Completed Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from B.M.S. Collegeof Engineering, Bengaluru and has been practising independently for over fifteen years. But her real area of interest has always been designing non-conventional buildings using a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable materials with a view to reduce the carbon footprint on a micro level. She has been seriously pursuing this for over a decade – since June 2004, to be precise. She specializes in hybrid materials such as stabilized mud blocks, arch panel roofing, aluminium windows, glass blocks, terracotta tiles, filler blocks etc., within a framed concrete and steel structure, thus providing an interesting amalgam of traditional and modern materials and techniques.
An alumnus of R V College of Engineering, Bengaluru, he graduated with Electrical Engineering as his official branch of study, but has since forayed into a wide spectrum of fields ranging from Architectural model making to Interior decoration to manufacture of 2-seater micro lights to civil construction to Green energy! He has been working in the area of eco-friendly architecture since 2004 and can be credited with a number of innovative techniques, putting to use his immense understanding and knowledge of different materials and structural elements available in the market. His forte has always been in depth visualization, carrying a two dimensional drawing to its logical fruition as a sustainable, enduring product with the underlying motto “make a mark, not a scar”.
Mr. A Devegowda
Mrs. Vinutha Krishnamurthy
Mr. Niranjan Shenoy
Brig. Arun Bhandarkar
Mr. Gautamchandra Karanth
Mr. Amitabh Mathur
Mr. Neville Dias
Dr. A.R.S. Murthy
Capt. S. Nagaraj
Dr. Damayanti rao
M/s. Topaz fire systems
M/s. Child Fund India
M/s. Infrovate Technology
M/s. Moti Textiles
M/s. Shanti Meditation Center
M/s. Ramesh & Co.
M/s. Jubilee Camdarc Diagnostic Center
Our philosophy has always been that each building has a unique identity of its own, and we as architects nurture that identity and help shape its character by getting involved at the concept stage, and carry it through to its finished state while considering numerous essential factors like owner’s taste, budget, needs and other parameters such as site conditions, Vastushastra, climatology, latest trends, sustainability and structural viability.
It has been our constant endeavour to create well- organized interior spaces infused with aesthetically appealing elements, integrating both exteriors and interiors into a wholesome entity. Here again, whether it is a residential or a commercial space, we ensure that we accommodate various factors like budget, natural ventilation, volume, structural elements, spatial constraints, lighting etc., One of our strengths is that we arrive at a central theme that is a common thread running through different spaces of a building, binding it into a cohesive fabric that defines its identity. This theme is reflected in all aspects of the interior space like colour scheme, textures, flooring, false ceiling, electrical fixtures, soft furnishings, glass etching, display pieces – the list is endless!
It was in the year 2004 that we at OPUS forayed into the field of eco-friendly buildings with a serious view to reduce the carbon footprint and embodied energy at a micro-level, especially in the urban context. Just as people are conscious about the ill - effects of inorganic food and over-refined food products on the human body, similarly we wanted to make people conscious about the damage caused by non-biodegradable materials to the eco- system! With this end in mind we decided to get into the business of designing ‘smart homes’
WHAT IS A SMART HOME?
A smart building is not just one with intelligent lighting or energy-efficient air-conditioning but also that which has used materials derived from Nature, transformed into construction components with minimal embodied energy and finally go back into Nature without causing damage.
The philosophy here is akin to the Vedic belief that however great a human being is during his lifetime, after his death his bodily remains are consigned to the ‘panchabhutas’ – or the five elements – without any harmful residue.
When someone says earth architecture, people generally think of buildings with small dark rooms, tiny windows and no design elements as they are supposed to be ‘low-cost’. But we at OPUS have experimented a lot and created large spans, large windows and interesting design features. They are not exactly low-cost but can be called cost-effective buildings as we save a lot on maintenance such as painting etc., Our buildings are insulated in such a way that we don’t need fans or ACs during summer, nor do we require thick blankets during winter!
We specialize in using hybrid materials such as stabilized mud blocks, terracotta tile, arch-panel roofing, aluminium windows, glass blocks, unpolished stones, filler blocks etc., within framed concrete and steel structures, thus providing an eclectic amalgam of tradition and modernity both in terms of materials as well as techniques.
It is our passionate zeal to design non-conventional buildings by employing a variety of organic, sustainable materials and innovative techniques that help us achieve our ultimate motto‘MAKE A MARK NOT A SCAR’
An architectural or industrial scale model represents a project in three dimensions and is capable of conveying an idea in one sweep of vision. Although computer- generated three-dimensional images are well suited for presentation, scale models are charming in their own way and are widely preferred by architects. They offer infinite number of angles of view with much ease and comfort. Starting from a scale model showing basic massing of buildings, roof forms, layouts industrial complexes- to the most intricate details, models can come in very handy, simple, economical and above all true to scale so that what you see is what you get. They also hold a viewer’s attention for a longer period of time.
We have been in the business of model-making for the past 25 years and have many illustrious names on our client-list such as:
Infosys Technologies Ltd., OTIS Elevators, Hindustan Motors, GEC- Alstom, Astra Zeneca, Denso Kirloskar, 515 Army Base Workshop, Shankaranarayana Constructions, Pharmed Chemicals, Brakes India, Sterling Holiday Resorts, Bowring Hospital, STUP Consultants, Bush Betta Resorts, Nandi Housing, BBMP ……… to name a few, for whom we have made models of apartments, commercial complexes, industries, institutions, individual residences, resorts, infra-structure projects etc.,
Our forte has always been our ability to details things out – be it a building, elevation, an architectural scale model, a decorative interior feature, a piece of furniture or even a fringe element such as a gate or a lighting fixture. We believe that a building should reflect the personality of the person dwelling there and hence we make sure the exterior as well as interior is customized to achieve this.
We ensure a building comes to life by starting and weaving a common theme which binds the entire structure thus producing a magical blend which is enduring and elegant, precise and artistic, timeless and trendy, honest and mysterious, sensible and dramatic ………the list goes on!