[b]BANGALORE DUPLEX PENTHOUSE[/b]
Please find attached my submission for your project. To explain the proposal I’ve provided both plans and 3D renderings.
My initial interpretation of your program was to develop a scheme comprised of a central skylight capped atrium. Wrapped around the perimeter are various rooms and functions that open into the central space, so that light from the skylight will filter into the interior of the entire apartment.
A purposefully small vestibule just inside the entry door then turns 90 degrees to open into and align with the atrium, and through to windows on the rear façade so the eye is drawn through to and extend to the exterior blurring the lines of indoor and outdoor space. The skylight itself is centered high above, and a floating staircase above a small reflecting pool ascends to the second floor which contains a three sided balcony/hallway surrounding the open central space. Along with planters on the main level, the effect is of a central outdoor loggia.
My initial program placed living/dining/kitchen/family/media on the first floor with bedrooms, office, baths and laundry on the second floor. (which to me seemed a natural and logical division of space.) I have gathered from recently reviewing wall posts that perhaps to some degree your personal taste/goals might differ somewhat in the division of space. To be candid, at that point weeks into the competition I had already prepared fairly developed 3d diagrams. (my own personal design approach is to prepare a schematic plan, then proceed to 3D relatively quickly as I find the process often illuminates the plan, and then I often go back and forth revising each during the design process.)
So I have decided to present my initial design with justifications and explanations for my interpretation of your program that match the 3D rendering. I am also enclosing additional revised floor plans indicating options that I believe respond to some of the new information.
Wrapping two sides of the atrium and forming the main public area is a large open area comprising the living and dining. A shallow balcony opens off the living, and I also included the option of a fireplace on the exterior wall.
Separated by a central demising wall (which also forms a feature wall backdrop for the staircase) is the private family quarters consisting of Kitchen, Family and Media room with doors that separate the space for privacy when desired.
The advantage to the arrangement is that the family area functions as an extension of the Kitchen for convenient casual family gathering. [As the initial program indicated I provided a peninsula with bar stools] The separate media room completes this “family wing”
[Even though I placed baths throughout at the perimeter per directed, I opted to locate the Powder Room at the inside to be closer to the center, hoping that since the exterior wall of the second floor was just above that this might permittable. However, based on your recent posts I attached a revised plan which reflects an alternate location for the Powder Room to the opposite side near the Kitchen]
On the second floor I segregated the three Bedroom suites at opposite corners to provide privacy and separation for each, which are then all connected by the central atrium. The home office opens off the skylit space with a pair of glass doors opposite a second pair of glass doors leading to the roof terrace. Along with a second balcony off the office accessed by a third pair of glass doors, the central space is then open front to back so that when doors and windows are opened, cross breezes will flow throughout. This scheme also creates vertical and horizontal views that open up the space visually.
The balcony/hall that rings the two story volume at the center is anchored at each corner by a doorway creating a nicely balanced architectural arrangement. At one side is a separate vestibule opening to the Children’s Bedroom, Bath and Laundry. I placed the laundry on the second floor as I find many clients prefer this nearer the bedrooms to limit carrying loads up stairs.
At the opposite corner off a second separate vestibule is the Guest Bedroom, Bath and large storage closet, along with a “back” access to the master suite.
At the front corner of the hall I located a new door to the common lobby area. This serves to balance the door openings, but more importantly provides accessibility to the second floor for elevator usage providing handicap/heavy lifting capability without resorting to exiting to the exterior.
At the fourth and primary corner adjacent to the roof terrace is the doorway leading to the master suite. I placed the bedroom at the front with walls of glass integrating the room to the outdoor space. A separate dressing area provides a discreet entry to the bath and closet to limit views and provide separation.
A large master bath in this version contains a double vanity, separate toilet stall (perhaps enclosed with frameless glass similar to shower) large walk in shower stall and freestanding soaking tub under a large window. A built in ledge behind the bath extends into the shower to form a bench.
[While I realized the program did not [i]require[/i] a tub, I felt that since neither of the other bedrooms included one, that for both resale purposes and potential future accommodations (change of need/taste) that in fact a tub might be desirable. Also, since there was space and I wanted to have the master bath enjoy a more spa like environment, that a vessel tub could be an asset. After later seeing some of the wall posts, I recognize that you specifically noted the lack of desire. But again, since I had already prepared the 3D rendering that matched the plan, I decided to include this feature for the presentation. I did however prepare an alternate floor plan that adjusts the arrangement of the bath to eliminate the tub and enlarge the adjacent hall closet. Also, perhaps you could implement the plan as presented and rough-in a tub location but instead place a piece of furniture (chaise or low cabinet) in the space so that the potential would exist to add the tub later if desired.]
One notable feature of the plan is that there is a separate access/exit through the closet. This provides a discreet exit from the bath/closet area so that one spouse can rise early in the AM, get ready and depart without having to reenter the bedroom to disturb the other. This also provides more direct access to the guest bedroom so that it could function as a nursery if needed. You could of course easily eliminate this feature and add storage to the end wall of the wic as well.
At the front wall of the central atrium facing the roof terrace, I placed a pair of french doors. In order to make room for these doors I slightly modified the lobby area to eke out a few more inches to accommodate the new opening. I adjusted the niche on the plan to make room for this alteration, but hoped it was minor enough to be implanted.
The alternate plan for the first floor relocates the powder room to the outside wall near the kitchen. Also, it includes a breakfast nook/booth in the corner between the family/kitchen and maintains a peninsula far with stools. Large closets occupy the area where the powder room was located.
The alternate plan for the second floor modifies the master bath area to eliminate the tub and also provides a larger hall storage closet.