During Design Dekko Musings Season 1, Meena Murthy Kakkar of Envisage - a New Delhi based interior and architecture firm specializing in design and build projects – was part of a panel that focused on the importance of security in design. Two years thence, the word security has expanded to include health and security.
In fact, The Cocoon Effect – a recent study by Godrej Security Solutions – found that over three-quarters of Indians (76.99%) now consider health and wellbeing as their primary safety concern at home and only 23.01% consider protection of possessions as the priority.
This data represented a stark contrast to the idea of home safety before the pandemic, when the majority (51.95%) cited protection of property and possessions as their crucial concern at home, compared to (48.05%) who considered health and wellbeing as their priority.
So when team Envisage was working on the design of this 1500 sqft 3 BHK apartment in Gurugram they knew what was to be done. The home is oriented North-East in a housing society and breathes an ample amount of natural light because of this and the wide UPVC openings, which elevate the interiors.
Moreover, every room has a balcony overlooking the gardens of the society. Driven by the idea of sanitization and safety, the servant room right at the entrance of the house was replaced as a sanitization room. As one enters, he can clean himself up and then move ahead. The living room opens into the terrace, looking out at the greens around, making space look bigger and connected to nature.
Considering occupants of this house are all working professionals, the study room is in the heart of the house alongside the puja room. This helps keep an eye around the house even while working. The multipurpose and dining areas act as a prominent buffer in the private and public zones of the house. The dining area is a classic example of space optimization. Clinging against a wall, the sofa on one side of the dining table allows saving space as opposed to chairs on all four sides. This also enables the passage leading from the living room to the bedrooms to remain clear and spacious. The passage leads straight to the master bedroom clustered with the other two bedrooms.
Ukiyo is a space for rejuvenation and creates a sense of tranquility and stillness right from the entrance. It is plushed with decor, artwork, and its delicate design components in every possible detail. Amidst the sumptuous upholstery, light fixtures, and paneling are beautifully hand embroidered drapes. This harmonious blend of tradition and modernity makes Ukiyo what it is - a place to live in the moment, a place where you can express your thoughts, and a place where you can be free.