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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.

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What language does your subconscious speak in?

"What language does your subconscious think in?" Sai asked us in general. Drashti had no clue, Leena and Anirudh said English. I thought about the last time I was asked the same question. I had ended up thinking of this for days and days until I figured out mine was English too. There is probably a lot more to think - the language is just a starting point to understand your subconscious. 

Each of our design instincts are derived by our subconscious. And just like the language the subconscious speaks in, each decision the subconscious takes is evolved over the experiences that happen over our lifetime. It's probably why experienced architects take less effort developing their designs. They have basically taken time to understand and train their subconscious to understand the client's needs. Who would be better than a child to design a room for a child? But thinking about it, I don't really need to be a child to design for a child. All I needed to do was to take the effort to imagine being one. I needed to meet people, and not just meet - consciously take the effort to understand their fears, their aspirations and train myself to understand the emotion behind the words. 

Sai elaborated to Drashti about using the subconscious to step in the client's shoes and imagine like the balcony she was designing was being used by her .  

But out of nowhere, another question rose in my head -

The subconscious has a negative too. My fear of stairs may be projected in my staircase design. I would probably cage my stairs in grills if I had to design one for myself.

 How do you get over that?


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