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Camellias Apartment, Gurugram

By: Ar. Sonali Bhagwati and Sohrab Dalal, Designplus Architecture (DPA)

Nestled within the sprawling expanse of a bare shell condominium, a blank canvas awaiting transformation, lay the seeds of a truly remarkable design journey meticulously crafted by Ar. Sonali Bhagwati and her team at Design Plus Architecture. It was here that the discerning clients envisioned their dream abode, an embodiment of their aspirations and a testament to their unique lifestyle. This design narrative unfolds in the heart of Gurgaon, where every detail, every material, and every concept converge to create an unparalleled living experience.

In a vast 9500 square feet of empty space, a captivating vision emerged – the breathtaking view of the adjacent golf course, framed by a generous balcony. “This view immediately became the heart of their home, a space that would be maximised and celebrated!”, added Sonali. With a mere requirement for three bedrooms, the emphasis was laid on elevating the living spaces, where the language of design would create an environment of comfort, functionality, and aesthetics.

Camellias Apartment

Upon entering the home through the lift lobby, a unique architectural concept was introduced. A door on the right led to the private family spaces of the home, including the bedrooms. This area could be discreetly closed off, offering a sense of privacy. On the other end lay the expansive public spaces, including the living room, dining room, lounge, pooja room, kitchen, home office, and a dedicated TV area.

Camellias ApartmentThe vision for these public spaces was clearly to have an open, uncluttered ambience that encouraged fluidity and flexibility. These areas were envisioned as interconnected zones, allowing for easy transitions between various functions. A sense of openness permeated, avoiding the confines of compartmentalization. The design philosophy focused on providing an environment where family and friends could naturally gravitate towards different activities, whether watching TV, engaging in conversation, or enjoying music. An extensive music zoning system was integrated into the living, dining, and balcony areas, offering a diverse range of musical genres tailored to the ambience of each zone.

Decorative lighting played a pivotal role throughout the house in infusing character and identity into each room. While architectural lighting set the overall tone, decorative fixtures added personality and uniqueness. The design language remained contemporary, marked by minimalism and tonal elegance. Neutral shades and textures dominated, creating a harmonious blend of tranquillity and sophistication.

The entrance of the home and the lift lobby, characterised by limited furnishings, served as transition spaces that made a bold impact. With striking flooring and elaborate wall treatments, these areas offered a visual prelude to the grandeur that awaited within. This design journey was a testament to luxury and uncompromising vision. Every aspect, every element, bore the hallmark of thoughtful consideration and precise execution. It was a canvas where aspiration met realisation, where lifestyle found its architectural expression!

Interior residential team - Sonali BhagwatiIn a space that celebrated minimalism and contemporary aesthetics, the master bedroom was the exception. Inspired by the opulence of Versace, it embraced patterns, colours, and a design language synonymous with the brand. The bathroom, in particular, embodied the essence of Versace, with a mesmerising Medusa inlay forming the floor’s centrepiece. Black, gold and beige hues enriched the bathroom, seamlessly merging Versace’s opulence with contemporary design sensibilities. A prominent feature of the home was the stunning light installation in the living area—a Pressyosa that captivated the entire room! It served as a focal point, dividing the living space into two distinct seating arrangements while providing ambient lighting that beautifully illuminated the space.

The concept soared beyond the bounds of tradition, enthusiastically embracing the age-old principles of Vastu with a modern twist, infusing new life into ancient wisdom! The master bedroom, traditionally reserved for the golf course view, now found its place on the road-facing side. This transformation allowed for the creation of two smaller rooms that would later be unified into a single, luxuriously spacious master suite. This suite became a sanctuary, featuring a sprawling walk-in wardrobe and a lavishly appointed bathroom.

In the world of design, it is a rare privilege to collaborate with clients who are not only visionaries but also fully trust the designers in the creative process. This project was a testament to such collaboration—an artful symphony composed of aspirations, design acumen, and meticulous execution. Here, the design narrative unfolds as a celebration of aesthetics, functionality, and, above all, the essence of contemporary luxury!

Quick Facts:

  • Name of the project: Camellias Apartment
  • Location: Gurugram
  • Design Team: Interior residential team – Sonali Bhagwati, Atul Sharma, Niharika Kadyan
  • Completion date: September 2022
  • Photography Credits: @takeninstudios

Ar. Sonali Bhagwati and Sohrab Dalal, Designplus Architecture (DPA)

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Designplus Architecture Pvt. Ltd (DPA) is a practice based on the belief that each project must be the unique expression of the client’s dream. Counting on sustainability, the team has made every project a triumph of collaboration of disciplines, expertise and experience. Ar. Sonali Bhagwati and Ar. Sohrab Dalal are the founders of the design firm DPA. DPA is an architectural design firm formed out of a merger of DesignPlus and Spazzio Design. DesignPlus with its experience in large format projects and Spazzio with its high design & boutique projects background were a perfect match to provide a wide bandwidth of services. The firm endeavours to create an environment that is seamlessly woven into an organization’s culture while reinforcing the brand identity. DPA believes that good design is intelligence made visible. Innovative design integrated with engineering services has ensured vibrant and successful built environments. Ar. Sonali Bhagwati is a graduate of the prestigious C.E.P.T. University in Ahmadabad. The distinguished architect has over 30 years of experience. She has an unparalleled talent and vision and her journey in the realm of architecture began with a strong foundation. Her passion for the art of building and design and learning architecture under the guidance of esteemed architects like B.V. Doshi and Bernard Kohn embarked her on a transformative learning experience. Sonali’s scholarship from L’Institut Francais D’Architecture afforded her the privilege of training under a master architect, honing her skills to perfection. Ar. Sohrab Dalal completed his Degree in Architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad. After working with renowned sculpture architect Satish Gujral for a few years, he founded the design firm – Spazzio Design Architecture with Sonali Bhagwati. In 2010, it merged with DPA and Ar. Sohrab took over as Managing Director of Designplus Architecture Pvt. Ltd. While talking to the two stalwarts Ar. Sonali Bhagwati & Ar. Sohrab Dalal, we tried to unfold the story of the legendary design firm DPA from its inception to the present, and their dreams for the future.

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