Manor House: The Ahmedabad Home That Unfolds Drama Through Textures and Sculptures
- 11 Jul '23
- 2:21 pm by Tanvee Abhyankar
Tucked in a balance between the contemporary and modern style is Manor House, designed by Rajesh Sheth of Designers’ Circle. The four storeyed Manor House covers an expansive area of 14,700 sq ft across floors, and resides away from the hustling areas of Ahmedabad city. It is a multi-generational home belonging to a young couple living in a joint family along with their grandparents, parents and the couple’s new born baby.
The exclusive choice of materials combined with hand-crafted as well as raw materials and hard-lined details together add depth to the overall design. Demarcations of areas are mostly visual; through materials and colours such as the distinctive customised Italian marble flooring for living, dining and kitchen area and so on.
With floors that are specially designed to independently cater to specific functions, the ground and first floor are areas where activities take place on a daily basis. Therefore, the areas such as the drawing, living, dining and bedrooms are designed on the ground and first floor. Additionally, Manor House has a basement which is a one-of-its-kind entertainment zone with a home theatre and an exclusive bar lounge room. The upper most floor is dedicated to unwinding, relaxing and rejuvenating at the end of the day. It also has a spa area adjacent to the office/study room.
The Manor House living room unfolds a drama, put together by artworks, sculptures, textures and shades. It has a main conversation pit in the focus, with a sectional L sofa opposite to the dining area. The living room, with virtue of the design, allows users to engage in conversations over the dining area. The room will also transform if and when necessary, with the sliding partition, providing much needed privacy.
The dining table is yet another piece of art in the house. The inspiration of the decorative hanging light comes from the very activity that happens at the dining table, that is, family and friends sitting together to enjoy a meal. “We at Designers’ Circle are always intrigued by the juxtaposition of modern design and natural materials. Our definition of using various materials summarizes as a mechanism for anchoring the space, summing its spatial essence, creating a design that stimulates our senses as well as celebrating form and structure” states Rajesh Sheth.
The master suite planning is quite unique to Manor House; it stands out with the customised wooden storage unit partition design that doubles as a panel for the bed.
The unit is multifunctional—it holds wardrobes, plenty of drawers and storage niches, with doors that almost seamlessly merge into the design. This ensures that the room remains clutter-free.
The three floors of this exquisite home feature seamless quartz cladding throughout the passage. On the ground floor, you’ll find the grandparents’ and parents’ bedrooms, while the first floor houses the master, kids, and guest bedrooms. The parents’ bedroom showcases a cool gray palette with a CNC-cut marble bed back wall panel.
The bar lounge ceiling posed a significant challenge in this project. Constructed entirely with metal rods, it required extensive experimentation and testing with multiple samples before reaching the final design. The walls are adorned with fabric, while the dark granite flooring adds a touch of sophistication.