Author Archives: amusingelephant

Dramatic within the idyllic

A weekend house is where inhabitants retreat; to disconnect from everyday life and to connect with nature. The synthesis of nature and architecture is vital – whereby our natural environment’s complexity is injected into a man made sense of order … Continue reading

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Matchboxes made in heaven

If you live in a city, it is likely that lack of space has haunted you at some point. There are countless ways to squeeze more function out of a room, no matter what the size. Flexibility and versatility are the two main components … Continue reading

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Memo from Mumbai

Mumbai’s architecture has been influenced by series of empires (British, Portuguese and Islamic), so to call the city’s architectural fabric rich seems almost an understatement. Chhatrapati Shiraji Terminus and Elphinstone College are inspired by Victorian Gothic; the legendary Taj Mahal … Continue reading

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Material acquires meaning

What is material as such in architecture? A place acquires meaning through human intervention and transformation. These transformations interpret and represent values and aspirations. Materials used and applied uncover these issues and potentials of a project through a very careful analysis of purpose … Continue reading

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Calculated aesthetics

In a globalizing economy, architecture and urban design have an increasing role in facilitating the identity or imagery of capital. While design schools continue to propagate Mies van der Rohe’s famous dictum that “Form Follows Function”, the reality in the world’s great cities … Continue reading

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Poetic link, tectonic integrity

Since earliest times mankind has sought inspiration from nature for our built structures. However, until the dawn of the modern era in architecture and design, the true structural character of a building was invariably fully or partially encased in an ornamented … Continue reading

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Moments of experience

An architectural project is worked out answering a multitude of questions; which works to create an environment favourable for human activity. The quality of our life, the force of our memories, the importance of our day-to-day interpersonal exchanges, the reading … Continue reading

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