Houses of Ahmedabad: Amit Ambalal's breathtaking abode of cultural marvels
We've come across many splendid houses adorned with pieces of art, but nestled in Ahmedabad is a home that embodies art itself. Allow us to introduce you to the awe-inspiring dwelling of Amit Ambalal. This house stands as a living testament to the fusion of traditional Gujarati architecture, the exquisite collection of pichvai art from the Nathdwara tradition, and the architectural influences of Madhya Pradesh.
An art-filled sanctuary
In this captivating haven, artist, scholar, and art aficionado Amit Ambalal now resides with his wife and two sons. The home itself is a grand fusion of time-honored heritage and contemporary brilliance, a seamless blend of aesthetics and the heartwarming embrace of tranquility. Nature dances in harmony with art within these walls.
It was visualized by the ingenious mind of French-American architect Bernard Kohn. The home was a vision brought to life at the request of Amit bhai's father, Ambalal Himatlal. Named "Sumeru," an ode to the wondrous Meru, a sacred mountain from mythology, this home is a living embodiment of an art-filled sanctuary. It's a sanctuary where art breathes and culture echoes through the ages, all while offering a haven of tranquility.
Inside, a captivating courtyard, lush gardens, and a vibrant "chowk" invite you to uncover their secrets. The heart of the house, the main hall, unfolds like a treasure trove of art. A majestic 19th-century wooden Garuda from the southern realms graces the space, just a hint of the visual splendor that awaits. The interior architecture pays homage to the illustrious collection of pichvais and paintings from Nathdwara, a true testament to their unrivaled excellence on a national scale.
In this abode, every corner is an invitation to explore, a celebration of artistry and cultural heritage that beckons you to embark on a journey of wonder and discovery. Amit bhai has a studio where he continues to work his magic. While the house may appear like a museum, Amit bhai shares how it is more than that ,"It’s not a museum. There is an eclecticism in these artworks and a touch of magic in how they are arranged alongside each other."
Stay tuned for our ongoing "Houses of Ahmedabad" series, offering you a captivating peek into the most intriguing homes in our town!