The Mumbai Artist Retreat that is about to be completed, is poised to become a place, where artists can work in a spacious, natural environment. It allows artists to retreat from and reflect on the heavy physical and psychological demands of the global metropole. The Artist Retreat will function as a community space. It is an art lab of sorts that aims to bring together art, ecology and society.
The publication Elemental Living – Contemporary Houses in Nature highlights the shifting relationship between architecture and the natural world. Landscape is here the inspiration for architecture. Each of the 60 contemporary houses have been designed to embed themselves in, perch on, sweep across or nestle within the natural world. They all demonstrate a deep understanding of its context, but more so, they demonstrate their ability to create unique living spaces that connect their residents with the mountains, lakes, deserts, forests and oceans that they inhabit. The two houses in India designed by Architecture BRIO interact with the natural environment in very different ways….
Across the globe, architecture has had a ubiquitous and rich history of interacting with its natural surroundings. From the hanging gardens of Babylon to the verandas of colonial-era bungalows, tedious effort and time have been spent crafting designs that best allow a structure to become a part of the landscape it sits upon. Yet, modern trends often show a relatively harsh disconnect between people’s homes and the land that frames them. Architecture BRIO, rather successfully, strives to include nature in their progressive designs. Robert and Shefali manage to not only create domains that appear visually stunning but also draw on the natural benefits of a property. Simply, BRIO’s designs are delineated by playing to a given plot’s strengths.
Billion Bricks is proud to be featured in the 59th issue of Green Building, Taiwan. In this release, we present the Etania Green School project and display new pictures and insights about the project.
The school building stands on a riverside site that has a history of devastating flooding. Therefore, like much of Borneo’s vernacular architecture, the school is placed on top of decommissioned building containers. This prevents the classrooms from flooding.
Communicating ideas through drawings takes a central position in Architecture BRIO’s work. Sketching starts initially with procrastination. Taking up the pencil to start sketching is postponed as much as possible. Inspiration doesn’t come with a blank sheet. First, sketching has to happen in the mind.
Philip Jodidio features Architecture BRIO’s Riparian House in his latest publication with Taschen called “Homes for our Time”. The publication is organized by architect and brimming with crisp photography and plans. The result is a sweeping survey of the contemporary house.
Shefali Balwani lectured at the 2018 Kurula Varkey Design Forum, an annual event hosted by the Students of Architecture, since 2001 at CEPT University. This year the focus of the forum is to generate discourses on how ideas are manifested through built forms.
Architecture BRIO was honoured to receive the 26th Architect of the Year Award from Dr K Radhakrishnan, Ex Chairman ISRO. The “Riparian House” won in the residential category. The JK Architect of the Year Award is India’s longest running architecture award.
The Riparian House has been selected on the Merit List 2016 – 2017. “The Riparian House is a well-known contemporary type – a weekend home set in a beautiful landscape. While the architecture of this type has become increasingly predictable, this house takes a different approach and uses the found landscape and tectonics of the terrain to its advantage making architecture in close collaboration with the land.”
Architecture BRIO features for the third year in a row in the AD50. A list curated to highlight the best design professionals from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. As proponents of experimentation, Architecture BRIO was listed amongst ‘the progressives’ whose projects represent a radical way of practice in architecture.
the House on a Stream makes it to the Merit List 2015-2016. “The weekend residence project by Architecture BRIO is a unique example of how sophisticated architectural language that uses well-crafted and bold sculptural forms becomes instrumental in creating a genuine dialogue with the site and the natural setting in which it is located.”
Architecture BRIO features for the second year in the AD50. The AD50 is an endeavor to spotlight the best in residential design across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Curated by Balkrishna Doshi and India Mahdavi, the list focuses on firms whose projects represent the power of architecture to transcend functionality, create enduring spaces for its inhabitants and define new idioms for the cities in which they are located.
The work of Architecture BRIO is presented in the exhibition “The State of Architecture in India. This exhibition will present the state of contemporary architecture in India within a larger historical overview since Independence. It will not only map emerging practices but also discuss the aspirations they represent, and stimulate a conversation on architecture among the architectural fraternity, patrons and public at large.
“The firm and its projects stand out for clarity of language. They have an unbearable lightness of being.” comments jury member Sen Kapadia on the work of Architecture BRIO at the Trends Excellence Awards. The firm won the Best Practice of the Year and Residential Project of the Year Commendation Awards.
The first NDTV Design and Architecture Awards focus on the complexities of building projects from an innovation, design, aesthetic, sustainability and conservation perspective. A high powered jury did the tough of job of shortlisting the winners from the all the entries received. Architecture BRIO won the award for the House Design of the Year 2014 for their project “House on a Stream”.
Architecture BRIO completes the “House on a Stream” in Alibag, India. Ian Nazareth writes in his article in the “Australian Architectural Review”: “….the project is strikingly brusque, making ideological links with representation and occupation, expressing a deliberate divergence.”
Architecture BRIO has been appointed to design a resort with 16 holiday homes near Navabag Village. The development of this 6 hectares site will include the ecological restoration of an existing lake and the development of 16 holiday homes and a boat house.
The book “Learning from Mumbai” will be launched today, the 14th of May in the Hague. The book attempts to protrait the nature of the architectural practice in Urban India from diverse points of view. A chapter called “Socially and environmentally Conscious Architecture” has been dedicated about how Architecture BRIO deals with the challenges of the profession.
We are very excited about the Rope Bridge currently being installed at the Magic Bus Learning Pavilion. The Learning Pavilion will be used as a gathering space and play area for underprivileged children while they are on a weekend camps at the Magic Bus Centre. A variety of activities will be held here such as group sessions with the children, discussions, art workshops, games and raft building.
Architecture BRIO has been published in the “Practices of Consequence” issue of Indian Architect and Builder. The issue comprises of essays, conversations and comments on some of the most significant and emerging practices in the Indian context.
Sunday Midday published an article on architects working with communities and NGO’s in India. The article featured projects by ‘Architecture for Humanity’, ‘Scott Gerald Shall’, ‘Vaibhav Kaley’, ‘Sandeep Virmani’, ‘the Cohesion Foundation’, and ‘Architecture BRIO’
The North Indian state Sikkim, strengthens its approach towards environmental friendly strategies. fUSE Studio and Architecture BRIO have been appointed via an international tender to design the Biodiversity Training Institute of Sikkim.
The building with educational and residential facilities will be characterized by green features that derive from re-using and reinterpretation of local techniques and knowledge.