The East facing land located on 100 feet wide K R S Road has a total foot print area of 87500 square feet with an outwardly extension at its South Eastern corner. The extended part which is in triangular shape has a footprint area of approximately 24500 square feet out of the total land area and abuts the main road. Hence the design of the property was made in such a way that this triangular portion houses recreational facilities including the club house, gym and sports area and the main residential portion has been built on the larger square portion that allowed the architect to set two blocks amidst a large central courtyard. “It was also conceptualized that all the 160 flats would be designed to look outwards and that maximum natural ventilation would be used to ensure that homes have natural light as well. But while in doing so, we ensured that no major Vaasthu principles were compromised. This is why the two tower blocks were placed in an opposite ‘U’ shape and this placement allowed our concept to be executed with a very large central cortile that is open to sky,”. Incidentally, FSS consists of conscientiously designed 160 exclusive 2 and 3 bedroom flats which are contained in outstanding G+8 storied twin tower blocks. Each tower block has a ground floor dedicated for parking and other electrical facilities. The upper eight floors contain exquisitely designed residential flats. Each block has 10 flats each and there are 20 flats per floor across both blocks. The corners of each block has been earmarked for the three bedroom flats and there are 8 three BHK and 12 two BHK flats in each floor across the Twin towers. The built up area range of these apartments is 1140 to 1400 sqft for 2 BHK and 1550 to 1950 sqft for 3 BHK. Incidentally, every flat on each floor has a slightly different design and hence you have a total of 20 varieties of homes here.
Each spacious home is a reflection of modern, urban lifestyles having been designed with contemporary design sensibilities. Each block has two large capacity elevators, Fire Escape Staircases, FHC’s and Garbage Chutes. A highlight of this project are the two four-side glass enclosed alluring sky-bridges at 6th floor which not just connects both tower blocks but also offers thrill of heights through its glass floor, glass walls and glass ceiling! “Glass is a strong material and this is further strengthened by a process called heat strengthening. The glass gets toughened and additionally we have stacked layers and laminated through PVB (Polyvinyl butyral) and is three tiered and is 18mm thick. You can have 7-8 people stand together on one block of glass and there is no problem,” . The homes have RCC frame structure, solid cement blocks for walls, treated aluminum windows, plush doors, vitrified tiles and environmental friendly paints. Natural lighting and ventilation has been a clear driver and all homes are positioned in a way that they are able to get maximum natural light.
At the extended South Eastern segment, there is a thoughtful fusion of a spectacularly efficient club house that overlooks a smart swimming pool with a separate toddler’s pool. Sprawling lawns encompassing pool provides an alluring space for get-togethers and private parties. The upper level of the club house that can be accessed via a wooden stairway has a reading room, Billiards table, Indoor sports area and a fully functional state of the art extensive gym space. The well planned circular drive ways and thoughtfully located ample car parking spaces accord absolute safety and ensure that they are close to the blocks where the home owners live. The key differentiator is the sprawling, extensive central atrium in between the towers that have been landscaped beautifully and interspersed with play areas for kids and a stage with seating that makes it a beautiful community space. This apart the apartment has a centralised gas bank, a sewage treatment plant (STP), water tanks with filtration plant, a dedicated and elaborate electrical yard with DG’s, strategically placed CCTV, fire safety systems and security systems to ensure the safety of its denizens.
Apart from the fact that the construction is completely as per the sanctioned plan, there are several ecologically sensitive measures that have been ingrained into the project. For instance the Holland Paver blocks in the ground level have been sourced locally and have a high ability to absorb rain water through the natural gaps in their design that helps in recharging ground water levels. Using the help of geologists the team has 12 points identified as recharge pits and overflow of water if any is directed to tanks and this ensures no rain water is wasted. Also with a 60 percent open space, the landscape is a mix of local plants and flowering trees. To ensure that residents are able to stay ahead of the curve the building has a solar battery system for lighting all the common areas that has the capacity to generate 30 KV of power that ensures that the electricity bills are in check. The solar panels installed on the terrace have booster and heater pumps that help maintain the temperature required for heating especially when it is not sunny and ensure that for all the 160 flats one bathroom each will always have hot water through the solar power. The STP on site ensures that all the treated water is used in the gardens and for car wash. Each floor has a garbage chute that will segregate wet and dry waste. Two manure converters for wet waste will be on site and used in house and the excess if any will be sold. In fact the idea of not having basement parking is also to ensure air circulation that creates a stack effect where the hot air is replaced by cool air like a funnel and thereby the load on electricity is minimized. In all this is a project that is a perfect choice for today’s young and modern Indian and merges aesthetics and practicality seamlessly to create a unified living space
“HOTEL SOLITAIRE”, a Four Star Business Boutique Hotel on Kumara Kripa Road, Bangalore, which incidentally was HAEID’s first ever design of a Star category Hotel. Many recall with euphoria that Designs of ‘HOTEL SOLITAIRE 2008’ were so Theatrically Unique, Melodramatically Detailed, Astonishingly Spectacular & Exclusively Avant-gardist that, it was indeed ‘THE’ Blockbusting & ‘THE’ most Glamorous project of that decade for the iconic city of Bangalore. “Overlooking the Bengaluru Turf Club, The Solitaire, a four-star luxury business hotel, captures the on-lookers attention on Kumarkrupa main road via an imposing eight-storeyed structure, whose proportion has its width larger than the depth, a feature well-exploited to create an impressive façade. The building on the main road has a modernistic façade flanked by landscape areas leading to the entrance and reception located at the centre of the building. It is flanked on the right by ‘Bean Here’ a 24-hour coffee shop and to the left by the lounge bar called ‘The Mine’. The sense of style undergoes a change on the first floor of the hotel which houses ‘Nawab’ the Indian fine dining restaurant, aptly designed in splendid Rajasthani style. Interiors are influenced by the architecture of Rajasthan complete with arches, doorways and lattice work with an entrance resembling a fortress. The Pan Asian restaurant ‘7th Heaven’ on the seventh and eighth floors of the hotel overlook the swimming pool and spa on one side, and the Bengaluru Turf Club on the other. It also provides a panoramic vista of the city beyond the Vidhana Soudha and UB city towers. “The concept for the restaurant was to create a heavenly atmosphere and not just another eating place,” says Harshvardhana . It is designed with four concepts of morning, evening, noon and night, each created by a blend of various materials, colours and textures with lighting playing a crucial role in creating the desired ambiance. With a clean segregation of spaces, one finds guest rooms carrying from executive standard rooms to executive suite rooms, each following a different theme. “The guest rooms are all designed with a different concept: of Day and Night, Neel, Earth-Red and Earth-Brown,” explains Harshavardhana. Placed across five floors with each concept becoming the theme of alternate floors, they form the hub of the building. The lift lobby, too, echoes the same feel, following different design concepts on either side. The Solitaire, in totality, is an attempt at creating a modern luxury business hotel with each facility designed in a different concept blending into a whole towards creating a space with a varied visual appeal”.
"Sadashivnagar in Bengaluru is lined with plush and exquisitely designed high-end homes but one home that stands out amongst the others is the Sooryodaya residence designed by Ar.Harshavardhana H N of HAEID [Harshavardhana Architects, Engineers and Interior Designers].
Spread over an area of 12,500 sq.ft., the bungalow is split in four levels. The majestic teak door opens to a lounge area with plush sofas and interesting lighting fixtures. As one admires the décor, another interesting design element one notices is the glass work in the formal living area that lends an edgy touch to the decor. Adding further insight on the glass technique Harshavardhan adds,
“The rare and custom-made glass is non-reflective with a peacock antique mirror and is sourced from specialists in Bengaluru.” A sleek sliding door provides the required privacy from the lounge area where visitors are entertained.
The formal living area has a fine Italian marble flooring and an off-white colour scheme. In this area, one admires a striking contrast of the black leather sofas placed against off-white interiors. Lending insight on one of the important design highlight the architect adds, “All the three floors from the ground floor to the roof are in a parallelogram segment and a chandelier hangs through the space. This intriguing addition lends openness to the space without much restriction.”
Admirable silver leaf detailing can be seen on the roof and domes while the puja room on the same floors has traditional jaali patterned and Swarovski crystal studded doors. The onyx and white marble floors and walls bring in a sense of serenity.
Opposite to the puja room is the dining area which has a chandelier and rich leather furniture adding an aristocratic touch to this indulgent space. The son’s bedroom on the ground floor is dominated by browns; the lighting is soft while the study takes care of the functional requirement. The highlight of this bedrooms is the lavish walk in wardrobe, Swarovski studded mirrors, floating panel with engraved artwork. The bathrooms are sophisticated and extravagant with Italian marble, shower cubicle and ornate bath fixtures.
On the first floor, the intricate detailing of the railings with crystal clear glass and wood is admirable. Intricate mandala designs on the floor add a palatial feel. On this level, an exquisite lounge with beige recliners forms the casual seating area. The chandeliers and coffee table lends a dramatic touch to the décor.
The master bedroom on the first floor has intricate marble inlay work on the floor. The colour scheme of the room begins grey and white, the headboard and LCD panel is finished in lacquer with round beadings. A chaise longue in the bedroom lends a sophisticated edge to this space.
The attached bathroom is spacious, with marble inlay work, black mosaic tiles and matching frame. The daughter’s bedroom is dominated by browns with soft floral patterns that add a feminine intricacy. Keeping the functionality of the user in mind the architects has designed an interesting study table while the walk in wardrobe has an etched mirror. The luxurious bathroom has mother-of-pearl tiles lending a feminine touch to this space.
Moving a floor higher, one notices the extravagant chandelier lending a warm feel to this lounge area. A guest bedroom on the second floor is compact, yet generously spacious. With browns and beige as the colour scheme, the eclectic lighting, walk-in wardrobe and wooden floating panels that are backlit lend a dramatic touch to this personal space.
Opposite the guest bedroom is the home theatre. Lavishly laid out recliners, brown and silver wall paper intelligently complement the wooden floor and leather tiles on the wall, the home theatre certainly makes a statement.
The floor further opens up to a portico that is divided into a gym and a lawn. The gym has a false ceiling and cylindrical lighting fixtures which is rather unique in design and concept. Overlooking the gym is the lawn that also doubles up as a cocktail party area.
The bridge like area in between the gym and the lawn is converted into another simple lounge with white couches. A major highlight of this project is the solar panels that provide all the power for the maintenance of the home, thus making the Sooryodaya Residence a remarkable example of luxury combined with sustainability".
Mr.Poornesh who’s an upcoming & a noteworthy liquor baron is an young, handsome & indeed a smart entrepreneur. He approached HAEID few years ago wherein he expressed his profound desire to construct a smart & a compendious villa befitting his charismatic personality on a concise Northward facing site of approximately 2,000.00 S.Ft in the midst of bustling Mahalaxmi [layout] Puram, Bangalore. HAEID was destined to be his jubilant Consultancy Firm for both Architecture & Interior Design subjects. Mr. Poornesh’s respectable family consists of his endeared elderly parents, his self with his revered spouse & beloved two young sons. Therefore his core requisite was to construct a 4 BHK villa which HAEID split into two floors. These two floors were implanted between the Stilt floor @ it’s nether most level & the Second floor @ its upper most level. Entire two thirds Eastern wing of the [lowest] Stilt floor is designed to accommodate multiple large segment cars comfortably therein. Spacious, Convenient & Attractive External Main Staircase was the cardinal element to adorn the First & Northwestern segment of the Western wing. Beyond which & to it’s immediate south is the Spacious three roomed Home Office. Further down South is the Servants quarters Adjascent to which are a bath room & a lavatory. These could be shared by drivers & other maids as well. Moving up to the First level of the main residence through the imposing staircase, semi covered foyer is reached first. Beyond that foyer, the core 4BHK duplex residence unfolds to narrate its spectacular story. As HAEID professes that - ‘A PICTURE IS BETTER THAN THOUSAND WORDS’-, it is attaching herein many images of the said noteworthy duplex Villa to conduct the narrative by themselves. However, moving upward to the top most Level, one reaches the second floor. This floor essentially contains an informal lounge cum home Theater which also opens to the well articulated Terrace that occupies the entire Northern portion of the said attractive villa. To the southeastern portion of the home theatre there’s is a compact SPA. And to the Southwestern segment is a synoptic Multy Gym to conclude the narrative of Mr. Poornesh Ji’s abode namely - ASHIRWADA.