Who lives here: Allu Arjun and his wife Sneha Reddy
Location: Hyderabad, India
Size: 743.2 square metres
Architectural designer: Aamir Sharma of Aamir & Hameeda Associates
That’s interesting: The rectangular box design of this holiday home.
The site is located on the outskirts of Hyderabad, where strict building regulations come into play. “The plot is situated in a zone that allows only about 20 per cent of the land to be constructed. I thus wanted to create a structure that would stand out amidst all the open green farmland,” explains Sharma.
A minimalist style and build offer a designer little room for errors as they can be easily exposed. Sharma says that the clean and simplistic nature of the design made this one of his most challenging projects. He says, “With this house there was no scope for cover-ups and hence I had to be sure of what I was doing before I even broke ground.”
A glass top sits on a cement base to form the dining table, which is further complemented by white ply benches. Instead of regular dining chairs, Sharma opts for movable benches. “The benches can easily be shifted outside to form an outdoor dining/ entertainment area for when the occasion arises,” he explains.
The whole structure is constructed about 1.2 metres above ground level to give it a floating appearance. This is further accentuated at night by lights hidden in the cantilevered platform.
“In the living area, 10.5-metre slits have been created to add white tube lights along with indirect lighting and basic lamps. The swimming pool is also lit up indirectly and with spotlights.”
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