Archive for January, 2012


AN INDIAN ARCHITECT-EUGENE PANDALA

Eugene Pandala is an Indian architect, known for building with values of environmental sustainability. Eugene Pandala did Masters in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He had his Fellowship in Heritage Conservation at University of York and at Fort Brockhurst (English Heritage Training Centre) in U.K. He was the founding head of the department of Architecture at the Architecture School in Quilon where he spent educating and researching on traditional building technologies of India.

Pandala while studying at Delhi School of Planning and Architecture met the legendary architect Hassan Fathy, and was inspired to build with mud. As a nature lover, and cultural heritage conservation activist, he designs buildings with natural materials, making some of his work the most interesting organic forms with cultural continuity, so natural to its surroundings.

His unique Architecture style paved way to many awards, and recognition.In 2011, Lalith Kala Academy awarded him the first Laurie Baker award.The Designer of the year Award given by Inside Outside design magazine in 2007 was for eco friendly design. His heritage Conservation project in East Fort Trivandrum was chosen for a commendation award by Inside Outside magazine in 2004.In 1999 for one of his residential building built with mud “Bodhi”, Pandala was given, a Commendation award, by J.K. Foundations, Architect of the year award.

Fort Cochin Heritage conservation project, Trivandrum East Fort Conservation projects, is often cited as good examples of Kerala heritage conservation initiatives. This was led by Eugene Pandala’s conservation team, enabling the State Government to win the PATTA award. Green buildings/sustainable building is a field where Pandala has excelled. His Tsunami rehabilitation projects, and buildings for hospitality industries receives wide acclaim due to its interwoven complicity with nature.

HIS WORKS:

RAVIS HOUSE IN CHATHANOOR

House designrd for Dr. Anand Reddy at Jublie Hills Hydrabad

 

AN INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECT-FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 500 works. Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935), which has been called “the best all-time work of American architecture”.Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture, and developed the concept of the Usonian home, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.

His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. Wright authored 20 books and many articles, and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. Already well-known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”.

Personal style and concepts

Wright’s creations took his concern with organic architecture down to the smallest details. From his largest commercial commissions to the relatively modest Usonian houses, Wright conceived virtually every detail of both the external design and the internal fixtures, including furniture, carpets, windows, doors, tables and chairs, light fittings and decorative elements. He was one of the first architects to design and supply custom-made, purpose-built furniture and fittings that functioned as integrated parts of the whole design, and he often returned to earlier commissions to redesign internal fittings. Some of the built-in furniture remains, while other restorations have included replacement pieces created using his plans. His Prairie houses use themed, coordinated design elements (often based on plant forms) that are repeated in windows, carpets and other fittings. He made innovative use of new building materials such asprecast concrete blocks, glass bricks and zinc cames (instead of the traditional lead) for his leadlight windows, and he famously used Pyrex glass tubing as a major element in the Johnson Wax Headquarters. Wright was also one of the first architects to design and install custom-made electric light fittings, including some of the very first electric floor lamps, and his very early use of the then-novel spherical glass lampshade (a design previously not possible due to the physical restrictions of gas lighting).

As Wright’s career progressed, so did the mechanization of the glass industry. Wright fully embraced glass in his designs and found that it fit well into his philosophy of organic architecture. Glass allowed for interaction and viewing of the outdoors while still protecting from the elements. In 1928, Wright wrote an essay on glass in which he compared it to the mirrors of nature: lakes, rivers and ponds. One of Wright’s earliest uses of glass in his works was to string panes of glass along whole walls in an attempt to create light screens to join together solid walls. By utilizing this large amount of glass, Wright sought to achieve a balance between the lightness and airiness of the glass and the solid, hard walls. Arguably, Wright’s best-known art glass is that of the Prairie style. The simple geometric shapes that yield to very ornate and intricate windows represent some of the most integral ornamentation of his career.

Wright responded to the transformation of domestic life that occurred at the turn of the 20th century, when servants became a less prominent or completely absent from most American households, by developing homes with progressively more open plans. This allowed the woman of the house to work in her ‘workspace’, as he often called the kitchen, yet keep track of and be available for the children and/or guests in the dining room. Much of modern architecture, including the early work of Mies van der Rohe, can be traced back to Wright’s innovative work.

HIS WORKS:

 

William H. Winslow House , River Forest, Illinois(1893)

Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania (1937)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,New York City (1959)

Robie House, University of Chicago campus

RICHARD MEIER

1. Norman Foster 

NORMAN FOSTER is an architectural phenomenon; responsible for a dozen or more of the key buildings of the last 35 years, but also as the founder of perhaps the most financially successful architectural practice of modern times.

Under his driven leadership, what is now called Foster + Partners has grown to an international firm with approaching 1000 employees, building across the world. He is responsible for the design of Beijing’s new airport, one of the world’s largest, for the Rossiya tower in Moscow, in contention to be the tallest skyscraper in Europe, for one of the towers at Ground Zero in Manhattan, and for a crop of new towers in London.

To build all these and many more projects, from opera houses and art galleries, to a commercial space port, viaducts, and entire cities, Foster has transformed the nature of architectural practice, constructing a highly motivated machine that can produce work of the highest technical quality on a global scale.

Norman Foster is a British architect and was born in Manchester, England in 1935. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.

He is the founder and chairman of Foster + Partners. Founded in London in 1967, it is now a worldwide practice, with project offices in more than twenty countries. Over the past four decades the company has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. Since its inception, the practice has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions.

Current and recent work includes the largest single building on the planet, Beijing Airport, the redevelopment of Dresden Railway Station, Millau Viaduct in France, the Swiss Re tower and the Great Court at the British Museum in London, an entire University Campus for Petronas in Malaysia, the Hearst Headquarters tower in New York, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and research centres at Stanford University, California.

He became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in 2002. He has been awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architecture (1994), the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (1983), and the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture (1991). In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in 1999 was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

The “High Tech” vocabulary of Foster Associates shows an uncompromising exploration of technological innovations and forms. The firm’s work also shows a dedication to architectural detailing and craftsmanship. Their designs emphasize the repetition of industrialized “modular” units in which prefabricated off-site-manufactured elements are frequently employed. The firm often designs specialist components for individual projects.

His remarkable buildings and urban projects have transformed cityscapes, renewed transportation systems and restored city centres all over the world. Many of these aesthetically and technologically groundbreaking projects are based on ecology – conscious concepts, setting new standards for the interaction of buildings with their environment. Among his recent projects are some of the most remarkable architectural projects of the last years, including the reconstruction of the reichstag in berlin, the design of the great court at the british museum in london, the millennium bridge (the first new thames crossing for more than 100 years), and the new Hongkong international airport – the world’s largest airport terminal.

As the office continued to grow, the question that began to be raised was that while the huge expansion in numbers had created a powerful force for raising the general standard of architecture, it made it more difficult for Foster to realise more works of such individual genius as the Sainsbury Centre, or Willis Faber. With such a large office to service, projects that could never offer the same chance to achieve something remarkable had of necessity to be accepted.

But while there have certainly been a number of Foster projects that have been no more than competent in recent years, Foster continues to confound his critics with such achievements as the sublime Pont Millau bridge in France, and the well regarded Hearst tower in Manhattan – a building that so impressed the New Yorker’s architecture critic Paul Goldberger that he described Foster as the Mozart of Modernism.

List of Sir Norman Foster buildings

TED | Talks : Norman Foster’s Green Agenda

Official Website

 

"London City Hall", London, UK, 1998 to 2003, Government Offices

 

 

"30 St Mary Axe", London, UK, 2000 to 2004, Commercial Office Tower

 

 

"Millau Viaduct", Millau, Tarn Valley, France, 2004, Highway Bridge

 

 

"Hongkong and Shanghai Bank", Hongkong, China, 1979 - 1986, Bank

 

 

"Torre Caja Madrid" (Madrid Savings Bank Tower), Madrid, Spain, 2004 - 2008, Bank Tower

 

 

"The Bow", Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2007 - estimated completion 2012, Office Tower, Architects: Foster and Partners, Zeidler Partnership Architects

 

 

Approved project of two skyscrapers "Hermitage Plaza", Courbevoie, France, Scheduled to start in 2012 and to be completed by 2016

 

 

Proposed skyscraper "1 Hardman Square", Manchester, UK, Architect: Foster and Partners

 

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2. Charles Correa

Born in Hyderabad, India on September 1, 1930, Charles Correa is an Architect, Planner, Activist and Theoretician. He is the Principal and founder of Charles Correa Associates of Mumbai, India, and the A Farwell Bemis Professor, School of Architecture & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA.  He has been awarded the highest honours of the Architecture profession, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan, and the Gold Medals of the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

He studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after which he established a private practice in Bombay in 1958. His work in India shows a careful development, understanding and adaptation of Modernism to a non-western culture. His early works attempt to explore a local vernacular within a modern environment.His land-use planning and community projects continually try to go beyond typical solutions to third world problems.

Charles Correa is a fundamental figure in the world-wide panorama of contemporary architecture. He studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after which he established a private practice in Bombay in 1958, after a stint with B.V. Doshi at Ahmedabad. His work in India shows a careful development, understanding and adaptation of Modernism to a non-western culture. His early works attempt to explore a local vernacular within a modern environment. His land-use planning and community projects continually try to go beyond typical solutions to third world problems.

All of his work-from the planning of New Bombay to the carefully detailed memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad has placed special emphasis on prevailing resources, energy and climate as major determinants in the ordering of space.

Over the last four decades, Correa has done pioneering work in urban issues and low cost shelter in the Third World. From 1970-75, he was Chief Architect for New Bombay an urban growth center of 2 million people, across the harbor from the existing city. In 1985, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi appointed him Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanization.

Charles Correa has held visiting professorships at leading universities including the University of California at Berkeley, Tongji University in Shanghai, and Harvard University, and has been the Sir Banister Fletcher Professor at the University of London, the Albert Bemis Professor at MIT, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Professor at Cambridge.

Charles Correa was Head of the Holcim Awards global jury in 2009.

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Official Website

 

"Jawahar Kala Kendra", Jaipur, Rajasthan, 1986 - 1991, Multi Arts Centre

 

 

Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Rajasthan

 

 

"Mahatma Gandhi Memorial", Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, India, Museum

 

 

"LIC Building", Connaught Place, New Delhi, India

 

 

"Kanchanjunga Apts.", Mumbai, India, 1970 - 1983, Skyscraper Multi-family housing

 

 

"The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown", Lisbon, Portuguese biomedical research foundation

 

 

"The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown", Lisbon

For more photos of The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown go to this link

"Bharat Bhawan", Bhopal, India, 1982, Arts Complex

 

 

Largest centre for Brain Research in the world "Brain and Cognitive Science Centre", MIT, Boston

 

For more information about various projects, go to the official site Charles Correa Associates

1)Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 1,500 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award – in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New YorkChicagoSan Francisco,  Washington, D.C.LondonHong KongShanghaiMumbai and Abu Dhabi.


KAFD Vertical Medina

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Vertical Medina is a mixed use residential, office, and retail development that flips the traditional Arab medina city form – with its interlocking alleyways and courtyards – on edge to create a rich vertical network of shops, offices, residences. The structure, clad in locally sourced limestone, is composed of 55 luxury apartments ranging from one to four bedrooms, with no two alike. The lower floors consist of Class A office space and retail shops.

In traditional Arab cities, the courtyard was the center of life at home, providing privacy, ventilation, and visual interest. In the urban context of this high-rise district of Riyadh, the vertical courtyard terraces serve the same purpose and provide outstanding views of the city. The deep recesses of each “courtyard” within the Medina are designed to provide natural shading to the exposures, utilizing passive sustainability strategies to cool the residences.

Project Facts

Completion Year: 2012
Project Area: 45,090 m2
Number of Stories: 16

Project Awards

2011 • Cityscape • Residential Projects Award

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Baietan Urban Design Master Plan

Guangzhou, China

The Baietan Master Plan envisions a sustainability-integrated city with over 740,000 residents and 660,000 employees situated on the banks of the Pearl River in central Guangzhou, China. Baietan will be Guangzhou’s International Commercial Center located at the heart of the Guang-Fo region. Situated to the Southwest of historic Shamian Island, a 35 square kilometer area of former industrial land will be transformed into a twenty-first century urban environment that combines the core qualities of Lingnan culture with urban density, transit accessibility, livability, and ecological vitality.

Project Facts

Site Area: 3,500 hectares

Project Awards

2011 • AIA – San Francisco Chapter • Urban Design Merit Award

Other works include

  • FBI Denver Field Office,Denver, Colorado
  • Dallas City Performance Hall,Dallas, Texas
  • KAFD Muqarnas Tower,King Abdullah Financial District, Saudi Arabia

2)HOK

HOK is a global provider of planning, design and delivery solutions for the built environment. Since the firm’s founding in 1955, HOK has developed into one of the world’s largest, most diverse and respected design practices. We employ more than 1,800 professionals linked across a global network of 25 offices on three continents. Industry surveys consistently rank HOK among the leading firms in numerous building types, specialties and regions, and we have earned many awards and honors for our projects, people and practice. HOK creates exceptional environments that meet the world’s most complex planning and design challenges. Powerful, aspirational ideas guide our solutions. Their work inspires people while shaping the future. HOK projects transcend their initial purposes to express timeless cultural, organizational and personal values. Their ability to connect across markets and disciplines in every part of the world allows them to see the “big picture” and, because they approach design from so many different perspectives, it gives them an unparalleled ability to innovate.Building on two decades of experience in sustainability, HOK creates value for our clients through innovative, environmentally responsible design.

Indianapolis Airport Project

HOK was master designer for the Indianapolis Airport Project, a complex that includes a dual-level terminal situated midfield between the two main runways. The building includes ticketing/check-in, central passenger security, baggage claim area, U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities, offices and 40 gates that accommodate a range of narrow and widebody aircraft.

The curved roof creates a symbolic gateway to the region. The planning flows from “Civic Plaza,” a central 200-foot-diameter skylit gathering place that accommodates retail/concessions and provides access to passenger security screening checkpoints. AeroDesign Group, a consortium of local firms, was architect of record.

Samsung Electronics R&D Building R4 

This 40-story R4 tower is on Samsung’s R&D campus in Suwon. HOK worked with Samoo Architects on the design.

Glass curtain walls provide controlled natural light to selected areas of the six-level podium, while modular metal panels clad other parts of the tower. The sunken court adjacent to the tower and special labs wing provides a secure, pleasant outdoor space for visitors to the lower-level dining hall.

The special labs wing features a sloping glass facade that softens the podium building mass and enhances penetration of sunlight. The flexible floor plates accommodate different combinations of office and lab layouts.

King Abdulla University of Science and Technology 

KAUST Breakwater Beacon

KAUST is a graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in Saudi Arabia and around the world.
The design addresses extraordinary challenges: creating a low-energy, highly sustainable project in a hot, humid marine climate; integrating historic Arabic culture within a contemporary built environment; and meeting an unprecedented schedule, with three years from conception to completion.
The team designed the campus as a singular ‘meta-building,’ minimizing the sun’s impact while bringing researchers and students closely together. Traditional boundaries between buildings blur with shared spaces and shaded courtyards.

Other works include :

  • FIU Frost Art Museum
  • California State University
  • Tyson Foods Discovery Centre

3)AECOM

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.  With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves.  AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.

At AECOM, they seek a balance between art and technology, form and function, beauty and purpose, vision and result. AECOM’s architects and interior design professionals have helped shape the world around them, from high-rise buildings that form city skylines, to educational, cultural, research and transportation facilities that enable the way of life and future.

Problem solvers by nature, they serve clients by listening to their concerns, understanding their goals, and sharing in their vision. They believe that capital investments in facilities should be aligned with measurable, sustainable business benefits, and their portfolio reflects a commitment to excellence and client satisfaction.

Sustainability is synonymous with good design, and principles of environmental awareness are fundamental to their design culture and integral to every discipline. For each building type, their design process is based on energy efficient building systems, appropriate selection of materials and form to maximize environmental conditions and long term performance.

Their sustainable solutions have shaped projects such as the Calgary Courts Centre in Alberta, Canada, Altria Group Headquarters and Annex in Virginia, United States and the Montgomery County Judicial Center Annex in Maryland, United States.

BLVD Place, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

AECOM was selected to provide master planning and design for BLVD Place; a 21-acre mixed-use development in the prestigious Galleria area of Houston, Texas, U.S.A. AECOM developed the masterplan of the overall site to accommodate the client’s desire to self-develop the retail and office components while selling other parcels and development rights to others for the hotel and condominium projects.

The developments’ site planning and design employs several creative concepts including densifying the city along a major thoroughfare with a mixture of complementary uses. The design team extended the city roadway grid through the project to improve vehicular circulation around the site while providing pedestrian connections to neighboring projects to give it a more urban feel. The architecture is characterized by a double cornice — two continuous projecting eaves, with 10 to 20-foot cantilevers. These roof lines provide a consistent architectural vocabulary spanning a wide variety of tenants and uses, while also providing sun-shading and rain-protection.

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The project comprises a mixed-use tower with a unique design chosen to symbolize the city of Riyadh: a simple elliptical tower topped with a curved opening where a 200-foot-long observatory bridge spans an inverted catenary arch. The striking triangular opening is visible from nearly all parts of Saudi Arabia’s capital city. This futuristic design springs from the intent of the building’s client, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of the Saudi Royal Family, who wished to build an elegant icon with a simple and structurally expressive form. The tower’s symmetry respects the traditions of Islamic art, which is known for its range of geometric forms.

The tower’s four entrances separate the major uses inside: 13 floors of office space at the bottom (including a five-story atrium lobby and a business center on the 14th floor), a 10-story Four Seasons Hotel above the offices, five levels of luxury apartments and condominiums, and the headquarters of Kingdom Holding Company on the 30th floor just below the inverted arch. A podium completes the symmetry with two side wings, featuring a retail mall anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and a wedding/conference facility unparalleled in the Middle East.

4)Mind Space

It’s a Architectural, Interior Design, cum Project management Firm offering its services all over India. It is a company which was formed with the sole intention of providing Clients in India, International Class Interior Design and Architecture at affordable rates. Mind Space specialises in doing Corporate Projects. Mind Space Team is empanelled with Tata Teleservices Ltd. for their projects in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

Mind Space has a strategic alliance with iDream Advisory Services. Joining forces with iDream, we are capable of delivering projects in all major cities in India and have set up offices in those cities. Our Mumbai , Delhi and Bangalore offices keep us abreast of the latest International Trends in our industry and also helps us to carry out projects in these cities.

HOTEL ARIF CASTLE – NAINITAL

AURA LOUNGE – LUCKNOW

FARM HOUSE – KANPUR

5)Aedas

Aedas was established in 2002 with the partnership of LPT Architects in Hong Kong and Abbey Holford Rowe in the UK to become Aedas LPT and Aedas AHR respectively. Following a merger with TCN Architects of Birmingham in 2003, the name Aedas was adopted for all areas of the practice with the LPT and AHR being dropped from the Hong Kong and UK practice names later in 2003.

It is one of the leading architectural design practices in the world. They are committed to their core values of excellence, integrity, innovation, creativity, enjoyment and diversity. They achieve their goals through their dedication to research and development, sustainability, and continuously developing talented and creative staff working as a global network of experts delivering the highest quality projects for their clients.

KRASNODAR MIXED-USE,Russia

This project proposes the redevelopment of an existing football pitch to provide seating for 3500 spectators. Coupled with this will be a spectacular new multi-sports building to replace other existing sports facilities on the site.These new sports facilities will be realized in the context of the commercial mixed-use development of the whole site, including housing, two hotels, serviced apartments, offices and a 60,000sqm retail mall

RADISSON HOTEL,Zaporozhe, Ukraine

Aedas are currently developing the scheme design for this 185 room 4 star hotel beside the river Dniepr in the centre of Zaporozhe. The project also includes a 600m2 Paulaner restaurant.
The design draws inspiration from site – an old granite quarry which is now an attractive pond surrounded by willows. The terraced podium containing the public functions grows seamlessly out of the granite strata. The guestroom floors hover above – a very simple volume with a delicately textured façade reminiscent of the willow trees.
Krasnodar Mixed-useKrasnodar Mixed-use

 

LOUIS KHAN

 

Louis isadore kahn (born in Estonia ) was a well known and inspired American architect.

Half his life he was on the journey to discover his ‘identity’ or special style.We could possibly infer that his interest in beaux’s arts style and the  journeys amid the pyramids and massive ruins of Egypt and ancient Europe finally shaped his particular style of art which comprised of  monumental and monolithic shapes responding to human scale.

Louis I kahns design and construction showed truth in all senses.He never tried to hide the weight ,rough texture of the materials or the special method of construction,assembly or joinery.Kahn mostly worked with heavily textured  brick and bare concrete the textures often reinforced by juxtaposition to highly refined surfaces such as travertine marbleIIM Ahmadabad ,assembly building Dhaka to name a few. His  work offered new intellectual possibilities to the younger generation of architects searching for alternatives to their hegemonic International Style,because he can be a perfect example for their situation.

Another important connection that can be derived from his designs is his affinity towards water .Most of his planning projects are somehow related to the peace achieved out of a large stretch of water or the spaces focusing towards a distant stretch of water.for example,in the salk institute the two laboratory blocks frame an exquisite view of the Pacific Ocean, accentuated by a thin linear fountain that seems to reach for the horizon.This view itself gives a divine feeling of peace,endlessness..etc.even the assembly buildingJatiyo Sangshad Bhaban  in Dhaka is constructed as if on a pool of water.

He was also concerned with creating strong formal distinctions between served spaces and servant spaces( spaces that serve other spaces, such as stairwells, corridors, restrooms, or any other back-of-house function like storage space or mechanical rooms.)

Eventhough, he made only few buildings almost all being remarkably good,he is often compared with le Corbusier and mies van der rohe..etc.

And finally,like most  of the starchitects,he had a turbulent personal life and his instant death in a restroom  while being bankrupt was a shocking affair,leaving many of his works incomplete.

SALK INSTITUTE

SALK INSTITUTE

 

 

PARLIAMENT,BANGLADESH

IIM AHMADABAD

 

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING,DHAKA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAMITHA SINGH

Namitha singh is an Indian architect hailing from Punjab who has a firm with her husband satnam singh.She is known as one of the few woman indian architects who could make a stand in the present scenario by being able to design large scale  development projects.

I came to know about her a few years back through a newspaper article reporting her triumph in a world wide design competition for the largest naval training institute in asia to be proposed in Kannur district,kerala.Her entry came top among lot of renowned architects in india.Her work,ezhimala naval academy,payyannur was opened recently and I have visited it last year ,which made me choose namitha singh for this assignment.

Ar.Namitha  has designed Institutional, Commercial and Residential buildings during her career spanning over the last three decades.Some of them are ina ezhimala,sri dasmesh academy.

INA,Ezhimala:Her design ideology is to plan things suitable to the respective sight.About her design of the naval academy she says

“The main idea was to create an orderly and compact academy without marring the unique beauty of the site having both mountains and sea as the dominant features. The whole designing process took almost two years,” The main structure ,massive and monumental is located on a mountain accessible through a wide road and a no. Of steps.,and the entire residential section of the campus is visible from this point.All the facilities were well planned and separate access was provided to the Arabian sea making the entire assembly part of the existing ecosystem.

INA,ezhimala

 

 

 

 

SRI DASMESH ACADEMY

 

 

 

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LOUIS KHAN

Louis isadore kahn (born in Estonia ) was a wellknown and inspired American architect.

Half his life he was on the journey to discover his ‘identity’ or special style.We could possibly infer that his interest in beaux’s arts style and the  journeys amid the pyramids and massive ruins of Egypt and ancient Europe finally shaped his particular style of art which comprised of  monumental and monolithic shapes responding to human scale.

Louis I kahns design and construction showed truth in all senses.He never tried to hide the weight ,rough texture of the materials or the special method of construction,assembly or joinery.Kahn mostly worked with heavily textured  brick and bare concrete the textures often reinforced by juxtaposition to highly refined surfaces such as travertine marble iim Ahmedabad ,assembly building Dhaka to name a few. His  work offered new intellectual possibilities to the younger generation of architects searching for alternatives to their hegemonic International Style,because he can be a perfect example for their situation.

Another important connection that can be derived from his designs is his affinity towards water .Most of his planning projects are somehow related to the peace achieved out of a large stretch of water or the spaces focusing towards a distant stretch of water.for example,in the salk institute the two laboratory blocks frame an exquisite view of the Pacific Ocean, accentuated by a thin linear fountain that seems to reach for the horizon.This view itself gives a divine feeling of peace,endlessness..etc.even the assembly buildingJatiyo Sangshad Bhaban  in Dhaka is constructed as if on a pool of water.

He was also concerned with creating strong formal distinctions between served spaces and servant spaces( spaces that serve other spaces, such as stairwells, corridors, restrooms, or any other back-of-house function like storage space or mechanical rooms.)

Eventhough, he made only few buildings almost all being remarkably good,he is often compared with le Corbusier and mies van der rohe..etc.

And finally,like most  of the starchitects,he had a turbulent personal life and his instant death in a restroom  while being bankrupt was a shocking affair,leaving many of his works incomplete.

 

NAMITHA SINGH

Namitha singh is an Indian architect hailing from Punjab who has a firm with her husband satnam singh.She is known as one of the few woman indian architects who could make a stand in the present scenario by being able to design large scale  development projects.

I came to know about her a few years back through a newspaper article reporting her triumph in a world wide design competition for the largest naval training institute in asia to be proposed in Kannur district,kerala.Her entry came top among lot of renowned architects in india.Her work,ezhimala naval academy,payyannur was opened recently and I have visited it last year ,which made me choose namitha singh for this assignment.

Ar.Namitha  has designed Institutional, Commercial and Residential buildings during her career spanning over the last three decades.Some of them are ina ezhimala,sri dasmesh academy.

INA,Ezhimala:Her design ideology is to plan things suitable to the respective sight.About her design of the naval academy she says

“The main idea was to create an orderly and compact academy without marring the unique beauty of the site having both mountains and sea as the dominant features. The whole designing process took almost two years,” The main structure ,massive and monumental is located on a mountain accessible through a wide road and a no. Of steps.,and the entire residential section of the campus is visible from this point.All the facilities were well planned and separate access was provided to the Arabian sea making the entire assembly part of the existing ecosystem.

 

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECT: OSCAR NIEMEYER

 

“It is not the right angle that attracts me. Nor the straight line, tough, inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free, sensual curve. The curve I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the waves of the sea, in the clouds of the sky, in the body of the favorite woman. Of curves is made all the universe.”

The Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer counts as one of the great architects of the 20th century.  He became well known for his buildings in Brasilia where he  succeeded in devising forms for buildings destined to represent the state that remain equally poignant today.  His architecture combines sculptural monumentality with classic order.

Oscar Niemeyer was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the 15th December 1907. Oscar Niemeyer graduated from the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro in 1934. In 1936 he joined the team of Brazilian architects collaborating with Le corbusier on a new Ministry of Education and Health in Rio de Janeiro. This proved a formative experience for Niemeyer.

Niemeyer’s style shows a marriage between modern and baroque styles that many feel is uniquely Brazilian.

The high point for Niemeyer came in 1956, when he was granted the greatest commission of his life. The new Brazilian capital Brasília was built in three-and-a-half years in a landscape devoid of people, in the red dust of the Cerrado savannah region.

With his sculptural structures, he created something his huge country was lacking: an identity. Brazil would look different today without Niemeyer. He dreams of a more just world, a world in which rich and poor live side-by-side in the same apartment buildings

Oscar Niemeyer, the last surviving founder of architecture’s Modernist movement, is 103 years old. The grandfather of Brazilian architecture is a living legend, and plans to remain so for a while. Niemeyer still has many plans. “I do the same things I did when I was 60, so I’m only 60,” he says. “You have to keep your mind alive, work, help others, laugh, cry and experience life intensively. It only lasts for a brief moment.”

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Cathedral of Brasília

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Centro Niemeyer ,Avilés, Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church of Saint Francis, Brazil, 1943

 

 

 

INDIAN ARCHITECT: SHEILA SRI PRAKASH

Sheila Sri Prakash  (July 6, 1955, Bhopal) is an architect and planner of Indian origin. She founded Shilpa Architects in Chennai,  in 1979 and has the distinction of being among the first women in India to have started and operated her own firm.

She studied architecture at theAnna University School of Architecture and Planning and also attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Executive Education Program. She is a strong proponent of sustainable design and planning and is known for her work in introducing vernacular techniques into contemporary designs. She was also a key charter member who was instrumental in establishing the Indian Green Building Council.

she is a true visionary in making an impact on the socio-economically underprivileged, through architecture and urban design. Her designs focus on environmental as well as socio-economic sustainability. She has also done a lot of inspiring commercial work.

She has to her credit two patents — one for designing a monolithic polyethylene chamber to ensure a hygienic and leak-proof alternative to drainage lines. The other patent is for designing a diversion chamber used to switch the sewage from the toilet to an alternative dispersion pit for use in low cost rural sanitation.

Her influence as an architect and designer who combined design thinking to address social issues, heightens the significance of multi-faceted socio-economic priorities when designing in the developing world

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Mahindra World City

Mahindra World City is the first Special Economic Zone in Tamil Nadu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. KEN ADAMImage

Ken Adam [born in 1921 at Berlin ] is a legendary production designer who has coordinated the visual style in the history of cinemas world.  He studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and was articled to an architect who was part of the Modern Architecture Research Group, or MARS as it was known. This organization was a British descendant of the Bauhaus, and aimed to introduce radical European Modernism to Britain. Adam entered the film industry in 1947 and met the famous art director Vincent Korda, who told him to get an architectural education: ‘History, design, composition, draughting. All these will be useful.’ Adam completed his studies and became a fully fledged art director in 1956.

 Ken Adam designed the sets inspired by his life experiences and unique visual sense.

Ken Adams philosophy -“No design is worth doing if you just reproduce reality,” he stresses. “I don’t believe you can get a sense of reality by copying. I think you can get that better bynot copying. But you must always be honest. You mustn’t do things just to create chi-chi effects. You must have a reason.”

Works of Ken Adam

a.Set designed in bond series

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Dr. No [1961] Adam design all of the interior sets for this “tongue-in-cheek spectacular,” including the casino in the opening scene, Bond’s apartments, M’s office, and the sprawling, futuristic lair of the villainous doctor himself. 

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Goldfinger,

His first task this time out was designing the new car Bond was to use. He settled on the Aston Martin DB5 because, “It was sort of the most prestigious British sports car at the time. We couldn’t have used a Ferrari or something like that, you know.”Image

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The SPECTRE board room is located in France, and is a very simple design (Ken Adam expressed worries it was “too simple”). SPECTRE No. 1 sits at a slightly elevated platform with a handy remote control panel nearby. The SPECTRE agents sit in chairs provided with microphones and electric lights, but they are also wired for electrocution! Each chair can be lowered to a sub-basement facility for easy body-removal.

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You Only Live Twice (1967) - Osato’s Office

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Blofeld’s Volcano Lair

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Tiger” Tanaka’s Office

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“Tiger” Tanaka’s Train

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Dikko Henderson’s Apartment

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service -  Piz GloriaImageImage

 

 Moonraker - Drax’s Venice LaboratoryImageImage

“The Great Chamber

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Moonraker Launch Facility

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Diamonds Are Forever - Willard Whyte’s Penthouse

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The Spy Who Loved Me

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2. Gurjeet Singh Matharoo

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Born and brought up in Ajmer, Architect Gurjit Singh Matharoo did most of his schooling there before joining CEPT, School of Architecture in Ahmedabad. He is the Proprietor of his firm M/s Matharoo Associates that takes on jobs of Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design and Structural Design all under one roof.  MrMatharoo is Faculty at School of Architecture and School of Interior Design, CEPT.

According to him the basic requirement for being an architect is good observation, innovation and an out of the box thinking.An architect should have a good skill and sketching.Drawing connects you what you create directly to the mind. The hand and the mind are working in line, to use the computer analogy, with each other. The more the things that are added in between, the more is the distance between the brain and the creation for which it is responsible

.Design is intensely personal. There are no text books on design. It is only the supplementary courses like structures, history, etc where we have books. The teaching that goes to make an architect allows him/her to be innovative and creative.

WORKS OF GURJEET SINGH MATHAROO

a. net house

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b. House of Ashok Patel, Ahmedabad

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Imagec. Shwinikumar Crematorium

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d. Prathama Blood Center

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REINA ROSE( B070232AR)

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