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Discovery Centre / Architecture Discipline

© Jeetin Sharma
© Jeetin Sharma
  • Architects: Architecture Discipline
  • Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Architect in Charge: Akshat Bhatt
  • Project Lead: Nirmal C Gupta, Sameer Uddin
  • Area: 37000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jeetin Sharma

© Jeetin Sharma © Jeetin Sharma © Jeetin Sharma © Jeetin Sharma

APA Awards: James Ewing's Matrimandir Photograph Places First for Architecture

Brooklyn based architectural photographer James Ewing has placed first in the American Photographic ArtistsAPA Awards for architecture. The image, as Ewing describes, “was created to describe the verdant landscape that surrounds the Matrimandir and the community of Auroville.” 

“The land was in an advanced state of desertification when the Auroville project was started in the 1960s. Heavy erosion had removed most of the topsoil and left a barren scorched earth. Through many years of careful engineering and land management Auroville has created a lush, wooded, garden city. I sought out an elevated vantage point that allowed me to present the building in context with its landscape. The building without the landscape would only be half of the story. The cyclists in the foreground show scale and provide a contrast between the familiar low-fi technology of the bicycles and the fantastic sci-fi form of the Matrimandir itself.”

Bagrecha Residence / Cadence

  • Architects: Cadence
  • Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Architect in Charge: Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekar
  • Project Architects: Smitha Lukose, Komal Bhulani, Sangeetha Patrick, Aishani Nath
  • Area: 2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Anand Jaju

© Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju

SDM Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

© Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham

AD Interviews: Rahul Mehrotra / RMA Architects

On his recent visit to Santiago, Chile we caught up with Rahul Mehrotra, founder of Mumbai-based RMA Architects and a professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Mehrotra is known for his advocacy work in Mumbai and has carried out projects on a myriad of scales including interior design, architecture, urban design, conservation and planning. His projects include everything from a house on a tea plantation to a campus for NGO Magic Bus, the KMC Corporate Office in Hyderabad and housing for mahouts and their elephants. Mehrotra has also written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation and urban planning in Mumbai and India.

Emerging Practices in India: Anagram Architects

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at Anagram Architects, a New Delhi based architectural firm.

Led by Madhav Raman and Vaibhav Dimri, Anagram Architects is a growing studio that works in architecture, installation, urban design and material innovation. The firm is often experimental in nature, and each project is developed with a distinct, independent framework. Beyond architecture, Anagram Architects has also designed objects and installations with a strong, cohesive sense of material, detail and execution. Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…

Gairole House: Volume and brick courses. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects Kindred House: Pergolas. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects 3D Model: SAHRDC. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects Vaansa: Under construction. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects

Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture

  • Architects: KSM Architecture
  • Location: 351, Lloyds Road, Padupet, Gopalapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600014, India
  • Design Team: Siddarth Money, Sriram Ganapathi, K.S Money, G. Theivanayagee, S.Seran, P.Mathivannan
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Vishranthi Homes

© Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes © Vishranthi Homes

India’s Most Successful Architect: Improving India's Slums or Exacerbating Social Gaps?

"The Indian poor live in perpetual darkness, while the Indian rich live in perpetual light." This fact is obviously embedded in Mumbai, where luxury condominiums rise in the middle of slums. Many of these extravagant buildings were designed by India's most commercially successful architect, Hafeez Contractor, who believes his arrestive work is the beginning of slum redevelopment. Learn about his crusade and how he's been criticized in this New York Times article by Daniel Brook.

Emerging Practices in India: Abin Design Studio

International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar: Library from the courtyard. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio
International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar: Library from the courtyard. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘’ (Volumes I and II), delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series takes a closer look at ‘Abin Design Studio’, a Kolkata-based architectural firm.

In a city that, though culturally rich, has remained fairly neglectful of contemporary architectural developments, Abin Design Studio’s dynamic philosophy attempts to trigger a ‘think revolution’ by challenging the conventional and recreating the city-scape of Kolkata. Abin Design Studio was founded in October 2005 by Abin Chaudhuri, who partnered with Jui Mallick in 2006. What started off as a small three-person firm is now a frontline organisation rendering complete design solutions from conceptualisation to realisation of space, object and visual.

The projects have a strong spatial quality which fuse lessons from past traditions with aspirations of the present in a sparkling coup of energy. Their passion to transform and nerve to challenge is almost incomparable. Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…

Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Centre, Istanbul: Competition entry. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio International Institute of Management, Kolkata: Process sketch. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio School of Architecture & Planning, Bhopal: View of the academic block. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar: View from the administrative block. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio

Emerging Practices in India: Indigo Architects

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today.  This interview, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘Indigo Architects’, an Ahmedabad-based architectural firm.

IAB: Please describe your work.

Uday + Mausami Andhare: We have positioned our efforts in the field of architecture in the context of our time, which is ridden with great contrasts. On one hand, rapid and haphazard development in the cities is putting the existing infrastructure under a severe strain and on the other, smaller towns and villages continues to suffer age-old neglect in the area of planned growth and quality of construction. With fast-depleting resources, the onus of a sensitive approach to these realities is a dire need...And architecture has the power to effect change, of course. The question is about being effective in various contexts. Urban, rural, big, or small, private or public, it is imperative to give utmost care and dignity to the smallest of efforts. Perhaps, this may be a model that allows well-meaning practices to carry on with their tasks with an integral focus, in any profession. 

Exterior image of the Architect’s Residence: The grass court. Image Courtesy of Indigo Architects, Ahmedabad Light permeates. Image Courtesy of Indigo Architects, Ahmedabad Court with the tress . Image Courtesy of Indigo Architects, Ahmedabad Photograph of the Indigo Studio . Image Courtesy of Indigo Architects, Ahmedabad

Emerging Practices in India: mayaPRAXIS

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘mayaPRAXIS’, a Bengaluru-based architectural firm.

While anchoring each work in its specific site and circumstance, mayaPRAXIS is a synthesis of Vijay Narnapatti and Dimple Mittal’s sensibilities, which endeavor to obtain a deeper experience of time, space, light and materials. A continuum of specific situations enables works of distinct individuality and stylistic variety from project to project. Every project has a realm of details where the essential qualities are crystallised and catalysed at multiple scales.

Indian Architect & Builder's interview with the founders, after the break…

Cottages - Yoga Nikaya. Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS Cottage Sketch. Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS Reception interior Yoga Nikaya. Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS Observatory, Yoga Nikaya. Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS

Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘Hundredhands’, a Bengaluru-based architectural firm. 

Patient and purposeful, the work of Hundredhands responds to fundamental concerns of form and space, material integrity, economy and efficiency with a strong efficacy with respect to function and relevance. With a team of architects and architecture trainees directed by Bijoy Ramachandran and Sunitha Kondur, Hundredhands has a significant investment in the conceptual development of their work and architectural discourse as an extension. 

Pragmatic and grounded in ‘doing’, the built work of Hundredhands is developed through an analytical process of drawing, physical and virtual model-making, detailing and a control on the process of building. Their buildings have a sense of clarity that comes through methodical process and elimination of the unnecessary. They use contemporary building technology and materials responsibly and with due regard to available skill. Their architecture is enriched through selection and restraint.  

Indian Architect & Builder's interview with the founders, after the break…

Raja ra Mane: Drawing. Image © Bijoy Ramachandran Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock NUA in Bengaluru. Image © Mallikarjun Katakol IME Sketches and drawings. Image © Bijoy Ramachandran

Rice Office / SALT

  • Architects: SALT
  • Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Design Partner: Amit Sinha, Jassu Singh, Animesh Nayak
  • Design Team: Mishal Shah, Ankit Berry, Rahul Deb
  • Area: 10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Amol Chakraborty

© Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty

Construction Begins on 3XN’s “Grove Towers” in Mumbai

Street View. Image © 3XN
Street View. Image © 3XN

Construction has begun on 3XN’s first project in India. Aesthetically inspired by local foliage, the 136-meter “Grove Towers” are designed to interweave at their base, much like the roots of the native mangrove trees. These lower, “interwoven” floors will house retail establishments, while the upper floors will be given over to residential units. 

Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India

Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure. 

These shopping "embassies" will be grouped along the mall axis in a manner resembling a traditional European neighborhood. At the same time, the roofs of the shops will be utilized as restaurant space, and will be connected to each other by elevated footbridges. This is intended to create a unique, multi-level promenade which the architects describe as "an exterior landscape that is air-conditioned and unified beneath the glass canopy of the mall."

The Library House / Khosla Associates

  • Architects: Khosla Associates
  • Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Principal Designers : Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shamanth Patil J.

© Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J.

Wilson Garden House / Architecture Paradigm

  • Architects: Architecture Paradigm
  • Location: Wilson Garden, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Design Team: Sandeep J, Vimal Jain, Manoj Ladhad, Savitha
  • Area: 7000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Anand Jaju

© Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju

Myra – School Of Business / Architecture Paradigm

  • Architects: Architecture Paradigm
  • Location: Mysore, Karnataka, India
  • Design Team: Manoj Ladhad, Vimal Jain, Sandeep J, Prajwal M Krishna, Supriya A G
  • Area: 45000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Anand Jaju

© Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju