Critical tools of the practice of Architecture BRIO
Architecture BRIO is one of the most versatile amongst emerging practices in India. Working from Mumbai, their studio has been able to create works of finesse with a refreshing sense of newness and surprise. This piece is an attempt to understand the key ingredients of their design process with an emphasis on the act of drawing as a negotiator of ideas.
The works of Architecture BRIO hinge on design development in the studio. This method appears non-negotiable and renders much clarity to the sophisticated buildings that they make. Shefali Balwani and Robert Verrijt acknowledge the potential of working in the tropics. In a landscape like India where skill and construction knowledge are both accessible. By keeping a certain distance from the processes on the site, the architects are able to articulate a certain formality and direction to the design process that is not interrupted. For BRIO, collaborations are “only potentially as successful as the geographic location of a project (that allows one to work with these skilled craftpersons), and the budgets and time to do so” – a luxury seldom accessible in mainstream practice.
The ‘Studio’ editorial tries to decipher the three key domains of exploration in the works of Architecture BRIO - drawing, model-making and the site.