This Gurugram bungalow is shaped like a sailboat

With a mast-style roof, porthole-style openings and impossibly angular forms, this family home by Design Acrolect stands out from its surroundings.
A modern and open Gurugram home patio.
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From a distance, it looks almost like a sailboat. The only things that give it away, then, are its hard-lined concrete surroundings. “The initial layout sketches and spatial progressions revolved around having well-lit and ventilated spaces,” says Mayank Khemka, one half of New Delhi-based architecture studio Design Acrolect, who, along with the firm’s other half, Vishesh Behl, was brought on board by a design-savvy couple to create a spiffy nest for their family. “The husband, who works in the flatware industry, has a keen eye for design, so it was all hands on deck from conception to completion,” recalls Behl, whose team along with Khemka, also included Urfa Ansari, Kushagra Gautam, Lakshya Gupta, Shruti Agarwal and Divya Rajput.

The front bedrooms on the lower floors consist of semi-private balconies and private dressing rooms with ensuite toilets. “All the bedrooms are naturally lit, with verdant vistas,” says Nikhil.

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Nautical Nuances

Even if the aesthetic seems nautical, the architects were never at sea about the architecture. “We were clear that the project had to be an amalgam of various geometries and volumes while holding the traditional functions of a home,” says Khemka, adding that the traditional gabled roof was given a modern spin in the way of an envelope-shaped facade with a porthole-style opening. But really, there’s more to the exterior than meets the eye, at least at first glance. “The envelope parlays into various closed, semi-open and open roof areas, allowing visitors to enjoy a progression of space,” says Behl. “The volumes also help create various shadow patterns on the terrace.”

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Play of Geometry

With triangular leitmotifs, curiously angled roofs and square-spangled furnishings, the interior holds a mirror to the geometric facade. A double-height foyer with a parametric false ceiling serves as an overture to the living room, where a quadrangular, self-coloured pattern reigns supreme over the walls. “The design blueprint was conceived with interconnected spaces and volumes. All the spaces flow into one another,” says Khemka. And yet, for all the four-sided geometry of the living room, the dining area is a triangular palooza, with three-sided motifs manifesting across the rug, and then again, in the mirrored wall feature.

The traditional gabled roof was given a modern spin in the way of an envelope-shaped facade with a porthole-style opening. “The envelope parlays into various closed, semi-open and open roof spaces that compose an accessible terrace area,” says Behl.

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The double-height living room has grey walls, mustard sofas, wooden flooring and large skylights.

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The dining area is a triangular palooza, with three-sided motifs manifesting across the rug, and then again, in the mirrored wall feature.

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Vantage Points

While the lower floors are steeped in a sense of calm, the third floor plays host to a bar, a party hall and a sprawling terrace. “This floor also consists of different seating zones with semi-enclosed areas under the pitched roof,” says Behl, noting that the volumes of the facade can be seen from the balconies on each floor, offering a completely different view based on where you’re standing. But perhaps the top feature of the home (literally and figuratively), is the ceiling above the staircase. Characterised by a stupendous skylight, it really is a window to the sky.

Overarched by sloping glass roofs, the verandah makes for an ideal spot for winding down with a cuppa.

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