The experiential content of any structure is as important as the aesthetic one. And the young architecture firm in Mumbai, Architecture BRIO effortlessly bring this balance of plausible and implausible in their work. Headed by a Dutch – Indian duo, Robert Verrijt and Shefali Balwani, the firm in a short span of eight years has made its mark on the architectural map of the country.
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.
Architecture BRIO will present their vision on affordable housing in Mumbai during the Capita Selecta Lecture Series in Delft. The lecture series explores the issues of affordable housing in exploding cities. By focussing on different areas in the world – China, Ethiopia, Russia and India – the lecture series will explore the importance of local cultural conditions.
Humans are deeply interlinked with the life of butterflies. Not only are butterflies indicators of the health of our environment, in many cultures butterflies are associated with the soul. The relation to butterflies goes as far that in the Himalayan region, some of the Nagas of Manipur trace their ancestry from them. Architecture BRIO and fUSE have won the open competition held by the Forest Department of Sikkim to design the Himalayan Butterfly Reserve in Sikkim
Studio Lukas Feireiss presents ‘The Imaginarium’ on display currently at Studio X Mumbai. ‘The Imaginarium’ is devoted to the prescient subject of ecological change and adaptations caused by artificial interventions into existing ecosystems. It catalogues a world in which the sun is setting on our idealistic and preservationist views of the natural world.
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’
Architecture BRIO gives a lecture on the Magic Bus Learning Pavilion at “Learning of the Grid” at Studio-X in Mumbai on 21 January 2011
A roundtable discussion about the state of education in India. Speakers will include local architects, planners and educators from in and around Mumbai.
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.
The travelling exhibition “Building India- Indian Visions Dutch Methods” was successfully opened at Sir JJ College of Architecture. Mumbai on the 9th July 2010. The exhibition was originally on show at the ARCAM Gallery in Amsterdam, and currently travels across various cities in India. The exhibition presents a general introduction to present-day India, to the current state of architecture and urbanism, and the building task for the next ten years.
Large scale European architecture companies have been moving into Mumbai over the last decade more and more to develop various projects. Indian architecture companies however have also been increasing, in size, in volume and in projects. While Mumbai is growing rapidly, the two architectural worlds seem somewhat distanced from each other. The young architecture practice Architecture BRIO fits right in between these two worlds. Not 100% European and not 100% Indian.
Architecture BRIO’s Staff Dormitory for Magic Bus has been selected as a winning entry in the global 20+10+X World Architecture Community Awards. Winners were selected by World Architecture’s Honorary Members, together with twenty other projects from across the world. The aim of the WA Community Awards is to highlight and publish remarkable projects expressing novelty, originality and creativity in design that reflect and inspire a commitment to the art of architecture
The Saffron Newslettter interviews Robert Verrijt about the meaning of identity in Dutch Architecture compared to the Indian context. For the Dutch, architecture is a legitimate form of expression, of identity. India, where contemporary architecture is more market-driven, is also beginning to recognize the power of design in the built environment. We look at the fascinating nexus between architecture and image in both countries….
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Tulsi Pipe is a stretch of road in mumbai running along the western railway line.
Almost along the entire length of the this road there exists a slum colony. Consisting of the scrap material of the railways, dismantled advertising boards, and cheap construction plastics, one could only call this a slum.
In Karjat at the Magic Bus Campus, an experiment in bamboo, is being constructed. This lightweight construction method reduces the amount of non-renewable materials required significantly. The complex geometry with oddly tilting walls and roofs emphasize the temporary character of the village.
The site of this weekend house is steeply sloping with a 1:4 gradient. To the north of the plot runs a river in the east – west direction. The site slopes down towards the river. Taking advantage of the flattened plateau at the highest point of the site the house is positioned such that its roof slab level merges with the level of the plateau. One can therefore walk onto the roof from the top of the land