Designed by Khosla Associates and nestled in the posh neighborhood of Banjara Hills in India the gorgeous contemporary residence places as much emphasis on outdoor living spaces dining areas and social zones as it does on a refined interior.
The revamped floor plan of the house focuses on an open living area with the new kitchen and the family room acting as the social zone. Both these spaces open up towards the large rear garden and the outdoor living and dining spaces even as the living room and dining area sit next to one another.
A two-story vertical bar is the pivot around which the entire house is designed with one side of it containing the living areas and the others holding the service spaces. Two gardens one at the front and the other at the back provide plenty of space for the family members to enjoy the tranquil outdoors with the open living area acting as a bridge between the two. Internal partitions have been kept down to a minimum with even the top level only holding a single master bedroom along with an open sleeping space next to it.
The dining room sits at the heart of this floor and offers a glimpse of the mezzanine-level bedroom above. The blue cabinets of the kitchen and the dark black workstation add color to the space even as the custom wall mural in the living area and the bedroom above usher in pattern and panache.
With an L-shaped structure there is plenty of room here for a fabulous rear garden and poolscape that was shaped by Arterra Landscape Architects. The pool becomes a part of the interior thanks to the series of large sliding glass doors and walls that make up a continuous and transparent ‘wall’ delineating the interior from the outdoors.
With the glass roof also bringing in ample natural light the new interior is instantly more cheerful modern and relaxing. Acting as a transitional zone between the existing house and the lovely garden this glassy extension also doubles as a cool family hangout.
Bringing together two contrasting worlds and a window into both majestic mountains and the bustling cityscape the relaxing on the outskirts of is truly exceptional. Nestled on a sloped site the design of the home by I/O Architects ensures that most of its open outdoor space is hidden from the street view even as the hidden second level beneath the ground level offers additional privacy. Much of the house has been designed to honor this delicate balance between smart views and sufficient privacy as wood glass and dark metal shape the residence’s inimitable exterior.