An Office Landscape ; Mumbai
- January 04, 2014
Near Haji Ali in Mumbai is a new office building. As are many in big cities, at least from the distance, there is little to distinguish it from the sea of the many similar looking buildings. Should it look different? Should it not? This whole discussion about what are “back ground buildings : meaning, those that sort of vanish in a blur, and “foreground ” buildings, meaning those that stand out and have an identity is often an incorrectly represented discussion. True, all buildings don’t need to be flamboyant, or stand out strongly- but they at least must have an identity, a certain presence, a distinct character. In olden days, often this was, despite buildings being produced by a guild or following certain building traditions, provided by the great craft in their making, the small nuances, the special details. None of that happens much now. Sadly.
For the landscape of the building we tried to develop a language, a recognizable aesthetic and one that gave it a sense of place.
Some early pictures.
A show window of selected plants marks the entrance. A detail of the water feature; a gabion wall installation.
The tight driveway , that just has space for a car turning is edged with a screen that hides the services behind.
The water feature installation in the background, with a lighting installation that forms the center piece of the drive way.
Detail; Light Installation.
The top terrace is a casual cafe space. It has many island installation with screens designed based on the sun path; The planting is a range of grasses.
Being installed now, are large light installations; on three terraces. Once done, these will be symbolic beacons on the building floors- a form that is sort of marine, making a connection with the nearby sea.
361 – The Degree of Difference; Architecture and Identity
January 03, 2014
361 Degrees, an Architectural Conference, is scheduled on 19th-20-21st February 2014 at Mumbai. There are two keynote lectures; one by Prof. B.V. Doshi and the other by Steven Holl, along with a a host of other speakers . Do find the posters and details of the conference:
Sense of Place- Landscapes for new Urbanity
January 29, 2014
The idea of identity in emerging urbanity is a difficult one. With clone like relentless growth , the new urbanity of India has no soul, no character, and no sense of personality. Arguably , to deal with both, the idea of this scale and pace in any other way seems difficult. Either we should