The past few months has made the hearts of wanderlusts crave for travel — more than ever. Even for those us who have never been to Greece, Italy, Cyprus or any of the Mediterranean islands, the images of this 2-bedroom holiday penthouse in Pune designed by Between Walls will make an effortless connection. One where the blue doors and windows stand out against the pristine white walls with azure sky and turquoise waters as the backdrop in the all-too-familiar islands of Mykonos, Santorini or Cyclades.
To be inspired by certain elements of an architecture is one thing but to pull it off in entirety, if not for the disclosure that this apartment is amidst a tropical concrete jungle, requires ingenuity.
In short, a weekend spent in this house is a getaway in the true sense — one that truly takes away the sadness of not being to travel and rekindles happy memories.
About the project:
Who lives here: A Vacation home for a family of four.
Location: Pune, India
Size: 2000 sqft
Type: 2 bedroom penthouse
Designed by: Between Walls, Pune
Photograph courtesy for the images: Inclined Studio
There are several stunning elements in this house. For me, the step risers and the arched niches topped the list. Why don’t you immerse yourself in this gorgeousness and tell me which picture was it for you?
The architect says,”
The young client wanted a weekend home with an imagination of his perfect vacation to get away after a hectic working week. He wanted a house perfect for hosting parties, or family get-togethers, or just an isolation phase with positivity all around. Clients fascination with Greece was a pick point for us to make him a dwelling which would make him happy always.
The 2000-square-feet penthouse speaks about its name at the entrance itself. This 2-BHK duplex home got its inspiration from the beautiful Greek interiors. For us it was painting a white canvas with cheerful shades and patterns.
The home came with its share of challenges. Being a second home, budget was a big challenge, which made the architects us explore the local markets and reuse of waste materials. Waste kota stone was reused for the terrace flooring giving a feel of the old streets of Greece. Local materials and sustainable methods were used such as handcrafted artefacts, cane wall arts and the jute carpets which helped in visualizing the spaces with a vernacular touch.
Living: The all white living room combines boldness, simplicity and convenience. A yellow door creates a dramatic entryway. The television wall effectively divides the open plan living from the Kitchen Space creating separate nooks. Earthy palette of browns and creams for the upholstery and décor pieces recalls the warmth of sand at the seashore, along with the handcrafted jute carpet, clay pots and cane wall art.
Dining: The dining room in the corner creates a space in itself highlighted by the vibrant yellow chairs and wall arches.
Balcony: The balcony adjoining the living room draws from the relaxed feel. A rocking chair placed here invites the dwellers to relax and unwind. Lush green indoor plants bring a splash of vibrancy and organic form. A thoughtfully placed bamboo ceiling creates a playful dance of light and shadow while also shielding the space from the harsh afternoon sun.
Master Bedroom : The master bedroom designed in an aquatic palette echoes the beaches of the Greek Islands. White stucco walls, jute carpet, floor cushions and bamboo wall art inject personality to the room. The blue ceiling brings unexpected colour to the sun-drenched room. The canopy over the bed creates an intimate space that feels cozy.
Guest Bedroom : The guest bedroom is simple but unquestionably chic. Ropes dangling from the ceiling down to the corners of the bed add ranch style rustic vibe. The furniture relies on clean lines and neutral tones for the main pieces with a few pops of colour in the art.
Terrace: The terrace is undoubtedly the star attraction of the house. The whole concept while designing this home was to create an ambience of holiday, of celebration, joy and happiness. The huge terrace space added up to hosting parties and movie nights under the starlight’s. The bright shades of blue and yellow along with the natural landscapes enchant and elate the mood of the space.
Surely colours do play an important part in evoking our emotions and feelings for the interior spaces. A stunning yellow door framed with a tiled wall provides a focal point in this white space, the bar that overlooks the sunset, concrete steps flowing from the bar lead to theatre style seating.
A raised wooden platform is reserved for meals or board games without disturbing the rest of the space. A vertical garden shields the duct area.