They’re unlikely allies but they work together like a charm. In a freewheeling conversation among themselves, Sameep Padora and Tarun Tahiliani talk about the making of this magnificent home in Goa, their individual, whimsical flourishes to it, and the innovative use of glass by Asahi India Glass.
The glass façade by AIS Glasxperts (the architectural division of Asahi India Glass Limited) shows some pioneering use of glass by keeping out excess heat, light and sound, ensuring efficient energy consumption, while beautifully reflecting the sky and trees around the property
They’re unlikely allies but they work together like a charm. In a freewheeling conversation among themselves, Sameep Padora and Tarun Tahiliani talk about the making of this magnificent home in Goa their individual, whimsical flourishes to it, and the innovative use of glass by Asahi India Glass.
Fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani and architect Sameep Padora came together to design this Goa home in laterite and glass
Tarun Tahiliani: Let’s make this an architectural truth or dare. Sameep, tell us, when we started, was this collaboration an odd request? We didn’t know each other. There was no existing friendship. And the lines were not fully defined. There was always a grey area. Now that it’s complete—without too much heartburn—what did you think of our collaboration?
Sameep Padora: Yeah, it was interesting because the image I had of you in my mind, before I knew you, was completely different. You’re flamboyant and much more out there than we are. We’ve always been a bit under the radar in a sense.
TT: Poor thing, suddenly found himself!
A covered path allows one to walk around the internal periphery of the home, in contrast to the open-to-sky courtyards. The classic handi lights just past the entrance are another contrast to the modern laterite structure
SP: It’s true! But I have to add, your sense of humour is amazing. I’m not sure if it’s common knowledge, but I had no idea about this side of you. It took me completely by surprise. I feel like you need humour to make a connection. Anyway, tell me why you chose us.
TT: Well, you designed Indigo Deli for my cousin Malu (Malini Akerkar). It’s in the middle of a mall (Palladium), which is spectacular. It’s an igloo-meets-spaceship [design]; how does someone even do that in wood? I ate there quite often because of fashion weeks. And then it was also about glass and how one could use it. We have a banal view of glass; for instance, you put it in a window. But glass used in the auto industry is so sophisticated. And architectural glass is very relevant to us in tropical climates. We want air conditioning, but we don’t want to hide the outside. We want to look out at the beautiful monsoon. So there were many reasons why I was interested in working with you on this. I’m a classicist. I like to move the wheel a bit, but I felt that you like to move the wheel a lot. I realised there would be challenges along the way, but I figured this could really work.
Tahiliani and Padora with Bindu Vadera and Jahan Tahiliani
SP: I never mentioned this to you, but I had a fledgling interest in fashion once, long ago. I actually had to design and tailor a shirt for a project, and I thought, “Boss, this is just too much!”
TT: Oh! So you said it’s too much to make a shirt, let me go to Harvard instead!
SP: Something like that!
Know about AIS Glass -
Asahi India Glass Ltd. (AIS) is India's leading integrated glass solutions company and a dominant player both in the automotive and architectural glass segments. It commands over 70% share in the Indian automotive glass market. Established in 1984, AIS' footprint today spans the entire spectrum of the automotive and architectural glass value chains. AIS provides end to end solutions right from manufacturing of glass, processing, fabrication and installation services. We cater to customers in domestic and international markets. It is a sand-to-solutions organization offering varied types of glass products & services for institutional buyers as well as retail customers, including:
The company's origin can be traced to the JV agreement between the Labroo family, Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC), Japan and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. in 1984. As promoter group, the three entities jointly hold about 55% of paid-up equity capital of AIS with the balance 45% being held by the public. Listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange, AIS epitomises the highest standard of transparency, integrity and most importantly, trust - amongst its customers for whom AIS is a partner of choice, its employees and other stake holders.