Home is where the heART is: Architects’ Apartment at Greater NOIDA, by Layers Studios for Design and Architecture

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Home is where the heART is.

When
the architect couple, Neha & Gaurav, partners at LSDA, moved to a
new apartment at Greater Noida, the biggest challenge they faced was
to make their newly possessed home into a piece of work, which
reflected their ideology and style of work and at the same time
become a setting to the various pieces of artwork, furniture &
accessories that the ‘Art-loving” couple have custom created over
the past few years.

With
the constraint of keeping the civil related changes to a minimal, the
plan of the apartment was optimized very creatively. Strategic
location of foldable tables, collapsible bed and a “old-world”
style window within the house gave them the flexibility to convert
rooms to their studio & meeting room, convert the kitchen to an
open one with a breakfast counter whenever the need be and connect
spaces visually as and when required, alongside adding a lot of
character to the interiors of the apartment.

The
interiors have been visualized as a riot of colours, shapes and
materials coming together as a cohesive and forming a background to
the artwork the duo wanted to showcase. Few of the prominent pieces
comprise of a ‘Cycle sculpture’ made of parts that had come out
of their Santro car and Enfield Thunderbird bike, a hand-painted
storage cabinet portraying the computer game ‘Snood’ which Neha
loves to play, a light fixture made out of empty ‘Nescafe’ coffee
jars and the favourite being the wall art named ‘KC Ville’
comprising of a lamppost, station clock, signposts and a feeding tray
for their dog “Kalicharan aka KC”.

The
biggest drawback of modern day apartment living is that one has to
live with measly balconies in the name of open spaces. This was
overcome by transforming the 40 sqft balconies into gardens having
cantilevered planters all around, floating bench protruding from the
walls, green wall systems and finally the gardening tools themselves
becoming the pieces of visual delight.

For
the couple, the apartment oozes happiness through its use of colour,
material, incorporation of natural light, planting, quirky and
pop-artish elements in its spaces and when their creative juices
start flowing, the walls across the apartment painted with
‘chalkboard paint’ are ready to be poured upon !!

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