SJK Architects is an award winning firm that has accrued considerable Indian and International acclaim. It is a multi-disciplinary practice encompassing master planning, architecture, and interior design. The nature of the practice has been to use the sun and the wind to our advantage to craft environments that are ecologically sound and naturally beautiful. We have worked across India in the areas of education, hospitality, corporate offices and cultural buildings, developing unique identities based on the historical legacy of the area as well as the climatic situation. This translates, to buildings that sit naturally in their environments rather than mechanized boxes that alienate people and their culture.
Our use of contemporary innovations that draw from Indian traditions has won us the World Architecture Festival Prize in 2012, the Futurarc Green Leadership Award (Singapore), the E+D C & Tucker awards (USA), the ArcVision Award (Italy), Prix Versailles Award (for Architecture & Interiors) in 2016, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design in 2016 and several National awards from the Indian Institute of Architects, as well as Indian Institute of Interior Designers.
The Principal Architect Shimul Javeri Kadri leads the design process along with Design Directors, Vaishali Shankar, Sarika Shetty and Roshni Kshirsagar.
HOTEL AT BODHGAYA
BODH GAYA, INDIA
The Bodhgaya hotel was completed in February this year and opened to the public a month before Covid 19 struck India. We do not have official photographs - just some random pictures taken on our mobile phones while the project was being completed.
A site visit when it rained in December, but the moon shone at night, and two young men in the kitchen showed unusual talent.
S R ENGINEERING COLLEGE
It is not often that one gets to re-visit their sites and designs continually over a long span of time, but the Engineering College Campus at Warangal has given us a chance to do exactly that over 15 years and still counting!
The execution of this campus - highly driven by need, growth and cost - has allowed us to build in bits and pieces, building by building, making it an exciting process of learning from, and responding to a context established by us, while evolving our design principles and philosophies.
The college campus is distinctly planned along an axial pedestrian walkway which culminates into a large central quadrangle - an area for play, discussions and events. The surrounding buildings respond to this central public space as per the program within - wherein the academic blocks contain private, scaled-down courtyards which provide controlled climates to encourage student interaction.
On the other hand, in designing an extremely public building like the library, this principle is reversed, where it essentially creates an amphitheatre overlooking the quadrangle, and becomes an extended plaza itself.
ANDRA PRADESH, INDIA
FOREST OF CHINTZ
The retail store for Forest Of Chintz is the first of the stores that the brand launches in India. In an area of 800 square feet, rises a series of monolithic displays, that emerge from the floor and blend into the walls, all designed ergonomically and for a unique customer experience.
The ins and outs in the stepped display form alcoves for the customer to engage with the products at an intimate scale while experiencing the contrasting scale of the space itself.
The highlight of this project is the display, that facilitates maximum visibility of products and flexibility in terms of the merchandizing, coupled with hints of the 'forest' experience through the central pendants.
The space celebrates the merchandise by being the perfect understated, yet bold backdrop for the sharp, edgy and colourful products to pop.
COLLABORATING WITH CRAFT
We at SJK Architects believe that design is a product of collaboration with crafts.
We are in a process of developing a concrete product line, showcasing our brilliant craftsman, Vijay Sakpal. With rigorous prototyping, palette selection and dexterous workmanship, Vijay is finessing the craft of concrete.
Watch this space for more...
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST INDIA
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