Preceding cuisine and culture, architectural heritage is the most sought-after aspect of Indian tourism by outsiders. Starting from the Harappan civilization to the monolithic architecture, that seemingly floated into the Indo-Islamic language followed by the British Indo-Saracenic era, into the art-deco-inspired modernist styles of the 70s, the evolution of architecture in India is a marvellous spectrum of transformation embodying the thought and values of each era. With minimalism, multi-functionality and sustainability emerging as future trends in the craft, architects and studios are pulling up their sleeves and trying to birth new designs merging creativity with utility.
We’ve curated a list of some such names in the Indian architecture game that you should look out for.
I. Modo Design Studio
The firm was founded in 2002 by architect Arpan Shah and undertakes projects from the residential and corporate spheres. The firm derives its name from a latin word 'MODO' which means 'of its time'. In this sense, their architectural designs are approached as progressive and appropriate. For the studio, design is a participatory and an exploratory process, a process of research, exploration and refinement. It involves initial spontaneous response in a design, coupled by open ended explorations. They are known for their Inside-out House, Terracota House and The Courtyard House.
Founded by Vinu Daniel in 2007, Wallmakers have devoted themselves to the cause of using mud and waste as the chief components, to make structures that are both, utilitarian and alluring. They believe in understanding and using materials easily available from a site or in building with waste, which led us to research and develop techniques such as the Debris Wall and the Shuttered Debris Wall. Some of their projects include The Pirouette House in Trivandrum, St. George Orthodox Church at Mattanchery and The Jackfruit Garden Residence.
III. 1leapingfrog Studio
1leapingfrog studio was founded by architects Bhyrav B.R and Aatira L. Zacharias, alumini of The University School Of Design. "Space remains a magical notion for us. We try to treat it without bias, giving each idea a chance to evolve into something larger than who we are. We bring to each project our collective consciousness - poetry, music, food, movies, art, travel, love, loss, memories, friendships and life itself. These have been our inspirations, especially in those moments of turmoil that haunt any designer, young and old alike." Shares the duo. Their projects include House Chirag, Cochin and Sampada House, Bangalore.
IV. Studio Organon
Founded in 2006 by Saurabh Dakshini, Studio Organon is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice recognised by AD 100 for the year 2018 & 2019. "We're not trying to live up to a slogan or keep up with a trend. It’s a broader idea: when local people—artists, designs, craftsmen, call them what you will—create new things, they do so with an intimate and unrivalled knowledge of their surroundings. They know how hot or cold it will be when the seasons change. They know what their landscape looks like, the colours that are found there. That’s why what they create often seems serendipitous: it fits into everything around it, like a piece of a jigsaw." says the studio's website. Some of their projects are the Chidya Ghar bar at Roseate House, Blue Tokai Cafe and Illum Design.
In 2012 partners Huzefa Rangwala and Jasem Pirani founded the studio built upon their shared passion for design. MuseLAB is an end-to-end design studio; offering a bespoke and leading-edge approach to design. With a precise focus on unique and highly customized environments, interiors and furniture. Each space and or product by the studio embodies integrity and is created with the same care, skill and attention to detail. They both intuitive and traditional methods of analysis to identify the tangible and the intangible. Some of their projects include The India Circus, Soap Opera and The Confederate Rose.