Ar. Ahmed Shaikh Ahmed & Associates

Ar. Ahmed Shaikh Ahmed & Associates
Architecture is an ever-evolving process and depending on the lifestyle, material availability, weather conditions, and geographical location, we can apply various types of styles. In Mumbai, for instance, we can see contemporary architecture along with classical typology.

I believe that there is no single style to work on as we try to give multiple options depending on the clients’ requirements. Our style includes contemporary, classical, art deco, and minimalistic, which we can identify by their features. In the classical style, we see symmetry, boldness, and simplified designs. In Roman and Greek architecture, we see huge columns, capitals, cornices, exposed materials, etc. In art deco, the features are linear, with strips of windows on the façade. Art deco is all about stylized decorative elements with geometrical forms, zigzags, chevrons etc. level. Contemporary buildings look solid because of their masses, curves or slant walls.

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The choice of material plays an important role in the style of a building, for example, concrete is mainly used in the classical style, exposed materials are used in contemporary architecture, while the modern style uses materials like steel, glass, etc. Architecture is not only about buildings and materials; we have to consider preserving nature. It is the responsibility of the architect to preserve the natural surroundings and to design structures in response to nature, and in harmony with the neighboring buildings.