The Ahmedabad, India abode is replete with a cosy aesthetic in a masculine palette

A Two-Bedroom Apartment-turned-Stylish Studio for a Designer
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One of the perks of being an architect is the ability to design one’s own home to match every desired specification, from the overall blueprint to the location of power outlets.

Just ask Malay Doshi, partner at local architecture firm Saransh Architects and lead architect for his apartment in Ahmedabad, in the western India state of Gujarat.

A touch of blue and teal livens up a predominantly neutral abode, replete with textures of concrete, wood and brass. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

“Everything was built exactly for his daily needs,” says Malay of the apartment (and of himself as client), “from where he could read, to something as small as where his phone could be charged.”

The cosy, tactile studio has been intentionally designed to match the needs and lifestyle of the architect and homeowner, from the contemporary-minimalist aesthetic to the locations of power outlets. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

Measuring 725sqft, the apartment originally featured two bedrooms that have been knocked down to create an open-layout studio. Partition walls were removed, as were the toilets, kitchen, and even the flooring. Efforts were directed at creating a minimalist yet tactile space, with materials chosen for how well they age.

A sweeping view of the home comes into view upon entering the apartment. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

Upon entry, one gets a full view of the apartment, save for the bathroom – the only room in the house with a door, made of fluted glass to ensure a flow of daylight into the space.

The entertainment den, elevated to delineate a completely separate space from the rest of the home, while housing storage underneath, also features a library. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

From the entrance, one reaches the living area, which flows into the dining space and an elevated entertainment den. Across the dining area is an open kitchen; from there a corridor leads to the bedroom.

The dining area features a low-level marble dining table. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

Storage considerations proved a challenge with the new layout, however. “Being such an open house, the various daily needs of running a home were difficult to fit in – such as general storage for cleaning supplies, luggage, and so on,” says Malay. “This was resolved through designing a few not-so-visible storage areas, instead of a store room.” The elevated den, for example, sits atop a hollow space for storage, accessible via trap doors.

A corridor connects the living space to the doorless sleeping quarters. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

Colours and materials served a large role in the apartment, demarcating the various spaces and their purpose. Shades of concrete grey in the kitchen and bathroom contrast against the off-white and light grey palettes of the rest of the living areas, which also feature polished concrete that extends partially up the walls from the floor. The softer furnishings, such as the sofa, curtains, and the cushions in the entertainment den are also outfitted in grey fabrics.

Warm beige, teal tiles, and wood create a sunny ambience in the bedroom area. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

Cement tiles, brass touches, wood and stone also serve as inlays amidst the polished concrete flooring, creating interest.

Curved details feature throughout the home, softening the masculine space. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

Wood from 60- to 80-year-old Valsad Teak, sourced from the housing clusters of Old Ahmedabad – also known as ‘pols’ – has been chosen for their rich, aged texture and sustainability.

A television sits in the entertainment den, the architect-homeowner's favourite area in the house. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

Aside from a few custom-made furnishings, the light fixtures are mainly from Flos, while bathroom fittings are sourced from Kohler.

Materials throughout the home have been chosen for how well they age, including the wood in the entertainment den, sourced from 'pols' (Ahmedabad's housing clusters). (Photo: The Fishy Project)

The compact entertainment den, which also houses a library, features a wooden motif for a cosy ambience. Meanwhile, the bedroom is dressed in warm beige tones and teal floor tiles – a sunny aesthetic that also signifies the personal domain of the homeowner.

The kitchen's marble backsplash contrasts against the other textures in the interiors, such as polished concrete and wood. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

Among the many features of the stylish abode, designed to cater to his lifestyle and various needs, Malay says the entertainment den is his favourite.   

Outside the studio are views of the city of Ahmedabad. (Photo: The Fishy Project)

“Whether it be reading a novel, listening to some music, doing some sketching or watching something online, it all happens here,” says Doshi. “It has become the most lived-in part of the home.”

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