Our clients vary from government bodies, private clients and NGO’s for institutional and cultural projects. The first step in the design process is usually, the formulation of the project brief together with our collaborators. This is done through research and enquiry. The program and use of the building is designed keeping in mind multiple end users.
Institutional and cultural projects enable us to contribute to society and the public realm through design . The driving force for the design of institutional and cultural buildings, is often, an extension of the ideologies of the institutional or cultural body.
Experimental use of materials and technology often accompanies the design of these buildings. The buildings get a distinctive character from the quality of its spaces and the materials used.
Sustainable practices of construction as well as use of renewable resources accompanies the design of the buildings from the initial thought process.
The Mumbai Artist Retreat is conceptualised as a community space. It is an art lab of sorts, that aims to bring together art, ecology and society. One of the buildings on the retreat is an Artist workshop. The completely self sufficient pavilion is a 12m x 10m “tropical shed” with two roofs that are each six meter high. Two solar panelled skylights chop off the pyramid shaped roofs on the top.
The Carter Road SkatePark adds a vibrant and refreshing new public space to the city of Bombay. It has brought together old and young, beginners and experienced skaters as well. Being the the first skate park in Bombay it has played an important role in attracting new skaters to help grow the skating community of India.
An administration and facilities centre for a sugarcane factory is covered by a large sawtooth roof of 94m x 34m acts. Solar photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 500 kW electricity, cover both sides of the roof slopes. The roof acts as a canopy and frame referencing the silhouette of the factory. It houses a reception, administrative functions as well as a canteen and recreational facilitates.
The Magic Bus Learning Pavilion is an interactive building used as a gathering space and play area for underprivileged children who are deprived of places to play in the city. However with a log bridge, a Jacob’s ladder, climbing ladders and a suspension / rope bridge, the building is much more than that. It is a continuation of the challenge course of the Magic Bus Outdoor Learning Campus.
The proposed Butterfly Reserve in Sikkim aims to be a celebration of the butterfly, found in abundance in the region. Today however their habitat is being threatened. As a butterfly perches on tendril legs on a flower barely touching what it feeds on, so the interventions in this sensitive ecological landscape are designed to reduce the interference with the site.
A competition for the transformation of a waterwalk trail into an art installation in the former pool Oud Zwembad in Spiere-Helkijn, Belgium. The waterwalk is a passageway that diverts the existing cycle lane and crosses the entire length of the ecological basin. It creates a void that calls the visitors to enter it, and live an experience which is architectural as much as artistic and environmental, letting nature and the movements of water express the pattern of time on the installation.