MADe demonstrate their design skills on a variety of projects in India
MADe is an architectural studio with an oeuvre of diverse scales and programmes ranging from residential to large scale urban regeneration.
Every project pursues the eye-mind-hand-drawing-tools-modeling course as a principal generator of ideas, though computers are exploited for their obvious benefits. Working with hands to experience the physical act of creating lets them observe, reflect and gain insights into their work. Consequently the process is slow and non linear and they focus on limited projects at a time.
Believing in quality of expression stripped of obsolete additions and superfluous expenses has inherently ensured sustainability in the studio's projects. Here are the representative samples of their work - the ideas pursued out of curiosity, beliefs and the urge to dream:
RESTRUCTURING TEMPLE COMPLEX (competition win, urban planning and architecture, Tuljapur, India)
The social programme in most popular temples in India is unique where pilgrims traditionally spend fleeting time inside but would have been part of the procession to arrive at the sanctum sanctorum for hours of singing and chanting. Later they would linger around the precincts having had glimpse of the deity, feeling peaceful and contended. MADe's response therefore focuses on the path and the unbuilt space rather than the built forms and tries to heighten this journey of the pilgrim.
The elegance and complexity of the spaces in the 400-year-old temple of Tuljapur demonstrate a method of growth by accretion without resorting to any formal plan. By enhancing its core passageways so that it continues to grow in the same spontaneous way, the studio has proposed a restructuring that is sympathetic to this history and true to the context. The intervention here is not that of creating an impactful architectural footprint but to transcend the basic needs of the pilgrim and enrich his/her experience in the temple and the town.
URBAN NEXUS (competition entry, Museum of Polish History, Warsaw, Poland)
Interpreting the evolution of its historic urban setting to address connectivity and experiential quality of movement became the prime concern in designing the museum. By articulating building volumes as a link between the Ujazdow castle and its neighbourhood, the museum aims to establish a nexus.
URBAN PARADOX (completed 2011, mixed use, Hyderabad, India)
Contextualized by its location in a rapidly urbanizing part of the city, this silent quadrangular volume of voids is a respite in the visual chaos created by incidental excesses and haphazard growth. The building is deliberately contrived to be blank and a silent non-statement.
LATITUDE HOUSING (competition entry, residential, Punggol, Singapore)
A spatial progression that cuts through the altering landscape and built spaces, this housing district is conceived as a series of linear residential towers oriented along the north-south axis of the site to enable every unit to have direct visual access to the waterfront.