Located in Gurugram, the 7400-square-foot apartment in DLF Camellias is a weekend home to a 30-year-old bachelorette to entertain guests. Designed and executed by Essentia Environments, the overall design of this apartment is guided by the views of the surroundings in every direction—the vast Golf greens, the Lake at close proximity, and the Aravallis beyond. This approach gets enhanced by the tall ceilings, large glass windows, open layout, and essentially minimal palette of materials and colours.
“The client desired a 4BHK home like every other apartment in Camellias, but after several discussions, we ended up with a three-bedroom layout, maximising the space to host and entertain guests,” says Hardesh Chawla, Principal of Essentia Environments. The grandeur of the house – expressed through majestic chandeliers, marble flooring, and dramatic lighting – is offset by unusual elements of intrigue and surprise across the space.
Right from the foyer, the home captures the youthful nature of the client through different artwork serving as focal points around which artistic decor accessorises the spaces with contrasting hues. Small nooks with interesting accent pieces throughout the house become conversation starters for the inhabitants and guests. Some of these accent pieces include the artificial planter that makes a subtle nod to the entrance, guestroom, & powder room and the eagle console that invites us to the foyer.
The living and dining areas are unified into an expansive light-filled space introduced with floor-to-ceiling curtain windows leading to a large balcony to maximise this newfound light. This open expanse is visually divided into three distinct zones with a flexible furniture layout. The dining area is separated by a glass partition embellished with metal trims that add a touch of opulence.
“We hate corridors as they consume valuable space. Therefore, in this home, the spaces flow seamlessly into one another,” says Hardesh. This free-flowing layout continues to the kitchen, a relatively unused zone in a bachelorette pad, getting a subtle yet sophisticated makeover with an Italian countertop and in-built cabinets. However, it is tactfully planned with an entry from the foyer to avoid disturbances during parties and events.
The two master bedrooms, one for the son, and the other for his parents, like any other space in the home, capitalise on natural light and the outdoor views with large glazings and balconies. To further enhance the openness of these bedrooms, their respective bath spaces open up through the smart flip glass doors that switch between privacy and openness, lending views even when one soaks in the bubble bath. Split into two different zones, the master bedroom also accommodates a separate utility area packed with a hidden walk-in closet, dressing table, and ample storage.
“In any apartment, lack of storage becomes the biggest concern, and we tackled this by giving almost 1000 square feet of storage area spread throughout the home. Even the media units, study nooks, and every other corner get an inbuilt storage that satisfies the required needs,” exclaims Hardesh Chawla. A sense of continuity runs across the interiors, which is largely accomplished through harmonious material and colour choices.
The stainless steel metal skirting used on all the glass partitions and the marble that flows from the floors through the walls – everything lends a seamless aesthetic, varying only in their tactility. For instance, the flooring embraces blue jeans marble while the walls are panelled with Leather marble, which adds a layer of texture, distinguishing itself from the floors. This play of textures and finishes is also reflected in the use of mirrors ranging from toughened glass and clear glass to tinted glass.
Luxury living is synonymous with any apartment in DLF Camellias. However, this bachelorette apartment elevates the luxury to new heights, matching the user’s functional and design wish list.
Name of the project: 520- DLF Camellias
Area: 7400 sq. ft.
Design Team: Essentia Environments
Location : DLF Camellias, Golf Course Road, Gurugram