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This living space is set at the top of a 12-story building in Maharashtra, India. A local architecture firm called Studio Course were responsible for the design, which was conceptualized as a veranda.

According to the architects, the word veranda is of Portuguese or Spanish origin and was later adapted for Hindi. It generally refers to a transitional space between public or private areas, or the space between a house and a street. With this in mind, they set about creating an open, welcoming home.

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The rooftop home is set on an area of 538-square-feet (50-square-meters), and is composed of a series of small rooms interspersed over the roof. The space between the rooms is open to the sky above through a central courtyard-like area. Some of the rooms have even been left exposed to the elements, with no boundary wall between the inside and out.

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The design of the home has been based around the needs of the owners, a family whose lifestyle revolves around books, food and plants. The finish is quite earthy; dark wood has been used to frame the spaces, while concrete forms many of the walls, floors and even some of the furniture pieces.

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From the architects: “Bold earthy undertones of the cement textured walls and Teak wood furniture are used to set the tone of this space. The roof library overlooks the terrace garden through a wooden glass paneled façade, which gives a notion of an enclosure that can open up completely, blurring the boundaries of the inside from the outside.”

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A stairwell from the lower floor of the now duplex apartment, leads directly into a living room adorned with bookshelves along the walls. Going in a clockwise direction, you’ll find a pantry (embracing the owners love of food), a lily pond along the far-left wall, a private sheltered viewing area that looks out over the city below, and finally a bathroom in the top right corner.

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From the architects: “Traditionally, verandas have always been an integral part of our homes. However, in recent years, to a certain degree forgotten and disappeared. A veranda was always an element, central to making our houses into homes, an accidental space for long conversations, a place for one to relax and unwind. There’s a special feeling you get on a veranda that you just can’t get anywhere else.”

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Via ArchDaily
Photos: Hemant Patil