Nuanced design enhances the concrete volume of Sireniti House in Hyderabad, India

Inspired by post-war modernism, the architecture of this family home in Hyderabad, by Kanan Modi Associates, sits at the intersection of tangible and intangible materials.

by Nadezna SiganporiaPublished on : Sep 16, 2022

It has the power to balance a vignette, to put you at ease, to bring about deep emotions and even to upend expectations; it’s the beauty in the void. From nature to design to music, well-balanced and purposeful negative space plays as important a role as the subject of the art form. In architecture, it’s the voids that can enhance the beauty of the solid volume and allow for the materials to interact with light in ways that would not have been possible without them.

The formed concrete structure cast on site interacts with the ever-changing light patterns caused by deep pergolas above | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
The formed concrete structure cast on site interacts with the ever-changing light patterns caused by deep pergolas above Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

It’s something the Hyderabad-based multi-disciplinary architecture and interior design practice, Kanan Modi Associates, expertly brought about within the architecture of Sireniti House in Hyderabad, India. "(The) architecture of the house is inspired by post-war modernism, with the formed concrete structure meticulously casted on site…interacting with the ever-changing light patterns caused by deep pergolas above and evoking varied emotions throughout the day,” explains Kanan Modi, the principal architect at Kanan Modi Associates, which also has a presence in New Delhi and Mumbai

  • Large overhangs connecting indoor and outdoor spaces have been so seamlessly intertwined that it's hardly possible to really differentiate the two | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    Large overhangs connecting indoor and outdoor spaces have been so seamlessly intertwined that it's hardly possible to really differentiate the two Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces are so seamlessly connected affording visual connections across the entire floor | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    Indoor and outdoor spaces are so seamlessly connected affording visual connections across the entire floor Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

There is an ease to the nuanced design with each visual thoughtfully curated. With each composition striking but not harsh, spaces in this private residence seem to flow into the next seamlessly. Says Modi, "Alongside physical and functional requirements of the spaces, we aligned our thoughts into how this home can play a role in enhanced wellbeing of its occupants. We introduced sky-lights with deep, angled pergolas to bring in controlled daylight into each of the spaces. Large overhangs connecting indoor and outdoor spaces have been so seamlessly intertwined that it's hardly possible to really differentiate the two…”

  • Echoing the flow and sandwiched between the concrete cantilever and water body is a ‘sculptural’ tree that adds a sense of dynamism to the entrance | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    Echoing the flow and sandwiched between the concrete cantilever and water body is a ‘sculptural’ tree that adds a sense of dynamism to the entrance Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • The predominant materials of concrete and basalt are softened with the warmth of oak strategically used on walls and ceilings in a myriad of ways including slatted panels to conceal storage and doors | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The predominant materials of concrete and basalt are softened with the warmth of oak strategically used on walls and ceilings in a myriad of ways including slatted panels to conceal storage and doors Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

The predominant materials of concrete and basalt are softened with the warmth of oak strategically used on walls and ceilings in a myriad of ways including slatted panels to conceal storage and doors. At the entrance, a concrete volume sits perpendicularly above a stone block and extends to form a large cantilever. The sharp lines are balanced by the organic forms of the dense vegetation and curated softscape amongst which the house resides. "A stepping stone through a water body leads into the 12-feet high floor-to-ceiling pivoted entrance door. The water body has a glass bottom that allows refracted light to penetrate into the basement below,” continues the Indian architect.

There exists a powerful dialogue between the indoor and outdoor environments brought about by collaborating with landscape architect, Kunal Maniar | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
There exists a powerful dialogue between the indoor and outdoor environments brought about by collaborating with landscape architect, Kunal Maniar Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

There exists a powerful dialogue between the indoor and outdoor environments brought about by collaborating with landscape architect Kunal Maniar, who expertly crafted the exteriors to fit with the home. The result of this fruitful collaboration can be seen from the entrance itself. Echoing the flow and sandwiched between the concrete cantilever and water body is a 'sculptural' tree that adds a sense of dynamism to the visual.

Harking back to a traditional Indian courtyard house design, this modern interpretation sees all public and private spaces, including the living room pictured here, look inward into a private court with a lap pool| SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
Harking back to a traditional Indian courtyard house design, this modern interpretation sees all public and private spaces, including the living room pictured here, look inward into a private court with a lap pool Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

Harking back to a traditional Indian courtyard house design, this modern interpretation sees all public and private spaces look inward into a private court with a lap pool and floor to ceiling pocket doors that seem to just disappear when not in use. “(The) colours of the swimming pool and landscape are brought into the art and furniture pieces to create a strong dialogue between the indoor and outdoor spaces,” Modi explains of the relationship they created between the two.

  • The dining area comes alive with vibrant art and sculptural lights| SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The dining area comes alive with vibrant art and sculptural lights Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • An open kitchen clad in oak and a locally sourced granite is tucked into the background while still affording views of the pool making it easy to keep an eye on children in the pool while cooking | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    An open kitchen clad in oak and a locally sourced granite is tucked into the background while still affording views of the pool making it easy to keep an eye on children in the pool while cooking Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

On the ground floor, overlooking the pool are open-plan living and lounging areas with an open kitchen clad in oak and a locally sourced granite and dining areas neatly tucked into the background. There are a few arresting vignettes here from the colourful mural on the concrete wall to the vibrant art and sculptural light fixture dominating the dining area to the central staircase built structurally with hot-rolled steel and left unfinished on one side and finished with oak on the inner surface. However, it’s the bar design that really commands attention.

  • The bar for the home was visualised to be a fun hangout space | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The bar for the home was visualised to be a fun hangout space Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • Colourful furniture pieces and an art wall curated with some of clients works from the past as well as new work of artists such as Angelo Accardi complement the patterned flooring and counter in the bar | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    Colourful furniture pieces and an art wall curated with some of clients works from the past as well as new work of artists such as Angelo Accardi complement the patterned flooring and counter in the bar Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

"The bar for the home was visualised to be a fun hangout space," explains Modi. "To enhance the mood, we brought in patterned flooring using linear inlays of polished stone. We carried this language over to the bar counter and created concealed bar cabinets using rounded timber slats. The large red speakers and linear lights above the bar counter create an energetic vibe. Colourful furniture pieces from mid-century masters and an art wall curated with some of clients’ works from the past, as well as new work of artists such as Angelo Accardi complete the space," she adds.

  • On the first floor, a hallway which connects all the bedrooms, is illuminated by diffused light that has been purposefully controlled by crafting a large, sky-lit pergola over the staircase | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    On the first floor, a hallway which connects all the bedrooms, is illuminated by diffused light that has been purposefully controlled by crafting a large, sky-lit pergola over the staircase Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • The bedrooms are designed to be simplistic, well-lit and ventilated | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The bedrooms are designed to be simplistic, well-lit and ventilated Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • The family room on the first floor | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The family room on the first floor Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

On the first floor, a hallway which connects all the bedrooms, is illuminated by diffused light that has been purposefully controlled by crafting a large, sky-lit pergola over the staircase's design. Along with the bedrooms, this floor also houses a prayer room and a family room. “(The bedrooms) are designed to be simplistic, well-lit and ventilated. Seamless details like floor to ceiling glazing and doors complement the sharpness of its built environment. Furniture has been sourced from across India and bed linens and furnishings are made of pure natural fibres, adding a sense of warmth and comfort to the private spaces,” she continues.

  • The family room on the first floor | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The master suite has its own private courtyard that takes centre stage Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • The bed, bath and wardrobes look inward and open into the courtyard | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The bed, bath and wardrobes look inward and open into the courtyard Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • The ensuite of the master suite | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The ensuite of the master suite Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

The master suite has its own private courtyard that takes centre stage ensuring daylight and visuals of lush greenery from every corner of the suite. The bed, bath and wardrobes look inward and open into the courtyard. The counter in the master bath is a structural beam with no support from the wall behind it, cast on site and then clad in stone with concealed drawers.

  • The architects carefully crafted striking compositions throughout the home like the oak clad staircase leading down to the concrete basement | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    The architects carefully crafted striking compositions throughout the home like the oak clad staircase leading down to the concrete basement Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates
  • Both natural light and light from sculptural pieces are used around the home to enhance the tangible material palette | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
    Both natural light and light from sculptural pieces are used around the home to enhance the tangible material palette Image: Ishita Sitwala; Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

"We spent many hours ideating, many a times with the clients with us on the drawing board, and evolving the layout to ensure that the programmatic requirement, services, privacy and space efficiency were immaculately compatible and in sync with each other. We found it most rewarding when the clients said their home felt nicer than any place in the world,” concludes Modi.

Architect Kanan Modi | SiRENITi HOUSE | Kanan Modi Associates | STIRworld
Architect Kanan Modi Image: Courtesy of Kanan Modi Associates

Project Details

Name: SiRENITi HOUSE
Location: Hyderabad, India
Architectural firm: Kanan Modi Associates
Year of completion: 2021
Size of the site: 2400 Square yards
Size of the house: 21,000 Square feet 
Landscape design/architect: Kunal Maniar Associates 

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