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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Why Sandarbh?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018

We often get asked the question, "Why Sandarbh?"

Sandarbh is a word which finds itself in many Indian languages. In Sanskrit, it translates to the word - context.

Before elaborating on the word itself, we are going to tell you a story - about stories.

Imagine that you are walking through the streets of Pondicherry. People cycle around you while you’re sheltered by the canopies of the majestic trees lining the streets. colourful buildings and the architecture. You can hear the ocean waves hitting the rocks, while the colourful buildings and the architecture entice your visual senses. A beautiful story is being created.

But imagine if the same streets are placed in Rajasthan desert. Would the story still be the same?

Sandarbh is this story that revolves around architecture.

The Sandarbh of a building can be anything that influences it. It can be the linear street that it opens up to, or the colossal tree that finds itself at the centre. It can be the features of the site or the location that it is placed in. The socio-cultural environment of the surroundings of the building can form its context just as well as any physical factor. Or, like in Pondicherry's case - the heritage of the area can be the context.

A building's context can be very personal too. Your childhood memory of the long French windows at your ancestral home, the books that line up the shelves at your mother's house or the balcony where you sat and watched the stars at night. These memories convert into ideas which fuels architecture built for you.

And that, is precisely why Sandarbh.

Sandarbh is an office filled with storytellers. We try to create a narrative in everything we do - from our design process to the design itself and the little details within it. Here is a glimpse of these stories.

To know more about us, visit us at our office. We would love to have you here!


-Ananya