| 12 : 30 – 28 May 2018 |
Pune based Architect Kalpak Shah of Studio Course designs a minimalist abode ‘Matt House’ using a palette of natural materials, pop up colours, textures and experimental furniture.
The apt use of materials in the four bedroom ‘Matt House’ has transformed an urban home into a one-of-a-kind contemporary space. Use of wooden ceiling against nude wall color of living spaces blends it into interior design of the entire home. Each room naturally flows into the next, making the layout seem larger than it is in reality. With minimalistic furniture design that is mostly made up of wood, the home offers excellent exterior views. Alongside the custom designed products and decor, Matt home functions as an experience rather than simply a living space.
From the Architect –
The story of the ‘Matt house’ is a simple one, a story that begins from the studio’s inherent course of thinking. Their objective to carve out spaces, which are ‘functional, simple and have lasting value’, kick started the process. The designer also shares how the client’s brief of a ‘great place to live in’ prompted them to carry forward the studio’s philosophy of being true to form and maximize the use of natural materials.
Living room overlooking outdoor view
The designer’s approach is an intelligent play on the senses in a slightly different manner. The horizontal plane of the living room ceiling becomes the feature element – a wooden ceiling which gives a warm glow to the space. With walls that are painted beige, a shell is created which is a dull monotone. This has allowed the architect to experiment with the furniture and other elements in the space using colour and texture which pop-up in various places.
Floor plan and section
Color concept –
Neutral, muted colors of the walls and the floor accentuate the wooden ceiling in the living room. This expansive, well lit room becomes the center from where the idea translates to other parts of the house. The bedrooms have been treated in a similar manner wherein the walls are rough plastered and then painted.
This has given them an unfinished tactile texture and a rustic-ness that is as far as it can be from the glossy, sophisticated spaces which seem soulless. This stylistic diversity seen in every room coupled with the custom designed fixtures and the carefully chosen paintings bring ingenuity to the place.
Rough textured and painted wall
Less is more –
The ‘Matt house’ is a modern home in its true sense. Its clean simple lines and uncomplicated design defines this space which is homely, uncluttered and a visual delight. The free movement through various rooms heightens the perception of the space. The notion to read spaces though its various planes and surfaces using the inherent quality and depth of the materials brings clarity and richness to the house.
This idea is an influence from minimalistic style of design where, ‘Less is more’ is a philosophy intrinsic to the Studio’s style of work. The little burst of colors are mood elevators lending the home a cheerful personality. The architect has taken a very practical approach to the design of the spaces. It’s aesthetics is an interpretation of tradition in a modern way which is reflected in choice of various elements seen throughout the house.
Palatte of colours, textures and finishes
Project details –
Project Name – Matt House
Architect Firm – Studio Course | www.studio-course.com
Project location – Amar Renaissance, Sopan Baug, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Lead Architect – Kalpak Shah
Completion Year – 2017
Area – Gross built up – 250 sq.m.
Photography Credit – © Studio Course
Text credit from architect – Prachi Patel
Glass (Extra Clear Toughened) – Saint Gobain
Sanitary fittings – Kohler
Sofas and Futon – Fab India