LongPool House, Mumbai

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LongPool House, Mumbai

Private Mumbai Residence – design by SHROFFLEoN

26 Feb 2014

LongPool House

Location: the outskirts of Mumbai, India

Design: SHROFFLEoN

Situated on a heavily contoured site boasting of views overlooking the ocean, the project involved primarily the refurbishment of an existing bungalow with a major emphasis on the landscaping.

Longpool House 1

The second home, housing but three bedroom suites, finds focus in the creation of multiple outdoor zones of relaxation and entertainment, each with their own character, ambiance and usage protocol.

Longpool House 2

The opening up of the existing fenestration, making for a feeling of complete openness, hinting at a redefined programmatic flow.

With the enhancement of the swimming pool as the new hearth of the home, each of the spaces, open onto the deck area, forging a blurring of the boundary between the insides and the outside. The creation of spatial pockets within the 100 foot long deck allows for micro zones though the placements of sun loungers, day beds, swings and planters.

Longpool House 3

An extension of this deck, taking advantage of the existing site geography creates an open pavilion, that sets focus on the linearity of the white pool, and a viewing deck opening into the water-body beyond.

A breakfast patio in the entrance courtyard on the side opposite to the pool connects the front  to the primary living area though the living, with the three merging seamlessly into each other upon the opening up of the doors.

A corten steel feature wall in conjunction with an existing stone wall forms a semi private enclosure outside the gaddie room, for smaller gatherings, with an ambiance enhanced by the sound of water.

Longpool House 4

While the second home completely transforms at sundown, with the lighting used to both define, and enhance, each of the different zones; the pool takes on a dimension of its own, with close to a 1000 fibre optic lights, selectively illuminating ever facets of the pool, revealing its inner joinery.


SHROFF + LEoN – Office Profile

SHROFF + LEoN is a young architectural design and research initiative currently active in the fields of Urban Design, Landscape Urbanism, Architecture, Interior Design and Installations. The collaborative, incepted in Ithaca, New York, in 2008, is presently based in Mumbai, India. In addition to practice, both its principals are currently involved in Academia,with Maria being a visiting faculty at BSSA, Mumbai, and Kayzad a Teaching Associate at Cornell University, USA.

Maria I. Jimenez Leon
Born in Seville, Spain, Maria I Jimenez-Leon obtained her Undergraduate education at Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla. Upon receiving the Beca para Estudios de Postgrado research fellowship from the University of Seville, Maria attended Cornell University for Graduate studies. Maria has held teaching positions at Cornell University, USA and KRVIA, India and is currently a visiting faculty at the Balwant Sheth School of Architecture.

Kayzad Shroff
Born in Mumbai, India, Kayzad Shroff received his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees at Cornell University, where he was awarded a travel grant, the Olive Tjaden Scholarship and the Mary Miller Lyons Graduate Award. Previously Kayzad has been a teaching assistant at Cornell University and has taught at KRVIA, the Rachana Sansad, Academy of Architecture and the Balwant Sheth School of Architecture. Currently Kayzad is a Teaching Associate at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

LongPool House Mumbai images / information from SHROFF + LEoN


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