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.
This issue is the second in a series of the bi-annual design journal. It is published by Matter on Contemporary Architecture and Design in India. The publication chronicles and document ideas and works of some of the most innovative designers from India. The 200-page design journal contains more than 350 full-colour images, drawings, essays, dialogues and editorial on projects of many scales and typologies.
Shefali Balwani and Robert Verrijt will lecture at the Transfer dialogues in Colombia GSAPP, New York, on Friday the 5th October.
Alongside Tonohiro Hate from Tomohiro Hate and Associates, Kobe Japan, this lecture brings two different practices from different countries together. It explores and compares their way of producing architecture in today’s globalised context.
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.
‘When is Space?’ discusses contemporary architecture and space-making practices in India. The historic city of Jaipur established by the astronomer-king Sawai Jai Singh and the Jawahar Kala Kendra, one of the most significant buildings of Charles Correa, provide an apt context for this exhibition. A large part of contemporary space-making practices appears to be structured around three imperatives: first, computational and mathematical logics aided through a variety of devices including digital media; second, environmental and cultural responsiveness that manifests as new building typologies; and third, concerns regarding city and public that produce urbanistic practices of research and advocacy. These imperatives were also central to the pursuits of Jai Singh and Charles Correa.
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 Times of India reports on its front page the latest endavour the Bandra Collective is undertaking. Concerned with the quality of public spaces in Bandra, the collaborative of architects and designers initiated a proposal that tackles several issues culminiating on a stretch of public space on traffic congested Linking Road.
Brown Paper Bag reports on the Bandra Collective, a colony of architectural firms The Busride Design, Samir D’monte Architects, Sameep Padora & Associates, Urban Studio, Abraham John Architects, Architecture BRIO that are working with the municipality to make Bandra a prettier place.
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.
Home & Design Trends India discusses with a group of experts the future of Indian Cities in an article called MyView “The imperatives of urban planning for Indian cities”
BillionBricks and Architecture BRIO envision to empower Konchur to turn into a Sustainable Model Village for New India by initiating strategic interventions and investments that are self scalable by the community.
“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.
Gizmodo reviews the Spiral Dollhouse design: “If you’re already feeling self-conscious about the tiny one-bedroom apartment you call home, this stunning sixth-scale house designed for dolls or action figures isn’t going to make you feel any better about your living arrangements. But it will give you something to aspire to one day, because this isn’t Barbie’s dream house, it’s everyone’s dream house.
The Architectural Digest India features the Apartment DNNW designed by Architecture BRIO in Mumbai.