THE FIRM - Sustainability Intrinsic to Good Design

Perhaps the only thing that all architects & designers wish is to gain supremacy and popularity through their designing skills and add their names in the list of world's distinguished architects and designers. To achieve this, they strive hard to make their designs more innovative, environment - friendly and sustainable ensuring the betterment of the world. The same perspective has also been practised by Mumbai - based architectural and design practice 'THE FIRM' which believes that sustainability is vital for good designs. Briefing their design philosophy to Maria Rasheeda, THE FIRM shares the details of some of its prestigious projects.

Architecture word comes from the Greek 'arkhitektonike' which means the art and science of designing and constructing buildings and other physical structures for human shelter or use. The primary application of the word "architecture" pertains to the built environment, by extension, the term has come to denote the art and discipline of creating an actual plan of any complex object or system. But nowadays for architects, the word 'architecture' means to convert user's imagination and emotional contents into a form or shape which fully satisfied the clients' belief and rather surpass their expectations.

Earlier architects were responsible to plan, design and review the construction of buildings and structures for the use of clients by the creative organization of materials and components with consideration to mass, space, form, volume, texture, structure, cost, technology etc and achieve an end which is usually functional, economical, practical and often artistic. But today architects are more creative not only in terms of designing the dream project of their clients but also in terms of saving the natural resources. For them, sustainability is important for a good project. This is what the Mumbai - based architectural practice 'THE FIRM' has adopted as their design philosophy to work on.

Architect Sundeep Gwash




We love to work with the clients who are socially conscious and believe in preserving the natural resources. We work towards a dream, where we will be able to make a remarkable difference towards the betterment of the world around us - Architect Sundeep Gwash




THE FIRM, founded in 1999 by architects Sundeep Gwash and Vishal Shah has today grown to become a well - established, multi - design practice offering architecture, interiors and landscape as core design services. Since 2002, the practice diversified its scope by providing specialized services to media facility industry in India as well as abroad, as a separate focus.

In early 2008, the practice consolidated its global presence by establishing its first international office 'THE FIRM Associates UK Limited' at United Kingdom.

According to architect Sundeep Gwash, Principal, Head - Design & Technology, "Our aim is to become a highly respected design firm, known for its design excellence, great organization and of course, happy clients. We would love to work with well - informed clients, who share our passion for design and innovation." Clients, who are socially conscious and who believe in preserving our natural resources. We work towards a dream, where we will be able to make a remarkable difference towards the betterment of the world around us, he added.

Architect Vishal Shah




Architecture is essentially the users' response, their emotional content, towards the spaces created. Our emphasis on the social dimension is an acknowledgment that architecture is generated by the needs of people - Architect Vishal Shah




Design Philosophy

Responding on the THE FIRM's belief about architecture, architect Vishal Shah, Principal, Head - Finance & Project Management said, "Architecture is essentially the users' response, their emotional content, towards the spaces created. This forms the basis of our philosophy at the practice. Our emphasis on the social dimension is an acknowledgment that architecture is generated by the needs of people."

Elaborating on the design practice, he added, "We look at each project distinctively and base our design concept and solution on its very unique and special conditions. Our functional spaces and buildings balance the cost and benefit factors reasonably. The central concern of our practice is design excellence. We achieve this through active collaboration with clients and architectural specialists."

He added further, "we realize that simply fulfilling the basic functional needs of a project often results in only mundane solutions. But, including the more elusive and less utilitarian aspects, paves the way for higher architectural quality."

Practice

According to Ar. Gwash, "Visualization and graphic presentation is essential for our informed clients, but it is not merely restricted to that purpose. At our practice, this is simply the way to design. It is a norm to make optimal use of graphic tools and software so as to evolve better design, which inherently benefits our creative pursuits and our clients alike," he added.

'THE FIRM' has been honored by the software company 'Autodesk' with the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Experience Award 2007 for leadership, innovation and excellence in implementing BIM.

THE FIRM Cares for spiritual needs of the clients and at the same time also considers sustainability to be intrinsic to good design.

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