Tic-Tac-Toe by DOT is an eleventh-floor penthouse apartment in Surat that derives its name from the rigid nine-grid format that it has been designed in, as well as the playful nature of the clients. A free-flowing space of varying scales with abundant natural light and ventilation as well as sporadic views of the Tapi river, the home displays a palette of natural materials ranging from wood and cement to exposed brick. The relaxed and airy aesthetic has also been interspersed with pops of colour in the furnishings to add vibrancy. Scroll down to read architect Krishna Mistry’s description of the space.
In a city like Surat, which is constantly growing and the elite divided between the idea of villas in gated community, or apartments in well maintained amenities filled complexes. A joint family of three generation opted for the latter, choosing interdependent living over independent.
The site, an Eleventh floored pent house, overlooking the dynamic urban spine and an ever- expanding city in its background whilst stealing views of the river Tapi between adjoining apartments, poses a challenge and an opportunity at the same time.
The potential of the duplex apartment is tapped into for ample natural light and cross ventilation, by keeping the spaces free flowing and transparent only to be divided by varying scales. A connection to the ground is established by introducing various small and large green pockets into the house.
The interiors, a combination of natural materials; wood, cement and exposed brick are an attempt to be bare, to create a breathing quality of the materials. The indoor environment is soothing with colourful furniture adding vibrancy to the house, reflecting the playful nature of clients; even while being planned in a rigid nine-grid format giving it the name Tic-Tac-Toe.