The International Architecture Award-winning, Flying Elephant Studio pursues a design approach that involves solving the issues allied with the program, context, material, and site using whole to a part design strategy that stances from the urban context to detail; conversely from minute details of a single unit to functionality of the user in the whole.

The versatile genre of projects that are accomplished by the Flying Elephant design team, led by Rajesh Renganathan and Iype Chacko, ranges from Urban development to Industrial units to Institutions to Residences. Developing sensory experiences and a sustainable built environment combined with a sense of urbanity eventually, steering towards social interaction and healthy community spaces is what keeps design fulfilled. Various publications such as FuturArc, Domus, Elle Décor, and others have featured their projects.

Flying Elephant Studio- 15 Iconic Projects- Sheet1
Adaptive Reuse of the Thekaekara House into Flying Elephant Studio ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio- 15 Iconic Projects- Sheet2
Adaptive Reuse of the Thekaekara House into Flying Elephant Studio ©googlemaps
Flying Elephant Studio- 15 Iconic Projects- Sheet3
Adaptive Reuse of the Thekaekara House into Flying Elephant Studio ©IA+B

1. International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre | Flying Elephant Studio

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Type: Student Hostel
Year: 2012

The Student center adjoining to the IIIT- B campus comprises numerous functions along with a large student residence, such as lounges, common facilities, and social spaces. The form of the building block is in accordance with the site and context, designed considering the open spaces as the focal point for the students for interaction. The spatial experience of the student center is articulated by a grand staircase into a semi-public upper plaza, hyper public lower plaza, and below it to the parking.

Flying Elephant Studio - International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre - Sheet1
View from the Corridor ©www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre - Sheet2
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre © www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre - Sheet3
Section of the International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre © www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre - Sheet4
Floor Plan of the International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre © www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre - Sheet5
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre © www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre - Sheet6
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre © www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre - Sheet7
International Institute of Information Technology Student Centre © www.flyingelephant.in

2. International Institute of Information Technology- Academic block Extension

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Area:  6500 m2
Type: Institution
Year: 2010

The IIIT-B extension is designed to accommodate the Research and Development incubation labs, academic facilities, and student residences that spill out to an interior transitional street with a perforated roof allowing ample sunlight and breathing space.

Flying Elephant Studio - International Institute of Information Technology- Academic block Extension - Sheet1
Academic Block with Extension Floor ©www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology- Academic block Extension - Sheet2
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology- Academic block Extension - Sheet3
View from the Corridor ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - International Institute of Information Technology- Academic block Extension - Sheet4
Exploded Isometric View ©www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology- Academic block Extension - Sheet5
View from the Corridor ©www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology- Academic block Extension - Sheet6
Model Photograph ©www.flyingelephant.in
International Institute of Information Technology- Academic block Extension - Sheet7
Model Photograph ©www.flyingelephant.in

3. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Science City

Location: Patna, Bihar
Area: 30,000 m2
Type: Exhibition and learning center
Year: 2017-18

A.P.J Abdul Kalam Science center is proposed in a dense urban fabric on a contoured wetland. The key design features of the bio-diverse public park are the use of passive techniques, biotic wastewater treatment, traditional agricultural practices and to make the science city sustainable and to convert the wetlands into a knowledgeable exhibition center. It is designed to minimize the potential environmental adverse impacts due to the development.

Flying Elephant Studio - Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Science city - Sheet1
Site Plan of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Science City ©www.flyingelephant.in
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Science city - Sheet2
Site Model ©www.flyingelephant.in
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Science city - Sheet3
Site Model ©www.flyingelephant.in

4. National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management 

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Area: 13,935 m2
Type: Research Institute
Year: 2011

The design of the NCSCM is achieved with a top-down approach, starting from the whole block on-site and then subtracting the mass as per the existing site conditions to connect with nature and provide open breathing space to the user. The inclined axis divides the block into two parts, creating open spaces, circulation axis, and retaining the existing trees on site.

Flying Elephant Studio - National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management - Sheet1
View from the Entrance ©www.mcdberl.com
National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management - Sheet2
©www.flyingelephant.in
National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management - Sheet3
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management - Sheet4
©www.flyingelephant.in

5. Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute

Location: Yadgir, Karnataka
Area: 7000m2 (Built-up Area)
Type: School and Institute
Year: 2012

Designed for socio-economically weak students, the APF School and District Institute enclose the two courtyards which function as a playground and amphitheater. Few design decisions are taken into consideration with the harsh temperature and rain, providing the terracotta jaali wall. The use of indigenous construction materials such as Tandur flooring, Terracotta blocks and cladding makes it efficient.

Flying Elephant Studio - Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet1
School Building © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet2
School Building © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet3
Exterior View © www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet4
School Building © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet5
School Building © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet6
Interior view of the classroom © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet7
Entrance Area of the District Institute © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet8
Entrance Area of the District Institute © www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet9
School Building © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet10
Site Plan © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet11
Ground Floor Plan © www.flyingelephant.in
Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet12
Sections © www.flyingelephant.in

Flying Elephant Studio - Azim Premji Foundation School and District Institute - Sheet13

6. Divya Shanthi Campus | Flying Elephant Studio

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Type: School
Year: 2004

The numerous functions of the campus benefit not only the prerequisites of users and the existing buildings but also the surrounding economically weak community by providing them with optimism and hope. It houses various facilities such as the children’s home, teacher training center, primary healthcare unit, library, and dining hall, which supports the existing school campus. It is designed such that there is visual connectivity towards the outside while interactivity and connection on the inside with the school.

Divya Shanthi Campus - Sheet1
Exterior view ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Divya Shanthi Campus - Sheet2
Exterior view ©www.flyingelephant.in
Divya Shanthi Campus - Sheet3
View from the dining hall ©www.flyingelephant.in
Divya Shanthi Campus - Sheet4
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Divya Shanthi Campus - Sheet5
Interior view ©www.flyingelephant.in
Divya Shanthi Campus - Sheet6
Site Plan ©www.flyingelephant.in
Divya Shanthi Campus - Sheet7
Sections ©www.flyingelephant.in
Divya Shanthi Campus - Sheet8
Façade Skin Detail ©www.flyingelephant.in

7. Rishi Valley School

Location: Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh
Type: School and Institute
Year: 2009

The Flying elephant studio focuses on the user’s needs and site context which led the landscape design to have a visual expression in the form of a Rainwater harvesting system. The program consists of a girl’s dormitories located surrounding the courtyard and each dorm on two sides allowing cross ventilation and natural light into the room.

Flying Elephant Studio - Rishi Valley School -Sheet1
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Rishi Valley School -Sheet2
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Rishi Valley School -Sheet3
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Rishi Valley School -Sheet4
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Rishi Valley School -Sheet5
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Rishi Valley School -Sheet6
Floor Plan ©www.flyingelephant.in
Rishi Valley School -Sheet7
Section and Elevation ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Rishi Valley School -Sheet8
Exploded Isometric View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Rishi Valley School -Sheet9
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in

8. Healthcare Centre

Location: Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu
Type: Healthcare Institute
Year: 2011

Located in the rural, agricultural land of Tamil Nadu, the primary health care center caters to the community of the village with a clinic. The butterfly roof with a water channel at the center helps collect rainwater and provides it to the healthcare center. The temperature being harsh in summer requires a passive technique, so a buffer space within the built center is created to keep it cool.

Flying Elephant Studio - Healthcare Centre - Sheet1
View from the Entrance ©www.flyingelephant.in
Healthcare Centre - Sheet2
Elevation View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Healthcare Centre - Sheet3
Fins ©www.flyingelephant.in
Healthcare Centre - Sheet4
Ground Floor Plan ©www.flyingelephant.in
Healthcare Centre - Sheet5
Sections ©www.flyingelephant.in
Healthcare Centre - Sheet6
Exploded Isometric View ©www.flyingelephant.in

9. 800 Jubilee | Flyingelephant

Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Area: 5500 m2
Type: Commercial Building
Year: 2015

A high-end commercial space consisting of retail shops and offices in the suburb area of Hyderabad invites a crowd of people living in Jubilee hills. A void of the courtyard on the third floor creates an atrium for social interaction as well as light and ventilation. A water wall and pool at the street level regulates the inside temperature keeping it cool.

Flying Elephant Studio - 800 Jubilee - Sheet1
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
800 Jubilee - Sheet2
Exterior Facade ©www.flyingelephant.in
800 Jubilee - Sheet3
Exterior Facade ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - 800 Jubilee - Sheet4
©www.flyingelephant.in
800 Jubilee - Sheet5
Ground Floor Plan ©www.flyingelephant.in
800 Jubilee - Sheet6
Section ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - 800 Jubilee - Sheet7
Elevations ©www.flyingelephant.in

10. Pavilion House | Flying Elephant Studio

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Type: Residential Building
Year: 2012

The concrete-framed outhouse includes a garden and a pool on the ground floor and multifunctional bedrooms which also function as a spa. There is a connectivity link between the prevailing house and the outhouse. The level of privacy, light, and ventilation can be controlled by the wooden louvered sliding doors adjoining the pool.

Flying Elephant Studio - Pavilion House - Sheet1
View from the pool ©www.flyingelephant.in
Pavilion House - Sheet2
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Pavilion House - Sheet3
©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Pavilion House - Sheet4
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Pavilion House - Sheet5
Open Louvered door ©www.flyingelephant.in
Pavilion House - Sheet6
Closed Louvered door ©www.flyingelephant.in
Pavilion House - Sheet7
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Pavilion House - Sheet8
Floor Plans © www.flyingelephant.in
Pavilion House - Sheet9
Sections ©www.flyingelephant.in
Pavilion House - Sheet10
Exploded Isometric View ©www.flyingelephant.in

11. 2DC817 Studio House

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Area: 220 m2
Type: Residence + Studio Space
Year: 2001

The design explores skin- a façade element of the studio and residence for a family of three. The lower basement levels function as studio workspace while the upper floors accommodate the living and bedroom spaces. The multi-layered skin or the wall of the house facilitates all the requirements of a wall above which it has a visual connection with the outside.

Flying Elephant Studio - 2DC817 Studio House - Sheet1
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
2DC817 Studio House - Sheet2
©www.flyingelephant.in
2DC817 Studio House - Sheet3
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - 2DC817 Studio House - Sheet4
Interior View ©IA+B
2DC817 Studio House - Sheet5
Floor Plans ©www.flyingelephant.in
2DC817 Studio House - Sheet6
Sections ©www.flyingelephant.in
2DC817 Studio House - Sheet7
Isometric View ©www.flyingelephant.in

12. Farmhouse | Flying Elephant

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Area: 20234 m2 Site Area
Type: Residence
Year: 2013

The exposed concrete retreat home designed for a family keen on horse riding includes living spaces on the ground floor with a direct connection with nature allowing ample light and cross ventilation. The terrace consists of a roof garden and a water pool with an expansive view of the Nandidurga hills.

Flying Elephant Studio - Farmhouse - SHeet1
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Farmhouse - SHeet2
©www.flyingelephant.in
Farmhouse - SHeet3
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Farmhouse - SHeet4
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Farmhouse - SHeet5
©www.flyingelephant.in
Farmhouse - SHeet6
View from the pool ©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Farmhouse - SHeet7
View from the pool ©www.flyingelephant.in
Farmhouse - SHeet8
©www.flyingelephant.in
Farmhouse - SHeet9
Sections ©www.flyingelephant.in

13. Schulich School of Business | Flyingelephant

Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Area: 23225m2 Built-up Area
Type: Institute
Year: 2011

The proposed design of the school includes an academic building, hostels, and common facilities. As a part of future development, there will be a research lab and a high-end hotel for future studies.

Flying Elephant Studio - Schulich School of Business - Sheet1
Aerial View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Schulich School of Business - Sheet2
Rendered View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Schulich School of Business - Sheet3
©www.flyingelephant.in
Flying Elephant Studio - Schulich School of Business - Sheet4
©www.flyingelephant.in
Schulich School of Business - Sheet5
©www.flyingelephant.in
Schulich School of Business - Sheet6
Floor Plan ©www.flyingelephant.in
Schulich School of Business - Sheet7
Section ©www.flyingelephant.in

14. Mango Processing Unit

Location: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
Type: Industry
Year: 2004

A large span structure usually needs a truss roofing system, which is high maintenance; to avoid this curved roofing system is used instead.  The harsh summer temperatures are regulated with the help of passive cooling systems.

Flying Elephant Studio - Mango Processing Unit - Sheet1
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Mango Processing Unit - Sheet2
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Mango Processing Unit - Sheet3
©www.flyingelephant.in
Mango Processing Unit - Sheet3
Sections ©www.flyingelephant.in

15. Food Processing Unit | Flying Elephant Studio

Location: Bengaluru, Tamil Nadu
Type: Industry
Year: 2000

The use of suspended roofing with a truss structure on the exterior helps reduce maintenance.  The use of indigenous material for roofing such as terracotta tile cladding is cost-effective and sustainable. To maintain ambient temperature, a double skin roofing technique is employed.

Flying Elephant Studio - Food Processing Unit - Sheet1
Exterior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Food Processing Unit - Sheet2
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Food Processing Unit - Sheet3
Interior View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Food Processing Unit - Sheet4
Site Plan ©www.flyingelephant.in
Food Processing Unit - Sheet5
Sections ©www.flyingelephant.in
Food Processing Unit - Sheet6
Isometric View ©www.flyingelephant.in
Author

Kosha Majithiya is ayoung architecture student, art enthusiast and, ardent traveller, currently studying at Nirma University in Ahmedabad.Her passion for exploring architecture has led her to write her thoughts out and capture every space. She is a social media savvy and caters her audience with her varioustalents.

Write A Comment