villa in the sky by abraham john architects overlooks the arabian sea
images © alan abraham
all images courtesy of abraham john architects
the ‘villa in the sky’ is a project by indian studio abraham john architects that sees the transformation of a derelict building into a luxurious cliff top penthouse. located in mumbai, india the open plan layout offers extensive views over the arabian sea to the west and the tree-lined slopes of mount mary hill on the east.
the house creates a feeling of openness and connection to the surrounding landscape both visually and physically, with eco-friendly materials used throughout. positioned on top of the 7th and 8th floors of an existing building, the volume takes advantage of this orientation, while addressing strong sea breezes.
the terrace has tropical indigenous plants such as plumeria and also dense plantations of bamboo
designed in response to its tropical seaside context, all the rooms face towards the ocean with landscaped terraces helping them blend in with the exterior environment. the project also incorporates sustainability features by employing energy-efficient, low consumption technologies.
the dining table and seating are formed from pieces of teak tree
the balcony space was converted with a cantilevered wood and steel staircase
a glass walled media room blurs the division between the inside and outside
the master bedroom overlooks a sky lit terrace with views of the arabian sea
the open floor plan merges the living, dining and kitchen areas into one
the master bathroom and walk-in wardrobe connect to a private terrace
the master bathroom suite
the glass balustrade offers an uninterrupted view of the sea
exploded floor plan
location: bombay, india
area: 4000 sft
project architects: abraham john architects
design team: abraham john, alan abraham, anca florescu & anahita shivdasani
photographs: alan abraham