Amit Aurora along with Rahul Bansal, both architecture graduates of 1993 from the esteemed School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, founded DCA Architects in 1996. Envisioned as a 360 degree integrated architecture and interior design solutions firm with a unique ethos of “Dream. Design. Discover. Deliver”, DCA ARCHITECTS provides services in Architecture, Interior design and Design Coordination across a wide range of buildings.
For them every project is a successful result of a structured collaboration between the design team, clients and the spaces, thereby enabling them to craft innovative and sophisticated design solutions. Driven by their team of experienced project managers, the studio is equipped with the expertise, experience and capacity to deliver design, planning, interior design solutions and development/implementation of brand identities.
The studio has over the last twenty years, successfully designed award-winning spaces and retail identities of various corporate and luxury Brands along with Luxury Stores, boutiques, restaurants, salons, residences, and other commercial work that has been implemented pan-India. More about the organisation was covered in another feature by Gallopper. See link https://www.gallopper.com/dca-architects/
Here is the feature of the residence for ‘Anands’, in New Delhi
The Architects opine that “Within the residential morphology of urban NCR, retrofitting and redesign of homes today is often an opportunity to innovate towards the creation of an eco-friendly residential domain.”
In this home the client wished to restructure their residence to adapt to the needs of the family.The spatial intervention therefore develops the rooms and spaces, in line with the design brief and accommodates the present and foreseeable individualistic requirements of three generations of a family that originally inhabited the building. Further, the design intent is tailored to meet their desire for a modern abode with traditional elements.
Within the parameters of the existing structure of the building, structural changes were implemented to optimise the space and bring in natural light into the interiors by pulling down walls, repositioning them and modifying windows. In order to amplify the spatial perception, maximise the space and get daylight, the existing windows were enlarged and bay windows and corner windows were created wherever possible. Thus modifying the overall architectural aesthetic and maximizing views.
‘Stairs, are they going up or are they going down? They’re so elevating! If love were a physical thing, it would be stairs.’ Honouring the phrase, the staircase is designed to be the most dramatic feature of this homewithin a duplex. The staircase has been reconstructed in wood and metal to reach the upper floor landing that connects the master bedroom to the rest of the floor by means of an architectonic bridge. Besides enabling the connectivity to the upper floor, the staircase extends to the terrace with floating steps. The well – in itself is a light fixture sculpted in place with the use of hand-picked antique brass pendant lamps and the specially-sourced mirror door. The rustic frames enhance the plaster scraped walls, along the three sides of the stairs. A huge window on the top has been sized in order to bring in sufficient daylight throughout the day.
The upper floor that houses the bedrooms and the family lounge, has been designed to reflect the individual preferences, without letting go of the overall approach. Uniformity in material and colour is adopted throughout the scheme. The handpicked furniture of each room reflects the distinct requirements and tastes of the occupant of that room.
Earthy textured seamless stone flooring adds character to the living spaces of the apartment, including the kitchen and the family dining. Natural wooden flooring starts from the floating staircase and spreads across to the bedrooms, setting the earthiness and warmth that the client desired in their home. The carefully selected, handcrafted furniture, mostly made from reclaimed wood is accentuated by the rugs and is further complimented by the client’s collection of artifacts, family portraits and accessories from travels across India and abroad.
An attempt to blend the traditional and the modern in a contemporary urban home with an architectural play of natural light and shadow enables a warm, timeless feel of this trendy urban home.