Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree

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From the architect. Orproject, a London-based architecture practice, completed a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy titled, ‘Vana,’ for the Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi.

Read what the architects’ had to say after the break…

Saxena Apartments / Vir.Mueller Architects

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Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects
Location: , Delhi, India
Architect In Charge: Christine Mueller, Pankaj Vir Gupta
Design Team: Avneet Kaur, Mansi Maheshwari, Prashant Singh Hada, Ranu Singh
Photographs: Andre J. Fanthome

Vasant Vihar Residence / Vir.Mueller architects

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Architects: Vir.Mueller architects
Location: , India
Partners In Charge: Christine Mueller & Pankaj Vir Gupta
Project Team: Harsh Vardhan Jain, Hillary Collins, Saurabh Jain, Kai Pedersen, Mansi Maheshwari, Laura Blosser, Elizabeth Shaw, Vijender Singh Rana
Area: 4,100 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects

The Overhang House / DADA & Partners

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Architects: DADA & Partners
Location: , Delhi, India
Photographs: Ranjan Sharma

F3 Farmhouse / DADA & Partners

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Architects: DADA & Partners
Location: Chattarpur, New Delhi, India
Landscape: Oasis Design Group
Structural: P. Arora & Associates
Civil Contractor: Shri balajee construction
Area: 14000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ranjan Sharma / Lightzone India

Office Complex for Delhi Pollution Control Committee Proposal / M:OFA Studios

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Commissioned through a design competition, the Office Complex for Delhi Pollution Control Committee proposal by M:OFA Studios houses about 200 officials , scientists and a devoted work force responsible for making and implementing policies, research and formulating norms for keeping ’s capital Pollution free. The significance of this office in the larger context is an affirmation of this purpose itself contributing towards a higher standard of living for the populace of Delhi State. It was the understanding of this purpose and sustainability in the Indian context that became the core design parameters for the DPCC head office building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Horizontal Farm / AMA

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Designed by Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA), their horizontal farm proposal is a flowing architecture system where the farming world meets the Indian slum in New Dehli. The project aims to create a balanced mix with farms, working areas and housing to improve the living conditions for the inhabitants. By doing this, their design is able to avoid the slum situations to enhance the micro-economy. ‘Farmandala’ also provides an urban scale development, involving the street life and a territorial scale development based on vertical flowing connections. This is done by means of ramps that climb shops, farms and the recycle factory connecting to walking trails in the fields on the top of the hills. More images and architects’ description after the break.

HOf – Horizontal Farm International Ideas Competition Entry / ETT Architecture

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As the winner of ‘Environmental Quality Mention’, the proposed scheme for the HOf – Horizontal Farm International Ideas Competition is conceived of an intricate weave of the ‘farm’ and the ‘dwelling’. Drawing from the traditional Indian courtyard typology, the project, designed by ETT Architecture, enables community living (and farming) through a modular, scalable model that offers residents the benefits of low purchase cost, flexibility to expand as per means, and the potential of skill development and employment through self-build. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jaypee Sports City / Cannon Design + Peter Ellis New Cities

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Cannon Design, a leading international architectural, engineering and planning firm, recently announced that it has joined forces with Peter Ellis New Cities, expanding the firm’s urban planning and city design practice. Currently, they have been working on a master plan for the new Sports City in India, a comprehensive city plan for 1,000,000 inhabitants on 5,000 acres. Ellis and his staff will be an integral part of Cannon Design’s planned expansion in India while his U.S. based team has joined the firm’s office in Chicago. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CTBUH11 Competition Proposal / Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona

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The project proposal for the first CTBUH international student design competition by Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona aims to redefine the gap created between the two extreme social classes of as the widening income gap between the rich and the poor over the years has raised fears of a social backlash. Since it is highly noticed that the difference between the rich and the poor is displayed not only in the social life but at a major grade on the physical environment, there is a need for redirecting social organization by creating a new environment. Displacement of the concentrated power of the narrow rich circles to wider masses would be achieved by strong physical means. More images and project description after the break.

AD Classics: Lotus Temple / Fariborz Sahba

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Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi,  is a house of worship that was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba and completed in 1986.  The temple is one of eight Bahá’í House of Worship facilities in the world and has welcomed over 70 million visitors since its completion, making it one of the most frequented architectural landmarks in the world.  From a denominational standpoint, the Lotus temple is open to all practitioners regardless of religious affiliation and functions more as a gathering place of worship to interested visitors.

Delhi Art Gallery Re-Design / Abhhay Narkar

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Architects: Vertex Inc / Abhhay Narkar
Location: ,
Design Team: Dushyant Bansal, Shariq Khan
Graphics: Priyanka Sharma, Sameer Rajadnya
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 9,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Vertex Design

Athletic Ripples / Studio Symbiosis

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Architects Amit Gupta and Britta Knobel Gupta of the based design firm, Studio Symbiosis, have shared with us their recent proposal, Athletic Ripples, for the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex. Additional images and a description from the architects can be found after the break.

IT Building Proposal in New Delhi / Nicolas Laisné

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Architect Nicolas Laisné shared with us his proposal for the Spiretec competition in , India, which received an honorable mention. The main idea of this project was to create a modern building with natural cooling systems inspired by traditional Indian architecture and was to be composed by an IT complex with offices, a hotel, conference halls and shops.More images and architect’s description after the break.

Dental College / Romi Khosla Design Studios

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Architects: Romi Khosla Design Studios
Chief architects: Martand Khosla, Romi Khosla
Location: , India
Client: Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi
Design team: Maulik Bansal, Ram Pandarathil Nair, Megha Shah
Project area: 11,696 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Romi Khosla Design Studios

Castro Café / Romi Khosla Design Studios

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Architects: Romi Khosla Design Studios
Location: ,
Chief architects: Martand Khosla, Romi Khosla
Design team: Praveen Rajput, Maulik Bansal
Project area: 890 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Romi Khosla Design Studios