A TALK WITH AR. SANJAY PURI



  • WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE?

The first experience with architecture was in the form of reading The Fountain head by Ayn Rand at the age of 16 . After reading the book I became aware of architecture as a creative field and then forayed into finding out more about it, eventually becoming one.


  • WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?

Creating spaces that evolve in an explorable manner and transcend the way spaces have been perceived earlier. Creating architecture that is rooted in contextual terms and yet evolutionary in its experiences.


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

Each of our designs are contextual to its location and imbibes the character of principles, if any, from the architectural heritage of the region.

The language of our architectural designs, while being contextual explores new territories of design and form to create spaces that are unique to experience.


  • 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?

To create meaningful , contextual responsive architecture & designing and not merely follow trends. Creating spaces that evolve in an explorative manner and transcend the way spaces have been perceived earlier. Creating architecture that is rooted in contextual terms and yet evolutionary in its experiences.


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

There are many projects that have created a difference and impacted the way we think.

Triose, an entertainment centre in Lonavala, Chrome Hotel in Kolkata, The Courtyards House in Beawar, The Streets in Mathura & Ishatvam 9 in Ranchi are the most significant.

Each of these projects were dramatically different from the work we had done before in terms of exploration of spaces , response to context & the evolution of a different vocabulary.Each of these projects have been recognised worldwide winning several international awards.



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

India will be amongst the fastest growing countries of the world in the coming years & the Indian government needs to take cognizance of this immediately with an active plan to facilitate this growth instead of the lackadaisical attitude they have had in the past. Simultaneously, private developers need to focus on sustainable and contextual design instead of only being interested in the commercial aspects of real estate and architects in India have to create coherent holistic design solutions to propagate an Indian ethos in the new architecture that will be created.


  • WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?

The book “The Fountain Head” by Ayn Rand inspired me to become an architect and in doing so changed my life completely. Its ideals continue to inspire me today and this is reflected in my work thus influencing me as a person and giving directions in what I do. I never want to do anything other than architecture. Architecture is my passion.



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

Many structures have at some stage influenced me. Le Corbusier’s Chapel at Le Ronchamp, a restaurant called Boompjes at Rotterdam along the sea by Rem Koolhaas (one of his earliest works) , The Cinema Hall at Dresden by Coop Himmelb(l)au, The Ray & Maria Stata Center building at MIT by Frank O Gehry, The Norddeutsche Landesbank in Hannover by Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner are some of them.


Le Corbusier’s Chapel

Boompjes


The Ray & Maria Stata Center

The Norddeutsche Landesbank

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

Reading, browsing and perusing design in different fields. Product design, fashion design, jewellery design are all very interesting.


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

There should be more awareness of architecture in general. Increased awareness will generate the need to experience new approaches in design which will manifest itself in the generation of new architectural typologies to create a better environment for all of us to live in.

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