2003 was a game changer: in the wake of the economic boom that took place, land prices started escalating and demand for dwelling units overshadowed supply. Everything became about vertical growth and apartment living. This and the burgeoning population meant that the only way to go in major metros - and in Bangalore - was up! It used to be the lower- to a middle-income group that would look at apartments as home options, but today, with the introduction of what we will call “Bungalows in the Sky,” the trend has caught up with not only the upper-income group but also with the so-called “Elite.”
“Bungalows in the Sky” have everything a regular, independent bungalow would have, with the added advantage of round-the-clock security and power back-up systems, concierge services, and other five-star amenities. Clubhouses, infinity pools, aerial jogging tracks, cafes and restaurants: you name it, they have it. The definition of community living has been rewritten with a new dimension added in… the new-age living is up in the sky!
These high-end apartments come fully loaded with Italian kitchens and wooden flooring. Home buyers looking for the bungalow experience are drawn to the upper levels, which are typically duplexes or penthouses, and feature skylights, independent lifts, and panoramic views.
Most of these double-height homes create feelings of expansiveness and volume, making space feel larger than it actually is. Some even have private elevators, creating a world of privacy in a community living environment. They may even have infinity swimming pools or private lap pools.
The materials used and the way space is designed can add to the feeling of living in a “Bungalow.” Most high-end apartments come with their own lobbies, so a mini haven of greenery can be created at the entrance to add a personal touch. Mood lighting, artwork, and plants (which can be placed in large, baked and glazed urns and pots) can be used to personalise this space - a water feature can also be added for a serene effect. The material on the floor can be played with - Kota stone or flamed granite for a rustic look, Italian or composite marble for gloss, and hardwood for a highly polished, charming look.
Stepping in, it is important to create an alcove. This provides privacy and also creates a transition space; which further leads into the private spaces. A mirror, a chandelier, or a metallic or wooden jaali with the addition of a painting, can all enhance the nature of the alcove. Under-lit onyx can be used in toilets, as bar counters, or to top dining tables for added drama.
As we move further in, we have an explosion of space with double heights, panoramic views, and volume. Ideally, the ceiling should be kept as high as possible, with only cove lighting and pin lights.
Wraparound balconies can be laid with artificial grass or turf for a garden feeling, helping to bring a sliver of nature home and reinforcing the impression of living in a bungalow. You can create a study, a den, or a family room by demarcating and designing the space to complement your style. Efficiently and effectively designed kitchens, with their own utilities and staff room, enhance the liveability of the space.
Today, with the variety of materials and options at our disposal, it is quite simple to translate an apartment into a Bungalow In The Sky. Everything is in the attitude: it’s all about going vertical!
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