FAB Biennale 2018-19

The FAB Biennale 2018-19 invited the current and future generations of four leading practices in India to participate in the “OUT OF THE SHADOWS” concept installation.

Shilpa Architects, under the leadership of Ar. Sheila Sriprakash, and Ar. Pavitra Sriprakash have portrayed the design philosophy of the firm as the studio enters its 40th year in 2019. 

The installation is part of the FAB Biennale and will be showcased at Rajkamal Studios, Parel, Mumbai. The young practitioners will join a panel discussion at the venue to share the tectonic shift in the processes and equations, as well as address the challenges, opportunities and combined vision for their practices.  

Doors are open to public viewing on 23rd and 24th February, from 11 AM to 7 PM. Inviting all our friends, clients and well-wishers to view the installation and meet the Architects.

About the Installation:

Illusions- Where Legacy and Vision Combine…

The installation is an individual immersive experience. A cocoon which then envelops a singular being within the design philosophy of Shilpa in order to create a memory in which the protagonist is YOU.

Being primarily an Indo-centric practise, every project of ours is infused with a space that uniquely ties to the concepts of Indian philosophy. One of the favourite subjects that Architect Sheila Sriprakash loves to reinterpret is the one of “Akhand” or the “space infinite”. The Vedas, the earliest texts on Indian philosophy, dating back to the late 2nd millennium BC, describe ancient Indian cosmology, in which the universe goes through repeated cycles of creation, destruction, and rebirth, with each cycle lasting 4,320,000 years. In other words, the universe repeats itself in infinite cycles.

In most projects there is at least one space that feels intimate or womb-like in Sheila’s creations. A space that envelops you from all sides with materials that are familiar and warm. A space that resonates with your inner most being- one that stirs your soul.  

The most exciting interpretation of Akhand this far,  is the one where the air-lock space at a building entry of about 10’x12’x18’ is enveloped on all six surfaces with brick laid on edge. The ceiling is also constructed as a brick vault in order to emphasise the feeling of “infinity”.

This installation takes this concept of Akhand and marries it with the theme of the installation “Illusions”. Created by a series of repeated reflections within an intimate space the installation immerses the viewer on a personal level by engaging each one individually and placing YOU at the centre stage of each of the fundamental design philosophies of Shilpa – Indo-Centric Sustainability. 

Note: Pictures of the installation will be updated after the event. 

Over the years, India has seen stalwart architects create incredible benchmarks, define and redefine the skyscape of India. As the second generation in illustrious firms take over, questions of identity, process and vision become game changers while negotiating the future of such practices. 

A chance to ponder over how these practices will evolve and shape their surroundings.

More info: https://fabbiennale.com/