Architects and the clients draw inspiration from different sources to create concepts and give life to structures, writes M. Soundariya Preetha
Peaceful living that comes from a building with a perfect blend of space and imagery is what anyone wants, be it in a house, getaway home or office. Buildings are usually planned and designed to be an extension of the natural environment.
Themes and ideas are emphasised through design, accessories, artefacts, paintings, etc.
Architects and the clients draw inspiration from different sources to create concepts and give life to the structures. For many, it is also giving expression to their aspirations and dreams.
Sheila Sri Prakash of Shilpa Architects, Chennai, who is also a trained classical dancer and veena player who represents India on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation, finds the principles of balance, harmony, rhythm, and movement familiar to both, classical dance and architecture. “My sensitivity to space comes from dance,” she says.
In classical dance, one creates a notional space and the characters who act in that space. In architecture, one creates the ambience and elements that give expression to the residents' dreams.
“Art and classical dance come to us mainly from the temples,” she points out. There is a lot of content and harmony when one enters the temple. Similarly, dance is meditative. Architecture too brings in the harmony and peace that one looks forward to.
With no belief in cosmetic treatment and forced decoration, she feels that even in this age of fast and minimalistic preferences, there can be small emphasis, highlights through different ways.
Ms. Sheila brings in concepts of classical dance into designing the buildings and several India-centric themes too with use of ornaments, art works and heritage concepts. These are fused with the buildings.
Architecture is a visual art. Adding an element is part of the world one tries to create. While the physical space of the structure is one part of architecture, creating an ambience that will ensure a happy living is another important aspect, she points out.