PRAVAAH Workspace by The Grid Architects reflects how design can foster human connection in masonry

Inspired from the Möbius Strip design, an artistic reverie, the project’s sustainable dimension is enhanced by the use of locally produced ferrocement suffused with garb white color as the primary construction material.

The Organic architecture by Ahmedabad based tHE gRID involves designing buildings and structures that are in harmony with the atmosphere.

Founded by Snehal Suthar and Bhadri Suthar, the multi-disciplinary design firm that has been morphing dynamic spaces within various typologies for more than two decades.

Its curvilinear design represents the fluidity of ideas and materials, offering a unique and sustainable workspace in tune with its ecological habitat. Here, the architecture also involves respect for the properties of the material deployed/used, that is, Ferrocement, embodying a holistic approach.

PRAVAAH, derived from the Sanskrit language, meaning flow or fluidity, encapsulates the essence of this real estate development site office. Beyond a conventional workspace, it gracefully merges with its environment.

Beyond its functional role, it is responsible for showcasing core concepts like contextual relevance, innovative design, and the harmonious incorporation of natural resources rooted in the philosophy of biophilia.

The design concept for Pravaah was meticulously developed, considering the unique climate context of the South West region in India. It was finalized with four strategically positioned openings, including skylights, to facilitate natural ventilation and filtered sunlight.

One of the project’s pivotal aspects was the deliberate choice of a single construction material: locally produced Ferrocement, expertly crafted by skilled local artisans in a remarkably short timeframe.

This decision significantly reduced carbon emissions and empowered the local workforce. Unlike a superficial application, this material was seamlessly integrated into the project’s core, emphasizing its eco-friendliness and local sustainability.

The interior maintains a grab white elegance, featuring an organic flow and sunlit cabins with skylights. The design prioritizes bucolic elements like natural light and sundry hues that are soothing to any creative soul.

Besides the requirement of minimal labor skills which makes it accessible to a wide workforce, and features a straightforward construction process, Ferrocement has a notably low carbon footprint compared to other construction materials. Its composition, comprising cement, sand, and metal reinforcement, typically results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions during production than concrete or steel.

Ferrocement structures are rather lightweight in contrast with conventional alternatives, ensuring low maintenance costs due to their extended lifespan.This conscious material selection exemplifies Pravaah’s commitment to environmentally responsible and community-driven architecture.

Designs fostering meaningful human-nature connections beyond superficiality prove invaluable. The incorporation of biophilic design holds special appeal in our design philosophy.

Photographs:Photographix | Sebastian

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