A unity of unassuming mediations, forms and experiences, Casa Rana is a foster home for HIV-positive children in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu – an expression of the purposeful and paracentric intentions of Italy-based Made in Earth ONLUS.
The form sits low; an intriguing image occupied by several fleeting instances: colourful volumes interrupted by intricate textural pattern of bamboo inset within speciously unmoored solid planes anchored readily amidst patches of shrubs. An assembly of these fragmented scales, the structure is raw, compact and porous acknowledging the light, its users’ desires and the site. Continue reading Casa Rana: Made in Earth ONLUS→
Eye on the Lake, a weekend retreat in Khadakwasla, principled by Lonavala-based Shabbir Unwala’s critical understanding of architecture, is a veritable effort to intervene responsibly in a natural landscape.
How not to build on mountain slopes and how I learnt to design ‘Diet’ buildings.
Having relocated to Lonavala in 1988 to get away from the architectural madness called Mumbai, I started my practice in 1989 in Lonavala and began immediately to unlearn all the lessons learnt of how to build in an urbanscape that the college and offices I had worked had taught me.Continue reading Eye on the Lake: Shabbir Unwala, Design Workshop→
Melbourne and Mumbai-based practice Young Citizens curates the transition of a derelict bus shelter into a training centre for WomenWeave with a hands-on engagement with the process, context and the users. Sian Pascale, Founder of Young Citizens elaborates on her ideas and experiences with the project in an interview accompanying the feature.
Away from the urban context, a conspicuous red office and laboratory block designed by Sachin Agshikar injects substance and presence into the banalities of an unconscious, utilitarian aesthetic of a cement factory.
While the architectural discourse of the day is focused on diffusion and the unease of influence and inspiration of globalisation, there exists a set of environments far more informed and standardised by thoughts and needs, an identifiable cyclical progression untouched by visually referenced design, located often in the fringes of our cities. Continue reading Office & Laboratory Block, Goa: Sachin Agshikar→
Elemental in its approach, the Mobius House in Goa by Girish Dariyav Karnawat of Mangalore-based GDKdesigns invites a reading less as an object of design but through an exploratory process, of a site of transformation. The architecture of the residence is grounded in an understanding found within inherent gestures of domestic occupation and the slow shifts of architectural representation.
A mélange of materials composes the eclectic spaces of the Brick House – a 2500 square feet outhouse set within the landscape of Wada near Mumbai. Designed by Prashant Dupare, Shriya Patil and Amit Patil of Mumbai-based firm iSTUDIO architecture, the house invites an inquisitive mind to explore alternative building ideas and question conventions through an architecture that is derived through explorations of form and construction processes.
Engaging in a meaningful dialogue between elemental forms, alternative construction techniques and the philosophy of sustainability is the Bhatia Farm Residence by The Vrindavan Project in the rural landscape of Onde in Maharashtra.
Made of the most basic elements that represent architecture and aspirations, Stack It Up, a temporary installation for CRY built by Triple O Studio in collaboration with architectureRED on the shores of Marina Beach in Chennai, gives voice to the stifling of a child’s dreams under our present education system.
As a child, we would have all faced the big question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Everyone has a different answer to this question and as we grow up these answers change and evolve. When we are young, our dreams seem somewhat naive: uninhibited by fears and blissfully ignorant of realities; later in life, they mature: they are weighed-out, guided by the education we receive, the information that is at our disposal and more often than not, what the family requires and economy favours. Mostly, our dreams turn to aspirations. A lot has been said about holistic growth of a child (or the lack of it) within the current educational system in India. However, not enough, clearly. Continue reading Stack It Up: Triple O Studio & ArchitectureRED→
Encompassing a dual participatory programme dwelling on production and retail, the Wrap Art & Design Factory by Delhi-based Design Bureau has an ideological, spatial, textural richness that seeks to consolidate layers of inclusiveness within its low-slung scale.
New Delhi towards its southern end fringes into a curious multiplicity of neighbourhoods comprising of temples, farmhouses and makeshift factories amidst the growing residential sprawl. The context is rurban at the most with each nuance built objectively with an introverted view. Assertively within this contradiction in Chattarpur, a ‘lal dora’ (urban village) as the architects of Delhi-based Design Bureau put it, is sited the Wrap Art & Design Factory.
A site cum sales office escalated to the purview of broader & inclusive societal faculties of a town hall, the design of the Discovery Centre in Bengaluru by Delhi-based Architecture Discipline significantly avoids as being one amongst the many succumbing to the trope of capital to concentrate more on the regeneration of an idea, its representation and its fabrication.