Based in Bombay ( Mumbai ) bT Square Peg has been creating sustainable designs in architecture & interiors since 1993. The primary intention is to seamlessly blend practicality & timeless aesthetics with sustainability — the resources on this planet are not limitless.
to seamlessly blend practicality, aesthetics & sustainability
Many designers care more about how the job will look in a magazine article—preferably the cover feature—than it does in reality. This often leads to homes and offices that look very dramatic in photographs but don’t necessarily work in practice. Equally, there are clients who fall into the trap of wanting to be a showcase for the latest rage. Both approaches are wrong in my opinion.
The principle here is to keep in touch with current trends and materials without becoming a slave to transient fashions. Ultimately the objective is to create spaces that are—both physically and aesthetically—appealing to the inhabitants.
Vanjarwadi, Karjat [1999-2001]
Nestled in the valley between the Matheran and Bhimashankar ranges on 50 acres (20 Hectares) of land, this is a health resort with a difference. It was designed to have the look and feel of a typical Indian village and was built using local brick.
The layout makes maximum usage of the variable terrain with clusters of ground-hugging cottages against a backdrop of the mountains. Some cottages centre around a courtyard whereas others have private entrances via an open-air sitout. In the evenings, the deliberately low lighting allows you to really feel nature and unwind.
Nasrapur, Karjat [2006-2008]
Set on the edge of a hill that slopes down to a river, this home – for a couple who want to live there – has a huge verandah with a fantastic view of not just the river but the Garbat plateau and Matheran as well.
Maheshwar, MP [1994-1996]
Built in the historical fort of Maheshwar – old capital of the Holkar kingdom. Using only locally available materials and labour, the cost of construction was brought down to just Rs. 105 per square foot (Rs. 1130/m2).