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House on Pali Hill / Studio Mumbai

  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Location: Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
  • Project Team: Samuel Barclay, Jeevaram Suthar, Omprakash Suthar
  • Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
  • Photographs: Helene Binet

© Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet

   

© Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

An existing house on a narrow site was stripped down, exposing its bare concrete frame to the surrounding trees. Re-programmed and built with an additional floor and terrace, the house sits protected inside layers of glass, wooden screens, planted trellises and curtains providing grades of privacy and enclosure within the urban environment.

© Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

The entrance gallery leads to a double height living space that opens out onto a timber deck and a public garden. A polished limestone floor gently reflects the landscape while pigmented lime plaster walls softly absorb light.

© Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

The house is discovered through a series of floating staircases, staggered in flight and orientation to open onto transitional spaces on each level, providing opportunities for pause and chance encounters. 

© Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

On the first floor, light is drawn through a clerestory volume into the family room, rendering a warm glow to this open, generous space. A corridor leading to the bedrooms culminates in an intimate window seat.

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