A short distance from the popular Coco beach in Goa, behind a man-made jungle, stand 4 villas designed by Giles Knapton. A self-taught architect and designer, Giles’ passion grew as he accumulated property while working in the IT industry. At a very young age, he had the opportunity to build and design his own space.
Giles fell in love with India during a backpacking trip at the age of 17. Years later, he found his way back to India to buy a 3800 square meter property at Nerul, Goa. Inspired by architects like Geoffrey Bawa, Giles sat at his property, under an umbrella during the heavy monsoons and began to sketch out his villas. And the results were mind boggling!
Our first stop was the stunning Villa Ashvini. For Giles, a connection between the indoors and the outdoors is crucial. Every room in this typically Goan home has a natural source of light, including the bathrooms.
Each villa has a different colour scheme. Mostly using white walls and wooden furniture, Ashvini Villa has rustic orange cement floorings that help to lift the whole space. Antique table decor and furnishings were some of his biggest indulgences.
As someone who believes in doing things with his own hands, Giles has a deep respect for handcrafted products. Personal touches are seen all over the house, such as the traditional terracotta water carriers and vintage ceramic pickle jars, converted into side table lamps.
“There were little areas that I did myself, such as the laying out of the kitchen tiles”, says Giles. “My greatest enjoyment was in physically putting it together!”
Giles made use of the local craftsmen that were available in the vicinity. He had POP retailers custom make plastic pipes into wall lamps and concealed them with wall paint, and local carpenters did most of the woodwork for the kitchen and railings.
All in all, a beautifully designed Goa getaway home, that left us eager to see more!
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