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House That Rains Light, at Kerala, by LIJO.RENY.architects

House That Rains Light, at Kerala, by LIJO.RENY.architects

The ‘House That Rains Light’ re-imagines dappled shade under the trees, informal kids play nooks, gardens with flowers, birds and butterflies, all lost to rapid urbanization, while being confined to a tight plot within a typical residential layout.

Owners, a young couple with their two kids, wanted a house that broke free from conventions, displaying a sense of individuality and character in the spaces that enveloped them, without being a burden on their simple ways of living. They also hoped the building would transcend the small footprint on site and become a multi-spatial/sensory experience for their kids to grow up in. – LIJO.RENY.architects

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Backpackers' Hostel Panchgani, Madhav Joshi and Associates

Backpackers’ Hostel at Panchgani, by Madhav Joshi and Associates

The hostel for backpackers, designed by Madhav Joshi and Associates, is situated near a hill station Panchgani, the strawberry capital of India in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Design has evolved in response to the need of backpackers (18 to 40 years of age) for safe, comfortable and hygienic place to stay at a scenic location while traveling on a shoestring budget.

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Parallel Volumes, at Ahmedabad, India, by urbscapes

Parallel Volumes, at Ahmedabad, India, by urbscapes

Situated in fringes of Ahmedabad, the house is spread over 460 sqmt of land. The brief of the project was to design an introvert house for three generation of the family. The design idea was to respond to the climate and hence orientation. An introvert house which is opaque to the outside and open to the inside. Given the rectangular geometry of the plot, the idea was to place the functions in a linear fashion along the length with a puncture in between to bring in light and ventilation. – Urbscapes

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APDS salon at New Delhi by RLDA STUDIO Architects

APDS salon, at New Delhi, by RLDA STUDIO Architects

The ten thousand square foot beauty salon is a combination of mezzanine spaces (used for speciality treatments and offices) and double height purpose-built cabins interspersed with a series of glass planes with graphic motifs. These elements, individually varied and collectively orchestrated define spaces that provide for the varying degrees of privacy needed in a beauty salon. – RLDA STUDIO

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Wayanad House, at Kerala, India, by Khosla Associates

Wayanad House at Kerala, by Khosla Associates

Our client was the owner of one of South India’s largest printing and publishing houses and also a family of 2nd generation politicians. Along with his wife and three children they were a family of 5, but the requirement was to have close extended family visit often. The site was on a serene hillock nestled in a clearing within 150 acres of dense coffee plantations. Our first impression was that of lush vertical trees with pepper vines growing on them and coffee plants beneath. There was an existing ancestral home on the site halfway through renovation, that needed to be re-imagined. – Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand, Khosla Associates.

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VINOD RESIDENCE, at COIMBATORE, by Murali Architects Team

Vinod Residence, at Coimbatore, by Murali Architects Team

This sculpture has been positioned in a residential zone in Coimbatore, with a rustic yet futuristic parametric façade. Privacy being the most required factor, the façade gets a rustic double skin. And a search for newness with composite construction technique gave way for this. And this was a crucial step, coming out of the indigenous way and breaking into novelty.

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Balaji Temple (Temple of Steps), at Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh, India, by Sameep Padora & Associates

Best New Public Building: Balaji Temple at Andhra Pradesh by Sameep Padora & Associates wins Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021

The brief was to design a temple for the residents of villages around Nandyal. In the dry terrain of Nandyal, the main concern was to provide a space which would marry the socio-cultural expectations of a temple with the ecological framework and dynamics of and around the site. The immediate context of Cotton and chilly farms in the region were fed by a natural canal system which had dried up.   – Sameep Padora & Associates

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Mumbai Artist Retreat, at Alibag, by Architecture BRIO

DAK – The Other Side Studio – an artist retreat in Mumbai, by Architecture Brio

The site of the Mumbai Artist Retreat on the other side of the Mumbai Bay, designed by Architecture Brio, is typical in that respect. Since it is relatively difficult to get to, it still has a rural, agricultural character. More so in contrast to the rest of Mumbai it still has somewhat of a shoreline to speak of. Here, the Mumbai Artist Retreat intends to become a place where artists can work in a spacious, natural environment. A place that is away from the heavy physical and psychological demands of the global metropole. However, with the skyline of Mumbai across the bay, it still feels connected with the city.

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Paliam Veedu, at Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Kerala, by Meister Varma Architects

Paliam Veedu, at Chendamangalm, Kerala, by Meister Varma Architects

The Paliam family patriarchs were hereditary prime ministers to the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin, Kerala. Today the ancestral home and palace of this family is a heritage complex about an hour’s drive from the city of Cochin. The client who got a small parcel of 160 sqm in the family partition decided to build a vacation home on it. – Meister Varma Architects

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