A TALK WITH AR. MANISH DIKHSHIT

Updated: Dec 12, 2018


MANISH DIKHSHIT

  • WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE ?

Growing up in Matunga and being influenced with Matunga architecture has aided in my inclination towards the field of design. Matunga is a juxtaposition of Irani cafes and udipi’s; nestled amidst old houses cropped during various design era’s. The history around me instilled my infatuation towards the built form. Being an architect himself, my father, has been the magnetic force behind my inclination towards design and art. Architecture was a choice by passion and not as profession.

  • WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?

My prime philosophy revolves around the fact that design today is an eclectic mix. Design is subjective and the wide expanse of typologies mean that design evolution is extremely mathematical in nature and full of permutation and combinations.


  • WHAT IS THE MANTRA THAT YOU'VE RELIED ON IN BALANCING FUNCTIONING WITH AESTHETICS?

Adaptability and in depth  understanding of the client's needs help us create spaces that are not only aesthetical but functionally optimum. Being in the service industry, I believe that, interior design is user centric. Thus, function and aesthetics go hand in hand, also being equally proportional to the pre requisites by the client. We are the medium or flag bearers of shaping their aspirations.


  • TALK ABOUT THE SKILLS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU BEST IN YOUR CAREER.

Working closely with a varied clientele has helped me in perceiving what they actually desire out of a particular project. The training I received under the eminent architect Hafeez Contractor, taught me how to be inspired by every little aspect of design, irrespective of its scale. Also, Ar. Ravi Sarangan from Edifice has sufficed in me, the key factor of hiring and retaining talent, which aided to carve my way through the industry and to become even more stalwart each day.


  • WHAT ARE THE THINGS A BUDDING ARCHITECT SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHILE HANDLING PROJECTS? WHAT ACCORDING TO YOU ARE THE DO'S AND THE DONT'S IN THIS FIELD?

Our lifestyles have evolved over the years, so have our needs and wants. Clients today come with a lot more information - thanks to the net savvy generation. Also there is a wide range of alternative materials available. Fulfilling all these requirements cannot be done without a certain budget. Therefore my advice, to the newbies of architecture, is that it is necessary to grab the acumen of your concerned client and cater accordingly. Do not be in a rush to inculcate your perspectives into a proposal. Instead, mould it into an imperative strategy with your specific expertise and blend it with the client’s aspirations.


  • MENTION FEW OF YOUR NOTABLE PROJECTS AND WHY THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU.

The Tirupati residence was one of the very first projects that I did at the inception of this firm - AUM Architects. Being a prestigious project and an outstation proposal was managed by a young AUM team. We emerged with flying colours being able to render a design concocted with various contrasting styles. Another project close to my heart is a recent 10 bhk residence designed with unique amalgamation of various agencies and is a masterpiece for us.



  • WHERE DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF INDIA'S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGNING IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

Walter Gropius said that, "A society needs a good image of itself. That is the true job of an architect." Therefore rapid growth in infrastructure is a benediction for our profession. With this sudden boom in the demographics and the radical change in people’s lifestyle, the whole world is pivoted around the assets of our profession. Not only are there constant opportunities to innovate and experiment, but also with current government policies the growth seems to be facilitated towards the right direction. This is also greatly influencing the quality of architects graduating every year. Contemporary concepts including sustainable approaches to design, climate responsiveness and green design elements have become a part of the regular architecture curriculum and hence are becoming more prevalent in the field of commercial architecture as well.

To add to it the designing trends in India, prevalent today, are at par with the rest of the world. Contemporary technologies are being implemented in every facet of design to formulate a better structure for the society and its habitants. Therefore, according to me, India is leaping on the highway of advancement towards the epitome of modernism at par with the world, with equal efforts and dedication.


  • WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?

One of the architects who has constantly been my inspiration is "Tadao Ando". As an architect, I was not only drawn to his style of design but more predominantly to his journey, ranging from being a self-taught amateur to a top notch professional, constantly driving the zeal for design. College education imparts technical knowledge but a learning of this nature widens one’s perspectives as an architect. Ando’s style intricately amalgamates Modernism as well as his innate style of Japanese Architecture that renders his structures with a brilliant aura. His excellence of inculcating nature within structure by efficiently manoeuvring light into the built space, is the definition of ingenious for me.


Tadao Ando

  • WHAT ARE FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN PIECES AROUND THE GLOBE?

Architecture that is utilitarian and yet aesthetically pleasing has always attracted my attention. For me, a built-form is beyond enclosed spaces, it creates interactions of various kinds and a certain amount of sensitivity in any structure is appealing to me. I globe-trot to experience these cutting edge architectural marvels. One of such few that struck my mind include the Yokohama Cruise terminal by Foreign office architects. What influences me most about this structure is how Architecture can help shape a social responsibility to enrich an urban environment. The elegance of the structure is enhanced by the, inhabitable, interactive and gentle curves with folded surfaces that create an architectural topography.

Another such structure is The Iceberg, a residential block in Aarhus, Denmark. Known as one of the largest harbour - front developments done in Europe, the form derivation aimed at providing maximum visibility to the inhabitants. As stated before, user-centric architecture has always been my favourite genre and to top it, this structure also poses for portraying a unique conical shape and micro-climate responsiveness. Thus, these have been two of the most exceptional structures that I have witnessed.


  • WHAT DO YOU LOVE DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT DESIGNING?

I call myself an architect by passion and traveller by profession. I keep exploring new places and this inspires my work eventually.


  • SHARE SOME OF YOUR VALUABLE ADVICE FOR OUR READERS TO GET INSPIRED OF.

Architecture has always been a subtle combination of exquisite aesthetics and technicalities. All of this is whirled around the people who design the structure as well as who inhabit it or utilise it on a regular basis. Making a structure humane is what grants it with its ultimate success. Thus, I and our team at AUM believe in giving design - excellence, service efficiency, responsiveness and a strong commitment because the resultant should be in lines with what the era require us to deliver.


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