Matharoo Associates believe in clear emphasis on functionality, use of materials in their natural form and exercising restraint while designing. Their buildings are designed to unfold and reveal their secrets and meaning.

The Ahemdabad based Matharoo Associates follow an interdisciplinary practice engulfing architecture, product design, structural design and interior design, and credit their success to a team of dedicated professionals consolidated under one roof.

The House With Balls

The 600 Sq-Yard weekend home for an aquarium shop owner comprises of four separate fish breeding tanks, an observatory which could double up as living space and a private sleeping area, all with provisions for biogas, rainwater collection for fishes and ETHE.

On opening the house’s distinctive shutters, this linear space transforms completely into an infinite one, continuously mingling with and perpendicular to its original direction.


The house assumes a squat position and the curving wall to one side allows one to walk up the gentle slope on to the terrace running over the length of the house. Rainwater is harvested throughout the year to be used for the fish tanks and space made by this curving wall is used as a tank.

House with Wall of Light

The dwelling emulates the various facets of a diamond in several ways through the use of contrasting materials. The rough diamonds are represented by the concrete walls poured in stone casts and the polished ones are represented by the light emanating onyx wall. One is opaque, the other transparent. One envelops the house and the other ties the house together.

One absorbs, the other radiates. One is neutral, theother colourful. One is rough and the other is smooth. The core family and private areas are placed in a “black box” characterized by the use of kadapa stone representing carbon, another avatar of the diamond.


The base flooring is economical and common but robust kota stone as represents continuity, and is set against the chic neutrality of travertine representing contemporary living.

The three identical staircases are aligned to the three site angles converging near the entrance; one is placed on the floor, second on the wall and the third on the ceiling; signifying the illusionary world of diamonds.

House with the Warped Court

The intention here was to use traditional design solutions, one of which is to centre the spaces around a courtyard that provides a reclusive family area. The other was to use ‘haveli’ inspired closed outer shell and hollow insides.

Irregular site lines act to generate a skewed wood form finished concrete box that encloses the house and provides a vision, climate and noise buffer. These lines also help in making the best of the required margin space, engendering individuated clear and green spaces on all sides of the house enjoyed through the selective openings into these landscape gems

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Digital Inspiration – With cover illustrations by Archan Nair, this issue brings inspiring digital illustrations, extreme graffiti, expert’s insights on space design and many more! Go ahead


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Architectural structures should inspire while shaping the future. Believes Nuru Karim, Founder & Design Principal of NUDES. Here he explains how the projects transcend their initial purposes to create experiential spaces that connect people and places.

Change Through Architectural Structures
Shaan. The project explores the relationship between music and architecture
Shaan. Soft bodied forms are sited throughout the duplex penthouse
Change Through Architectural Structures
Shaan. Project for a celebrity musician and socialite wife in the heart of affluent Bandra.

Innovation Comes Through Asking the Right Questions

The dichotomy of ‘experimental’ and ‘real-world constraints’ is thought-provoking and acts as a fuel for innovation. As designers, are we immersing ourselves into a continual combat with the limitations, both internal and external? Are we realizing the uncharted territories?


Are we being honest and truthful to the design process and socioeconomic forces that govern the world of design and the built environment? Are we really pushing ourselves into finding the right problems rather than focusing on solutions? Innovations have origins not in the answers but in the way we frame and put forward our questions.

Mosque, UAE

The Process of Change is Bottom-up

Sustainable eco-urbanism requires an integrated multi-sectoral initiative involving community participation. It is supposed to be designed and led by the community. Of course, as designers, we have a crucial role to play, but largely the process is bottom up. Our job is to add the layer of sustainability to our understanding of urbanscapes. Appreciating the change in the social behaviour, hierarchy and ecosystem and responding to this transformation is an integral part of any designer’s growth experience.

BMB Art Gallery. An arthouse for paintings, installations, video Installations, sculpture etc.
Change Through Architectural Structures
BMB Art Gallery. The project explores painted zones of more or less opacity. Paint brushed with pixels and bytes
BMB Art Gallery. The project explores painted zones of more or less opacity. Paint brushed with pixels and bytes

Tradition and Future Should have a Dialogue

The tension between the two words, ‘experimental’ and ‘traditional’ is something that gets design thinking going. Issues related to the design of products, interiors, architectural spaces and urban experiences are subject to enormous constraints revolving primarily around “code” and “budgets” immersed within a complex socio-economic and cultural context.


It’s very important that the two contradicting worlds not only meet but also have a dialogue with each other in complete harmony. One could also analyse this construct through the lens of “using tradition as a springboard to dive into the future”. But really, the tri-relationship of ‘playful experimentation’, ‘serious research’ and ‘old-fashioned problem solving’ needs to be exhaled in a single seamless continuous breath.

“Baori”. Water Well
Mathsurf, India

The design is an Open System of Interrelated Issues

An architectural solution engages design as a cohesive process of interconnected issues. The integration takes place between various subjects like typology, digital methodologies, sustainability, structure, fabrication, materiality, and tactility among others.


The solution also brings into its domain the use of larger networks of the social, cultural, and environmental phenomenon. Transfer of technologies and ‘smart materials’, just like the use of ‘digital’ in both design and production enables the transformation of ‘design history’ into ‘design future’.

RyeWood International School.
Tent Hotel, China

Don’t Think, Just Look!

Today we need to stop ‘thinking’ so as to start again to ‘see’. “Design as Research” is a fundamental methodology that should be integral to every designer’s thought process. Research could also operate at several levels, ranging from philosophical positions to sector-specific analysis to technological systems. We need to develop an art of description where we question the methodology by which design projects are conceptualised, processed and documented.


Nature is a great teacher and a fantastic reservoir of research and design. Engagement with the nature-based systems in terms of researching and conversing is a way to both unlearn and re-learn. It’s very critical that architecture is deep-rooted within a context. But it should also address larger social, cultural and environmental issues.

Boutique Hotel. The ‘wave-pixel’ skin explores the potential of digital interfaces within the city

In a Collaboration, the Inter-Disciplinary Lines should Blur

Successful collaborative processes largely involve both stakeholders and professionals as an integrated “team-based” mechanism, integral to the design process and evolution of space design. Our collaborations range from artists, engineers, social scientists, product designers fashion designers etc.


The next up is philosophers. The extent of collaboration depends and varies from project to project largely based on design methodology, strategy and scale of the project. These changes in architectural practice also collapse the differences defining various disciplines working together, blurring the line within these disciplines and manufacturing processes.

Rebirth Retail Store. Differentiated hexagonal cellular aggregate formations created the central piece
Bad, Mumbai

Materials are Defined by Purpose

Materials explain ‘what it does?’ as opposed to ‘what it is?’ Recent advances in both technique and process where materials are concerned to have emerged into broad heads such as Shape performance, Optical performance, Sustainable performance and Responsive performance to name a few.


In Japan, for example, researchers are experimenting with intelligent systems in the construction of seismic resistant structures, wherein building foundation equipped with sensors amplify waves producing a change in ‘Material Elasticity’ to absorb the shock wave impact. Materials that provide products with one or more life cycles and are advantageous in terms of production, workability, dissemblance, reuse and environmental preservation.

MoonLight, 3D printed Lamp

Colour Constructs, Not Embellish

“Colour” should be defined as “structure” and also as a tactile experience loyal and honest to its material origins. It is not wallpaper, ornament or a candy wrap of a building. Generally, white and black are timeless in nature and respond brilliantly to atmospheric changes and varying light conditions.


But sometimes, these decisions are also driven programmatically. For example, retail stores and art galleries are strategically washed in white to exhibit the artworks in all honesty.

Dive in to Make a Difference

Besides chasing design philosophies and related commercial issues, it is critical that we commit ourselves to larger social/ humanitarian goals. Architecture has the power to do that. India faces several issues, including and not limited to lack of housing, lack of infrastructural services, lack of property rights, air pollution, traffic, serious lack of urban governance and many more. Question on a daily basis why you are here. The responsive design will augment the process of change.

S2. The hospital ancillary services building explores the topological transformation of a ‘mesh skin’

Published in Issue 04

The issue with the best insights from some of the top space designers and advertising tips from Happy Creatives with some exclusive mix of media experiments in type and digital art. So, go ahead


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