Play of Contrasts
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 openideas.co.in
Nilesh Patel (L) Niralee and Monarch Champaneri