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One with Nature The Gandhi farmhouse built by Shirish Beri and Associates is a harmoniously built structure designed with nature.

Pool House The extension designed by 42mm architects displays an impudent use of concrete in this form based structure.





The Orange Extension Shroffleon architects design a subtle yet impactful annex to a residence giving it a rustic guise in an urban situation.


Organic de Extensão Reviving an abandoned structure FCC Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo have created an innovative extension giving it a renewed purpose.




Building an Architecture of Low-Impact Materials The pavilion designed by PVDRS, through the 3Rs- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, becomes a demonstration for sustainable construction.

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Urban Postcards - Thane The photo essay is a journey through the development of the city exploring the various urban processes in its functioning and growth.

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The Green roof creating a humble entrance.

One with Nature Gandhi Farmhouse, Nagpur The farmhouse built by Shirish Beri and associates around the natural landscape of the site is the result of a harmoniously built environment that could be described as a garden in a building, and a building in a garden. Text: Sahiba Gulati Text and Drawings: courtesy Shirish Beri and Associates Photographs: courtesy Shirish Beri and Ashish Bhonde


he Gandhi Farmhouse in Nagpur is synonymous with a sanctuary of nature. When the architect witnessed the site for the first time, he was instantly taken by the natural landscape. A young medium sized Banyan tree (vat vriksh) made the site its home, while forming a connection with a Behad tree 40 metre away. The architect instinctively knew that the farmhouse had to be designed with the Banyan tree at its centre. While the clients had indicated their desire to place the farmhouse elsewhere on site, the architect wanted it to not be an alien presence, but to converse with its surrounding landscape, to ‘grow’ from it. “This house had to belong to this site; it had to make friends with the trees (especially the Banyan), the rocks, the soil, the sky and the people,” says the architect. Around the three sides of the Banyan tree, the house was built, leaving the fourth side open to strengthen the Indian Architect & Builder - March 2016

connection between the Banyan and the Behad trees with the house. With this thought, a lap pool was placed between the two trees, with the house designed perpendicular to this axis. The architect wanted the house to firmly ground its roots in the site. This symbolic expression can be seen as the house gradually rises from the ground in a tapered form on the South and the West side. It seems to be growing from the site as greenery takes up a small part of the tapering roof. “The ochre skinned boulders obtained at site were used for the major masonry walls. They too helped in visually blending the house better with the site and made the abode more eco-friendly with reduced embodied energy. Their rugged appearance would also be maintenance free.”




A Space where Spirituality resides. Indian Architect & Builder - March 2016


master bedroom on the first floor. This allows for easy interaction between the people on the ground floor and those on the first floor. This indoor balcony again opens out on a small terrace that is caressed by the banyan branches.

achieved. The project displays that it is not enough to only save the trees naturally growing on site, but to connect them with the built environment, only then will the built environment and the natural environment be in harmony with each other.

Due to the shade of the banyan, the water bodies, thick stone masonry and the landscape, the temperatures inside the house are considerably lower than the outside. The landscaping avoids forced, formal, artificial layouts in order to create a more natural environment. Designed by Kavita Ahuja from Delhi, the plant material has been selected and executed accordingly in harmony with the main theme. Vinita Agge from Nagpur has designed the interiors following the same rustic character of the house. Natural and rough cut wood, hemp, cane and fabric were chosen to create a more organic, natural ambience. Rustic flooring and rough plaster further contribute to this feeling. This farmhouse is a place apt to relieve the stress of daily life. “One feels a psychological transformation in one’s inner space as soon as one experiences this outer space.” By utilising the trees naturally present on site, an ambience of tranquillity, harmony and joy has been

FACT FILE: Project Location Architect Design team Client Project Area Structural Engineer Civil contractors Interior designer Landscape designer Carpentry contractors Electrical contractors Project Estimate Initiation of Project Completion of project

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Farmhouse Wakeshwar near Nagpur Shirish Beri and Associates Shirish Beri and Anuja Kadam Sudha & Sukesh Gandhi 470 sqm Arun Uttarwar S K Construction and Sushant Bhuyan Vinita Agge Shirish Beri & Kavita Ahuja Satyanarayan Jangid Dulichand Chawla ` 2 crore May 2013 Feb 2015

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ORGANIC DE EXTENSテグ Cellabar, Portugal

Reviving an abandoned structure FCC Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo have created a tourist attraction with an innovative extension by balancing its originality and the new modification giving it a renewed purpose. Text: Divya Pai Drawings: courtesy FCC Arquitectura Images: courtesy FG+SG

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uoying the space with their ideas of contemporary and involving an organic form to the existing structure and then see the difference in that local space, is done in this project by FCC Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo. The team achieved an iconic image while including plasticity of forms and experimenting with unique textures of reused materials in their work. They, with their innovative ideas remodelled an abundant space into a tourist attraction in the west coast of Pico, one of the nine islands that make up the Azores archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The history of this island lies in their eponymous volcanos, Ponta do Pico, which lies at its centre and is used as a referral part of their concept. The mainframe of the idea, inspired in the making of this restaurant and bar, basically consist of two buildings; a remodelled barn with volcanic stone walls and a bulbous timber extension conceived as a cross between a whale and a wine barrel in its plan. Indian Architect & Builder - March 2016

“The building is the result of a regenerative transformation and expansion of a small pre-existing structure that had been abandoned for many years.” - FCC Arquitectura The walls, roof and door frames have been restored, preserving the essential features of the original construction. The interiors were redesigned, shaped to their new roles, and made compatible with current legal requirements. The design is defined by great plasticity, both in terms of forms and materials, and is markedly inspired by the natural environment around the site. The new volume added acts like a giant sculpture, tailored for its location. This frame is clad externally with lengths of cryptomeria – a variety of cypress wood. Windows are either round or have curved edges, matching the language of the building’s form, but also contrasting with the more rectilinear nature


The Cellabar has been rejuvenated while balancing between the traditionally built structures and extending its architectural style into a contemporary and organic form. The interiors have included all the natural elements surrounding the structure in its design theme through its opening frames. These extended features have not only merged the style but also have taken care of the material palette used in this creation, which makes the space more familiar to the immediate environs and the atmosphere mitigating for the users.

FACT FILE: Project Name : Location : Initiation of the project : Completion of the project : Construction area : Useful area : Architecture : Interior design :

FCC - Cellabar Madalena, Pico, Azores, Portugal August 2012 May 2015 407 sqm 322 sqm FCC Arquitectura Paulo Lobo

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Filler Slab at its initial working process.

Building an Architecture of Low-Impact Materials The 3R Pavilion

The pavilion not only addresses the issue of the increasing environmental footprint of buildings, but through its use of the 3Rs- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle- it becomes a model and a demonstration of low-impact, sustainable construction. Text: Sahiba Gulati Images and Drawings: courtesy PVDRS


educe, Reuse and Recycle - using a combination of these three concepts, Keyur Vadodaria and Megha Patel-Vadodaria of PVDRS are constructing the ‘3R Pavilion’ as an annexe to a residence in Ahmedabad. Included in the brief were a multi-purpose room, outdoor seating adjacent to the swimming pool, along with a desire of the client to not use conventional building materials. PVDRS used this opportunity to negate all material and construction processes from the project that embody high energy. Indian Architect & Builder - March 2016

Process intensive, non-recyclable materials that consume enormous amounts of energy due to extraction, processing, manufacturing and delivery were factored out. As 20 per cent of the building’s embodied energy can be accounted for by materials, using low-impact materials would bring down the environmental footprint. The spatial quality of the space and the tectonics of low-impact materials were intentionally explored to maximise their potential for the project. What came about is a pavilion that would be a model of sustainable construction.

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The slab in its interior views. Indian Architect & Builder - March 2016



A TRENDY SPATIAL ARRANGEMENT Smart Techno Box, New Delhi Residencies have their own peculiar ambiance based on its functions. In this project, these aspects have been explored and regenerated as a single theme through its design. Text: Divya Pai | Drawings & Images: courtesy Espaces Architects

Outdoor living spaces if tackled correctly play a vital role in both aesthetics and functionality in any residential building. Major attention has been given to architectural detailing in terms of openness, choices of overall materials used to create warmth and sophistication in living spaces characterised by luminosity and elegance. Espaces Architects, New Delhi They have a simple objective of creating sensible, functional spaces enhanced by the intangible sense of power and of playfulness. Their professional practice involves achieving the right balance between communication, coordination and management with their clients. Ar Nikhil Kant Agarwal has worked on numerous projects ranging from furniture to corporate buildings. Indian Architect & Builder - March 2016



Roadside view of The Smart Techno Box. Indian Architect & Builder - March 2016


Urban Postcards - Thane The photo essay based in a suburb of Mumbai is a journey through the development of the city exploring the various urban processes in its functioning and growth. Photographs and Text: courtesy Deepshikha Jain


rban postcards is a glance into the story of an urban settlement. A departure from the dated identity. The endeavour is to capture diverse urban phenomenon that will redefine status quo. Geographically, Thane connects Mumbai to the rest of Maharashtra. This strategic location plays a huge role in the story of transforming a fisherman’s village to a suburb of Bombay and then a growing sister city to Mumbai today. First comes the railway line connecting Bombay to Thane, resulting in Industrial development along the corridor. In the late 20 th century, improved road and rail connectivity to Bombay expands the residential development once concentrated around Thane railway station to 142 sqkms sprawl; today called Thane City.Explorations in Thane led to discovery of spatial patterns that are reminiscent of the past and driving forces shaping the immediate future. The urban processes in the city can be witnessed through five spatial patterns, each showcasing a distinct phenomenon. The name, choice of frame and the language of the essay is informed by the protagnist that triggered change in the area.

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Deepshikha Jain Deepshikha Jain is an an Architectural, Industrial and Travel Photographer from Mumbai, India. After graduating in Architecture, she pursued a Master’s in Photography from Paris. Having a flair for Travel and Architecture, she has traveled across continents. She has worked with a number of magazines including, Domus, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vogue Casa, Architectural Digest, Architectural Review, GQ, Platform, Indian Architect and Builders, Journal of Landscape Design, Indian Express and Design Detail and have been featured in Cosmopolitan and Tasveer Journal.

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