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Traditional elements with contemporary expression - Prof. K R Jaisim, Jaisim-Fountainhead, Bengaluru

Traditional elements with contemporary expression - Prof. K R Jaisim, Jaisim-Fountainhead, Bengaluru

His architecture displays distinct design vocabulary that consists of earthy tones, traditional elements, open and common spaces, etc.

Prof Jaisim, Jaisim-Fountainhead, Bengaluru

Prof. Jaisim’s works adopts a multi-disciplinary, collaborative and participatory approach to identify and deliver project-specific designs. His architecture displays distinct design vocabulary that consists of earthy tones, traditional elements, open and common spaces, etc. It stems from the fundamental understanding of the built environment and client requirements. His work can be described as meaningful architecture with contemporary expression mediated by culture and nature. His buildings balance basic synergies, natural materials and solid walls, each complementing the other.

Academy of Light and Life, Ooty
Nestled amidst the hills in Ooty, teh academy building is a unique project with no prior case studies in hand. The project envisages spacious and well-outfitted spaces, with the built form incorporating maximum openings to the outside to allow as much natural light and ventilation as possible.

The simplicity of the ‘designology’ is reflected in the use of materials, spatial compositions and direct engagement of its functionalities. The highly atmospheric space, in earthy tones, allows the architecture to retreat. Drawing on the outer richness of the site, the interior finishes have a refreshing generosity, layered with textures of natural lighting, brick and stonewalls and IPC flooring.

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru

Built on a defined footprint, the hostel campus for the institute takes its inspiration from Gaudi’s structures with its undulating balcony walls and perforations that display a hide and seek imagery. The architecture employs filler slabs integrated with a framed structure, finished with non-load-bearing partitions to define spaces. Conceptualised on ‘stars in space’ the structural arrangement omits cluttered and dense spaces, instilling the plush feel of hotel interiors. Although the elements are restricted to minimum, multiple combinations and permutations are created to bring in variety.

Indian Institute of Plantation Management
As an Institute that professes to impart knowledge through various direct and subtle, the architecture follows in tune to recognize this factor. With detailed research on aspects of climate and its influences on the habitation of the institute, there’s clear emphasis on meaningful use of alternative energy approaches throughout its scheme.


Inwardly the spaces look into a linear garden surrounded by a verandah and outwardly, the floors leap away from the slopes, for profound visual treat with panoramic view around. The aura is a direct match of authenticity of construction, inducing an environment of character and identity of a formal setting. All the while, the materials tap into the essence of the firm’s design philosophy.

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