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Apartment 20 : The Perfect Symphony

Year of Completion: 2021
Location: Godrej Trees, Mumbai
Area of Construction: 1800 sf

Location- Godrej Trees, Mumbai, Photographer: Yadnyesh Joshi, Shoot Stylist: Shraddha Nayak

Studio Osmosis completed this gorgeous brand new duplex residence at Godrej Trees during Covid lockdown with fabulous natural light pouring and foliage view which went through the pandemic, understood its effects too and got completed after coming through beautifully.  It is called The Perfect Symphony' for namesake reasons of love for playing /singing music and the celebratory vibe being a post pandemic strong sentiment and something that worked for this family, their bonding and the little joys and daily celebrations. Rose gold, millennial pink pastel shades, sage greens with taupe backdrops, sunlight and greens combine the modern with art deco touches forming a beautiful warm palette. The sunlit, green double height conservatory vibe is the warmest nook for a Mumbai size home.

The premise of the design inspiration was the family itself. The home celebrates the bond where music runs in the veins, warmth and festivities, food and travel being a large part for their lives. All these inspirations led us to the romantic, dreamy and celebratory yet elegant palette complementing each other and adding to the daily joys and pleasures of life, love and music with natural light and greens adding to the vibe. The idea was to have neutral colour tones with soothing pastels to create an alluring and welcoming look to the home with classic Art deco influences in a contemporary way.                   

Located in the Godrej Trees, this residence is surrounded by a bounty of dense foliage. The entirety of the space is flooded with an abundance of natural light. The clients, a couple in their late 40’s along with their two daughters, believe in living life to the fullest. Once we got to know the client and their family and lifestyle well, we wanted their home to be a reflection of their love for Music, food, festivals and all the little joys in life. The home along with the abundant sunlight and access to views and plants expresses their humility and warmth as a family.

With interesting well detailed pieces of custom made furniture to highlighting products from Jaipur Rugs, Studio Avni, Kanchi designs and Birchville homes as well as Classic Marble and Deluxe veneers, the space embodies a story of its own inspired from the musical celebratory vibes to art deco style. Each piece has a sense of identity in the overall context and has a significant role to play to make each space wholesome.

The brief was simple – to convert their 4bhk duplex residence into a 2 bedrooms, a Music/Jam plus guestroom and a dining area as an extension to living area that is an expression of warmth and elegance, celebrating the close-knit bond of family. No structural changes were made except converting and breaking the 4th bedroom wall into an open dining area connected to the Living and the bathroom turning into the powder bath.

Music being the driving force of their everyday life, the guest bedroom on the lower floor functions as a multipurpose room which could be used as a guest bedroom or play music or informal lounge and jamming sessions for the girls. The room plays the function of a music room with provision made for a keyboard and other music equipment. To make the room more efficient and functional, we proposed a murphy bed which can be pulled down to accommodate guests. The room also doubles as a study and library room when the bed is shut and concealed as a part of the whole unit.This is one of our favourite bedrooms and we love the way it multi-functions, transforms and becomes a space for fun, jamming, family and everyone. Ultimately, this is what design, architecture and Interiors is expected to do – transform itself and become one with the users and help them pursue their life’s passion.

Another space that we love in this home is a beautiful staircase with full height windows that brings in a flood of natural light throughout the day marries the two floors of the duplex. The double height space is juxtaposed by the Jaipur Rug Art deco inspired wall dhuri and the globe White teak chandelier. A small intimate nook is created under the staircase area where we tried to incorporate the concept of biophilia by laying a green turf with planters overlooking the foliage outdoors too. One could sit over the grass turf, read while having a beverage or simply relax in this indoor-outdoor sunlit conservatory. The upper floor consists of the Master and daughters’ bedroom.

In terms of challenges, the biggest and most unexpected was the pandemic that hit whilst the work was going on halfway. We had to deal with shutting work abruptly, picking it up slowly back while phase wise slow opening, material and labour management while taking care of their safety on sites well as new rules, led to revisiting and adapting to the new normal work process but luckily all came up to speed with the clients being very understanding and cooperative of the situation. I Also, importantly, the right use of technology, an excellent contracting team and a well-detailed drawing set by our team and everyone adapting to the new online normal was crucial in getting the project completed in due time and planned budgets.