Architect firm Saransh uses rustic materials to re-create a tactile apartment

Homely Textures

Architect firm Saransh uses rustic materials to re-create a tactile studio apartment in Ahmedabad

Fact File
Project name: MD Apartment
Location: Ahmedabad
Gross Built Area: 725 sqft
Architecture Firm: Saransh
Completion Year: 2019
Photo credits: Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project

Material Palette
Kitchen Appliances: Siemens
Bath Fixtures: Kohler
Lighting: Flos
Flooring: BFT

Homely Textures

In stripping the space bare, there was a conscious decision of making it minimal and at the same time, tactile. Most of the materials have been chosen based on how well they age.

The interior’s white and grey undertones create an overarching harmony accented by wood and brass. Pigmented lime plaster walls keep the place cool.

Different materials and their colours and textures demarcate the spaces: there are grey tones in the kitchen and toilet, the den is in wood for a cozy vibe, and the sleeping area made warm and playful with beige walls and tones of blue in the flooring.

The flooring is of polished concrete with inlays of wood, stone, cement tiles and brass. Polished concrete is filleted onto the wall up to the sill level, and complementing it are grey polished marble and grey furnishings. The only coloured accents are shades of indigo and turquoise seen in the ceramics, cushions and curtains. The apartment boasts reclaimed Valsad Teak from the ‘Pols’ of Ahmedabad; the 60-80-year old wood has an inherent rich texture.

Homely Textures

Ar. Malay Doshi

The project is an exploration of materiality and juxtaposition of textures. Leading away from the finished urban homes, a conscious choice was made to keep the ‘end product’ unfinished and natural

Ar. Malay Doshi