Group DCA, Babaji’s Durbaar, Nuovo Residence, Rahul Bansal, Persian carpets, Uber-luxury residence, HNI, Amit Aurora, DCA, Antarpal Singh Sawhney, Manish Makhija

Luxury is often subjective, yet these diverse homes from different geographies undoubtedly personify the word in its truest form

In the Lap of Luxury

Recent happenings have forced people to spend time indoors, and that has only accentuated the value of our homes to us. It has also drawn our attention to what needs fixing, the comforts we would like to incorporate and the excesses we want to call our own. Hence, once things begin to normalise – hopefully sooner, rather than later, there will indeed be a large number of people who will rush to renovate or upgrade their abodes to ensure that these spaces cater to their every need, whim and fancy. After all, everybody aspires to own an uber-luxury residence. And if you need design inspiration, look no further than these gorgeous habitats that define luxury living.

This assortment of HNI (high net-worth individual) addresses in India may be spread out in terms of location (Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad), and be poles apart with respect to their design treatment, yet they have one thing in common – their luxe quotient.

Whether it is the merging of exclusivity with extravagance, the inclusion of unparalleled functionality and immaculate aesthetics, or the choice of classy materials, the architects, designers and home owners behind these meticulously curated projects have truly raised the bar regarding what constitutes luxury. We bring you the inside story behind these lavish HNI properties.

Amit Aurora and Rahul Bansal, partners at group DCA

Nuovo Residence by group DCA

Just as its name suggests, this opulent residence is a proponent of ‘new’. Rather than follow a single design philosophy – although neoclassicism does reign supreme, this family home also sees the use of different themes throughout the over 10,000 sq-ft development, situated in a tony neighbourhood of the capital city. Catering to the needs of multiple members of businessman Antarpal Singh Sawhney’s joint family was no easy task, but Amit Aurora and Rahul Bansal, partners at group DCA, were able to fashion individualistic spaces, keeping in mind the disparate preferences of each of the occupants.
“Given that this is a multi-generation home, the spatial planning has been laid out in such a manner that while each brother can co-exist independently with his micro family on his respective floor, the overall family exists harmoniously in the whole house with various shared spaces that bring them together,” states Aurora. Intriguingly, the villa in its entirety is a manifestation of the family’s essence as a whole, yet there are personal spaces carved out for each individual. Spread across four floors, the home is a perfect amalgamation of neoclassical elements and details, and modern materials and techniques.

Stepping inside, the common entrance foyer is magnificent in its scale and the style employed, a true testament to the family’s identity. The ground floor offers a personalised, bespoke space for the older generation of inhabitants, comprising an elaborate bedroom and kitchen, along with a seating area in the lobby, a living room, a formal and an informal dining space for both hosting guests as well as entertaining, all featuring exquisite Persian carpets, ornate chandeliers and a rich palette of materials. Ancillary units, such as the washing area, storage space, and waiting area are also incorporated on the same floor.

The focal point of the villa is indubitably a customised sacred space for prayer — ‘Babaji’s Durbaar’ as referred to by members of the family. It forms the heart of the home, and lends a unique charm to the villa. Accentuated by an elaborate ceiling that has been intricately hand-painted by a group of artisans from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the room draws its spirit from the art that is resonant of the culture of Punjab. The artwork contains elaborate floral patterns and concentric rectangular frames that have been articulated through the use of golden-hued inlay work. “We proportioned the pattern layout and laid emphasis on the selection of colours used. While embodying a craft and a skill that is passed on for generations, a soulful energy is generated by means of a subtle colour palette of beige and wood, rendering serenity and embodying an ethereal energy,” professes Bansal.

As one moves along the home, a chic, albeit minimalistic curvilinear staircase takes visitors to the first floor that has been developed for the next generation – the son, his wife and two children. Comprising an impressive lounge seating to host guests, the layout also includes a luxurious master bedroom with a lavish, yet minimal bathroom. A study room is placed centrally across the bedrooms of the two children on either side. Similarly, the second floor is home to the elder son along with his wife and three children, each having their own private bedrooms. Both the floors house a pantry and storage space, enabling the ground floor to serve as an area for the entire family to converge in.

Further, the third floor is designed as the common entertainment zone for the purpose of hosting large gatherings, and boasts a 15-seater home theatre. Walking up to the top floor, the terrace level is crafted as an open entertainment area with a glass house, an open bar and a barbeque kitchen.

Overall, the villa has been visualised as a timeless structure, wherein components from classical and contemporary architecture blend seamlessly, whether it is by means of materiality or detailing. Even as individual preferences are given import, all common areas such as the staircase lobbies, external break-out spaces, the entertainment floor and the terrace, follow a similar theme, one that threads the house together. In terms of materials, lighter tones of marble and hardwood have been used for the flooring in patterns that augment the dynamics of the space in a subtle manner. All the doors are crafted in bespoke, hard walnut wood. The external, floor-to-ceiling glazing facilitates abundant daylight ingress in addition to connecting the outside to the inside, which results in a refreshing view of the lush greenery that surrounds the house. Another fascinating feature is the cast iron railing on the stairway, which gracefully binds the interior elements of the elegant home. Having said that, each floor and their respective rooms along with the well-appointed bathrooms are a reflection of the users’ personalities. There has been experimentation with accessories such as rugs, curtains and wallpapers, and adornments such as lamps, chandeliers, and also the art that can be found gracing the walls and elsewhere in the grandiose home. Finally, the landscaping deserves a special mention, as it has been planned with a diverse collection of flora, representative of the distinct nature of the many people that together inhabit the house.

The architecture, interiors and even the individual residents of this property together exemplify the very tenets that help a joint family function successfully in today’s world. After all, striking a delicate balance between old and new, classical and contemporary and interdependence and independence is what counts, and this is amply reflected – both architecturally and functionally – in the comfortable, yet opulent ambience of this luxurious house.

Project Details

Name of the project:  Nuovo Residence     
Location: Delhi
The client: Antarpal Singh Sawhney
Design team: Amit Aurora, Rahul Bansal, Manish Makhija
Area: 4,798 sq-ft
Built-up Area: 10,394 sq-ft
Duration of project: 15 months
Date of completion: September 2018



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