The built form and the written word, both have a lot in common. Some relations are more literal – the basic building blocks, the structure, certain distinctive elements. But, both go well beyond the physical and the literal -  The ultimate purpose behind designing buildings and writing prose is to invoke feelings, to lead one through space and time, to tell stories.

While our buildings tell the specific stories of our client’s, it is through our words that are able to share our stories with you. It is through our words that we are able to visualize and create narratives that drive the process. It is these words that fuel the excitement in anything and everything that we do – whether it be about the artisans and craftsmen who work with us, simple construction processes or just the spaces that we experience.

Here is a glimpse of some of these stories.

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  • Sandarbh Architects

Narratives and Designs

Updated: Jun 12, 2018

I had never thought that Architecture could ever be linked to writing. Sure, writers could describe spaces, bringing clarity to the process, or the end products. Architects, their methodologies could be explained. But can you actually design using words?

Whenever Sai spoke about narratives for design, I have always thought of it as a medium to convey the design rather than to create it. A million scenarios could be imagined for a space. How would creating a scenario help in design?

As part of developing the design for a project in trivandrum we had to develop the interiors for, I was asked to write about the spaces within the house. Confused as to what I was going to write about a house that was under construction, I spent the time I was traveling to the site thinking of a topic I could write about. I didn't get any ideas of  use. But as it turns out, all that preparation wasn't necessary.

As I entered the building, I could imagine the space unfold in front of me. As I began to visualize it, I could see the spaces, not as the half done construction site but as the home it is going to become soon. As I began to write the story of the home and it's existence, I could describe the spaces as I saw it. It was like the building spoke to me. Each space had it's own vibe, a reason why it was designed.  I could see the little details on the dining table. I could see the kids playing, I could see the plants in the balcony. The light and the shadows  it created told a story. The more I wrote about it, the more detailed it got. With that, the design was formed - not in lines, but in words.


-Ananya