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

00:00 - 14 September, 2014
APA Awards: James Ewing's Matrimandir Photograph Places First for Architecture, The Matrimandir in Auroville, India designed by Roger Anger and Mirra Alfassa was constructed between 1971-2008. The inner chamber contains a meditation hall which houses the largest optically perfect glass sphere in the world. Auroville is an international peace community founded as a project of the Sri Aurobindo Society in 1968 with the endorsement of the Government of India and UNESCO.. Image © James Ewing
The Matrimandir in Auroville, India designed by Roger Anger and Mirra Alfassa was constructed between 1971-2008. The inner chamber contains a meditation hall which houses the largest optically perfect glass sphere in the world. Auroville is an international peace community founded as a project of the Sri Aurobindo Society in 1968 with the endorsement of the Government of India and UNESCO.. Image © James Ewing

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

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Bagrecha Residence / Cadence, © Anand Jaju
© Anand Jaju
  • Architects

  • 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 +16

SDM Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
SDM Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop, © Bharath Ramamrutham
© Bharath Ramamrutham

© Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham © Bharath Ramamrutham +30

AD Interviews: Rahul Mehrotra / RMA Architects

01:00 - 7 August, 2014

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

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: Anagram Architects, Brick screen wall: SAHRDC building. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects
Brick screen wall: SAHRDC building. Image Courtesy of 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 +24

Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture, © Vishranthi Homes
© Vishranthi Homes
  • Architects

  • 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 +10

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

00:00 - 29 June, 2014
India’s Most Successful Architect: Improving India's Slums or Exacerbating Social Gaps?, On what used to be a shantytown, Hafeez Contractor's the Imperial Towers now loom over low-income apartments. Image © Mahesh Shantaram for The New York Times
On what used to be a shantytown, Hafeez Contractor's the Imperial Towers now loom over low-income apartments. Image © Mahesh Shantaram for The New York Times

"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

01:00 - 21 June, 2014
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 +33

Emerging Practices in India: Indigo Architects

01:00 - 14 June, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: Indigo Architects, NW from site entrance. Image Courtesy of Indigo Architects, Ahmedabad
NW from site entrance. Image Courtesy of Indigo Architects, Ahmedabad

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 +39

Emerging Practices in India: mayaPRAXIS

01:00 - 31 May, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: mayaPRAXIS, Power of idea - lightening - House in Barren land . Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS
Power of idea - lightening - House in Barren land . Image Courtesy of 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 +32

Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands

01:00 - 17 May, 2014
Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands, Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock
Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock

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 +25

Rice Office / SALT

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Rice Office / SALT, © Amol Chakraborty
© Amol Chakraborty
  • Architects

  • 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 +12

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

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
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

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

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

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
The Library House  / Khosla Associates, © Shamanth Patil J.
© Shamanth Patil J.

© Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. +25

Wilson Garden House / Architecture Paradigm

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Wilson Garden House / Architecture Paradigm, © Anand Jaju
© Anand Jaju
  • Architects

  • 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 +20

Myra – School Of Business / Architecture Paradigm

01:00 - 8 April, 2014
Myra – School Of Business / Architecture Paradigm, © Anand Jaju
© Anand Jaju
  • Architects

  • 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 +22

Mana Ranakpur / Architecture Discipline

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
Mana Ranakpur / Architecture Discipline, © Akshat Bhatt
© Akshat Bhatt
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ranakpur, Rajasthan 306702, India
  • Principal Architect

    Akshat Bhatt
  • Design Team

    Sneha Gurjar, Nidhi Khosla, Stuti Sahni, Debbayoti Dey
  • Area

    65000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Akshat Bhatt © Akshat Bhatt © Akshat Bhatt © Akshat Bhatt +29