July 13, 2015
Tucked away in a by-lane behind Old Prabhadevi Road, Nitin Barccha and Disney Davis work on interiors and product explorations through The White Room and Material Immaterial Studio. The designers have recently created SPACES – a set of 9 miniature concrete buildings inspired by their experiments in First-Year Architecture, playing with volume and voids.
“Each piece is an individually complete space defined by volumes and voids that give the human imagination a glimpse into what could be lying inside. The nine pieces from this first set can be put together around the central ‘Kund’ to create a community space.”
Concrete has long captured the imagination of many architects, from Le Corbusier’s modernist Villa Savoye, to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia, to Tadao Ando’s Church of the Light. On a visit to the Material Immaterial studio, shelves above desks were lined with prototypes and concrete forms that didn’t make the mark. While Nitin and Disney are well-versed with concrete when creating ‘human-sized’ spaces, scaling it down produced its own set of challenges. After numerous models and experimenting with poured concrete, nine individual spaces were selected. When locked together around the kund, one becomes conscious of the flow of stairs, open passages and cutouts that lead the eye from one cube to the next.
The team have a small setup behind their studio where the cubes are being painstakingly produced. The nine-piece set is sold with a wooden tray that holds them in place. SPACES is currently available at Filter and Kulture Shop.
Photos by Sameer Tawde