Shirish Beri neither subscribes nor adheres to any specific style or ‘ism’, while his design sensibility has left its imprint on contemporary Indian architecture from 1975. Believing that outer spaces should be defined by one’s inner consciousness, his work is free flowing and spontaneous. The Kolhapur-based architect has always looked inwards, and is known to have even dabbled with the idea of working for an institution like Auroville.
His designs explore the multi-sensory and multi-dimensional aspects of space, seeking to create an oasis of reflection in the routine of life. Contemporary existence can drain us of inner energy – so it is his philosophy that spaces should embrace the dimension of the human spirit, an effort that will make us whole and connect us to the essence of life.
Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species, Hyderabad
Architecture is an emphatic art, an instigated progeny of the designer’s imagination that propels his mind’s eye to conceive the probable experiences. Ensuing this, architecture of LaCONES, one of the most unique and important research institutes in India, is a product of detailed study of its site and context.
Apart from housing facilities for basic research activities, the institute consists of cages and exercise areas for the concerned endangered species along with vitro fertilization facilities for them. The structure is governed by the fusion of nature with architecture, resulting in unparalleled sensory and visual experiences.
S.D.M. College of Engineering and Technology, Dharwad
Silent and still, the architecture of institute is almost consuming. It intuitively assimilates the forces of context and expresses its semblance through inclusion and embracement of its site.
In the first encounter, the idea of vertical, robust walls in local stone overwhelms the conceptual intent of the design. However, the beauty of the apparently barren landscape, the extremities of climate and the roughness of terrain inspires a ruthlessly rebellious architecture of the time that blends seamlessly with life. On a closer and a retrospective observation, one understands that the architecture did not happen by permutations and combinations. The complete design from planning to completion is a result of intense strategising and study of its topography.
S.D.M. Institute of Management Development, Mysore
Rooted in Indian ethos, the structure follows a thread that required it to deviate away from the empty set of stylistic patterns that the India’s institutional architecture was falling prey to.
What Beri sought in vernacular is a form of building without resorting to formal norms; it is more in the terms of materiality and its presence. “Interaction being the crux of management education, I felt that every space needs to be designed to encourage interaction that would further facilitate meaningful learning,” explains Beri. The architectural intentions are various and multifold. Each fragment is thought of as to fit in the possible whole that includes symbiotic landscaped spaces with abundant natural light, open and informal spaces, interactive environment, etc.