“Art and Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” and so does the way to perceive designs. Every architectural firm has its own discovered ways to deliver art and architecture through its designs. Whether the firm has been practising for years or has just begun their practice, there surely is a philosophy and design philosophy that each of them follows and intent to deliver or if not then the briefs of the clients.

Architecture as a fraternity has grown over the period so has the understanding of its various design typologies. But despite this growth, there seems to be a typical image of how practices from firms are to be perceived. Today we get you a list of 10 architectural firms in India that seem to be practising beyond these typical images.

1. Studio Lotus

An Architectural firm started in 2002 by Ambrish Arora, Ankur Choksi and Siddhartha Talwar is breaking a stereotypical image with their design approach of celebrating local resources, Cultural Influences with extreme keen attention to detail. While there seem to be a lot of architectural firms that celebrate local resources and cultural influences, this firm uses innovative design strategies to aesthetically enhance each of their designs by respecting the local materials in various project locations.

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2. Benny Kuriakose & Associates, Chennai

An Architectural firm started in 1985; Benny Kuriakose & Associates is a firm that works in the field of heritage conservation and Restoration. This architectural firm seems to be breaking the stereotypical image by their design approach of proposing extreme sustainable design solutions and also by delivering not just heritage conservation and restoration but also delivering creative and sustainable solutions for residential, commercial, Institutional and hospitality buildings.

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3. Wall makers, Kerala

An Architectural firm initiated in 2007 by Vinu Daniel is breaking stereotypes with their philosophy of utilising waste material and earth and providing sustainable solutions. This architectural firm is breaking a stereotypical image by providing creative and innovative design solutions to their clients and making an attempt in providing eco-friendly buildings, interiors and solutions.

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4. Abin design studio, Kolkata

Abin Design Studio was initiated in 2005 by Abin Chaudhuri. They are breaking a typical image of the society by keeping and delivering a firm ideology of celebrating materials with creative aesthetics. The firm has an exceptional eye for details when it comes to – light, site context and materials. It breaks stereotypes with its consistency of innovations in each project. The firm is involved in – Residential, educational and hospitality architecture.

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5. Mozaic, Goa

The Firm Mozaic was initiated in 2001 by Reboni Saha and Dean D’cruz. The firm provides design solutions with various architectural disciplines and scales. It is breaking stereotypes by practising to create an eco-friendly environment with their eco-friendly designs. This architectural firm practices – residential, Institutional, Conservational and hospitality projects as well as product design.

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6. NOTE-D, Mumbai

This architectural firm was founded in 2009 by the principal architects Hemant Purohit and Smita Khanna. This firm is breaking the stereotypes by their experiments. Experimenting with materials and Designs seeks to be less adapted by a lot of architectural practices. They believe that their experimenting skills have led the firm to develop as comprehensive, responsive and innovative across various disciplines of architecture.

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7. Archolio, Coimbatore

Archolio was initiated in the year 2020 by Kushal Surana and Manoj Kumar. This architectural firm is breaking the stereotypes by their unique solutions with material experimentation. Coming from the architectural fraternity, we often witness firms experimenting – design elements, traditional materials or altering design philosophies concerning aesthetics or design briefs. But it’s not often to witness a firm that is ready to accept experimenting with various materials under a single roof. This architectural firm practices – residential, interior, landscape and commercial projects.

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8. Charged Voids, Haryana

Charged Voids was initiated by Aman Aggrawal in the year 2007. The firm is breaking stereotypes by combining its Indian sensitivity and philosophies with western aesthetics to produce modern and elegant solutions. The architectural firm practices – residential and more projects.

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9. MuseLab, Mumbai

MuseLab as an architectural firm was initiated in the year 2012 by Jasem Pirani and Huzefa Rangwala. This architectural firm is breaking the stereotype by delivering high-quality solutions for their cutting edge designs. They follow the traditional methodology and provide sheek interiors. The firm deals with projects from – architecture and product design.

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10. The Busride Design Studio, Mumbai

This architectural firm was started in 2006 by Ayaz Basrai and Zameer Basrai. This firm is breaking stereotypes with its free-flowing design process and its cutting edge solutions. The firm delivers design solutions for – residential, commercial and more.

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Author

Disha is an architecture graduate from Nagpur University, 2021. Being an avid traveler, she has always tried to connect the city’s art & culture with architecture. She is a keen learner & an extremely creative individual who always seeks opportunities to enhance knowledge & experience in the field of architecture.

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