Architecture in the times of Pandemic

Architecture in the times of Pandemic

A series of discussions by architects from India’s major metros, on how the practice is re-emerging from the 2020 Pandemic recess.

Curated by Varun Kumar

"Understanding the work-focre's health concerns" - Myvn Architecture

Understanding the workforce’s health concerns – Myvn Architecture

MYVN is a team of young creatives sensitized to values such as ancient practices, inspiration from nature and solution-based innovation. The team also seeks to apply these values with modern tech applications. The team witnessed the shift of work processes into virtual formats as an important aid during the pandemic’s disruptions. The studio draws the learning that their workforce’s health, on and off the field, is most crucial for the times ahead in their practice.

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Towards increased flexibility in practice - BanduksmithStudio

Towards increased flexibility in practice – banduksmithstudio

banduksmithstudio, a closely-knit team, experienced the hindrances in their internal and on-site coordination as the significant challenges. Moving swiftly into the virtual space to coordinate and continue work as the lockdowns were enforced, aided in levelling up the studio’s flexibility. The studio believes they adapt to any forthcoming challenges too to flexibly stay in collaboration with fellow practitioners.

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"A checkpoint towards a more comprehensive growth" - A Design Co (ADC)

A checkpoint towards a more comprehensive growth – A Design Co. (ADC)

A Design Co. is an architecture and interior design practice, focussing on the principle of being a work-in-progress in terms of their studio’s collective growth. The team has handled the tray of challenges from the Pandemic, importantly hindered coordination and adapting to effective remote work methods. This shift in has embedded fresher technological and collaborative work processes in their practice.

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Hatch Workshop-Ar Mason Rattray’s response

Initiatives for migrant workers hindered – Hatch Workshop

Hatch Workshop is a team led by New Zealanders who emerged as designers of housing for migrant labourers in Ahmedabad. The duo of principal architects Hannah Broatch and Mason Rattray couldn’t use opportunities in India to execute new housing for the vulnerable, owing to the travel restrictions during COVID-19. Hatch Workshop’s current focus is on projects in their hometown of Aotearoa and Auckland, hoping to resume soon in India.

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When a vibrant design studio is distanced - Anagram, Madhav Raman

When a vibrant design studio is distanced – Madhav Raman, Anagram Architects

Madhav Raman, principal architect at Anagram Architects, holds the experience during the pandemic that the Corona Virus changed people’s belief systems. As he termed it a Gandhian Virus, it places people in a situation where they’re forced to think about other’s safety, for their own too. Madhav also highlights how the wealthy sections of our population, small in size, have opted to bag peri-urban farm lands as their new investment zones for personal built property, and how they sprouted many farmhouse projects in the Delhi market. This was accmpanied by a rethinking of home living ideas, as a result of the pandemic. Anagram Architects have experienced significant influences to their vibrant and physically active studio environment, as bio-safety measures forced remote and slower modes of architecture practice.

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Framed House, at Bangalore, India, by Crest Architects

Framed House, at Bangalore, India, by Crest Architects

Located within a gated community in North Bangalore, the square-shaped plot of this residence abuts the road on the southern and western sides and enjoys views of the encompassing greenery. Based on the client’s requirements, our approach was to design a modest house with a specific emphasis on natural light and ventilation.  

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TIGER TIGER – Nisha Mathew Ghosh

TIGER TIGER is part of a series on animals and their implied symbolic narrative appropriated politically and socially. This series studies the perception of people and conjures up new imaginaries as form is divested of its power by dematerializing it via the act of weaving a narrative shorn of the power, panache, swagger associated with the cultural, symbolic or naturalized form. – Nisha Mathew Ghosh

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Hague Municipal Corporation -
Anupriya Saraswat

Photoshopped Architecture

While photography on its own is an art – architectural photography must act, primarily, as a tool. The current practice of representation of design almost exclusively through hi-res, touched-up images is an inherently misleading decision.

The latest issue (No. 61) of the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JLA), India’s premier journal on landscape and environmental design, carries an essay by Dr. Bimal Patel, the head of HCP Design Planning & Management Private Limited (HCP), the firm was chosen by the Government of India to design the redevelopment that will radically transform the Central Vista Precinct, including the Houses of Parliament. The essay speaks of many things that I find interesting, contains many points of value and agreement, but I will not take on many of them here. A section of the essay speaks on the Central Vista project, and this is what I will focus on. Given this is a current and contested public project of significance that is capturing public attention, the timing of this essay requires that, in addition to his specific mentions of the project, general points made by Dr. Patel must also be interpreted in its light.

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The Bonjour India Experience at New Delhi by SpaceMatters

The Bonjour India Experience at New Delhi by SpaceMatters

One of the first decisions jointly taken by the clients and the design team lead by SpaceMatters was to locate the pavilion in public urban spaces. While this may seem like an obvious choice, similar cultural events in India have been largely confined to institutional spaces such as museums and cultural centres.

MA001, at Ayroor, Kerala, India, by mamama

MA001, at Ayroor, Kerala, India, by mamama

Located in Ayroor, Kerala this family home that sits on the banks of the Chalakudy river is nothing less than a mini-ecosystem within itself — self-sufficient and symbiotic. Using local masons, carpenters, contractors and construction methods, this home was completed with natural materials such as terracotta and laterite tiles, kota stone and terracotta jaali blocks. A generous verandah wraps around three sides and a large open terrace on the upper floor maximises the spectacular views out onto the river. The house is an extension of the clients’ (perfect) idea of living a retired life.

Jain Residence, at Pune, by Red Brick Studio

Jain Residence, at Pune, by Red Brick Studio

Tasked with creating a space for a young, ambitious couple and their parents with a traditionally rooted background, Red Brick Studio (RBS) took a design approach that celebrated this duality and let the design reflect the same. The interiors were tailored to be warm, fresh, and engaging. Deep emphasis was laid on functionality which in turn led to highly customised furniture pieces and their details.

Boat Club Apartments, at Chennai, India, by SJK Architects

Boat Club Apartments, at Chennai, India, by SJK Architects

Chennai is hot, dusty and mosquito-ridden – said Viju Mahtaney in his brief for luxury apartments in the posh Boat Club road neighborhood. A testament to urbanization in India today. Chennai has a river that is clogged with sewage that breeds mosquitoes. Traffic and construction create unending dust and pollution – and buzzing entrepreneurship needs neighborhoods like Boat Club Road to attract the talent and investment that churns the wheels of the city. – SJK Architects

VOID, at Beijing, China, by TEAM_ BLDG

VOID, at Beijing, China, by TEAM_ BLDG

At the end of 2019, we were commissioned by the JIANGJIABAN to travel to Beijing for a preliminary site visit for their new exhibition “VOID”. The site of the exhibition is the “Black Box Theater”, a small theater on the first floor of The Dome Studio in Chaoyang District, Beijing. It is located in a creative park adjacent to the Olympic Forest Park. – TEAM_ BLDG

The Office Next Door, at Vesu, Surat, by The Concept Lab

The Office Next Door, at Vesu, Surat, by The Concept Lab

The office next door is the new project that recently completed is a  real estate office and is made upon a total carpet area of 475 sq. Ft and consists of a reception area followed by a waiting area, 2 meeting cabins and completed by a pantry and a washroom. The client was very precise about the design is very sober yet elegant. The office turned out even better than expectations.A clean white openable panel wall has been constructed to hide the windows giving the reception a subtle look. – The Concept Lab

Contemporary Corporate Office, at Gurugram, Haryana, by Parag Singal Architects

Contemporary Corporate Office, at Gurugram, Haryana, by Parag Singal Architects

From over two decades, Hi Tours Pvt. Ltd. has been crafting journeys which are people, culture & experience centric rather than destination focused. Since the company was looking for an office which reflected the ethos of the organisation, a modern and appealing interior was the need of the hour. Parag Singal Architects came up with a powerful concept which had the caliber of striking balance between contemporary and corporate elements. The end product turned out to be a perfect amalgamation of both.

This nursery at Faridabad, by Thinkcutieful is high in style

This nursery at Faridabad, by Thinkcutieful is high in style

Delhi-based Thinkcutieful believes that when you bring your bundle of joy to a room coated in an original colour scheme, fun features splashed around, and without having to think twice about your baby’s safety, you are bound to have a great-looking nursery and a new arrival grinning from ear to ear. Thinkcutieful, a mother and baby design company, is the brainchild of Ms. Romilla Tewari, a pioneer in the field of creating creative environments for children. 

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Framed House, at Bangalore, India, by Crest Architects

Framed House, at Bangalore, India, by Crest Architects

Located within a gated community in North Bangalore, the square-shaped plot of this residence abuts the road on the southern and western sides and enjoys views of the encompassing greenery. Based on the client’s requirements, our approach was to design a modest house with a specific emphasis on natural light and ventilation.  

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TIGER TIGER – Nisha Mathew Ghosh

TIGER TIGER is part of a series on animals and their implied symbolic narrative appropriated politically and socially. This series studies the perception of people and conjures up new imaginaries as form is divested of its power by dematerializing it via the act of weaving a narrative shorn of the power, panache, swagger associated with the cultural, symbolic or naturalized form. – Nisha Mathew Ghosh

Conserving The Commissariat Bulding, DR DN Road, by Vikas Dilawari

Conserving The Commissariat Building, DR DN Road, by Vikas Dilawari

Mumbai was the first city in India to have heritage regulations to protect its living heritage. This listing and the corresponding regulations binding these precincts would also protect these old areas from burdening the fragile infrastructure with high-rise buildings. These precincts, more than individual structures, puts forward each city’s uniqueness. Heritage awareness is certainly increasing on paper with more nominations of World Heritage Site ensembles. But in reality, its protection on the ground is decreasing at an alarming rate.

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Working with Louis Kahn (with Rabindra Vasavada and Bijoy Ramachandran)

Architect Bijoy Ramachandran speaks to Prof. Rabindra Vasavada, a celebrated practitioner, conservationist, teacher and historian about his time at the IIM Ahmedabad site office (where he started his career) from 1969 to 1972 working with Louis Kahn the American architect, who was commissioned to design the campus, and Prof. Anant Raje, the local architect in-charge. The time working with Lousi Kahn on the School (the Library, Faculty blocks, Classrooms and the Dorms) had a profound impact on Prof. Vasavada.

Gupta Residence, at Punjabi Bagh, Delhi, by Chromed Design Studio

Gupta Residence, at Punjabi Bagh, Delhi, by Chromed Design Studio

Built across an enormous 3500 square feet, this stellar project exemplifies the vocabularies of big, bold, and beautiful in and out of the ordinary fashion. Designed by Ar. Abhigyan Neogi, Principal Architect & Founder- Chromed Design Studio, this residence is a concoction of design styles fusing one into another and consequently delivering an intricate space. Located in Punjabi Bagh, Delhi this phenomenal residence follows a contemporary design style typically offset by neutral colors. It is a modern interpretation of Indian dwellings that melds historic elements with current lifestyle concepts. The splendid abode is an eclectic mix of the new & the old replete with the use of vintage décor. – Chromed Design Studio

Bivacco Brédy, at Vallone di Vertosan, Valle D'Aosta, Italy, by BCW Collective

Bivacco Brédy, at Vallone di Vertosan, Valle D’Aosta, Italy, by BCW Collective

Bivacco Bredy is the winning proposal from an invited competition organized by YACademy and Cantieri d’Alta Quota on behalf of the Brédy family. Developed by BCW Collective, the design is a specific solution for a high altitude site in the Italian region of Valle d’Aosta, near the Laghi di Dzioule, two small alpine lakes at 2500m elevation in the secluded Vertosan Valley.

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