ARCHITECTURE

Architecture is great but it is not an arbitrary exercise or adventure of an architect. Context, traditions and climate define the forms and write the local story. The climate-responsive Indian architecture beautifully illustrates this by drawing from the surroundings. Green thinking is integral to this timeless wisdom that bases in logic and simplicity.

This structure belongs to a school campus in Karnataka, India. Built in exposed brick, the punctures allow free air movement inside the building in this hot arid climate.

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A small farmhouse tucked in the hilly woods outside Pune, India. Built in the red porous stone Laterite. The open floor plan has built-in fit-outs that double up as sofas, tables or beds. The hipped roof lifts up in the center to create clearstory fenestrations for allowing natural light and ventilation.

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Another school near Dahanu in coastal Maharashtra, India. A basic two-story structure with open corridors and spacious classes that look out on the landscape. Funded by a philanthropic group overseas, this is a school for the local ‘Warli’ tribe children. Warlis are known for their paintings. A basic circle-triangle-square vocabulary making up an elaborate design, painted on the earthy organic red walls with white rice paste and a bamboo brush, to celebrate special occasions like weddings and harvest. Warli Art adorns the walls of our new school.

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Another open floor plan and a rustic, earthy structure that sets itself apart from an air-conditioned glass block. Air circulates through the punctured walls of locally made mud-blocks, keeping the structure cool in summer and warm in winter. The architecture evolves with landscape, so the flora of Bougainvillea, Golden Bamboo and Plumeria. They colonize best in the hot dry climate of South India, making the spatial experience a sensory one with their sight, sound and scent.

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The sunrise is spectacular beyond the mountains for this 3-Bed lake house with twin gables. The split level floor plan is developed regarding the natural contours, making construction cost-effective and with minimal disruption for the hill.

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It took time and painstaking efforts to green up this rocky land, but now we have much better thermal comforts. A school library – a red brick – terra cotta structure beautifully merging in the greenery outside, enjoying outdoor reading areas. A close and colorful encounter with nature with breeze playing in the bamboo, sunlight filtering in through roof cut-outs, birds chirping and bees humming… Kids love it and so do their teachers!

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Design-In-Process. Straight lines and forms, all for visual variety. Ornamentation at bay, and asymmetry/angles at play…. I love what I visualize. Openness, transparency and earth tones for rusticity! Indoor-outdoor links seem crucial. How else would the space breathe?? ..Overbuilt structures and excessive detailing weigh me down. There is time and place for monumentality. For everyday life, clean simple forms are elegant enough…

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Design-In-Progress… Straight lines, acute angles and more. That is the visual variety. Ornamentation at bay. Asymmetry at play…. Openness. Transparency. Earth tones. Indoor-outdoor links… The space must breathe! Overbuilt structures and excessive detailing weigh me down. There is time and place for monumentality. Simple forms work just great for everyday life. But it is not always easy to catch the creative moment. I must be in luck when I designed this one. I was satisfied with the outcome, and the spirit became infectious when the client loved what I visualized. Happiness …

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