Akshat Bhatt chose to pursue a career in architecture instead of music. As Principal Architect, Architecture Discipline, he tries however to stay true to soulful expression!
Akshat recently received the Excellence in Architecture award by Indian Architect & Builder for Mana Resorts, Ranakpur. He remembers how they approached the project:
When we were commissioned for the Mana Resorts at Ranakpur, we took a few weeks out to conduct photo-documentary surveys of the Udaipur Valley and its surrounding regions. We also studied construction techniques used by the locals. The development of the built form and subsequent techniques was a reaction to the immediate surroundings of the site. Less than a kilometer away there is the Ranakpur temple, which is rich, intricately carved and absolutely magnificent; adjoining the site is a modestly sized reconstructed haveli which is now used as a small hotel. We felt a contrasting composition would do justice to the setting and hold its own in the presence of this architectural heritage.
In your opinion, what are the emerging trends in Indian architecture?
AB: We’ll be forced to think about the fundamentals; construction has become expensive both financially and in consuming natural resources, We’ve been talking about climate change for a while, but even the economic climate is changing, and this will force us to rethink our strategies. We may all be forced to champion regional resources.
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