In the sprawling sights of Jubilee Hills, India lies the NR House, a private residence evolved from the creative minds of architectural firm NA Architects.
An organic palette, semi-precious and natural stone accents, sprawling water features and design embedded concrete ceilings are the highlight features of this luxury and sustainable residence. Sporting some of the world’s most opulent design brands, such as Roberto Cavalli, Trussardi, Giorgetti and of course Boca do Lobo, the architectural firm perfectly showcases their vision of never compromising interior design.
“We being architects the main forte was to achieve sustainability with luxury. We wanted to change the concept of sustainability being simple and rustic. We wanted to show the world that sustainable homes can be luxurious. Being our own home we wanted to experiment with the concept on our home.” – NA Architects, about NR House, which is the home of Niroop and Rupana Reddy, the architect and interior designer respectively, behind this private residence.
The NR House became an opportunity to advance the expression of form, space, and lifestyle associated with the location – the long, narrow site backs onto a glade of tall trees to the south. NA Architects’ first objective was to try to maximize the perception of space and they achieved that by creating generous outdoor covered spaces, which make it feel as if the interiors spill outwards and extend to the front of the site.
Positioning the luxury home towards the back of the site created the opportunity for the living spaces to step down with the terraced landscape, seamlessly extending the useable space. NA Architects’ approach explored various strategies to maximize the perception of space, such as cavity doors to blur the distinction between interior and exterior spaces and allow the cool summer breezes to flow through the house. The pool accentuates the lines of perspective, exaggerating the length of the property, leading the eye to the horizon and further contributing to the illusion of space.
The interior design was conceived as a gallery‐typed space, which involved not only creating clear open areas but also inviting the light in, particularly from above. Carefully placed clerestory windows wash the interior with natural light and provide framed glimpses of the canopy of pines on the slopes above the property, which also helped determine the section of the undulating ceiling. Other frameless windows and apertures capture views of surrounding courtyards, further integrating interior and exterior and knitting the house into its setting.
The interior finishes contrast raw, expressive concrete on the soffit, for example, with dark marble cladding on the rear walls, lighter stone towards the front of the house and vein‐cut travertine cladding. The natural materiality emphasizes the architecture as an extension of the landscape, while the Michael Angelo marble towards the back of the living area accentuates the illusion of depth, further enhancing the sense of space.
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