This bright contemporary open-plan apartment was designed by architecture studio Saransh in Ahmedabad, India. The studio removed all of the partition walls so that upon entering the apartment, all areas of the home are visible.
A cozy nook for reading and entertainment sits adjacent to the dining area, a bathroom is opposite the den and a bedroom is located beyond this, at the furthest end of the apartment. The bathroom is the only space that’s closed-off by a door. In the absence of doors and walls, materials of different colors and textures have been used to demarcate the apartment’s different areas. This includes grey-pigmented plaster, polished concrete, blue tiles, teak and brass, which together are meant to create an overarching harmony in the apartment. The pigmented lime plaster is also meant to help keep the house cool in Ahmedabad’s sizzling-hot climate.
The kitchen and the bathroom are entirely finished in grey lime plaster, while the walls and ceiling of the den are lined in teak. The den also has a raised floor level to enhance the sense of entering a quiet zone. Designed to be a much warmer space, the bedroom has beige walls and a blue-tile floor. The polished-concrete floor that runs throughout the apartment’s kitchen and seating spaces has been inlaid with blocks of different materials like wood, stone, cement and brass. These decorative details are meant to resemble and function like rugs, creating a visual anchor for each area. A series of brass-framed wooden planks then appear beneath the dining table and the floor in the kitchen boasts geometric cuts of green marble.
The studio said that the apartment is supposed to function as a peaceful haven in the middle of the city and embody a unique aesthetic that differs from homes in the immediate area.