Continuing since the dawn of civilization, design is something that mesmerises all. No wonder, human being is attracted to manifold designs just instinctively as it ignites their imagination power.
Since the designs are manifested in everything including the nature, the Washrooms and Beyond Magazine had been holding “Design Dialogues” annually to portray the design-power. Attended by top notch personalities associated with architecture, real estate, hospitality industry and washroom business, this annual event concluded recently is an attempt to offer a thought platform to the creative designers.
According to Sheital Shetty, the editor and publisher of Washrooms & Beyond Magazine, “Design Dialogues” now has moved out of the niche areas like bathrooms and kitchens to sprawl into other areas like lighting, sustainable design, and surfaces. It is a platform to instigate discussion around design, construction and urban habitation issues and positively influence the industry as an agent of change, She said.
Ms. Shetty said the fact that designs attracts all can be gauged from the fact that nearly 200 architects, interior designers, and allied professionals from across the country attended the thought platform of Washrooms & Beyond Magazine held in Mumbai recently.
Making his comment on design-power, Anurag Yadav, Consulting Editor of Washrooms & Beyond Magazine said, “Design is a field where even the best learn something new every day. Every designer is a lifelong student of architecture and design in that sense and welcome fresh ideas.
A panel discussion held at the thought platform on various issues including “In the Light of hospitality-How guest experiences can be influenced by Lighting,” “Rethinking Surfaces – the choices between glitz and elegance,” “Luxury washrooms – Does it hang on expense or design?”
Participating at the thought platform, Yatin Pandya , the Principal Architect & Proprietor, Footprints E.A.R.T.H. described light as a gift from nature, a celebration, an omnipresent presence and a cultural direction. Pandya said light is something that demarcates space and creates rhythm, scale manipulation, and perception of depth. Light enhances colours manifestation in many ways.
The panel discussion on “In the Light of hospitality-How guest experiences can be influenced by Lighting,” was moderated by Kapil Surlakar, Founder and Director of Light@Work Design Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Suralkar said it is challenge to use the natural light perfectly along with artificial light, which can influence guest’s mood and hotel’s atmosphere.
Discussing on, “Rethinking Surfaces – the choices between glitz and elegance,” Suhas Nalawade, Principal-design cell, STELLAR design studio said the approach towards the projects should not be deciphered as A, B and C. A becomes the plan, B becomes the elevation and C becomes the material. It has to be looked in its entirety as a package. The whole approach should start with an idea case that is specific and differs from the residential to commercial architecture. Surfaces should not be treated as a separate objective, it is an object by itself.
Sustainable Design: Cost Vs Benefit
Speaking on “Sustainable Design – Cost Vs Benefit” was moderated by Nitin Saolapurkar, Principal Partner, Saolapurkar and Associates. He said sustainability is practised by most either knowingly or unknowingly in most of the architecture projects. Sustainability requires a very integrated design approach where a building or project requires being sustainable where all the promoters and stakeholders come together and work out on a cost for a sustainable solution to the project. It also means the optimum use of the energy in the environment, reuse of the wastage for the building and for particular purpose.
Renowned architect and academician N. Mahesh, Principal Architect of Iyer and Mahesh Architects moderated the panel discussion on “Luxury washrooms – Does it hang on expense or design?”
Bandna Singh, Director & Partner, Positive Axis said, “We have to look at context, location and social situation of the building and its users. The definition of luxury bathroom in Chandigarh could be 15’X20; bathrooms, whereas in Mumbai even a 7’X10” area could be all luxury. Luxury is basically about wellness. The size of the house, the element of natural light – all adds to the overall ambience of the washrooms. Luxury is not only about outward appearances but environmentally it has to be sustainable and energy efficient to be truly worth the definition.”
Rupande Shah, Founder, & Principal Architect, Rupande Shah & Associates said this term luxury has become very popular in bathrooms. It comes with a certain cost and having said that as responsible designers we have to concentrate on the aesthetic element of space rather than sheer wastage of natural resources.”
Design Dialogues 2018 proved to be an exciting cerebral churning for the professionals involved in it. The audience participated actively came forward to freely share their ideas, suggestions, and creative inputs in the question and answers time after each session.
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