Off the Grid Design Competition
– Top 3!

India

Woman in Swimsuit

Kavya Ramakrishnan

Woman in Swimsuit

Prerana Mohanty

Woman in Swimsuit

Woman in Swimsuit

1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.

Kavya Ramakrishnan: My name is Kavya Ramakrishnan. I am doing my Bachelor’s in Architecture at Vivekanand Education Society, College of Architecture. I am currently in my second year of the degree course.

Prerana Mohanty:My name is Prerana Mohanty. I am doing my Bachelor’s in Architecture in Vivekanand Education Society, College of Architecture. I am currently in my second year of the degree course.



2. What is your design philosophy?

Our design philosophy revolves around creating spaces after understanding cultural sensibilities. Our main focus is on creating structures that are sustainable in material aspects and that respect the contexts and the history of the place.



3. When and how were you first introduced to architecture?

KR: I was introduced to Architecture before starting my Bachelor’s. I was interested in how the different scales and forms interacted with the environment around them.

PM: I was introduced to Architecture only after starting my Bachelors. But I think I had the general idea of what it would be only in terms of aesthetics.



4. What does architecture mean to you?

KR: Architecture for me is like an emotional containment. It has the potential to influence our mood and perceptions through light, geometry, and the materials used.

PM: Architecture is a means of service for me. Only when we understand the user’s needs and wants can we create a good structure.



5. Briefly explain your design process and your perspective on the role of sustainable architecture.

From the start, we were inclined to use sustainability as a way of communicating through our design. As we were complete beginners to design, we went for a simple and organic form that blends with the contours in the site.
We wanted to maximize the use of every space in our design, so we decided to make the roof as the main highlight of the design by making it a semi-private space to walk on.
The design of this house was about a family’s search for a house that would allow them to use it in today’s world, to feel free and rooted in the land.

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