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Holding Court

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Dubbed as the Courtyard House, this contemporary home which rests in the flourishing landscape of Gujarat, India has taken the concept of open spaces to a whole new frontier.

In keeping with the lush greenery, the home is decorated using a tropical palette of bright colours to complement the natural wood tones of the furniture and fixtures.

Completed in March 2012, the Courtyard House’s architecture, interior and landscaping responsibilities were in the hands of Hiren Patel Architects, who visualised this home to be the perfect blend between architecture and landscape heaven.

Comprising two bedrooms, plus a dining and living room which are the most-used areas of the home, the entire property is designed to maximise a sense of openness. With large openings and a skylight to allow ample natural light, the luxurious sense of space is emphasised by the artful way the garden and all its lush greenery can be viewed and experienced no matter where you are within the home.

The courtyard is the home’s most striking feature, and its reflection pool in the very centrepiece, creating a green and restful retreat despite the tropical heat. At night, carefully planned lighting brings out a different, altogether magical effect.

To maximise time spent outdoors, deep, spacious verandahs allow the family to enjoy the beautiful greenery while remaining protected from the intense Ahmedabad sun. To keep the home cool, screens and laminated glass are employed to allow light and air while keeping the scorching heat at bay.

During the day, the living area fills up with natural light flooding in through large laminated glass panes, which also showcases the garden on one side and central courtyard on the other. The custom-designed wooden doors and windows help to create a visually unifying theme throughout the home, as do its prominent use of wood and marble.

In keeping with the lush greenery, the home is decorated using a tropical palette of bright colours to complement the natural wood tones of the furniture and fixtures. For example, rich orange and violet pillows against the dark wooden furniture bring out a sense of the exotic in the guest and master bedrooms.

Though every section boasts large areas with simple designs, it’s anything but plain due thanks to an array of plants and tiny artefacts placed around various parts of the residential space.

At the end of the day, the careful blending of smart and practical design elements create a resort-like retreat that the owners can call home.



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