Kalptaru Properties approached Lewis & Hickey India to design a neighbourhood of holiday homes, on the outskirts of Rajkot, Gujarat, offering an aspirational lifestyle with contemporary built spaces subtly integrating local cultural references and traditional space-use concepts.
In ‘Elysium’, the tranquil and calm energy of simple and flexible ‘zen’ spaces is balanced with the vibrancy of traditional spatial elements. The ‘otla’ (sit-out at the entry), Seat-Swing, Verandah and courtyard with gently flowing water add character to an open plan where spaces flow into each other. Sitting by the Nyari river, the site is extensively landscaped and the clubhouse lies at the centre of the development with a mix of activities and vibrant & meditative spaces.
The core of the home is a double height dining deck. This connects each space internally and extends itself into the garden through the courtyard and pond. A sky-lit bridge connects the master bedroom at the uppermost level and floats over the living room with the effervescent green wall of the adjoining toilet imparting a mystic diffused glow. By using only natural rich finishes, the home retains a timelessness and elegance which is echoed in the 100 villas across the neighbourhood.
Photographer Credit: Chhabi Photography