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The Making of the Mumbai Artist Retreat

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.

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Elemental Living – Contemporary Houses in Nature

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….

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Design Duo That Heroes Both Nature And Urban Architecture

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.

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Etania Green School featured in Green Building Magazine

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.

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Architectural Drawings

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.

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ARCHITECTURE BRIO featured in Taschen’s Homes for our time

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.

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Shefali Balwani at the 2018 Kurula Varkey Design Forum

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.

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The Worlds Most Extraordinary Homes – India S2E6

The ‘Riparian House’ was recently visited by Caroline and Piers who exclaimed in the India episode S02E06 of ‘The Worlds Most Extraordinary Homes’: “this house is like Marry Poppins, it’s practically perfect in every way”

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26th Architect of the Year Award 2016

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.

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Merit List 2016-2017

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.”

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AD50 – The best Architects in India – 2017

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.

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Mountain Retreat Uttarakhand

With the Himalayan mountain range as a backdrop, construction started on a duo of Mountain Retreats near Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

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Merit List 2015-2016

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.”

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AD50 – the 50 Most Influential Designers in India – 2016

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.

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24th Architecture of the Year Award

We are honoured to receive the JKC Architect of the Year Award. Our first residential project, House on a Stream won in the category Private Residence. The JKC AYA Awards is the longest running architectural award competition in India.

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The State of Architecture in India

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.

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Best Practice of the Year

“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.

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Pavilion for India Interior Design Exhibition

in February the India Design ID Exhibiton was held in New Delhi. Architecture BRIO was asked by Elle Decor and Asian Paints to design an exhibition pavilion around the theme of “Startup”

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NDTV House Design of the Year Award

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”.

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AD50 : most influential designers in India

Who is shaping India’s design expression and re-inventing our landscapes? Architectural Digest compiled a list of the 50 most influential names in Indian architecture and design for 2014 – AD-50.  Architecture BRIO was amongst them.

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Laureus Learning Pavilion Opened

The Laureus Learning Pavilon – part building, part challenge course located at the Magic Bus Centre near Mumbai – was officially opened at an inaugural ceremony on December 1st, 2013.

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House on a Stream Completed

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.”

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Architecture BRIO designs Resort with holiday homes

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.

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Book Launch – Learning from Mumbai

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.

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In Progress: Magic Bus Rope Bridge

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.

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Indian Architect and Builder Essay

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.

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Mid-day features Learning Pavilion by Architecture BRIO

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’

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Visitors at House on a Stream

Visitors at House on a Stream

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Unsolicited Architecture Workshop

Architecture BRIO conducts workshop in “Unsolicited Architecture” event at Studio-X in Mumbai on 12 and 13 February 2011

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Architecture BRIO and fUSE design Biodiversity Institute

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.

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