Weird and fas­ci­nat­ing world of ar­chi­tec­ture

Some of the most cre­ative works done on build­ings and homes by renowned ar­chi­tects, which will surely amaze you

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Contents - IM­PRES­SIONS: BENOY SE­BAS­TIAN

WILL AL­SOP (aLL De­sign)

If you hadn’t be­come an ar­chi­tect, what would you be do­ing? I might have been a sculp­tor.

What do you en­joy most about your job?

I don’t look at it as a job. I never have that ‘Mon­day morn­ing’ feel­ing, that ‘go­ing to work’ feel­ing. For me work is pas­sion, to do my best and give the best. The most un­usual de­signed build­ing/home by you? OCAD (On­tario Col­lege of Art & De­sign), Toronto, Canada. I sim­ply love it.

What in­flu­ences your work most?

Not hav­ing any wor­ries re­gard­ing find­ing a par­tic­u­lar style or any­thing I can call ‘me’.

When you think about the fu­ture, what ex­cites you?

Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence ex­cites me - pro­vided it can help cre­ate con­di­tions for peo­ple to have more free­dom not to work.

If you hadn’t be­come an ar­chi­tect, what would you be do­ing? Un­der­stand­ing the hu­man mind, peo­ple’s be­hav­iour and cul­tures at large is what de­fines a sen­si­tive ar­chi­tect. Since, I am in­ter­ested in these as­pects of hu­man be­hav­iour and think­ing; maybe I would have been in­ter­ested in be­ing a psy­chi­a­trist if I were not an ar­chi­tect.

What do you en­joy most about your job? I truly be­lieve that ar­chi­tec­ture can spawn var­ied emo­tions in peo­ple and to see this come to fruition from the de­sign stage to fi­nal con­cep­tion is what I thor­oughly en­joy about our pro­fes­sion. Once the project is com­plete, to see peo­ple cel­e­brate the build­ing as much as we did on the draw­ing board is a very sat­is­fy­ing feel­ing. So, I guess in that sense watch­ing an idea come to life is an ex­tremely en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

The most un­usual de­signed build­ing/ home by you? The most un­usual home de­signed by us has to be Elas­tica. The client had us cus­tomise al­most ev­ery­thing, with the brief that noth­ing should look like any­thing they have ever seen, and that in­cluded the in­ter­net too. So, we re­ally had to dig deep, use un­con­ven­tional meth­ods for de­sign­ing so that we could

cre­ate some­thing orig­i­nal and un­usual. What in­flu­ences your work most?

I am re­ally in­flu­enced by films and art. Both cre­ate am­bi­ent ef­fects that I am deeply in­ter­ested in and in­trigued about.

When you think about the fu­ture, what ex­cites you? As ar­chi­tects we com­mu­ni­cate through draw­ings at the de­sign stage and for con­struc­tion. What we are re­ally ex­cited about the fu­ture is how tech­nol­ogy will en­able us to com­mu­ni­cate in more ef­fec­tive ways. From con­cep­tion to real­i­sa­tion there is go­ing to be a par­a­digm shift in how we con­ceive, com­mu­ni­cate and re­alise ar­chi­tec­ture.

SMARAN MALLESH (Cadence Ar­chi­tects)

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