Blame it on our fast-paced and rapidly changing lives and chaos at every step, that we forget to see around and miss out on the beauty that surrounds us. Sachin Agshikar, an architect based in Mumbai, through these four videos talks about the importance of learning to see and appreciate the beauty in simple things.
Blame it on our fast-paced and rapidly changing lives, and the chaos we face at every step, that we forget to see around and miss out on the beauty that surrounds us. Sachin Agshikar, an architect based in Mumbai, through these four videos shot on his mobile phone, talks about the importance of learning to see and appreciate the beauty in simple things.
Following text is by architect Sachin Agshikar.
Observation is one of an essential quality an Architect should have to design a building or any other work of art.
Some of the best self-taught Architects like Le Corbusier and Tadao Ando travelled for more than a year before they started their practice. It was mainly to see, observe and grasp what was built in the past. As children, we are more observant and naturally curious, as we see and explore new things around. But, slowly as our mind gets more occupied with routine issues, our observation gets diluted, and gradually we fail to see the beauty surrounding us.
These four short videos shot on a cell phone try to bring back your attention to small details and look at things around you in a different perspective.
1. Learning to See
This was looking through my daughter’s eyes and noticing things which we take for granted and are completely oblivious.
2. Learning to See, Part 2
We generally use the command Zoom in Autocad to look at the drawings closely. But it’s a different world when you zoom in real and look at objects in your office itself. This video has a prop – which is a small Lego man, intentionally added in all the scenes. He is used mainly to enhance the scale of the objects seen in the film as subconsciously our brain tends to compare things with human scale.
3. Learning to See, Part 3
My house faces East and for a brief amount of time, we receive natural light in the morning. The first rays of the Sun start casting amazing shadows which slowly increase in size and then disappear.This phenomenon happens every day but we ignore it completely as we are busy getting ready for work. It was fun stopping this time and looking around to see the magic.
4. Learning to See (and Read)
Fonts play an important part in our day to day life starting with the newspaper. A layman notices fonts- but subconsciously. Once again, this video was shot in the studio when I realised that we are surrounded by fonts and alphabets- no matter in which direction we look. It was then important to look at them closely and consciously.
Masked by the concrete jungle of Madhapur in Hyderabad. The Hush cafe is an off-beat sight to its contrasting surroundings. Nestled within the lanes of a corporate and residential neighborhood, this cafe beams warmth that one seeks to experience after a tiring day at work or a quick hangout session with friends over the weekend. The location of this recreational spot in the city is expedient to the ease of access for its users. The Hush Cafe is creating its niche in the conglomerate of cafes scattered in the locality. – D2d Architects
This tropical modern residence is a refreshing architectural amalgamation of well-lit interiors and a contemporary exterior. Surrounded by lush greens, this simplistic duplex structure gives us major goals on how a residence in a densely plotted neighborhood in a place like Noida can look like. – Unbox Design
Profile of the resident of the house, nuclear mid-aged family with child studying abroad, but loves to entertain guests. So, the public areas of leisure are extremely joyful with splashes of colors. Their only inclination was to have spectacular bright living spaces. – The ART Container
The Lit Boscage is featured opposite a food court on the third floor of the open-air Sapphire Ninety Mall. Considering the mushrooming entertainment landscape in Gurugram’s corporate hub, the multiplex offers a unique and differentiated user experience. The conceptualization began by analyzing and studying the growing demand for a significantly distinct multiplex identity despite the mainstream functionality of the structure. – Sync Design Studio
A school for girls in suburban Mumbai needed an expanded space for the children in their kindergarten section. The administration owned a plot of land adjacent to the main school, however, this was taken up by a residential building that they occupied. When structural drawings of the building revealed that it could take on an additional floor, it was decided to extend the existing structure, rather than take down the entire building and construct anew. Regulation demanded that an additional staircase was necessary to accommodate this public function. – Jude D’Souza
HDS designed and constructed head office for software firm Daffodil. Spread over a single floor plate of over 25000 sq feet, this vast office accommodated over 500 people. All the cabins and closed spaces are designed along the periphery leaving the central space for workstations. The Furniture Grid is derived out of a Structural grid creating perfect harmony between the two. – HORIZON DESIGN STUDIO