Beginning in October 2005, Abin Design studio led by Abin Chaudhuri is one of the most prestigious architectural firms in Kolkata. The firm is known for showcasing creative expression in the field of architecture, not only academically but also on the professional scale.
As a multidisciplinary award-winning design firm, the studio expresses its creative works with an emphasis on attention to detail since the beginning of its inception. All the projects done so far reflect that every design should be contextual with evolving spaces that can be perceived in new ways. Every design should cohesively integrate sustainability.
Here are 10 projects by Abin Design Studio that show creativity and art can merge and work hand in hand yet can be functional and simple!
1. The Newtown School, Kolkata
Located in Newtown, Kolkata, the façade of the school stands out because of its uniqueness and grandeur. Playing with Sciography, familiar shapes and symbols can be seen on the façade leaving an impact on its generic surroundings. The unique stencil screen not only creates an artistic landmark but also blocks the harsh sunlight showcasing its functional value thereby giving the educational institution an identity of its own.
2. Gallery House, Bansberia
Gallery House proves how Abin Design Studio created a meticulous and aesthetic project in a place where it could never be expected to stand out! On a site of only 330 square meters, the building serves the local community in the peri-urban area of Bansberia. Keeping in mind the privacy and the inner functions, the design reflects upon judicious planning and play of voids in volume with exposed brick masonry walls inlaid with ceramic blocks.
3. Wall House, Bansberia
The house is an example of a minimalistic inclusive design with an inward-looking series of masses featuring inner courtyards to bring in sunlight and natural ventilation. The problem of minimal setbacks brought the innovative idea of merging the building wall with the boundary line and the transition from outside to inside with bio pools and semi-open sit-outs to create a new and different visual experience for the users.
4. Pool House, Adisaptagram
A modern retreat within rural greens, the design showcases the principal architect’s vision of aestheticism and love for art with an attention to the details. Its statement staircase with elegant wooden elements brings a connection with the past and the present, being an extension to an already existing bungalow. The greenery inside the site complements its rural context yet creates a harmonical contrast with its sleek features.
5. Narayantala Thakur Dalan, Bansberia
A concrete Hindu temple at Bansberia with a glazed corner that opens onto the street, Narayantala Thakur Dalan is one of its kind. The column-free space allows for unobstructed access for worship showcasing its functional value. When all the glass doors are opened, the whole external corner opens up to turn the interior and the plinth into a larger gathering place for festivals of higher scale. Decorated with precast concrete jalis, or lattices, the screen wall is formed around the shrine making it unique.
6. International Management Institute, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa
Known for its opulent cultural heritage and rich architecture, Orissa presents a vivid picture of contemporary society and occupies an important place in rock-cut architecture in India. Attention to detail in the designs of the campus is visible along with a conscious effort of merging the modern architecture with the local influences. The sculptures inside the campus are proof of the rich culture and traditions of the state. The use of locally available materials also creates strong spatial quality which tends to fuse the traditions with the norms of the present.
7. House of Sweeping Shadows, Bansberia
A design intervention for an existing property, Abin Design studio showcases a classic combination of masses of varied scales, bold metal facade with soft verdant landscape with dark hues complementing the open skies over the reflective water body making a modern extension to the client’s residence.
“The interiors are treated in simple lines with whitewashed walls and contemporary furniture over a daring red floor. The open louvres allow for the verandah to stay well ventilated while keeping the sharp south-western sunlight at bay by breaking it up into thin tendrils of light. The sunken sit-out is contrastingly rendered in pigmented concrete complemented with views of the pool, verdant plant-beds and the aviary”, said by the principal architect Abin Chaudhuri.
8. RP Sanjiv Goenka Group corporate headquarters, Kolkata
The rooftop and the corporate office headquarters of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group experiment with a spatial narrative through craftsmanship. The team at Abin Design Studio attempts to provide the rooftop with an ever-changing enchanted atmosphere through this rooftop installation, which involves architects, designers, engineers, and fabricators. Describing the terrace that transcends boundaries of closed office habitats, Abin Chaudhari said, “Under a sky of stars, stands this terrace of rejoicing of thought and contemplation, of gratitude for blessings and the prospect of a brighter future”.
9. Lodha World School, Mumbai
A school for the mid to low-income group has deep niches in the façade because the materials, as well as the spatial organization, will have a direct and an indirect impact on its users. The plan by the lead architect shows attention to detail in the use of materials, textures, colours, and use of light.
10. Bonochhaya Experience Centre, Shantiniketan
‘Bonochhaya’ is an exclusive housing project themed around the heritage of Shantiniketan, which is a tribute to the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore and aims to integrate the social aspect with their requirement of space for marketing into a single structure. It is a project for a luxury retreat with a rural, nature-inspired flavor and merges the intrinsic arts of Shantiniketan.