A growing number of architects and homeowners are looking to tie in the house with the landscape—not to subdue nature to their needs, but to become one with it by adapting to the local palette, traditions, materials, and sources of inspiration. The MAIA Pelican Grove residential project, located in north Bengaluru, is an example of how nature can be integrated into the spatiality of a home, seamlessly. This show flat, helmed by architect Kiran Kapadia of Kapadia Associates, searches for a relationship between water (there’s a lake nearby), the landscape and the apartment and intimately ties the interior with the exterior landscape. The most conspicuous manifestations of this tropical-urban paradise are the climbers that move vertically up the facade, and the verandas that envelope the building.
Bengaluru Home: Inspired by Nature
The challenge for Kapadia was to create a tranquil home for the residents, while also addressing the urban context of the lake. All the principal rooms of the apartment are located on the periphery to maximise the views. The verandas are curved in response to the edge of the water. The task of bringing the outdoors indoors was dedicated to Krishna Morzaria of PureSpaces. Inspired by the firm’s love for neutrals and fascination with new materials, they combined textures and colours that are both organic in form and luxurious in appearance. The aim was to blur the lines between the indoor and outdoor, while being conscious and respectful of the environment that surrounds the grove. The firm designed cove lighting to lend the apartment warmth, constructed unconventional seating arrangements to complement the ambient light and added more depth to each space. The principal use of blue in the apartment represents the lake, while contemporary and monochromatic interiors were chosen to put the greenery of the building’s surroundings in the spotlight.
Bengaluru Home: Urban Oasis
With the apartment being very close to the lake, the idea for the terrace interior, which was conceptualised by Aditi Pai of The Purple Ink Studios, was to incorporate organic forms and elements of nature into a modern design dialect. The proximity of MAIA Pelican Grove to the lake inspired the firm to create a nature-inspired palette, using natural materials and textures with elaborate details to reflect upon the quintessence of natural formations. The colours range from neutral to vivid, creating an exclusive experience within the space.
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