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Merit List 2015-2016

August 15, 2016

The House on a Stream makes it to the Merit List 2015/16. The Merit List is an initiative by Matter to recognize projects of critical relevance in the context of contemporary Indian architecture

The Jury of the Merit List comment in the Citation Note:

"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. For this private residence, the architecture of the project is informed by the site and the resultant work has considerable emphasis on the way it is situated.

This seamless integration with the landscape is combined with restrained use of space and material as the strength of the original idea in this case is not diminished by an often messy construction process. The architects present a deep understanding of the process of making. While there is great attention to elemental details, there is no compromise on the eloquence of the scheme.

Although the palette of materials is familiar and follows a safe, contemporary 'template', there is finesse in the efficacy, execution and integrity in the sculptural forms that represent boulders on the river-bed. The concrete shells create interesting spatial compositions from within and the openings frame parts of architecture and landscape that prompts the user to experience the site to its greatest potential.

The architects devote great effort and control on the juxtaposition of the architecture and landscape and therefore, the House on a Stream in Alibaug by Architecture BRIO is a Citation Project in The Merit List."

Contemporary architecture practices in India produce work of substantial quality. They venture beyond the concerns of form and space and engage with the potential of the rich landscape often curating projects that are complex and multidimensional that address issues that push the boundaries of programmatic frameworks. Recognising a need to seek and chronicle such projects, TML aims to instigate critical discourse on the architecture of India. The Merit List aims to represent the eclectic, multi-layered, multi-faceted and diverse landscape of architectural practice in India. The TML process seeks to institute a line of inquiry that traverses typology to make place for exceptional ideas in irrespective of typology and scale.

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