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.

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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.

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Architecture BRIO designs a village home in Switzerland

We have always challenged ourselves by exposing ourselves in our work to different environments, climates and cultures. This makes our handwriting agile and makes us rethink our own conventions. It nurtures our exposure to different possibilities and evolves our way of thinking and designing. The design process for this family home for a professional and her son in the Swiss Mountains is in full swing.

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BillionBricks Homes wins double prize at Holcim Awards

The built environment has a significant role to play in addressing climate change and enabling the transition to a net zero and more inclusive future. The winning project of Billionbricks homes at The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction global showcases the cutting edge of approaches to sustainable design, green architecture and materials innovation.

President's Design Award

Etania Green School wins Singapore President*s Award!

The Etania Green School in Malaysia wins the * DESIGN OF THE YEAR 2020, at the prestigious President*s Award of Singapore. More than just a school building, the school is a learning ecosystem designed for the tens of thousands of stateless children whose parents work in the oil palm plantations of Sabah.

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New SkatePark in Bandra Reimagines Urban Spaces

The subculture of skateboarding in India has been gaining momentum over the past few years with many cities in the country boasting of their own skateparks. To the delight of skateboarders in Mumbai, Bombay SB and Bandra Collective have set-up the city’s latest skatepark on the Carter Road Promenade

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Hindustan Times on “Bandra Collectives” Post-Covid Market

Today, the coronavirus has forced us to take a hard look at our cities, again. Hindustan Times reached out to urban designers and architects to re-imagine and decongest four key spaces of our lives:
a classroom, a street market, an office and a congested residential area. A look at their designs and innovations:

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The Coronavirus Pandemic and Claustrophobia

A column on the influence of the Coronavirus pandemic on architecture, lifestyle, work culture and the future of the architecture profession

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Architectural Precedents in the Library of Congress

The Historical American Buildings Survey (HABS) has built up a treasure trove of historical architectural precedents through drawings, photos, and documents from the American architectural, engineering, building and landscape culture.


Skatepark on Mumbai Sea Promenade

After a long period of renovation the the Carter Road promenade has re-opened to the public. Skateboarding acts as a force of “social disruption”. Not surprisingly, the skatepark at Carter Road quickly has become a meeting place not only for enthusiasts, but also a please where people of different backgrounds interact.

Sea Change - Flood Resilient Architecture Exhibition

The Sponge Beneath Our Feet

The Etania Green School is part of the new exhibition “Sea Change: Flood Resilient Architecture for the 21st Century”. The exhibition explores how architecture has to adapt to the growing climate reality of urban flooding. through a series of projects – proposed and realised – by leading architects around the world in the field of flood resilient architecture.

Sea Change: Flood-Resilient Architecture for the 21st Century

Sea Change: Flood Resilient Architecture for the 21st Century

The Etania Green School is part of the new exhibition “Sea Change: Flood Resilient Architecture for the 21st Century”. The exhibition explores how architecture has to adapt to the growing climate reality of urban flooding. through a series of projects – proposed and realised – by leading architects around the world in the field of flood resilient architecture.

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International Green Award for Etania Green School

On January 8th, 2020, the Etania Green School won the first prize in the sixth Spec Go Green International Awards 2019, a prestigious architectural award for young professionals and students of architecture in Asia encouraging a future of green building and green architecture.

Mumbai Street Lab Competition Poster - MCGM

Bandra Collective wins Mumbai Street Lab Competition

On January 8th, 2020, the Etania Green School won the first prize in the sixth Spec Go Green International Awards 2019, a prestigious architectural award for young professionals and students of architecture in Asia encouraging a future of green building and green architecture.

Mumbai Artist Retreat - resilient architecture

The Making of the Mumbai Artist Retreat

The Mumbai Artist Retreat that is about to be completed, is poised to become a place, where artists can work in a spacious, natural environment. It allows artists to retreat from and reflect on the heavy physical and psychological demands of the global metropole. The Artist Retreat will function as a community space. It is an art lab of sorts that aims to bring together art, ecology and society.

cover of Contemporary House in Nature: Elemental Living by Phaidon Publishers

Elemental Living – Contemporary Houses in Nature

The publication Elemental Living – Contemporary Houses in Nature highlights the shifting relationship between architecture and the natural world. Landscape is here the inspiration for architecture. Each of the 60 contemporary houses have been designed to embed themselves in, perch on, sweep across or nestle within the natural world. They all demonstrate a deep understanding of its context, but more so, they demonstrate their ability to create unique living spaces that connect their residents with the mountains, lakes, deserts, forests and oceans that they inhabit. The two houses in India designed by Architecture BRIO interact with the natural environment in very different ways….

Dining room of House built in Nature

Design Duo That Heroes Both Nature And Urban Architecture

Across the globe, architecture has had a ubiquitous and rich history of interacting with its natural surroundings. From the hanging gardens of Babylon to the verandas of colonial-era bungalows, tedious effort and time have been spent crafting designs that best allow a structure to become a part of the landscape it sits upon. Yet, modern trends often show a relatively harsh disconnect between people’s homes and the land that frames them. Architecture BRIO, rather successfully, strives to include nature in their progressive designs. Robert and Shefali manage to not only create domains that appear visually stunning but also draw on the natural benefits of a property. Simply, BRIO’s designs are delineated by playing to a given plot’s strengths.

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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.

architectural Drawing Section House on a Stream in Alibag, India

Architectural Drawings

Communicating ideas through drawings takes a central position in Architecture BRIO’s work. Sketching starts initially with procrastination. Taking up the pencil to start sketching is postponed as much as possible. Inspiration doesn’t come with a blank sheet. First, sketching has to happen in the mind.

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ARCHITECTURE BRIO in Taschen’s Homes For Our Time

Philip Jodidio features Architecture BRIO’s Riparian House in his latest publication with Taschen called “Homes for our Time”. The publication is organized by architect and brimming with crisp photography and plans. The result is a sweeping survey of the contemporary house.

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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.

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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”

Konchur sustainable model village

Konchur Sustainable Model Village

BillionBricks and Architecture BRIO envision to empower Konchur (Karnataka) to turn into a Sustainable Model Village (Adarsh Gram) for New India by initiating strategic interventions and investments that are self scalable by the community. In the present day scenario, a large number of people are migrating from the village to the nearby cities in search of work, livelihood and a better quality of life. But what if this scenario is reversed in the coming years?

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When Is Space? Exhibition at JKK, Jaipur

‘When is Space?’ discusses contemporary architecture and space-making practices in India. The historic city of Jaipur established by the astronomer-king Sawai Jai Singh and the Jawahar Kala Kendra, one of the most significant buildings of Charles Correa, provide an apt context for this exhibition. A large part of contemporary space-making practices appears to be structured around three imperatives: first, computational and mathematical logics aided through a variety of devices including digital media; second, environmental and cultural responsiveness that manifests as new building typologies; and third, concerns regarding city and public that produce urbanistic practices of research and advocacy. These imperatives were also central to the pursuits of Jai Singh and Charles Correa.

Architecture of the Year Award - Riparian House

26th Architect of the Year Award 2016

Architecture BRIO was honoured to receive the 26th Architect of the Year Award from Dr K Radhakrishnan, Ex Chairman ISRO. The “Riparian House” won in the residential category. The JK Architect of the Year Award is India’s longest running architecture award.

The Merit List - Design Award

Merit List 2016-2017

The Riparian House has been selected on the Merit List 2016 – 2017. “The Riparian House is a well-known contemporary type – a weekend home set in a beautiful landscape. While the architecture of this type has become increasingly predictable, this house takes a different approach and uses the found landscape and tectonics of the terrain to its advantage making architecture in close collaboration with the land.”