Step inside the open studio apartment designed by Saransh
The space exudes rustic charm and stays away from cliched designs associated with modern apartments
MD Apartment, located centrally in Ahmedabad, is the house of a designer that had to meet his specific creative requirements. Originally a two bedroom apartment, it was converted into a studio and designed by the Ahmedabad-based architecture firm Saransh.
On entering the apartment, the entire house is visible owing to its open layout. The only door in the house is to the washroom made out of fluted glass, which ensures ample daylight in the north-facing apartment. The living space flows into the dining area, with a floor seating dining table and an open kitchen making the house appear larger. It further connects to a reading and entertainment den.
The interior takes white and grey undertones, both creating an overarching harmony, which is then accented with highlights of wood and brass. In the house, one experiences four different spaces demarcated by changes in material. The kitchen and the washroom have grey tones, resulting in ‘niche like’ spaces inside the lighter white and grey general areas. The den is made of wood to give a cozy vibe, and the volume of this space is reduced drastically to give a sense of entering a different realm, which is further exaggerated by the need to climb a couple of steps to enter it. Finally, the last space that is the sleeping area, is made much warmer with beige walls and a more playful floor in tones of blue. This lends a different aesthetic inside the house along with a personal touch.
The project is an exploration of materiality and juxtaposition of textures. The entire flooring is polished concrete with different inlays like wood, stone, cement tiles, and brass. All the walls have a pigmented lime plaster finish which not only keeps the house cool in the hot weather of Ahmedabad, but also gives a sense of timelessness to the space. The wood used is reclaimed 60-80year old Valsad Teak from the ‘Pols’ of Ahmedabad. Not only is it sustainable, but the aged wood also has an inherent rich texture.
Leading away from the generic chic finished urban homes, a conscious choice was made to keep the ‘end product’ unfinished; to make the house an oasis in the middle of the city, similar to the natural ever-changing sense of space of a vernacular cottage.
Saransh is an architecture firm based in Ahmedabad, India, operating in the fields of architecture, planning, and interior design. The firm leads a design conversation on sustainability and changing context, with an intense focus on form and materiality. Saransh believes that good design is generated from strong concepts that evolve as a response to various factors. The manifestation of the summation of these ideas is what drives design, across diverse typologies at Saransh.