Nat­u­ral Im­pres­sions

And­black De­sign Stu­dio

India Today - - COVER STORY - De­tails and­black­stu­

If Anand­ham was all about clean, user-friendly spa­ces, for their Vikas Dang Apart­ment project, it was all about get­ting creative with cus­tomised fit­tings and dé­cor. “Ev­ery project is an ex­plo­ration in a new de­sign style,” say Jwalant, 35, and Kanika Ma­hade­vwala, 34, ar­chi­tects and founders of And­black De­sign Stu­dio. Alumni of the Ar­chi­tects As­so­ci­a­tion in Lon­don, the cou­ple worked with a lead­ing ar­chi­tects firm in Lon­don be­fore mov­ing to Ahmed­abad to set up their stu­dio.

DREAM PROJECT For them, a project that stands out is Anand­ham, a res­i­den­tial fa­cil­ity for the men­tally chal­lenged in Ahmed­abad. It’s de­signed as a self suf­fi­cient cam­pus with am­ple recre­ational and meet­ing ar­eas for the res­i­dents to min­gle un­like a hos­tel set-up.

THE IN­SPI­RA­TION The ar­chi­tect duo draws in­spi­ra­tion from the “com­plex in­ter­ac­tions present in na­ture”. They use para­met­ric tools and phys­i­cal mod­el­ling to evolve their de­signs and work ex­ten­sively with ma­te­ri­als like metal, wood, bam­boo and pa­per.

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