step inside Tahir Sultan's bold and brooding Jaipur apartment

Tahir is a maverick entrepreneur who owns multiple businesses including Makaan, a concept store in Jaipur for artefacts and objets d’art. He is also known in the right circles for his pan-India gourmet catering business, specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, which was born out of the much-loved dinners he would routinely host for India Art Fair’s collector circle at his apartment in Delhi. His community of friends in India is an eclectic mix of movers and shakers, who, he says, do a great job

Carbon Brews Taproom by Brevity Design Studio Opens in Hong Kong

The interior of Carbon Brews’ new taproom in Central, Hong Kong, bears a curious likeness to the beermaker’s trademark packaging. “It’s got the same black shell, the same shapes and accent colours — it’s like one of the cans brought to life,” says Jeffrey Shum, founder and creative director of local design studio Brevity, which Carbon Brews tapped to translate its two-dimensional geometric graphics into a three-dimensional destination. Situated in the city’s Lan Kwai Fong area, which is known f

This Gujarat villa is straight out of an African safari

As we settle down in the living room, I can’t help but notice that the savannah-like setting has gone fruit-bazaar-supernova. The walls wear a tangerine mottle, charcoal coffers define the ceiling, and the floor channels a pomegranate sheen. “The spaces on the ground floor are united by melograno tiles, marble wall finishes and all-black furniture,” say the architects. Indeed, the vanilla sofa on which I’m seated seems to be the only decor oddity against the abiding blackness, prompting me to po
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