Now Luc­know!

Architecture + Design - - Archohm - Text by: An­dré Jean­pierre Fan­thome

Glass, stone, mild- steel, wood and then the ex­posed con­crete punc­tu­ated by bricks, straight lines and curves as well a sculp­ture cel­e­brat­ing Cor­bus­ier; voids in the floor plate and one even with a light pole! ‘ This ar­chi­tect is crazy’ were my first thoughts on en­ter­ing stu­dio Ar­chohm. De­spite los­ing my brand new 24mm TSE lens on my very first shoot ( I watched it fall 2 floors to the cob­ble stones in the atrium of Ar­chohm’s stu­dio in Noida), sev­eral projects later, I still hold firm to my ini­tial as­sess­ment; yet the only dif­fer­ence is that now I see the method in the mad­ness. How­ever, ‘ crazy and mad’ would not quite do jus­tice in de­scrib­ing one of the most pro­lific young ar­chi­tects in the coun­try ( I’ve heard any­thing un­der 40 is young in this pro­fes­sion!).

As an ar­chi­tec­ture pho­tog­ra­pher, aes­thet­ics do ex­cite me but I love shoot­ing ar­chi­tec­ture be­cause there is so much more to it than the pretty col­ors on a lit- up façade! It is this very think­ing that has made doc­u­ment­ing Ar­chohm’s port­fo­lio such a plea­sure.

I have been a res­i­dent of Luc­know dur­ing the years of sand stone parks and there­fore I have a spe­cial

ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ef­forts of this prac­tice, in chang­ing the nar­ra­tive from just be­ing a stand­out iconic to that of a pur­pose­ful yet func­tional one. Rulers and lead­ers have been build­ing pub­lic mon­u­ments here since time im­memo­rial. How ad­vi­sors, ar­ti­sans and crafts­men trans­lated these ideas de­pended as it does to­day – on the in­vest­ment made in help­ing the pa­trons see the value of good de­sign.

So what’s so spe­cial about the pub­lic spa­ces that Ar­chohm has de­signed? Well in Luc­know, all you need to do is look around ( quite lit­er­ally). From the re­de­vel­op­ment of the old city – Hus­sain­abad, to the brand new smart city called Chak Gan­ge­ria, Awadh Shilp­gram – a craft

haat – thrice the size of its Delhi coun­ter­parts, the San­skriti school – a brick and con­crete feat and the Can­cer In­sti­tute, the largest one in North In­dia. How­ever, when one looks at the devel­op­ments in­side the city, one can­not help but no­tice the Ambed­kar Park in Gomti Na­gar, that stands out to re­mind cit­i­zens of the rise of par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal party but fails mis­er­ably in serv­ing the res­i­dents us­able pub­lic space. In sharp con­trast, right across the road a green re­sponse to the same – the largest build­ing of Luc­know called the JPN In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre, fea­tur­ing a mu­seum, sports block, and con­ven­tion cen­tre and hospi­tal­ity ser­vices. How­ever, in all of this, there lies so much more than mere beauty!

I am in­spired when ar­chi­tects ex­per­i­ment with their work as it makes shoot­ing so much more in­ter­est­ing. Sourabh

Old city of Luc­know

Stu­dio Ar­chohm

Hus­sain­abad re­de­vel­op­ment

Awadh Shilp­gram

San­skriti School Luc­know

Awadh Shilp­gram

Can­cer In­sti­tute Luc­know

Chak Gan­ge­ria city

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