SAV Architecture + Design was founded in 2011, and always strove to be a multi-disciplinary studio that worked across design and processes, from an urban scale to a personalised object. The founders, principal architect Amita Kulkarni and principal designer Vikrant Tike, are both alumni of the prestigious AA School of Architecture, London, and bring their varied interests to the table to create a wholistic offering. She obtained a master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism, while he completed his undergraduate architectural studies and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Spatial Performance and Design.
“We started the studio with art installations and exhibition designs as that allowed us to define our interests, create our unique design language and execute innovative spatial experiences relatively quickly, while equally allowing us to bridge the boundaries between art, architecture and design,” says Kulkarni, an admirer of cultures that can embrace modern thinking and innovation but still manage to live simply in consideration and compassion towards the surrounding.
The practice evolved largely through the founders’ curiosities and interests rather than their projects. “One of the critical aspect of our studio that has remained a constant across the varied scales and projects we do is our ability to create narrative and experiential architecture; one that can weave and tell a web of stories, with a focus on the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’, to create extraordinary spaces and moments within our designs.”
As design practitioners of the 21st century, Kulkarni and Tike believe in design and technological research as well as thinking agility in adapting to the future. “For India, we prefer to think laterally when it comes to designing better built environments as we greatly believe in working with reuse of existing low-tech solutions that work sensitively, and have a more sustainable and longer lasting impact,” reveals Tike, who, along with his partner, is a great believer in the power of mistakes. “As good designers, the difference should be our attitude towards ‘mistakes’; wherein we constantly observe, learn and grow from all our mistakes. Only when one overcomes (fear) of failing and falling, can one fly!”

Looking Back

A self-initiated art installation in London, called Textfields, enabled the duo to foresee working as design partners in their own studio . Another key project was the Sopanbag Apartments , significant in its scale as it was a seamless bridge between innovative design techniques, and modular and off-site construction processes.

Looking forward

There are two “amazing” projects Kulkarni and Tike have recently commenced: a large interior project for a communications agency that defines the “future of working environments”, and a high-rise building in South Mumbai for which they will create a unique perforated screen façade inspired by the textile industries.

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