Architecture won over progressive rock when it came to formal education for Akshat Bhatt. And an unsuccessful quest for an ‘equal opportunity architectural practice’ to work with in India resulted in the founding of his practice, Architecture Discipline, in 2007. A multi-disciplinary design studio, it explores architecture through the scales of urban design, architecture, interior and product design. The studio is engaged in the design of building typologies such as town halls, hotels, schools, offices, residences and sound and video production studios. “The result of every commission is determined by a series of critical design processes that result in an architectural expression which is contextually charged and contemporary. Buildings are integrated from conceptual framework to the tactile experience,” says the founder of the firm, who believes that regional expression and progressive construction practices create positive environments.
Bhatt consciously opted for complex-programmed, medium-scale projects from the very beginning with the intention of testing their conceptual and technical frameworks. When it comes to describing his work so far, the architect says it has been incremental or evolutionary. His musical studies — which pre-dated his architecture ones – pushed Bhatt towards individual expression within compositional frameworks. At architecture school, he was exposed to the Modernists and British Hi-Tech, philosophy and design theory. “When I started professional practice, I began looking at designers in greater detail and into construction techniques. When you’re intensely involved with one thing, as long as you’re not oblivious to everything else, chances are you’ll find a subject that’ll reveal a new dimension. Every time that happens, it adds to your reference base and influences,” he says. This egoless attitude, which makes him easily turn to more experienced professionals for greater understanding, echoes in his advice to fellow architects. “Ego kills talent. I think there is enough and more to be learnt from good, experienced professionals who have paid their dues,” he adds further, “And most important, choose the firm you want to work with carefully, spend a few years (there) before setting up your own space, do so only if absolutely necessary. Last but not the least — draw, draw, draw!”

Looking Back

Make in India pavilion at Hannover Messe 2015 positioned India’s advancements across industrial sectors on the bedrock of its rich culture and idiom. The structure’s geometry was rooted in the Navgriha and Vaastu principles, representing India’s profound tradition of peaceful progress.

Looking forward

The studio is involved in the design of a new brand of hotels, one that will revolutionise the industry. It is also working on the design of a micro-housing brand. The reason they’re looking forward to these is the overall built expression and quality of environment; most significantly, a new construction technology.

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