Category Archives: Interior Design

Crafts in Interior Architecture: India. 1990 Onwards.

Book by Rishav Jain


Published by SID Research Cell at the CEPT University, Rishav Jain’s book on ‘Crafts in Interior Architecture’ takes a critical view of the history of building crafts in the context of space-making while analysing recent attitudes towards their integration in contemporary work.

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Historically, building crafts have been an intrinsic part of making architecture in India. We have all known and been intimate with the practice. In the Indian context, the idea of ‘kala’ is rooted in many ways of working with materials and mediums. There is a great significance to the relationship of the artisan with the architecture of our subcontinent. There are, of course, many and complex layers of this relationship. That is where this book dwells. Continue reading Crafts in Interior Architecture: India. 1990 Onwards.

Studio 877: Khushru Irani Design Studio

Working with an intuitive palette of materials and minimal interventions, Pune-based Khushru Irani Design Studio (KIDS) artfully restore an old structure combining contemporary detailing with much of its original splendour, partly to be used as their studio and a space for events open to the community.   

Khushru Irani Design Studio, Architecture, Pune, India, Adaptive Reuse, Restoration

Occupying an idyllic corner of a busy thoroughfare within the Pune Cantonment area is a 100 year old building. An unassuming verandah peeps down on to the street midway from its three-storeyed façade – the entrance to the studio of Pune-based architectural practice Khushru Irani Design Studio (KIDS). With its sloping roofs, a verandah with wooden railings, seasoned doors & windows, a stone staircase and plastered brick walls, the building bears a distinct characteristic. It may feel akin to chancing upon on a long-forgotten secret. Continue reading Studio 877: Khushru Irani Design Studio

Oxide: Beyond a material

Through the illustration of the usage of oxide in making of floors and surfaces, this is an attempt to revisit the firmly rooted existence of this valuable building art. It is an elaboration on the uniqueness of a material which expresses through its end product a narrative of its locally crafted creation and the growth of a skill over centuries, which makes it exclusive for an informed pick in design practice. 

Oxide, as a raw material, has contributed significantly to the manifested choices of finishes for the built surfaces in architectural spaces. Its earthy, warm and tantalising texture has time immemorially instigated masses and not just practitioners, to reconnect with myriad associations of traditional charm and value of building craftsmanship. By being used as an agent in preparation of floors, walls and other surfaces in typical shades as cherry, crimson, ruby or scarlet, its practice has been polished and perfected to become a selective building process in concentrated parts of India like Kerala, coastal Karnataka and interior Tamil Nadu. Continue reading Oxide: Beyond a material

Online Tools: CARBSE

Supported by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Govt. of India and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) at CEPT University has developed some online tools to generate thermal comfort and outdoor weather analysis for Indian cities. ‘Comfort and Weather Analysis Tool’ analyses single city while ‘Multi-city Comfort and Weather Comparison Tool’ allows comparison various parameters of two cities simultaneously. The tools use weather data files for selected cities and generates comfort charts showing the temperature of the city for the whole year on the ASHRAE 55 thermal comfort bands. The user can determine the percentage of operating hours that would fall within the comfort zone for a particular month for a 24 hours as well as daytime operational building. This tool also provides the weather chart showing temperature and humidity distribution on 24 hour and daytime basis for the selected city. The tool also provides estimated percentage of operating modes for building such as heating, natural ventilation, cooling and dehumidification on annual and monthly basis. The tool is extremely useful in pre-design stages of buildings.

The tool can be accessed at http://www.carbse.org/resource/tools/