We have directly drawn inspiration from the historical Pol houses of Ahmadabad and reflected history and culture of Ahmadabad in all the elements of the house. Keeping the design fully accessible and elderly friendly was of utmost importance to us and we achieved this by keeping the majority of the living areas at the same level and providing ramps and lifts wherever necessary. Displaying Indian culture through the materials and the artwork displayed around the house was how we paid homage to the rich history of the region.
Interior design and fitting artwork balance each other. A large piece of art, inspired by Jain scriptures, called ‘Pattachitra’, is seen from the courtyard and entrance foyer and it wraps around the upper floor. Another textile artwork inspired by moonlight and the tree of life, appropriately titled ‘Moonlight’, is displayed in the living area. This is inspired from the colors of moonlight and represents life and family.
It is a highlighted textile and paint composition and has highlights of ‘zardosi’ work in it. All of this artwork was inspired from Jainism and spirituality and this was one of the most important details for the client. Dotted around the bungalow one will find artwork paying homage to the abundant history of Ahmedabad from the mural of Ashtamangal which is displayed at the entrance, to sketches of Pol houses, which are displayed along the staircase. The bungalow is completely designed to blend in with the site with respect to the design and the materials used. The vertical volumes and fenestrations are placed strategically to aid in the natural ventilation of the house.
Principal Architect : Qutub Mandviwala
Associate Architect : Mita Patel
Year : 2021
Company : Private Client