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A modern farmhouse by Vadodara based architect Dipen Gada

  • Farmhouse
By Pragnya Rao
4 min read
Mar 24, 2017

Contemporary interiors with an Indian vernacular twist define this Vadodara home

 

How often do you come across a home built on a one acre property near a riverbank? Oh, the good life. This minimalist structure with modern elements is designed by Vadodara based Dipen Gada, who is known to work the India Modern style with ease.

 

“The space had to look huge and seamless and beyond the definition of a typical house,” says Dipen of the brief he received. Located in a place with an extremely hot and dry climate, it was necessary to have a house that offered a mild and pleasant climatic condition.

 

As you enter the house, you can experience the linearity of it. The huge blank cavity wall facing southwest is created for the purpose of protection against the heat in soaring summers. This wall acts as the spine of the house – narrow punctures on the west side allow the flowing wind in, while the air vents in the skylights in the east corner act as escape routes for the hot air. We love how the landscaped terrace offers a natural buffer for the house.

 

The living room with a view of the pool is furnished in traditional details, clean lined furniture, and a contemporary palette of grays, blues and browns. Next to it, sits the dining room and the small compact kitchen. Large sliding doors of home theatre provide a view of the entire site and seamlessly integrate the interiors with the exteriors.

 

The architecture takes full advantage of its countryside location while the muted palette creates a relaxing atmosphere.

Situated on a one acre property, the home is a modern structure built using site sensitive techniques.
The dining area opens to the lawns outside, and has large artworks that work as beautiful backdrops to the dining setting.
A four-poster bed paired with an exposed ceiling gives the bedroom a resort-like vibe.
IPS (Indian pattern stone) is used in different patterns and colours throughout the entire house. Cracks in IPS are controlled by the use of glass strips at frequent intervals thus creating joint-free flooring.
Skylights allow filtered light into the bathroom.
The living room is done up in a muted palette but brought alive using bursts of colour, and warmth through traditional elements like woven fabrics, and metal lamps.
The bedroom is serene and calming in shades of white and blue.
The all-grey cement finish gives the bathroom a minimalist, zen-like feel.
The entrance, much like the rest of the house uses traditional materials but in a modern visual language.
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