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“True architecture is life” says RIBA Royal Gold Medal-winner Balkrishna Doshi

July 29, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Balkrishna Doshi

Architecture should seek to respond to human behaviour and not dictate it, says this year’s RIBA Royal Gold Medal-winner Balkrishna Doshi in this interview. “Design is accommodating lifestyles, merging with them,” Doshi told Dezeen on a video call from his studio in Ahmedabad in western India. “I’m not really saying that this is measurable –

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Mud House by Sketch Design Studio takes cues from Rajasthan stepwells

July 22, 2022 Amy Frearson 0
Exterior of Mud House by Sketch Design Studio

Sketch Design Studio has designed and built a farmhouse in northern India that combines rammed earth walls and a thatch roof with a form inspired by stepwells. Mud House is a single-storey house in Rajasthan, the state that is home to the largest and deepest of India’s historic stepwells. Locally based Sketch Design Studio designed

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Scalloped walls shade interior of family home in India by Sanjay Puri Architects

July 20, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Mirai House of Arches is a sculptural home in India that was designed by Sanjay Puri Architects

Scalloped walls finished in earth-coloured plaster wrap an airy interior filled with arches at this home in Bhilwara, India, designed by Mumbai-based studio Sanjay Puri Architects. Called Mirai House of Arches, the hosue was designed for three generations living together and is located on a small corner plot bordered by roads to the south and

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MVRDV repurposes neglected land beneath Mumbai flyover as public space

July 15, 2022 Lizzie Crook 0
Crawlspace at One Green Mile by MVRDV and StudioPOD

One Green Mile is a community landscape in Mumbai, India, which Dutch studio MVRDV and local practice StudioPOD have created from disused space beneath a concrete flyover. Located on an 800-metre stretch beneath the Senapati Bapat Marg flyover, the undulating landscape features extensive planting and bright blue urban furniture. The site, described by MVRDV as

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Vibrant colours define housing complex in India by Sanjay Puri Architects

July 13, 2022 Jane Englefield 0
Sanjay Puri-designed Indian housing

Boxy balconies and decorative recessed windows characterise this colourful housing complex in Raipur, India, by Sanjay Puri Architects, which was engineered to withstand its location’s hot climate. Called Shree Town, the project is a cluster of vibrant apartment buildings designed in pink, blue, orange and peach concrete by the Mumbai-based firm. The residential complex is

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Renesa uses contrasting terracotta and terrazzo materials to create all-day cafe in New Delhi

July 12, 2022 Alice Finney 0
Curved booths inside Rosie and Tillie cafe

New Delhi-based architecture and interior design studio Renesa juxtaposed terracotta and terrazzo materials to design a space that acts as a cafe by day and a bar by night. The eatery, which is called Rosie and Tillie, was named by its owners – chefs Anukriti Anand and Vicky Mandal – who wanted to create a

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Samira Rathod creates House of Concrete Experiments in India

June 11, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Interior of House of Concrete Experiments by Samira Rathod Design Atelier

Sculptural concrete walls cast with debris and a range of finishes define this home in the coastal town of Alibag, India, designed by local studio Samira Rathod Design Atelier. Named the House of Concrete Experiments, the dwelling has a fragmented form that prevented the removal of any of the mango trees on the site during

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Mind Manifestation lines self-designed studio in Pune with perforated bricks

June 5, 2022 Natasha Levy 0
Seating made from perforated bricks in Mind Manifestation's self-designed studio in Pune, India

Indian practice Mind Manifestation has set up its studio in a converted apartment in Pune and designed the interior to reflect how the local landscape changes colour from season to season. Pale green lime plaster and perforated bricks transform the 120-square-metre flat into a workspace that is both compatible with Pune’s tropical climate and reflective

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Beton Brut is a “neo-brutalist” concrete house in Ahmedabad

May 26, 2022 Alyn Griffiths 0
Image of an angular cantilevered roof at Beton Brut

Jutting concrete volumes provide shade to openings and planted terraces at this monolithic concrete house in Ahmedabad, India, designed by local studio The Grid Architects. The Grid Architects created Beton Brut house for an entrepreneur whose family enjoys creative pursuits. The client wanted a home that would provide spaces for family gatherings and for individual

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CDA creates community housing for India’s Sanjaynagar slum

May 2, 2022 Cajsa Carlson 0
Residents of the Sanjaynagar slum in new homes

Architecture studio Community Design Agency has worked with local Sanjaynagar residents to create vibrant housing blocks for people living in slum conditions in the city of Ahmednagar, India. Community Design Agency (CDA) created eight three-storey brick buildings that will eventually house 298 families in the Sanjaynagar slum in Ahmednagar, 150 miles from Mumbai. Thirty-three families

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