WEEKEND WONDER

May, 2017

 

The story began with a plot of land. The challenge was to develop the entire site-landscaping, building the structure and doing up the interiors in its entirety in a short span of twelve months. The Lonavala property was to not just be a family weekend home, but also had to incorporate a host of leisure amenities keeping in mind the clients requirement for privacy from the surrounding neighbourhood. We decided to take on a rustic yet modern approach to the project. The idea was to create warmth and a space with rustic textures,explained Kharas.
The work began with the conceptualisation of the master plan and detailing out where the multi-purpose court, swimming pool and party lawn would be. Kharas also had to be mindful of keeping the public spaces shielded from

the surrounding properties. Hence the pool was inserted near the main villa and screened off with a vertical green wall. The lawn was engulfed by the amenities, building and the bungalow. As a result a lot of privacy was created through this planning which also gave relief to the adjoining buildings, explained Kharas.
To create warmth and keep a rustic theme consistent throughout the space, Kharas used wood, stone industrial

We decided to take on a rustic yet modern approach to the project. The idea was to create warmth and a space with rustic textures.

light fixtures and matte flooring. Fabrics like linen and cotton further helped enforce the theme. Colours like bottle green, maroon, yellow ochre, deep orange, aqua green with hints of beige and grey helped in creating vibrancy within the spaces. Some of the most unique materials used in the home included a wall mural made from glo panels and metal bowls. But the living room remains Kharas personal favourite. My favourite corner

Some of the most unique materials used in the home included a wall mural made from glo panels and metal bowls.

in the house is the living room because of the coziness we created through the layout and material like stone cladding and the fireplace inbuilt into the stone cladding wall, he said. Climate and logistics were two of the major obstacles Kharas faced while executing the project. Working on a tight timeline of twelve months from conceptulisation to completion, any delays caused by heavy rainfall were cumbersome. Further transporting materials, furniture, artefacts and lights from Mumbai to Lonavala proved to be challenging. Various elements had to come together to create this space, said Kharas. The BNK Group is currently working on several projects including The Taj Hotel at Navi Mumbai, a 10,000 sq ft lounge bar in Thane and a spew of residential apartments and villas across India.

Various elements had to come together to create this space.