Abraham John Architects is a Mumbai based multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban planning firm. The firm was established in 1967. The firm focuses on reconnecting architecture and nature. They are dedicated to achieving a balance between functionality & aesthetics, context, climate, material, cost & time-frame. They have an extremely diverse array of projects, ranging from luxury villas to hospitality and institutional projects.

1. Chhavi House

Easily the firm’s most remarkable project, The Chhavi House, situated in Jodhpur is a luxurious, 500 square meter residential household. The house is Vastu compliant and climate responsive. The most significant feature of the design is its gradient filigree jaali, which is both aesthetic and functional. The entrance is inviting and the landscape further contributes to the feeling of arrival.

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2. Villa in the Sky

This 3500 square feet Mumbai luxury penthouse is a flagship project designed by the firm that reflects the firm’s modern, minimalistic style. The open plan style focuses on integrating the indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly.

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3. Green Office

This commercial office project focuses on establishing a distinct identity for the client’s realty business. The project is a sprawling three-storey, 10,200 square feet complex comprising a single office floor, and two floors accommodating a lifestyle store.

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4. Villa in the Palms

This 1300 square meter Goa-based residence was designed entirely around nature. The building for orients itself according to the surrounding natural elements, like the trees and sun path. The building also adopts different elements of the local vernacular architecture, such as local laterite stone walls and wooden screens. 

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5. Monsoon Retreat

This retreat exhibits numerous examples of a loss of boundary between the indoors and the outdoors. The firm makes use of double-height volumes to accentuate the experience of entering the space, as well as the expanse of the project, due to its open-plan design.

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6. Residential Pavilion

This residential project is a minimalist expression of structure, space and materiality. The unique structure was constructed on top of an existing underground water tank, thus presenting a unique challenge. The primary building material used for this project is glass, including the roof, to open up the structure to sunlight, as well as the surrounding view.

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7. MMA Matrix Gym

MMA Matrix Gym is a 275 square meter Mixed Martial Arts Gym situated in Mumbai. The cage mesh defines the Gym and it has been used as a design element for the dividers, the lockers & the bar stools; the wooden bar counter brings in earthiness while the black exposed ceiling, concrete finishes and glass partitions complete the look.

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8. AJA Studio

These commercial office interiors make use of a beautiful wooden veneer across the floors and tables, uniting the horizontal surfaces in harmony. The accent lights give the room a warm feel. The window provides a beautiful outlet to the lush green exteriors.

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9. Apartment A

In consistency with the firm’s minimalistic approach to design, this apartment focuses on enhancing the aesthetic appeal by using splashes of colour amidst neutral backgrounds and textures. The restricted palette of building materials give the residence a less busy, and more spacious, or airy feel.

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10. Apartment B

This artistic 3000 square feet apartment showcases the use of lighting in design. The use of light wood finishes and colours, coupled with glass and mirrors gives the house a very modern and contemporary look. The interior of the home judiciously uses white and provides a clean palette, to be personalized by the occupant.

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11. Apartment C

The third in the minimalist series of apartments by the firm is a humble 750 square feet two-bedroom contemporary residence. The windows of the flat were designed in order to frame the picturesque greenery outside.

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12. Apartment D

This luxurious 3000 square feet space was designed keeping in mind the client’s desire for a modern, yet timeless interior. A steel and wood curved fabricated staircase connects the two interior levels within the household. The mirrored ceiling reflects the staircase void giving an illusion of multiple levels. Each area is finished with a palette of materials that characterize the space and yet are in harmony with the rest of the house.  

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13. Production Office

This award-winning project was made in accordance with the client’s demands for a collaborative workspace. The core of the building was designed in a spacious, and acoustically viable manner, to seamlessly adapt to a number of different functions.

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14. St. Stephens Steps

This iconic urban design project, which is destined to become a local landmark, is directly aligned with the Gate of the St. Stephen’s Church and design strategies are proposed in accordance with the surroundings. The flight of stairs breaks at its mid landing into a central gathering area, and combines barrier-free elements into the design.

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15. The New Shivaji Park Project

The 1.76 acre Shivaji Park situated in Dadar, is the largest park in the island city. Shivaji Park is currently surrounded by streets on four sides which encloses the park within. This park is popular for social interactions enjoyed by young and old alike. This bustling park is separated from the sea by a road and public buildings.

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Author

Samriddhi Khare is a student of architecture. While juggling college submissions and research deadlines she finds time to write about architecture. She is a passionate individual with a penchant for architectural design, art history and creative writing. She aspires to bring design activism and sustainability to the forefront in all her professional endeavours.

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