Tradition meets modernity in Ahmedabad, India. A two-bedroom apartment was completely renovated and transformed into an oasis in the middle of the big city. The open floor plan, functional furnishings and successful color palette allow for comfortable living even in limited living space. The combination of materials adds to the apartment’s rustic charm. Concrete, tiles and wood are abundantly used as flooring or wall cladding. Saransh Architects has succeeded in effectively showcasing niches and corners and using the selected materials to better accentuate the loft character of the apartment. We take you on a virtual tour and explain how you can implement the ideas into your own four walls.
Combine concrete, tiles and wood and furnish an apartment with loft character.
The small apartment with 67 square meters of living space was originally divided into several small rooms. However, the architects decided to demolish the interior walls and do without interior doors, except for the bathroom door. In this way, a spacious, light-filled living area was created, where the kitchen, dining area and living room are located. The architects wanted to visually separate each area while creating a seamless transition between the different zones. To this end, they decided to install new flooring in each area. Exposed concrete was chosen for the hallway and kitchen. The flooring is extremely easy to clean, can be cleaned several times a day without any problems and, unlike wood, does not absorb moisture. In the living room, patterned tiles add color accents, and in the reading corner, a plank floor invites you to relax.
Concrete, tiles and wood as interior accents
At the same time, it’s precisely the combination of materials that at first glance don’t go together at all that makes the purist loft apartment so appealing. The concrete floor brings a minimalist touch to the interior, the tiles – a touch of exoticism, and the warm wood color loosens up the otherwise strict living image. The end result is an eclectic interior that looks surprisingly harmonious.
This harmonious purist living image is even better accentuated by the furniture. In the kitchen, the kitchen counter was made of concrete, the cabinet doors and the wall shelves are made of solid wood, and the kitchen backsplash is covered with marble tiles.
The adjacent dining area, where a low dining table with marble top and Japanese Zaisu – floor chairs form a charming seating group, serves as a transition between the dining and reading areas. The cozy reading nook with several poufs and a daybed provides ample seating for the whole family. At the same time, it can serve as a guest room if needed.
The all-wood reading nook can be separated from the dining area by curtains if needed. The furnishings are sparse. A shelving system made of wood and glass also acts as a room divider. Apart from the aforementioned poufs and minimalist daybed, there is no other furniture to be found. A futuristic pendant light gives the alcove a modern touch and an old radio brings a retro touch to the interior.
Concrete, tiles and wood create a purist ensemble
The insulating concrete and solid wood give the apartment its raw, minimalist look. The two materials score not only with an appealing look, but also with a pleasant feel. Especially in India, concrete provides cooling on hot summer days and its polished surface feels pleasantly cool.
Flooring has become one of the most important architectural elements in modern architecture. Exposed concrete flooring presents itself puristically in gray, a neutral color that conveys tranquility. In contrast, the plank flooring has a warm effect and creates a cozy ambience.
A polished poured concrete floor leads from the spacious living area to the bedroom. The residents’ private area also has no door. In this way, the architects wanted to once again emphasize the loft character of the two-room apartment.
The small loft apartment in India is modern, minimalist and yet exotic and homely. The combination of materials makes it look particularly bright and cozy.
The bedroom looks particularly maritime with the blue floor tiles and the yellowish-orange wall color. The sleeping area was furnished rather sparingly. A double bed with wooden frame, a small side table and several potted plants complete the living program.
A project by Saransh Architects .