Play of Con­trasts

Open Ideas

India Today - - COVER STORY -

While de­sign­ing a sprawl­ing home—Bhuva Res­i­dence in Ahmed­abad, the brief that the Open Ideas team worked with was “gar­den ev­ery­where”. They started off with a piece of land that had five neem trees and built the struc­ture in grids to en­sure am­ple open spa­ces and a steady flow of breeze and nat­u­ral light. “The ar­chi­tec­ture here is a play of con­trasts, built and open, solids and voids, neg­a­tive and pos­i­tive. The in­ter­lock­ing pat­tern, cre­ated by the use of nat­u­ral stone in the ex­te­rior of bed­rooms and stone Crete in the ex­te­rior of all pub­lic ar­eas, ac­cen­tu­ates the sub­tle yet sig­nif­i­cant form of the house,” says Monarch Cham­paneri.

TREND CHECK The eight year-old firm is cur­rently work­ing on au­to­mated fa­cades which use so­lar sen­sors to shel­ter the in­doors from the harsh sum­mer heat.” Sustainability and tech­nol­ogy will be the driv­ing force in fu­ture,” he says.

THE BE­GIN­NING Open ideas, co-founded by Monarch Cham­paneri is an ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign firm which he leads with part­ners Ni­ralee Cham­paneri and Nilesh Pa­tel De­tails

Pho­to­graph by DANESH JASSAWALA

Nilesh Pa­tel (L) Ni­ralee and Monarch Cham­paneri

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