Minimalist Architect

What is it about minimalism which makes so much sense? Is it the absence of chaos? Is it an opportunity to be with what is absolutely essential & required? or is it a mindset. An approach to simplify life? Is it just fashionable statement or an Avant Garde moment to declare? Maybe it is all of the above or it is a choice which makes (can be at any stage of life). But one thing has become quite clear to me as an architect that minimalism looks like an idealists approach (given the chaos of things that we are subjected to in our everyday life), but it is a tough call to make it real. Our hole life is revolving around capitalist movements and our highly consumer driven surrounding, so knowingly we are part of it from early on in our life (this does exclude certain section of people). Over 10 years of my architectural design practice I have been trying to do what works best for the project, the client and to me (do notice the hierarchical order of choice that I have allowed

Instagrammable Architecture!

We are all smitten by new ways of socialising and one making the rounds around the block is Instagram. It is almost 8 years back that this new media platform was launched and before anyone got started with it they rather seemed bemused by the idea itself. With a great leap of faith most of them made a transition from  Facebook  and twitter to Instagram as it is more INSTant. Also, the glamour of sharing your pictures with a  hashtag  which can be seen by anyone who is not even your friend vouched more connection (doesn't matter if they are even surreal). So where does it leave me and our architectural design firm  SDM Architects . With much coaxing from our current and ex-staff we were  privileged  to be  enlightened  with the idea of Instagram in March 2018 (after 8 years of hibernation). Following that we never stopped and started our race to get the best and the better pictures that we can broadcast of us, our work and our futuristic ideas. But within months of

Challenges of designing a House on a Narrow Plot in India

It is very common to find plots in India which are very narrow in shape, with very minimal dimensions on the front side of the plot that usually abuts the road. Most often than not it shares a common plot boundary line with its neighbouring plots on two sides or even on all three sides. This makes it very critical to design a house as there is no setback space left for a walk around the house in case of fire, which means there will be no space for providing windows or openings on its sides which are critical for light and ventilation of the rooms. In such scenarios, a light well, shaft or a central courtyard is what we prefer to consider. There are variety of ways a skylight can be incorporated over the central court of the house, but is it good enough? So, in the quest to have more light, ventilation and a view from inside to outside is necessary and here are some ideas which may be considered while designing. As light and ventilation go hand in hand it is essential to have

Importance of a Pre-School Interior Design

Exploring Children A child starts learning very early on in his/her life. Most of it begins very much at home and as a child has a very absorbent mind (as quoted by Maria Montessori for age 0 to 3) they learn a great deal by  purely observing things  and  activities surrounding them .  Most of their time is spent for sleep, food, bath, etc but most essential part of their awake time is spent into  observing  and  communicating . A home is a comfortable & protected environment for a child where they initiate relating to people, space and things on there own. From the time they are born they start with observation as there is so much to see, but after a point of time they are keen to have varied experiences which enriches there quest to know more. This is when a place like  Pre-School  comes into play which is a safe environment for them to be in and also provides them with enough opportunity for stimulating there interests. So a pre-school has to be well thought off and designe

Pre School Interior Design at Andheri, Mumbai by SDM Architects

Early education has its own advantages and now it seems to be the time when more and more parents are keen on such facilities. With more working parents in the city and less family support to raise a young child, the time demands for institutions like these which are not as informal as home and not very formal as a primary school. Rather they are an amalgamation of exploratory space with toys, props, teaching staff, other kids, etc to provide enough opportunity for play and learn. Our story of human evolution has explained us how each of our younger generation is better off than the previous one. This is not just due to the advancement in the gene pool but also to be credited towards the freedom of exploration, observation and learning. With these three basic principals of the school as the benchmark we designed a joyful environment for children of age group from 1.5 years to 6 years of age. The intent has been to create a serene and simple space for young minds to explore without

Master Planning and Design for Dream City Ventures Pvt. Ltd.

Dream city ventures is an ambitious exhibition space proposal which is planned to be stationed within the heart of the city for a span of 1 to 2 months. This if first of its kind to be explored at Bandra Kurla Complex Grounds on an approx. 10 Acre piece of land. Our client was very interested on a business model which is intrinsically weaved with Indian culture, food and people. Our city is a mix of people from different parts of our country and everyone has their own distinct traditions and culture which in a cosmopolitan city of Mumbai gets merged well. The innate intent of this exhibition space was to celebrate different cultures from different states of India. Henceforth the design proposal was developed with a thought to include two major sections, one for commercial purposes and the other as engagement spaces. They were divided proportionately so that there are enough interactive spaces within. The commercial space was divided into 5 different pavilions with each of them r

Exhibition Space Design for Clarity Corporation at 3D Printing Expo held at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai

The exhibition was about 3D Printing Technology from all over the world and also about 3D Printing services that are available in our country. Together the event was meant to broadcast the cutting edge 3D Printing technology that is available to professional designers to doctors to engineers to basic design enthusiasts. So the exhibition space design needed to be developed well in consultation with the team at clarity3dprintng so they commissioned us to design a simple & elegant installation art kind of space which directly explains the essence of this technology. The event really captured the enthusiasm of SDM Architects as we are one of the few Architectural design firms based in Mumbai who started using a 3D Printer for making 3D Printed models of our projects.  The interior design of the exhibition space makes use of humble folded paper and 3D Printed Text which explores the nature of 3D Printing objects, either virtual, real or imaginary. As the technology has been evolvin