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Design with positive impact

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Fahed + Architects led by renowned architect Fahed Majeed believes that a good design can bring about a positive impact. Established in 2006, the multi-disciplinary practice with a strong presence in Middle East, India and Indonesia has a mélange of talent and it is this diversity that helps the practice bring fresh, socially relevant and visually connected spaces that are evocative, integrated and functional. Presented here are four of Fahed + Architects projects:The Flying House – a residential project which showcases a fresh approach to traditional architecture, Abwab Pavilion – which sets new benchmarks in unconventional design using recycled materials, The Art Box – a low-cost hotel project composed of containers and Amicus – a corporate office which showcase the concept of “workspace in a balcony”.

Fahed + Architects has been involved in various projects such as master planning, urban design, architecture, retail and interior design. “The perfect alchemy between strikingly different talents and refreshing enthusiasm underlines our success story. Nothing is left to an assumption; each decision is questioned. All projects are extensively analyzed in an expected perception which is subsequently dismantled to the very core and rebuilt with a fresh perspective. This rebuilding can be achieved for any design at any scale: be it a small kiosk or a larger project,” says Fahed A Majeed, Principal Architect.

Fahed’s brand of architecture seems to draw from rationale, climate and orientation, combined with a social and eco-conscience. For him a building is more than concrete and steel…and this might contribute to changing aesthetic to the cityscape. “As a practice with insane optimism, we hope for a better tomorrow and strive to play our part – big or small – in the cultural and global context. History informs our work, and context provides a firm grounding to our design. We go to great lengths to develop details that would result in engaging domestic skills which supports the economy of the region and develops a sense of belonging”.

The Flying House, Kochi

The Flying house is a uniquely attractive single storied residence that extends over an acre of land with a sloping roof that gives the feeling of a flying form, and thus the name. The distinct roof technology is in absolute contrast to the traditional type in which the roof eaves drop down. The design concept of the roof gives a fresh perception which signifies the evolution of new liberating architectural style in contrast to the traditional one. It reflects the more liberated all-inclusive society that Kerala has eventually turned out to be. The residence is a single-storey four bed-room unit located on a 1.35- acre property designed around the landscape.

In terms of planning, the front bulk is the public side and the rear the private; both of which are connected by a courtyard that houses the pool. The roof houses a series of solar panels that make the residence substantially self-reliant. The passive lighting systems and extensive rainwater percolation systems are a few socially responsible measures adopted. The public, semi public and private spaces of residence have been zoned efficiently and the transition between them is subtle yet powerful. The public, semi-public and private spaces of residence have been zoned efficiently and the transition between them is subtle yet powerful. The exterior view of the residence shows the transparency between the interiors and the exteriors. The orientation of the residence helps in ample ventilation of spaces and effective shading of the court and other semi private areas.

The Flying House is self-sufficient in terms of power requirement. The use of LED fixtures has contributed in reducing the overall power consumption thereby aiding selfsufficiency with the solar power generated. Passive lighting systems have resolved the entire lighting as well as helped in reducing the costs of electricity.

The court with the pool and deck buffers as well as connects the two wings of the residence. Large wooden openings, composite roofing system and elaborate landscaping lend a unique identity and character to the residence. The Flying House is well-ventilated allowing for a lot of natural light to flow in unobstructed. The structure is very close to the ground and the lifted roof gives a visual connect to the sky. This structure inherently stands for the hope and optimism of a better future.

Fahed + Architects has always been conscious of two main attributes: sustainability and use of local products, and they have promoted the same principle in the Flying House.

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