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I am back!

Billabong International School, Baroda

(this image & architecture for me is a timeless joy!)

Architects: Dipen Gada & Associates

Yes I am back. And where was I? Can’t answer that as I don’t want to post something very negative right away.

So my story of gone missing without notice in next post! 

And here are some enduring images of clean, geometric, modern architecture from the Vadodara (Gujarat) based firm Dipen Gada & Associates.

Remember my post on exotic interiors done by DGA. 

In architecture too they are moving selectively towards showing great amount of talent.

exotic minimal interiors


You might as well name it contemporary minimal. For me small details make these interiors exotic minimal.

utter minimal

muted minimal and just enough decor-drama

Interior Designer: Dipen Gada  & Associates

Honoured as ‘innovative designer’ by India’s leading interiors magazine; Vadodara based Dipen Gada & Associates creates contemporary designs within Indian context. I think these interiors can be of anywhere.

intimate corner

intimate exotic corner


staircase railing with some musical-ly detail

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sand, stone and water


Architects: Matharoo Associates

If you are thinking about amazing geometry and curves of this house so effortlessly mingling with each other then also note that this house accommodates a family swimming pool in just 450 sqm plot. And let me tell you everything has a functional aspect other than just design!

This stunning house is situated in Jodhpur city, in the middle of Thar Desert.

All the creativity and talent @ architects Matharoo associates is at work here.

Composite walls of dressed stone on the outside and brick on inside are used as construction methods. The brick stone composite wall insulates much more than ‘all stone’ traditional walls.

Another great insulator is predominant focus of design – water – in the form of a swimming pool.

To understand what kind of solace a swimming pool gives to people living without water for many generations, we need to actually live in a desert area! The swimming pool is made into a canopy, which shadows the stone boulders and makes the presence of water felt even if sometimes there is none. The living areas are shielded from sun with the pool above. Simple corrugated GI sheet is used as formwork for the swimming pool soffit.

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earth sheltered building


‘Style’ emerges from the project and not from the architect. Every project deserves its own style based on the site, user requirements, available materials and technology.                Space – design Consultants



Architects: Space-Design Consultants

In the age of ‘hero’ architects or architectural heroism somehow I tend to veer towards this credo of Space – Design Consultants. I am asking myself why it is so that style (first &/or only) attracts most of us more than anything else!


Space Design Consultants is Delhi based architectural firm which is concerned about sustainability in buildings. Energy efficiency, material selection for reduction in wastes and pollution are their guides for design.


The building of American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) has a very traditional look and yet it has adopted innovative and simple energy conserving and passive cooling measures. The walls of the building are insulated. A simple strategy of orienting the windows in most favourable directions has been used.

The roof has a terrace garden to keep the building naturally cool. Two courtyards (and that too sunken ones) bring natural light and ventilation. To create a peaceful ambience the courtyards are created with vegetation and water bodies.

Natural materials like brick, exposed concrete, and sandstone have been used.

traditional Kerala architecture

Architects: Stapati Achitects

Stapati Architects are noted for use of traditional elements in modern context very successfully.

Just a  glimpse of their work :-

This traditional house by the lake entice me so much that I am ready to leave my metro city any time!

the wooden columns and railings in the verandah

Most prominent feature in Kerala’s architecture is its gabled roofs and all wood constructions.

wood & more wood interior (Kumarakom resort)

The skillful choice of timber, accurate joinery, artful assembly and delicate carving of wood work for columns, walls and roofs frames are the unique characteristics of traditional Kerala architecture.

The gorgeous wooden staircase which has decorated pages of practically all the interiors magazines in India!

I already  started feeling cool breeze all over my spirit!

Kumarakom Lake resort

eco-friendly Vyathiri resort


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face of modern Indian interiors


Architects: ZZ Architects


Proper integration and maximum utilization of space have been achieved by ZZ architects so beautifully that they are ten steps ahead in creating these modern environments.



Their vision is clear. Let the design evolve on its own don’t borrow from anywhere!



It is better to let these spaces speak for themselves so I stay quiet!




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