“Baori” | Water Well
The "Baori" / Water Well is a work in progress exploring alternate housing models for agrarian societies in India. The project houses living spaces, farmer markets, animal husbandry, hydroponic systems, sustainable technologies
Nur / Mosque of Light
In Islamic architecture, light plays an essential role in designing the interiors of mosques and other buildings. this proposal explores the combination of light and built form to create a spiritual experience. Light bounces off the doubly curved surfaces and filters through the ‘mashrabiya’ apertures, which are based on Islamic geometrical principles and is generated from simple repetition of geometries. in addition to the dramatic display of light being filtered down, the architectural system also protects the inhabitants from the intense sunlight and provides a cooling environment. The proposed ‘mosque of light’ is sited strategically at the dubai creek harbor development which is expected to have 48,500 residential units in total, and a population of approximately 175,000 residents. the mosque is designed to hold regular daily prayers as well as friday and eid prayers for a population of 7500. the main prayer hall is oriented towards the main qibla wall and the spaces for prayer have been designed on the ground floor for both male and female populations. spill out spaces have been created at both the ground plaza level and also on the terrace. the terrace can be accessed by the four minarets that holds the composition of the mosque and unifies the geometrical concept of the overall building.
The proposal for the barefoot school of arts and craft pavilion, a collaboration between architect Nuru Karim and artist Sudarshan Shetty, is a celebration of ‘Goa’ as a cultural capital and a reflection of the state’s unique picturesque topography and location on the west coast flanking the Arabian sea. the project humbly explores design at the intersection of art and architecture honoring a multi-disciplinary approach and thereby reinterpreting the program and iconography within a contemporary context.
The average sq. inch of skin holds 650 sweat glands and on an average there are 100,000 strands of hair on a young adult amounting to approx. 2200 strands of hair per square inch. The human tongue has approx. 2000 to 8000 taste buds. Taste buds are the receptors of taste and are involved in detecting the five elements of taste perception,; sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy. The BAD Yoga building has 25,992 recycled pvc electrical conduits grafted onto its anatomy with surgical precision. Situated in a historical village settlement in Bandra West (which has morphed in recent times due to socio-economic pressures and increasingly high land costs), the project is accessible by foot and cycle from parking zones. Remotely located from traffic snarls and insulated from typically high levels of air and sound pollution, the project is sheathed in tranquility and peace. The dynamic “skin”, all of 25,992 black cylindrical conduits grafted into CNC’d aluminum composite box panels with acupuncture-like precision shares a peaceful co-existence with its neighbors, its presence gradually unveiled as one meanders through the narrow by lanes of the historical urban fabric.
The porous, perforated nature of the skin allows the project to breathe and ventilate thereby reinforcing the relationship between the inside and outside, between body and soul. Rough tactile “true to material”textures draped in a striking “black”and “black”composition complete the user experience.
‘Charkha’, an 11-meter tall outdoor installation in cross maidan, Mumbai, india. The winning entry in a monument design competition. The project draws from the ‘spinning wheel’ symbol promoted by Mahatma Gandhi to illustrate contemporary India’s spectrum of social and cultural dimensions. composed of a series of triangular frames, the sculptural piece is a spatially dynamic structure that seemingly shifts in form depending on the viewer’s vantage point. Three curving columns serve as the framework’s backbone, allowing the installation to cantilever in one direction before returning to the 9m x 9m base. Each of the triangular units are individually unique, representing the notion of ‘unity in diversity’ as well as the nation’s richness of multi cultures.
Straw Bale School
The project is a design proposal for a secondary school located in Malawi and 30 kilometers west of the Ntchisi Forest Reserve. The design responds to the brief focused on modularity, incremental expansion, deployment and sustainable technologies. A modular "ladder" component is deployed to create a structural system that houses the pedagogical intent of the school. The "ladder" component is incrementally arrayed along a path to explore inside-outside relations where learning environments are concerned. The angle defining the ladder has been determined to explore both horizontal and vertical conditions. The "horizontal" condition explores out of the classroom learning activities including spaces for amphitheaters, outdoor workshops and passive recreational activities.
“Jhada” / Tree
The installation art-work titled “Jhāḍa” (“Tree” in Marathi) by Nuru Karim “Nudes” in collaboration with Krishna Murthy “foldsdesignstudio” celebrates the growth and prosperity of the state of Maharashtra. The growth and energy of the state is captured through flowing lines, vectors and surfaces that gradually rise from the ground to occupy the space of an all-encompassing canopy symbolizing the state as both “protector” and “mentor”. These dynamic flowing geometries illustrate the transportation of “sap” the life fluid (blood) of trees. It is used to transport nutrients and lift water from the roots to the rest of the tree. Filled with nutrients and minerals “sap” is the blood of a tree. In certain cases the sap also acts as a defense mechanism preventing insects from burrowing holes into the tree and preventing the laying of eggs.
Within this context, “Jhāḍa” aims to harbor conversations, interaction and communication under its fluid dynamic form. It not only has the ability to serve as catalyst for conversations through its powerful presence but also act as the eyes, ears and soul of the “forest”. The Art work is designed using cutting edge digital design and fabrication technologies to ring in the prosperity of the state since independence and its contribution to the nation building process.
The tent hotel is configured to minimize environmental impact on the site with lightweight structures that promotes low density tourism.
Ryewood International School
The design seeks to directly engage with the setting by framing and releasing views through an undulating elevation composed of rib-like fins. Serving as a day time educational facility as well as a venue for cultural activities for the local community, the multi-storey building aims to serve as a visual marker within the neighborhood. The front elevation is composed of a series of vertical fin elements that line the complete length of the structure. subtly shifting in shape and profile, the treatment provides solar shading and varying light conditions for the interior.
Influenced by the experience of the historical Warangal fort citadel built in the 17th century to come up with a concept that plays with the spatial definitions of ‘the container’ versus ‘the contained’. The school is designed as an abstract composition which needs to be discovered by the students and explored in varying degrees of space-time pedagogical related constructs. walled-courtyards feature openings at the corners that connect them to the external play spaces while the scale and density of the walls provides the micro-environment necessary for outdoor extra curricular activities.
MoonLight | Version 2.0
3D printed Lamp
Woven Thread Pavilion