Ankur Choksi is a Principal at Studio Lotus, a New Delhi-based multidisciplinary design practice he co- founded with Ambrish Arora and Sidhartha Talwar in 2002. Spanning the domains of Masterplanning, Architecture & Interior Design, the work of the award-winning practice is grounded on the principles of Conscious Design — an approach that celebrates local resources, cultural influences, an inclusive process, and keen attention to detail.
Presently, Ankur leads the Integrated Architecture & Interior Design initiatives for the practice, with a focus on Hospitality & Residential Design. He is also an active proponent of quality design education, and advocates the principles of Conscious Design pan-India through academic engagement and design conclaves alike.
The sites listed here are colonial / world-war era airfields that are no longer in use. These brownfield sites now await development and are spread in locations throughout India. You have a unique opportunity to conceptualise your designs at these sites with the chosen programme and scale. Focus on low-impact, conscious, recyclable materials and design choices.
Start with the assumption that any one of the four types of programmes listed below is to be instituted at your chosen site.
Participants are free to define the number of facilities, supporting functions, and ancillary activities they would like to include in their proposed schemes, and to conceptualise the interior spaces for the same—aligned to local conditions and context and the larger theme of the competition—the lightness of the footprint, reversibility of their designs, and the set of values that govern their chosen programmatic function.
The total floor coverage should not exceed 8,000 sq. ft
Create a framework for the personality of the facility in terms of its ethos, draw a vivid picture of the user group, map the journeys of their experiences, and devise a response in line with the ‘treading lightly’ theme. Design for the programme you can justify according to the theme and the premise. Focus on the material and design choices according to the theme as well as being appropriate to the context of the function, location, and the specifics of your site.