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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.

If you'd like to read more, you can find all of our stories on our Blogspot.

  • Writer's pictureSandarbh Architects


The morning meetings is when Sandarbh puts together it's plan of action for the rest of the day. Usually held at Sai's table, we gather around the table with our laptops and sketchbooks  to update and push for further progress. Sometimes they are short and crisp, sometimes they stretch till half day.

The topics covered would be diverse, sometimes just covering the essential topics, other days, it would move to strategy, business planning etc. , It would depend on the projects in hand and how we plan to move forward with them.

But today's meeting was quite different from the once we usually have. Unlike regular meetings which were aimed at the present and future, this was looking into the past. As a part of design development for a couple of new projects, we spoke about older projects designed about 17 years back, the design approach taken, the sketches drawn and the context was explained. Models which were made to explain the forms were shown.

As this discussion continued, I tried imagining a day at office 17 years back when the design was being developed. How different would it have been?  The first change I felt was the difference in technology. Models like those are seldom made, as SketchUp does a very good job showing the spaces.

As I sit in a bus going to a city away from Bangalore while still being a part of work, design without Google, Pinterest or communication without WhatsApp and mobile phones is unimaginable to me.

It feels like Architecture has changed dramatically. But has it really? Are we just using an upgraded kind of pencil today?



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