Ar. Fran Silvestre’s architecture touches the metaphysical as it throws light on important conjectures in design. Here is an apartment that alludes to a study in white… |
With white as the specifier, this apartment is abstract in conception and minimal in form. Applying the tenets of the simple process of whitewashing (lime paint is a low-cost type of paint made from slaked lime and has lost its popularity to more lasting paint and surface-finish options), the architect shrouds the entire apartment in white, creating an illusory effect that camouflages services and promotes in its wake, a serenity that is almost sterile.
Colour psychology is integral to design. It constitutes an international visual language understood by all. And, when viewed on the positive front, it expresses openness, vastness, purity and neutrality – all at the same time. With interaction between human and built form at the core of any built environment, this apartment stands as a testimony to predictable responses and the subtle wow factor of elements of surprise that tend to emerge from the all-white canvas.
Naturally, the entire house is characterised by spatial continuity. The furniture, all in white blends in seamlessly with the whitewashed surfaces; as furniture units conceal construction ‘accidents’ and intrusions and integrate within them modern technical services to improve thermal insulation and acoustics. Keeping it minimalist (another signature of Fran Silvestre Architects), a clutter-free program evolves into the configuration of a two bedroom flat with an island kitchen, dining and flexible living space. Walls dissolve at will as sliding partitions, electrical boxes disappear into cabinets, and indirect linear lighting is integrated into the ceiling… essentially working towards making things visible only when required.
The layout is basic – with the two bedrooms opening out to the patio, the living room looking out at the main avenue, and the kitchen as the heart of the home has dual access. The linearity of the plot is augmented by the all-wood flooring – the only other colour that binds the all-white interior landscape. A touch of colours in stark contrast like black and ink blue deepen the sense of frugality that we see in this home.
Viewed philosophically, as perhaps the architect intends – the architecture is as vocal as it is silent, maximizes spatial amplitude (largesse of life), facilitates cleaning (pragmatics) and perhaps also life - the act of living, wanting, needing, searching…the list is endless!check out the images on indiaartndesign.com
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