Residence | Bangalore
Denim Research & Design Studio | Shell Apparels Pvt Ltd, Bangalore The interiors of Indigo Lab are an outcome of the study and reinterpretation of traditional building materials and techniques. We hope this customised palette creates a neutral setting in which the classic denim is reinterpreted, rethought, and innovated.
Sadashivnagar, Bangalore If you are in the vicinity, do stop to take a look at the magic of clay at clay station. It is in the pots, in the plates and the walls too! Our first time working with a building technique that beautifully illustrates the flexibility, ease of production and adaptability of earth architecture; Wattle and Daub.
ONGOING | Montessori & Residence | Chennai Through the gaps in the terracotta jali wall, curious eyes peek, playful feet climb and the light breaks into a thousand shards, creating patterns of spaces and a space of patterns. A mischievous bunch runs along a row of windows, set beneath an expanse of brickwork overlooking a sun-washed court. A Montessori on one side and a residence on the other, Casa dei Bambini is designed as a canvas of bold stretches of materials: rammed earth, brick and terracotta blocks. The strong character of each material is celebrated in its juxtaposition and falls harmoniously into a unison in both aesthetic and function.
ONGOING | For Samvada Baduku (http://samvadabaduku.org/) Kanakapura Road, Bangalore Designed like a maze, imagined like a village. The Baduku Community College was founded by Samvada to carve out careers from social and ecological needs. The college addresses young peoples’ aspirations for meaningful livelihoods by creating opportunities for them to enter and influence socially-critical professions based on present needs and the current context. The architectural intent for their new college campus is to reflect this vision and materialize the values of sustainability, inclusiveness and continuous learning.
ONGOING | Coimbatore The Fablab project at Coimbatore is a makerspace with facilities for robot and electronic prototyping, woodwork, moulding, casting and metalwork. The project has revolved around reuse of existing metal structures from a greenhouse that had been on site. This repurposed metal framework will house unstabilised adobe walls inside. Solar panels that are tilted towards the south create a staggered profile that allows good northlight to light up the Maker’s Space.
ONGOING | Residential | Kanakapura Road, Bangalore When earth construction goes very modern…and very mondrian? Shifting the image of natural, ecological construction towards something very contemporary and very luxury in urban contexts like Namma Bengaluru city is what Made In Earth strives for! And what better than when our client and his family asked us to do just that!
UNBUILT | Residential The thirteen courtyards of Mettupatti as we like to call it is a design for a farmshouse nestled at the foothills of the Gudamalai in Tamil Nadu. It is designed to blend into its surroundings, overlooking the hills, with vast vaults spanning over rammed earth walls, and thirteen courtyards within.
UNBUILT | Healthcare Centre | Hyderabad “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.
Consulting & Training for natural techniques | Seegehalli, Bangalore "Of Three little pigs, one built a house of straw, another of sticks and the last built his house of bricks. Soon came the days of the big bad wolf, who huffed and puffed and blew the straw house down! He huffed and puffed and blew the stick house down, but try as he might, he couldn’t blow the brick house down. The other two piglets resented not having built a brick house and did so soon after, and they lived happily ever after." There are two blatant lies in this story.
Consultancy for Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks and Building with Arches | Residential | Malur, Bangalore One of our early projects for consultancy on earth building techniques, here we have used CSEBs and Arches for a residence project in Malur. This project was in collaboration with architecture firm Nele.
Kashi Primary School | Benaras, Uttar Pradesh | Unbuilt We imagine children running, walking along walls, a casual finger trailing a texture or a motif along a wall, stopping to peep through a little window unto the green fields, escaping into a class and resurfacing somewhere else, oblivious to the building around them.
Design & Build Project | Montemoro, Portugal In the summer months of 2014, the team at Made In Earth had an incredible opportunity to explore earth architecture in the wonderful context of Montemoro in Portugal. One and a half hours East from Lisbon is little artistic village of Montemor-o-Novo. Mix dramatic weather conditions with unexpected news from the archeologial council, add a little earth and mix it well, and you will get a feeling of the athmosphere in which the workshop started.
Architects's office for Association Casa-HAS | In collaboration with Touraterre | Avignon, France “The rabbit will not only have a life in cardboard and drawings but will actually have a wooden skeleton with an earth and straw filling!" The project is a call for attention towards the street; the volume unfolds beyond the old industrial courtyard, by raising its head beyond the fence. Wooden structure filled with earth and straw, the unique form attracts curiosity, it is a transition between the city and the different actors of this big and vivid rehabilitation project.
Residential | In collaboration with : SCOP Inventerre (a cooperative of artisans and builders from the south of France) An Aesthetic that is natural, subtle, and simple; adapting itself to the diversity of techniques, cultural aspirations and skills; sometimes in response to tradition, while sometime contemporary.
2014 Baraka Organic Restaurant | Restaurant Interiors | Roubaix, France The Baraka Co-operative could be considered as the ideal recipe for sustainable architecture and development; Take a big dose of social entrepreneurship, Gather a handful of people willing to put their money together in a meaningful project, add a jar of social involvement with unemployed people of the area, mix the whole thing with a strong ecological approach. Add a big spoon of dreams and a teaspoon of madness.