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AARUSHI KALRA PORTFOLIO


01-06 HERITAGE Menswear Boutique // Delhi, India Professional Work, 2015

06-12 THE GOOD SUIT CO Bespoke Menswear Tailoring// Chandigarh, India Professional Work, 2016

13-16 HERITAGE Womens wear Boutique // Delhi, India Professional Work, 2016

17-20 HUMADAN Carpet Store// Delhi, India Professional Work, 2017

21-22 HSJ Jewelery Store // Lucknow, India Professional Work, 2017

23-28 GUGGENHEIM, HELSINKI Museum// Competition Entry Internship, Semester nine

29-34 ADAPTIVE REUSE OF RAJ GHAT POWER PLANT Fashion Hub // Connaught Place, Delhi, India Design Studio, Semester Eight

35-38 UTKENDRA WORLD CULTURES Cultural Centre // Gurgaon, India Design Studio, Semester Four

39-40 WEARABLE ARCHITECTURE Professional Work // Collaboration, ongoing


01 02 HERITAGE Professional Work Year:2015 Work Handled: Conceptualizing design Preparing Working drawings Site Coordination

“Think globally, design locally” Rodney Fitch

The concept revolves around the name HERITAGE, recreating the weaving environment using typical detailing, enticing the customer into a dramatic shopping experience. The elevation makes a bold statement in an organic market space. A logo in copper dominates a façade made of burnt bricks. As one enters they are greeted with a multilayered screen of threads and letters of the word Heritage, translating the art of weaving into interior hardware. Beyond this, one walks into an environment that allows each garment to be experienced as a piece of art. Close attention has been paid in detailing using all materials in their honest formrusted iron, reclaimed wood with elements of copper to support the theme. The atmosphere is further enhanced by using parts of old Looms, suspended to weave the display with its threads. A solid reclaimed wooden counter sits in the center under a large customized light installation. The store was envisioned to invoke a strong feeling of contemporary design, Indian influences and classic timeless materials. Location: New Delhi,India | Site Area: 200sq.m


Exterior Facade View


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Brickwork Antique Finished Paint Wood Work Cement Floor Cobblestone


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1. Reception 2. Refurbished Looms 3. Couture Wear 4. Try Rooms 5. Suiting Section 6. Prett Wear 7. Shirts Display 8. Tailoring Section 9. Entrance Screen 10. Bust Display


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Multilayered screen of threads at the entrance.

Reclaimed wood counter sits under a large copper light.

Detail of rusted iron and copper fixtures at the staircase


Refurbished old looms define the retail space.

All elements are used in their true and honest form


07 08 THE GOOD SUIT CO Professional Work Year:2016 Work Handled: Conceptualizing design Preparing Working drawings Site Coordination

“Think globally, design locally” Rodney Fitch

A store for the brand The Good Suit Company has been designed by RMDK, in an interior language that’s a mix of extravagance and modernity. We studied the brands inspiration source from Italy while aiming to infuse the premises with a solid dose of modernity to signal the advanced creative trajectory of the fashion house. The palette is meticulously layered, rich in detail, and brilliantly balances the past and the future at the same time. The store’s decor is a mix of neoclassical opulence and sleek mid-century designs, rendered in a modern style. The key element of the store is its classical vaulted ceiling, combined with paneled walls and a rich parquet floor. Each of the three vaults is ornamented by delicate handmade paintings along with a chandelier. This decor is further defined by sleek metal fixtures, oak wood tables, blue velvet upholstery, classical cabinets rendered in a royal shade of blue. The blue not only adds the spark of color but also becomes the central theme to the store. Location: Chandigarh,India | Site Area: 150sq.m


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Paint Finish Marble Soft Furnishing Parquet Floor Blue Covering


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Show Window Unstitched Suiting Fabric Accessory Section Prett Wear Cash Desk Bespoke Tailoring Section Try Rooms Powder Room Storage

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Multilayered screen of threads at the entrance.

Reclaimed wood counter sits under a large copper light.

Detail of rusted iron and copper fixtures at the staircase


Multilayered screen of threads at the entrance.

All elements are used in their true and honest form


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HERITAGE Professional Work Year:2017 Work Handled: Conceptualizing design Preparing Working drawings Site Coordination

“Think globally, design locally” Rodney Fitch

Hand casted concrete panels, antique mirrors, granite from mines, a wooden piece as old as a 100 years defines the womens wear section of the store HERITAGE designed by RMDK. The design language was meant to define Heritage in a style that is contemporary yet rooted in the Indian Craft and traditions. The design signifies luxury by means of artistically putting together finishes and elements core to our culture. It’s a blend of raw and rustic finishes combined with the sheen and glory of brass. The shell is dominated by the use of concrete and wood. Rough handmade concrete panels, each engraved with the screen predominantly used by the brand, clad the walls while the beams are covered in classical detailing by rough cut wood. The selection of the ocher used in the floor and furnishing of the store arises from its rooted significance in the Hindu religion. This shell is further ornamented by elements as lotuses, deity feet, Swastika, kalash - all symbolic of our traditions. Programmatically the space is divided into four zones- a section each for fabrics, sarees, ready made garments and bridal wear. The nature of planning allows a flow between each of these but at the same time maintains an intimate experience. Each section has its own individual character, dictated by the product itself, strung together by a central theme. The fabric section is marked by the antique mirrored ceiling, with a delicate beaten brass shelving system. The saree section on the other hand is defined by the granite and a 30’ long custom designed light fixture. A contemporary interpretation of shuttles, a tool used to weave cloth, formulates the hanging system for the garments on the other side. The furthermost section- the bridal section, brings out the beauty of a ‘Vedi’(Wedding altar). This section houses the beautiful vintage arch, installed along a wall made of salvaged roofing tiles. In between each arch are a set of drawers that store the sarees for sale. This formulates the backdrop for the traditional floor selling format that has been reinterpreted to raise the seller to the same level as the buyer. All these elements come together to create a silent yet dramatic environment that awespires the visitor. Location: New Delhi,India | Site Area: 200sq.m


Shuttles as a display system

Minimal Display system for fabric section

Antique arch sourced and installed.

Brass edged mirror against concrete wall.

Hand casted concrete panels.

Rough cut Granite counters

Display against yellow


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Hand Casted Concrete Panels Ocher Cement Floor Parquet Flooring Hairon Leather Cladding

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Fabric Section Prett Wear Try Rooms Saree Section Bridal Section Storage Mannequin Display

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HUMADAN Professional Work Year: Under Construction Work Handled: Conceptualizing design Preparing Working drawings

“Think globally, design locally” Rodney Fitch

RMDK has combined minimalism with theatrics for Humadan, a brand known for its fine Kashmiri carpets and clothing, for their store in The Oberoi, New Delhi. The design concept is to create a silent interior space that allows each carpet to be viewed as a piece of art. Considering the limited scale of the shop, the planning is kept extremely simple. One wall is devoted to the display of carpet rolls while the other for display of stoles and garments. The center space is kept clear for laying out carpets. The gray tones of the shell unite into a volumetric entity pierced by an immense gold structure at the farthest end of the store. At the back wall of this structure an exceptional rug is displayed and staged as in an art gallery. This rich contrast generated by the soft gray tile and the sumptuous golden brass captures a passerbye’s attention and draws them in. An intricate tree of life floating over the store emphasizes the craft of Kashmir. This tree of life is installed under trusses that in turn formulate a framework for concealing light fixtures. The concept for the light is to frame the products and to dramatize the space with play of light and shadow.

Location: New Delhi,India | Site Area: 50sq.m

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1. Ready Made garments 2. Mirror Cabinet 3. Stole Display 4. Discussion Space 5. Carpet Display 6. Roll Display 7. Cash Area 8. Storage

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Wall Stone Cladding Mirror Hairline finish SS Hairon Leather Cladding


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Conceptual Render for the store


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HSJ Professional Work Year:2016 Work Handled: Conceptualizing design Preparing Working drawings Site Coordination

Design has been conceived in a manner where art and science break even. The project is all about creativity where intelligence is having fun.

The design of this building digs deeper into the art of jewelery making drawing inspiration from the process of smelting. The beauty of GOLD as an entity was highlighted as an object of desire. The HSJ showroom is a deconstructivist interpretation of gold-smelting, a key process involved in the fabrication of jewelery. The site for the showroom is an ‘L’ shaped plot with the longer side facing a residential road, and the narrowest side facing the 4-lane arterial road. Thus, the possibility for drawing the crowd’s attention through an architectural gesture was very limited. Hence the design language had to be bold, so as to grab the attention of passer-bies in the narrow window of couple of seconds when the building is in their line of sight. The showroom stands as a G+3 cuboidal block with no fenestration, except for the main entrance on the longer elevation. From the outside the building was intended to evoke a feeling of a vault like solidity and impenetrability. This corresponds to the pre-requisite for the security of the showroom. The cuboidal block was carved out along the corner facing the crossroads, which is the only portion of the building visible to the traffic. Location: Lucknow,India | Site Area: 816sq.m


FRONT AND SIDE ELEVATION

FORM DEVELOPMENT


ALMOND HOUSE Professional Work Year:2017 Work Handled: Part of the team conceptualizing design Architecture contains a unique ability to make extra-ordinary things out of ordinary materials.

Eye-catching color blocks, playfully organized in a garden of almond trees makes the building a welcome surprise in a dense urban environment. Modular by design, this combination of shipping containers used as building blocks makes a landmark with all three colors and functions physically meeting to create a courtyard adorned with a beautiful almond tree. Location: Hyderabad,India | Site Area: 800sq.m

BAKERY SEATING SERVICES

DRY FRUITS RETAIL STORE

BAKERY TAKEAWAY


One enters into the large open court on the ground floor, buzzing with activity. On one side is the Almond House, dry fruits retail store, while on the other is the bakery by the name of Indulge. The seating for this bakery has been accommodated in two containers stacked on top. The roofs of the containers form the spill over for the seating on the first floor.


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GUGGENHEIM, HELSINKI Museum // Competition Entry Internship // Ninth Semester Group Work of Four, under the guidance of principle architects Work handled: Research, Form Development, Working of Plans, Diagramming, Parts of Rendering

“What is a museum ? A repository of culture and time. Ability to transform a city.� Competition Brief

MUSEUM = DESTINATION The rich culture of Helsinki is integrated and dispersed through the museum by reorganizing the programs to create architecture which is responsible and sensitive to its surroundings. With its diverse public program, the museum wants to become a destination which is shaped not by its icon but by its culture. The museum digresses from its traditional nature of housing galleries to capture the city and become an environment that is not merely iconic but of sympathetic and complementary relationships. The program typology enriches itself with its association to the city and becomes a landmark not due its mere ceremonial expression but its programmatic evaluation.

FORM DEVELOPMENT


View of the Atrium


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MUSEUM = CITY MORPHOLOGY

The city permeates the site by extending the public program through its connections and greens. This further activates the urban edge of the port. The ground plane is an extension of the city which subsequently redefines the typology of a museum entry.

The new Guggenheim makes the city sentient of its being and takes over as the new landmark for Helsinki in the Nordic Region. The museum marks the city and is suggestive of the destination it is to become.

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LVL [0] 1. Entry 2. Visitor center 3. CafĂŠ 4. Kitchen 5. Open bar 6. Coat check 7. Toilets 8. Locker room 9. Retail 10. Auditorium

LVL [+2] 1. Gallery 2. Office foyer 3. Office

LVL [+4] 1. Viewing gallery

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View of the Museum from the sea


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ADAPTIVE REUSE OF RAJ GHAT POWER PLANT Fashion Hub Design Studio // Semester eight Thesis // Individual Work Autocad, Sketchup, Rhino, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

“Old Ideas can sometimes use new buildings, new ideas must use old building.” Jane Jacob

It is bad enough to through our garbage, let alone an entire building once its used. This Architectural Thesis deals with the Adaptive Reuse of the Rajghat Power Station, New Delhi to build a Fashion Hub. The aim is to generate a centre for fashion while reusing the soon dysfunctional Power Station. This urban scape is transformed as an icon for fashion and design. The proposed design is the juxtaposition of fashion’s ability to seduce and manufacture desires with the complex structuring of neutral spaces to allow for a multiplicity of users and events. At the city scale, the luminous and dynamic layers of building skin attracts and lures; as users approach and ultimately enter the building, the imagery is transformed into unique atmospheric experiences. This thesis harnesses the glamour of fashion as the medium to ignite the reimagination of architecture’s value and the interpretation of beauty and style, providing the means for experiences to transcend into a world of spectacle. Location: Delhi,India | Site Area: 59,100sq.m


“Old Ideas can sometimes use new buildings, new ideas must use old building.� Jane Jacob As one looks around, platforms at various levels can be seen harboring a variety of activities. The environment has been so designed to implicate what fashion stands for - an ever changing environment. It has to be a place where visitors, designers, craftsmen or students take pride in being present. With each new turn, comes a new experience may it be a fashion show against the Chimney, a visit into the studio courtyard to interact with various designers or losing oneself in the sweeping walls of the bazaar.


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Restaurant

Hall

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Exhibition Hall Auditorium Restaurant

Hall for Workshops, Seminars, Exhibitions

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Exhibition Hall

Museum Anchor Shop Amphitheater

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Workshops Blackbox Theatre Amphitheater Bazaar (Market Space)

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Conference Area Admin + Hotel Studios

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FORM EXPLORATIONS Inspired from the tying style of the Indian garment-a saree, various explorations were done by pleating fabrics in different ways to form architectural forms. Being a fashion hub, the intention was to draw inspiration for the built form from folds of fabric. Blurring proposes new ways of thinking about architecture, presenting new ideas of what architecture can be. It creates an awareness that architectural design involves more than materials and static forms, it doesn’t necessarily need to have boundaries.


Electostatic Precipitators

Serivice Road

Switch Yard

O & M building

Admin Parking

Bazaar

Turbine Hall

Chimney Visitor Parking

Main Entry

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Coal Mill

Restaurant

Studios

Existing Built Structure

New Built Structure


As one walks up the flight of stairs, a feeling of awe is instigated seeing the stark contrast between the rigid Power Plant woven with an entirely new language. The large skylights, the swooping strips, add a sense of scale to the space, giving an awe spiring yet comfortable experience. Standing by the water body, one can experience the reminiscent of the railway line with a coal trolley. As one looks up, the coal mill comes into focus that has been modified to line with fins that guard it from the harsh sun while maintaining character.


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UTKENDRA WORLD CULTURES Cultural Centre Design Studio, Semester Four Individual Work Autocad, Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign “Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Utkendra world cultures is an attempt to strike a balance between reality and theatre, an attempt to bring diverse cultures from across the world together on one platform. This doesn’t just correspond to the idea of pure utility but also generating a thematic and culturally enriching experience for the visitor. The architectural design, with no solid walls in most spaces and partitions or walls of glass or translucent partitions instead, has been done to not envisage enhanced interaction between the visitors and make them feel connected, but also to create interesting movement patterns and views. The programs are so chosen, so as to bring about this cultural integration through a properly planned and adequately thought over combination of retail, library, gallery and a set of theatres giving a wholesome watching, learning and relaxing experience. Adding cultural element to the identity of Gurgaon by making use of its existing identity itself ie driving people in by retail but an alltogether new experince inside. Location: Gurgaon,India | Site Area: 10,000sq.m

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GALLERY

LIBRARY

ADMINISTRATION

BLACKBOX THEATRE RETAIL

CAFE

THEATRE


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View at the entrance

View from the bridge on first floor One enters into the large open court on the ground floor, buzzing with art. One can experience the playful blocking by means of its solids and voids. All the retail stores, cafe, and the passageway to the theaters or the library are through this central space, thus defining this as the area free for all to enjoy art, culture ad music.


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LVL [Terrace Plan] 13. Roof top amphitheater

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WEARABLE ARCHITECTURE Jewelery Design Professional Work In Collaboration with I’m The Centre for Applied Arts “Fashion is Architecture. It is a matter of proportions.” Coco Chanel

Architecture is said to be timeless, strong, and permanent while fashion is considered to be frivolous and ephemeral. Architecture creates buildings for people to inhabit while fashion is the driving force behind the clothing industry and yet fashion and architecture converge, drawing inspiration from one another and building new ties. This was a project done in collaboration with a renowned product design center in New Delhi. The idea was to generate a line of jewelery inspired by various aspects of architecture. Each piece was to be sculpted as a wearable piece of modern architecture. They are defined by their clean lines and simplified geometrical shapes.

Ministry of Health and Education Rio de Janeiro

An adaptation of Landscape, another essential aspect of architecture. Minimal detailing of gold was added to red corals that were sourced.


Light Installation by Artist James Nizam

A piece inspired by the linearity in architecture. The clean sleek lines that light filtering through a crevice forms, guides this minimal piece.

Maelstrom by Una Knipsolina

These gold conical earrings are an abstraction of another core element of a building-a staircase. It exemplifies the converging perspective of a stairwell.

Forest Chapel / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

Skin and Bones. This pendant looks at the Skin. The way walls come together to form a frame. This piece is further enhanced by adding the slight detail of texture as brickwork does to a wall.


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