Anika Mittal, Founder and Director of Mold Design Studio is an Architect and an Urban Designer with over 8 years of experience across all facets of the design and construction industry in India and the UK. She is the founding Director of mold design studio, a multidisciplinary design practice based out of New Delhi and founding Partner of Amalgam, a design studio that specializes in using the traditional Indian craft of inlay to redefine the contemporary Indian modern aesthetic as a blend of convention and modernity.
Leveraging her past experiences gained as project Architect across a multitude of projects ranging from boutique residences to commercial complexes and hospitality to master planning projects; Anika is providing comprehensive solutions across all stages of design and construction through mold design studios.
Anika is also a visiting faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She is a keen photographer, and her design and photographic work has been published in journals in India and abroad.
Following are two works by Anika Mittal Dhawan,
The site is suitably located next to a park, with sufficient green spaces for outdoor activities, breakout spaces and open areas. Taking into account the site geometry, access into the site, privacy for club activities and functionality, the site planning ensures that the built form is integrated with the landscape. A grand, double height entry Foyer brings the visitor into the building, taking them through the process of discovery. Since the site level is lower than the road level, the swimming pool is planned to optimize this feature, by negating the need for digging. Further, it is placed along the park edge to ensure privacy and great views and the space under the pool deck can be used to store the pool equipment. One can enter the restaurant/café directly from the entrance foyer at this level, as it gets a view of the pool and also of the amphitheater. A terrace as a spill out space is also envisaged. The rear of the site is planned as the sports zone with a gymnasium that faces the swimming pool. The table tennis and the squash court are at the lower level in the sports zone to avoid noise penetration. The amphitheater starts from the road level going down to the original site level thereby further utilizing the site features.
Sited on top of a Hill, in Saattal (Hindi for “seven lakes”), miles away from the chaos of the city, The Hill haven is a weekend cottage retreat for an urban Indian multi-generation family. Saattal is a group of seven freshwater lakes near the Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand district of India. Famous for its Oak and Pine trees, the lake sits scenically in the Mehragaon valley.
The cottage is sited at the peak of a hilly area, with a glorious view of the valley. The Built form is designed to optimize the views of the valley and to provide maximum open space for the inhabitants. Being a holiday home, the house is planned with common spaces in an open-plan format, with private spaces as well. Each space is designated to have a valley view- hence, multiple spaces are created such as private balconies, common verandahs and a porch to enjoy the weather, the rains and an open terrace to sun bathe. The ground floor houses the common activities, where the family can spend leisure time together, cooking and eating, whereas the first floor accommodated the private spaces.