Green homes, recycled material, exuding joy and warmth –
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The Collage Story
Mumbai isn’t a very easy, spacious or clean city to live in. But when you actually take a closer look, there are a couple of lessons you can learn about it – economical, adaptable, multi-taskers, resourceful and creative.
A floating staircase, mini-library and in-house lift among other attractions, this home is a combination of old and new built with minimalism at its best.?
How is it sustainable?
Old doors and windows, antique wooden columns and metal drain pipes give this house an aesthetic look like no other building in the city. Ad-hoc buildings inspired the architects to use scrap materials in their design, with a vision to promote an alternative approach to recycling. In one of these guest bedrooms, the lamps are made from papier mache – stunning, isn’t it?!
A roof terrace shelters this home with a lightweight, steel and glass pavilion, topped with solar panels of course. It is decorated with 100-year-old columns removed from an old, dismantled house in Cochin. Imagine sitting under a pavilion-like roof, enjoying impeccable views over the city’s landscape – heavenly, right?
Decorating the enclosures with chain link mesh to provide an illusion of open space – amazing. The water features are regulated with rainwater and recycled measures.
Some would think the interior decor can get affected by this approach. It’s quite the opposite. A show-stopping piece of wall art made using vintage sari printing patterns from all over the country put the guests into a daze of admiration. The beds are fashioned from century-old pillars and old photo frames. Talk about putting the old and wasted to good use!
Is it expensive to build a sustainable home?
The architects admit that building a home like this may not be expensive, but it isn’t ‘cheap’ either. A majority of the cost goes into the labor required for a project like this – but it also serves artisans and craftsmen.
Living in homes that don’t add to the troubles of mother earth, while creating a beautiful place is just the hidden message conveyed here.
If this story inspired you, you’re going to absolutely LOVE these snippets of the home!