“Color! What a deep and mysterious language- the language of dreams.” – Paul Gauguin
This is what comes to mind when I picture Mangla's Farm, a project I was lucky enough to work on while I was at DGA. And so, I am really proud to share the images of this beautiful home that Dipen has so kindly and generously shared with me.
Mangla's Farm is a quaint single storey exposed brick home located on the outskirts of Baroda city. Set within a beautifully landscaped 100,000 square foot plot, it serves as a weekend retreat for a builder and his family.
The architecture of the house, with its sloped roof draws inspiration from its rural setting. Taking cue from the architecture, the interior is done in a relaxed contemporary theme that has a certain rustic charm.
The approach to this house is through a long tree lined driveway that leads to a cobbled stone parking area. It is from here that we first catch a glimpse of this sloped roof structure- its stately brick walls rising up from the manicured lawns.
The living area is a riot of color that seems to be inspired from the colorful handicrafts of Gujarat
This house celebrates nature. It uses rough wooden planks in the ceilings to imitate wooden rafters. The flooring was also a real labor of love- natural stones like Kota stone and Jaiselmer stone were cut to specified sizes and given a custom made finish especially for this site.
A beautiful bay window in the formal dining room has a low seat. From here one can look out into the garden and the pool area
The most spectacular feature of the house is the glass covered central courtyard. In the centre of the courtyard there is a water body having a Champa (Frangipani tree) that seems to gloriously soak up the rays of the morning sun.
The master bedroom is a real dream. The subtle but luxurious bed linen and bed covers balance the exposed brick walls and wooden flooring so well. This room is so inviting and cozy, but has a distinct sense of sophistication.
This home is truely a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. Its rustic charm and casual sophistication captures the imagination and is a welcome balm to frayed nerves and weary bones.
Once again a big thanks to Dipen for sharing this with me.
Interior Design- Dipen Gada & Associates (DGA)
Design Team- Shalini Pereira & Shruti Patel
Photography- Tejas Shah