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The garden of a lyrical, subtle house from Bijou Jain of Studio Mumbai is a key player in this design. It appears to walk right through the house. A quiet craftsmanship is evident throughout the Belavali House, set in a lush mango orchard in tropical India.
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Every detail you see has been created by Jain’s artisanal team. Even the brass door hinges are handcrafted.

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Brass and teak throughout soften and contrast to the silky smooth concrete, hand-polished to an deep, purplish, greenish, iridescent luster that defies a color name.

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Silky smooth concrete forms floors and walls both inside and out.

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Attention to detailing creates a smooth radius at every 90º junction, forming a seamless surface that is both beautiful and, in the tropics, practical.

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As with the gorgeous Palmyra House – Studio Mumbai uses a lot of teak louvres. ‘Most of the houses I do are built for the rain,’ says Jain. ‘The monsoon is stunning. There is no noise from the rain, but there is a certain sound; a sort of silence in the rains. There is something lyrical about it.’

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Jain likens to the tone of this concrete to the shadows cast between mango tree leaves that surround the house.
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Louvres play a big part in Jain’s work, forming a contrast with the concrete.

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Stone is used outside, tying the building to ancient structures in the region.

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A delight.

Source: architectural-review

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One comment so far to “Studio Mumbai Wows Me Again”
  1. dean Says:

    Great post Susan. Makes me want some tea….

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