Published: Friday, April 04, 2008
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Uday S. Andhare
Mausami U. Andhare
Indigo architects is a design firm, which offers creative and contextually relevant solutions in the field of architecture encompassing various kinds of building types. Institutions, housing, single family homes and mixed use programs have been the mainstay of our architectural projects.
The firm was established in 1998, deriving its name 'indigo' from the famous indigo dye omnipresent in the Indian context. Indigo is used creatively and expressively through many diverse media from textiles, paintings to lime plaster of vernacular settlements of western India.
Moreover, the name roots the firm to Ahmedabad City, which was a renowned indigo exporter to the world since the 14th century. Indigo is regarded as the colour of intuition according to our ancient texts, underlining our own belief in the design process that is inclusive, multilayered and yet cohesive in nature.
Our design focus is greatly enriched by the context of historic Indian architecture, magnificently layered through different periods, delineating insightful architectural solutions.
The ideology of the firm is to follow a process of holistic design, which is derived from an in depth understanding of the environment, the social milieu and the physical context of a place.
We see 'context' as a generative tool. Our view of a context is colored by an economy of means and opportunities to manipulate the experiential qualities of light, air and nature.
These provide us with compositional direction and ornament. We believe that contexts are interpreted phenomena rather than an idealized view.
Buildings that must 'act on' a place rather than 'fit in' become important in this process.
We like to think that our work highlights relationships between spaces rather than buildings themselves. Buildings in turn are compositions of spatial elements that dissolve the boundaries between inside and outside.
There are two ideas that stay with us as we work. One is 'Sahaj' or something that comes naturally and the other 'Upaj' a term used in Indian classical music, which means embellishment that is spontaneous and at the same time 'true' to the germinal idea.
Sustainable methods of design and construction form the core of all our design efforts.
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