Anjali, a splendid 96-year-old bungalow, is an emblem of the timeless heritage of Pune’s architecture. Commissioned by the legendary Prof. Shripad Laxman Ajrekar in 1926, this majestic masterpiece has been a beloved icon of the city’s rich cultural history. The bungalow’s location, just off Bhandarkar Road, is the perfect fusion of accessibility and exclusivity – a bustling area teeming with top-tier educational institutions and renowned hospitals, yet still enveloped in a serene, leafy enclave.
This stunning piece of architecture is a true labor of love. Engineer-contractor Purushottam Laxman Modak was handpicked to bring this vision to life, and he delivered with aplomb. The sturdy stone and brick walls are embellished with a mind-boggling 39 windows, 40 doors, and 9 entrances, all intricately designed and crafted with a finesse that is awe-inspiring.
The house boasts three remarkable staircases – one in wood, one in stone, and one with a daring circular iron structure. The masterful use of carved teak wood lends an aura of grandeur, while the red-tiled sloping roof, contrasted against the lush green mango leaves, is a sight to behold.
Speaking with Dr Anjali, the owner, you can feel her love and pride for this bungalow that bears her name. The elegantly crafted woodwork and beautifully designed staircases, she says, are just a couple of the features that make Anjali truly special. The careful attention to detail and the craftsmanship that has stood the test of time are a testament to the passion and commitment of the people who built it.
We at Pandit Javdekar were honoured to lead the charge to transform this historic treasure into a modern-day marvel. The interiors will be exquisitely designed with a contemporary touch, featuring spacious rooms flooded with natural light and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area. And, crucially, they will carefully preserve the bungalow’s historical elements, blending them seamlessly with the new design.
At Pandit Javdekar, we’re committed to the principle of preserving heritage while embracing innovation. Anjali is a shining example of this, and the redevelopment will be a testament to our commitment to craftsmanship, quality, and innovation. Join us as we embark on a journey of transformation – a journey that will see this beautiful bungalow become a modern masterpiece, and a testament to the perfect harmony of old-world charm and modern luxury.
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