In Nature’s Lap

Mumbai-based Zero 9 architects create a spacious and buoyant apartment for urban homeowners by incorporating details that accentuate the window seat and invites nature indoors.


Space is a luxury in a city like Mumbai and this was best understood by the architects Anu and Prashant Chauhan of Zero 9 who tore down and fused two adjoining 1 BHK and 2 BHK apartments to create a breezy and spacious apartment for a joint family. The apartment was stripped down to a mere skeleton to analyse the maximum available spaces which led to efficient planning as per the client’s requirement for a 4-bedroom apartment.


The urban apartment enjoys ample natural light along with cross-ventilation. The space was maximised and the large window seats, dotted with planters, were created for home owners to enjoy the view of the bustling city. “We used to specifically time our site visits to this site in evenings to enjoy the beautiful sunset view from the living room window seat. The window seats are the soul of this project. Every room has a different story to speak given its window seat,” avers Anu and Prashant Chauhan.


Furnishing Details

The living room with a divisional beam was rightly used to segregate seating space and the dining area. The seating with a cosy light pocket nearby was maximised with the string chair which let the light pass on to the living space. The corner table was accentuated with greens, birds and buddha to bring in an effect of the outdoors to the indoors. The dining table, with a bench seating on one side and window seating on other side welcomed whole-heartedly the broad daylight into the living space. A credenza unit with a patterned mirror was placed at far-end of the window to bring in depth to the space.


A simple grooved veneer panelling created an apt backdrop to the window seat. The study space with a simple desk ledge makes a perfect work at home space. The contemporary interpretation of the old-world wooden panelled wall makes a perfect visual treat to this space.


The stylised back-painted glass with a motif pattern inlayed brought a subtle mix of classic touch to the modern bedroom. The window seating enhanced the light quality of the bedroom and made space for a cosy daytime reading.


The TV backdrop, laser-cut in white acrylic sheet, rests over a beige painted wall creating a perfect contrast for the muted window setting. The mirror with etched pattern sits within the niche to reflect partially the room depth. A clean stylish kitchen was achieved using a white quartz platform and dado complimented with the duco-finished shutters in white enhancing the brightness of the available light.



Photos: Sebastian Zachariah and Ira Gosalia


Project Details

Location: Mumbai (western suburbs)


Design Team:  ZERO9

Anu Chauhan (project head)

Prashant Chauhan

Nirali Sheth

Jyotsna Bhagat (stylist)

Chaya Katalkar (graphic designer)

Apoorva Rajulkar



Lights: Lighting World (Philips)

Furniture: Defurn

Sanitaryware: Real Ceramics



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