A view towards the historic town of Bouillon.

Architecture BRIO designs a house in a Belgian forest!

Exciting design work begins for a nature retreat in Belgium! A cozy getaway set amidst Ardennes’ forests, located near the historic town of Bouillon.


The Ray on the cover of Post Magazine, Hong Kong

Nestled in the breathtaking coastal town of Alibag, The Ray takes center stage in the latest edition of The South China Morning Post’s Sunday culture magazine, “Post Magazine.” With its timeless elegance, “The Ray” embodies the perfect blend of natural luxury and serenity.

BillionBricks Awards ArchDaily BOTY 2022

BillionBricks Homes on ArchDaily boty Awards 2022 Shortlist

We are proud to announce that BillionBricks Homes / powerHYDE  has been selected as one of the 5 finalists in the Houses category of ArchDaily’s Building of the Year 2022 Awards!

New Architecture Office Rotterdam

We have opened a new office in Rotterdam!

We have expanded to Europe and opened a new architecture office in Rotterdam. The studio services existing projects in the Indian sub-continent and aims to establish a long-term presence to pursue further opportunities both in the Netherlands and in wider Europe. We are excited and look forward to engage with new clients in new places, and offer our international ideas to a local conversation.

Etania Green School - Architecture BRIO exterior front facade - Green Building

Etania Green School featured in Green Building Magazine

Billion Bricks is proud to be featured in the 59th issue of Green Building, Taiwan. In this release, we present the Etania Green School project and display new pictures and insights about the project.
The school building stands on a riverside site that has a history of devastating flooding. Therefore, like much of Borneo’s vernacular architecture, the school is placed on top of decommissioned building containers. This prevents the classrooms from flooding.

Magazine Cover

ARCHITECTURE BRIO featured in [IN]SIDE Design Journal

This issue is the second in a series of the bi-annual design journal. It is published by Matter on Contemporary Architecture and Design in India. The publication chronicles and document ideas and works of some of the most innovative designers from India. The 200-page design journal contains more than 350 full-colour images, drawings, essays, dialogues and editorial on projects of many scales and typologies.

GSAPP Columbia Lecture Poster

Lecture at GSAPP’s Transfer Dialogues, Colombia

Shefali Balwani and Robert Verrijt will lecture at the Transfer dialogues in Colombia GSAPP, New York, on Friday the 5th October.

Alongside Tonohiro Hate from Tomohiro Hate and Associates, Kobe Japan, this lecture brings two different practices from different countries together. It explores and compares their way of producing architecture in today’s globalised context.

Design Forum KVDF Lecture Poster

Shefali Balwani at the 2018 Kurula Varkey Design Forum

Shefali Balwani lectured at the 2018 Kurula Varkey Design Forum, an annual event hosted by the Students of Architecture, since 2001 at CEPT University. This year the focus of the forum is to generate discourses on how ideas are manifested through built forms.

World's Most Extraordinary Homes India

The Worlds Most Extraordinary Homes – India S2E6

The ‘Riparian House’ was recently visited by Caroline and Piers who exclaimed in the India episode S02E06 of ‘The Worlds Most Extraordinary Homes’: “this house is like Marry Poppins, it’s practically perfect in every way”

Architects in Bandra Collective

Bandra Collective initiates Pedestrian Friendly Linking Road

The Times of India reports on its front page the latest endavour the Bandra Collective is undertaking. Concerned with the quality of public spaces in Bandra, the collaborative of architects and designers initiated a proposal that tackles several issues culminiating on a stretch of public space on traffic congested Linking Road.


The Bandra Collective

Brown Paper Bag reports on the Bandra Collective, a colony of architectural firms The Busride Design, Samir D’monte Architects, Sameep Padora & Associates, Urban Studio, Abraham John Architects, Architecture BRIO that are working with the municipality to make Bandra a prettier place.

THe state of architecture

The State of Architecture in India

The work of Architecture BRIO is presented in the exhibition “The State of Architecture in India. This exhibition will present the state of contemporary architecture in India within a larger historical overview since Independence. It will not only map emerging practices but also discuss the aspirations they represent, and stimulate a conversation on architecture among the architectural fraternity, patrons and public at large.

Interior design ID exhibition pavilion

Pavilion for India Interior Design Exhibition

in February the India Design ID Exhibiton was held in New Delhi. Architecture BRIO was asked by Elle Decor and Asian Paints to design an exhibition pavilion around the theme of “Startup”

Spiral Dollhouse Exterior

Gizmodo reviews the Spiral Dollhouse

Gizmodo reviews the Spiral Dollhouse design: “If you’re already feeling self-conscious about the tiny one-bedroom apartment you call home, this stunning sixth-scale house designed for dolls or action figures isn’t going to make you feel any better about your living arrangements. But it will give you something to aspire to one day, because this isn’t Barbie’s dream house, it’s everyone’s dream house.

location of office of Architecture BRIO

Architecture BRIO has a new office address

Architecture BRIO has moved to a new office. The new office is located on Linking Road in Bandra, Mumbai

pool and entrance pavilion house on a stream by architecture firm in Mumbai

My Space – Architecture BRIO

The experiential content of any structure is as important as the aesthetic one. And the young architecture firm in Mumbai, Architecture BRIO effortlessly bring this balance of plausible and implausible in their work. Headed by a Dutch – Indian duo, Robert Verrijt and Shefali Balwani, the firm in a short span of eight years has made its mark on the architectural map of the country.

Affordable housing lecture

Worldwide approaches to Affordable Housing

Architecture BRIO will present their vision on affordable housing in Mumbai during the Capita Selecta Lecture Series in Delft. The lecture series explores the issues of affordable housing in exploding cities. By focussing on different areas in the world – China, Ethiopia, Russia and India – the lecture series will explore the importance of local cultural conditions.

Mid day mumbai feature

Mid-day features Learning Pavilion by Architecture BRIO

Sunday Midday published an article on architects working with communities and NGO’s in India. The article featured projects by ‘Architecture for Humanity’, ‘Scott Gerald Shall’, ‘Vaibhav Kaley’, ‘Sandeep Virmani’, ‘the Cohesion Foundation’, and ‘Architecture BRIO’

mumbai panoram interview dutch design article

Interview with Robert Verrijt on Indian and Dutch Design

Large scale European architecture companies have been moving into Mumbai over the last decade more and more to develop various projects. Indian architecture companies however have also been increasing, in size, in volume and in projects. While Mumbai is growing rapidly, the two architectural worlds seem somewhat distanced from each other. The young architecture practice Architecture BRIO fits right in between these two worlds. Not 100% European and not 100% Indian.


Mumbai Slums: Model for the World?

The Mumbai shanty town featured in the film Slumdog Millionaire offers a better model than does western architecture for ways to house a booming urban population in the developing world, Prince Charles said yesterday.

Interview Architecture BRIO

Saffron Newsletter Interview Architecture BRIO

The Saffron Newslettter interviews Robert Verrijt about the meaning of identity in Dutch Architecture compared to the Indian context. For the Dutch, architecture is a legitimate form of expression, of identity. India, where contemporary architecture is more market-driven, is also beginning to recognize the power of design in the built environment. We look at the fascinating nexus between architecture and image in both countries….

Bamboo dormitory

Inhabitat writes about Bamboo Dormitory

Inhabitat is a authoritative weblog on sustainable design. It is devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

Building in Sri Lanka

Building in Sri Lanka

Waarom ik dan eigenlijk naar Sri Lanka ben gegaan? Die vraag is me vaak voorgelegd. En diezelfde vraag stel ik mezelf ook telkens weer, als ik met een van mijn resortprojecten bezig ben.’ Robert Verrijt doet verslag van zijn ervaringen als architect in Sri Lanka.
Waarom zou een toerist een uiterst vermoeiende 12-urige reis in het vliegtuig willen maken om een paar dagen in een totaal onbekende vervreemdende situatie te vertoeven, waar het veel te heet en te plakkerig is en waarbij ook nog eens allerlei vervelende ziektes op de loer liggen?