Made in EARTH

ಮೇಡ್ ಇನ್ ಅರ್ಥ್ | sustainable architecture & building practices


A choreography of natural materials for the interiors of Aditi Organics Office in Bangalore, India

The site was a 3000 sft empty shell on the first floor of another concrete building in Bangalore city. Walled on three sides, with structural glazing to the west, it overlooks the beautiful canopies of Gulmohar trees together with the mighty ramp of a concrete flyover in the distance. This is a typical illustration of Bangalore’s predicament; striving to be the IT hub while trying to retain its identity as the garden city of India.

The team members at Aditi were enthusiastic about creating a space that reflects who they are. A company whose work is to certify organic agricultural produce in the country, knew that they wanted their office to be a bold and vibrant environment created out of natural materials. That was our design brief.

With a demanding timeline of two months and a challenging budget, what began was an exercise in choreography to waltz in all the materials we love and all the teams on site to complete the project.

While catering to the comfort of the everyday user, we wanted to provide the occasional visitor with an experience; be it the corporate who walks in for a meeting, or a farmer who brings in samples of his soil and produce for certification. An experience of an architecture and a materiality which is closer to nature while responding to today’s aspiration of modernity, aesthetics and comfort.

Within the interior space, we needed partition walls together with plenty of storage and seating, it had to be something easy to implement, considering the short time at hand. We needed a module!

The ubiquitous slotted angle came to our rescue. With great flexibility, 3×3 feet frames have been used to create a rhythm with multiple functions.

The dance could start; a partition wall became a cabinet for storage, a shelf has turned into a bench, a window or a blackboard. These modules have then been filled with plastered panels, rendered in clay or lime, bolted onto them. Pine wood boards, glass, and even exposed fired bricks have been used in some areas, adding to the chorus.

Work desks were handcrafted in solid pine wood. The remaining walls were finished with natural clay and pigmented lime plaster.

Finally, a seamless silver grey oxide floor completes the act, wrapping around inbuilt seating and furniture as well.

As much as team Aditi by its activity, questions the world of agricultural practices, we hope that its office questions the world of interior design. There is no air-conditioning, neither wooden laminates, plastics, resin nor chemical wood treatment in this project.


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“The patient should feel like being in a temple, an Aayalam”, Dr.Jayanthi told us, “the hospital should be earthy and calm. A center for healing and birth. Something that can serve as a landmark for both medicine and architecture.” These are the words with which we are working towards building an out-patient unit for a maternity hospital in Kalyanagar, in the heart of Hyderabad City. It will be a five story building in earth 🙂

The project brief is very clear. The thoughts expressed by our client is our driving force in redefining how we look at healing spaces today. We need to keep a functioning hospital while we work around the challenging requirements, to make a space that speaks for itself, together with its purpose, together in earth.

Healthy, breathing, natural, durable, low energy consumption and low environmental impact for mining, processing, transportation, construction and destruction; only one material fulfills all these criterias to near perfection : Earth.

And what better place to explore sustainable design than a hospital!
A healing center can be truly healing if the materials that it uses and the systems on which it relies have a positive impact,
on the people who build it,
the patients who come for consultation,
the doctors and nurses and staff who work there every day,
and for the environment as a whole!

“How does earth architecture render itself as a response to large scale public projects in the core of urban Indian cities?, we ask ourselves.
And as we dive deeper into one of our most challenging projects, we couldn’t wait to share with you a tiny glimpse into what our team is working on.

JJ Interior copy
an interior view of the waiting room adjacent to consultancy rooms 3 and 4

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