Nine Squares Architects, Indian elements, Bhopal homes, Residential design, Contemporary homes, Traditional elements

A vibrant and comfortable home peppered with Indian elements

Nine Squares Architects creates a stunning residence in Bhopal

Jaltarang is a home that aptly portrays the owners’ personalities. Fond of Indian literature, culture & arts, the owners are all about simplicity, music and rhythm. They wished for a residence that was bubbling with energy, one which would be an open house for friends, family, ‘saahityakaars’ and more, with spaces enabling social gatherings and ‘goshtis’ (talks), celebrations and the humdrum of grandchildren. With this brief in mind, architect Shruti Purohit got to work and created just the right ambience.

At Jaltarag, one sees a harmony between Indian traditions and a contemporary setting. The atmosphere of the entire place is almost akin to a cultural complex. The spaces flow in a melodious continuity while retaining their own boundaries through an expert handling of interior design elements. Taking in the constraints of an existing built framework into one’s stride, introducing the missing links, bringing in light and nature, Purohit displays a sensitive handling of the task at hand.

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The hint of traditional India starts from the entrance porch itself. An uplifting sloping roof, supported on a wooden framework and topped with clay tiles, welcomes everyone, seeming like hands folded in a ‘namaste’. Cobblestone and rough Kota stone are creatively used for the flooring in the portico. A wall mural in metal showcasing birds flying away – presumably after quenching their thirst with knowledge, displays the role art plays in reinforcing themes.

Entering the foyer through teak wood doors with rich details, the stage is set for a home where quality quietly asserts itself. A love for nature is entrenched in this abode, both in a physical form as also abstract, as is evident in its organic layout, the interior-exterior connect between spaces and colours of the sky and the trees floating in. A tree trunk like passage comes into view with various spaces branching off on both sides. A river of Kota stone flows at its base while waves of Italian marble, with floating leaves, kiss the river on all sides. The ‘puja’ space exists as the focal point of this spine.

A formal restraint is displayed in the drawing room, balanced with an upbeat treatment for the lounge. Crafted furniture in teakwood with traditional motifs and complementing rugs in cross weave, serve to visually interlink individual room treatments. Beautiful details are abundant, like in the glass doors to the drawing room, wherein glass clusters are cut, bevelled and etched-in.

The double height dining area, open on the sides, lets in light and views through the courtyard and peep holes at a higher level. A chandelier casts a soft golden glow, while the colour scheme of warm browns with fresh greens for the furniture, adds to the vibe. A backless ‘jhoola’ in a modern form, reminding one of a traditional Indian home, is placed at the intersection of the drawing and dining rooms. The kitchen displays an unusual, but artful, play of olive green and ivory hues, signifying freshness. A low height central island is included here.

The highlight of the upper floor is a personalised statement library-cum-study, with low height Indian style seating for ‘goshtis’ to suit the client’s requirement.


The master bedroom, in blue and white, lends a degree of peace required at the end of a long and busy day. Bamboo wood flooring around the bed area feels soft under one’s feet, while Botticino marble offers a cool contrast in the seating area.

A covered sit-out, sheltered from the westerly sun by wooden louvres, overlooks the lotus pond and a walk-up to a serene Buddha statue.

Fact File

Name of the project: Jaltarang

Location: Bhopal

Site area: 30,887 sq-ft

Built-up area: 11,560 sq-ft

Design team: Shruti Purohit, Dipti Vyas, Rupesh Baraskar

Text: Sonali Aggarwal

Photographs: Ravi Chouhan (Pixcel Craft)

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