BOOK – Timeless Houses – 17 exclusive residences designed by the architects of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan
Curated by Kapil Aggarwal, Edited by Mamta Upadhyay, and Published by Lalwani Books Internations
Timeless Houses showcases 17 exclusive private residences designed by leading architects of four countries — India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Though all the houses are sited in the Southern Asian region they are diverse in their architectural forms and styles. Designed by creative architects with international acclaim, these dwellings represent diverse geographical locations, climatology, cultures, lifestyles of the four South Asian countries and hence different architectural form and styles. However, there are several unifying factors that bring these houses on one platform. Each project is an authentic and honest design that has the capability to remain functional for generations.
Featured in the book are houses by Pinkish Shah (S+PS ARCHITECTS, India), Gurjit Singh Matharoo (Matharoo Associates, India), Nitin Killawala (Group Seven Architects + Planners Pvt Ltd, India), Sanjeev Panjabi & Sangeeta Merchant (Spasm Design Architects, India), Shabbir Unwala (Design Workshop, India), Verendra Wakhloo (Matra Architects and Rurban Planners, India), Manoj Ladhad & Sandeep J (Architecture Paradigm, India), Sandeep Khosla (Khosla Associates, India), Kamal & Arjun Malik (Malik Architecture, India), Aadil Salim (N.M. SALIM & ASSOCIATES, India), Vinu Daniel (Wallmakers, India), Godridge Samuel (MMGS Architects, Sri Lanka), Palinda Kannangara (Palinda Kannangara Architects, Sri Lanka), Thisara Thanapathy (Thisara Thanapathy Associates, Sri Lanka), Rafiq Azam (SHATOTTO architecture for green living) and Bilal Kapadia (Coalesce Design Studio, Pakistan). The brilliantly designed pages provide a walk-through experience of each dwelling while the articles offer background information on the architects, their work philosophy as well as particular challenges, unique solutions, and materials used in the building process. The interviews at the end of each feature offer additional interesting insights about the houses and their designers. The book contains a wealth of information for professional architects, planners, interior designers, as well as the casual reader with an interest in design and the art of living.
Some inner pages
About the curator
Kapil did his B.Arch in 1996 from MIT, Manipal and worked for three years with renowned architectural offices before setting up his studio – Spaces Architects@ka. Kapil had an inclination for fine arts since childhood and he considers himself an artist turned into an architect. His projects are an extension of his art form, his renovated house a reflection of his self where each space has been treated as a canvas frame. His repertoire of work spreads from furniture design to corporate buildings, schools, residences and restoration projects. Kapil has won more than 40 international and national awards. The project Adharshila Vatika won the Design Share Awards 2008, For An Innovative Learning Environment. Spaces Architect @ka was the only Asian firm to win an award in this category. Haveli Dharampura which is first of its kind adaptive reuse building in old Delhi where an old haveli has been conserved and converted into a heritage hotel has won the firm numerous awards and recognitions like NDTV Award, CWAB Award and IIID Award among many.
About the editor
Mamta is a freelance architecture editor, blogger and a writer. A former executive editor for the Design Today, a monthly magazine by the India Today Group and Deputy Editor-in-charge for the Malayala Manorama Group, she has been writing on architecture and design for the last 10 years. A post-graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism, Mamta started working as a daily reporter with Hindustan Times, Bhopal in 2000. In her various pursuits, she has worked with leading national dailies The Pioneer and Mid-Day and has written substantially on topics such as health, gender issues, environment and art. Prior to newspapers in Delhi, she worked as a consultant copy editor with Centre for Science and Environment and offered valuable editorial inputs for the book The Leapfrog Factor (2006). She has also curated an exhibition of digital paintings by a Delhi-based artist.
About the publisher
Nitin is the founder of Delhi-based Lalwani Books International, a leading importer, distributor and retailer of art, architecture and interior design books. Nitin learnt the trade skills from his father G C Lalwani who has been in this business since last four decades. With a strong distribution channel in India and abroad Lalwani Books International have more than 4000 titles on architecture, interior/product design, landscaping, urban design and art in its repertoire. With a strong passion for architecture and design, Nitin has decided to try his hands at publishing books in this genre and explore different facets of contemporary architecture to produce and present valuable content to professional architects, planners and designers.
Price: US$ 95 (Rs 4500)
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