faceboo Chennai Penthouse: A Play of Glass & Design

Case study of a Penthouse in Chennai by Midas Luxury Interiors

April 02, 2024
Last updated on May 03, 2024

Nestled in Chennai, this 6000 sq. ft luxury penthouse designed by Rachana and Vikram Goyam of Midas Luxury Interiors features design elements from across the globe, reflecting the ideology and philosophy of the designers.

The apartment unravels a harmonious combination of different genres; it has quintessential signs of decadent neo-classical design elements blended with a refreshing contemporary narrative. The design team segregated the space into two wings. The right-wing is the main entrance with an informal living space and dining area followed by a prayer room, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a pent area.

The central zone has an open play area. The home’s left wing has more informal spaces - a playroom, passage, living area, and a lavish kids' room, and master suite with dressing. All spaces are designed without any rigid boundaries to maintain a seamless flow between them.

pent house

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Glass has played a vital role in accentuating the character of the spaces. Along with adding style and sophistication to the apartment, it has served multiple other functions. Different types of glass – transparent, translucent, and opaque – have been used for very specific roles.

The entire apartment exudes a sense of fluidity. Multiple spaces are interconnected and blended with subtle bifurcations, achieved through the creative usage of glass. Adjacent to the informal living area, the dining area ceiling is clad with a combination of tinted mirrors and wood to enhance the spatial quality and effortlessly double up the visual volume. It also highlights the aesthetics of the space by adding a surprise element to the ceiling.

dining area

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Glass and mirrors give a unique dimension to spaces by adding to the depth and brightness. While a wave pattern highlights the ceiling of the dining area, decorative pieces add charm to walls, niches, and corners. Glass tiles have been used to clad walls as decorative elements while rendering an impression of vastness.

With the Chennai weather being primarily hot and humid, all the rooms have solar-controlled windows, which cut down the transmission of heat, while bringing in abundant natural light and panoramic views of the ocean and the city.

Art has been approached in unconventional ways in this project. Laminated in glass, exciting graphical pieces double up as cabinet shutters in the bedrooms while tinted and etched glass inserts in a wall subtly divide two spaces and create interesting patterns when light from the other room passes through.

Living Room

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A narrow passage connects one wing to another and to make this space look interesting, the designers have added an arc-shaped antique window with a mirror at the back to add a touch of tradition. The walls are covered with glass tiles to make the passage look wider. No paintings or artefacts are added on top of the glass tiles to keep the subtle beauty of the reflective glass intact.

LED mirrors

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The walk-in wardrobe has a play of mirror and glass to give it a delicate yet grand look. The spatial bifurcation is done with translucent and transparent glass partitions, while LED mirrors have been used above the washbasins.

Glass being a versatile material has been used in various areas and in multiple ways in this project. The prayer room is located at the northeast corner. There is a curved glazing right behind the idol which brings in abundant sunlight, forming an intricate shadow on the marble floor. To segregate the prayer room from other spaces, a unique fitted glass partition framed in golden metal has been designed. This helps bifurcate, yet connect, the prayer space to the rest of the spaces visually, giving a sense of continuity.

Tinted glasses have been used in the kitchen cabinets. Brown-tinted mirrors smartly cover standalone columns, blending them with the rest of the spaces.

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Shivangi is a professional architect and urban design enthusiast based in Delhi. She runs a studio named Chalti Sadak which acts as a platform to explore multiple dimensions of architecture and planning, and thrives on promoting culture, identity, inclusivity, and equality through various design mediums.




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