Mumbai Architect: Nikhil Juvekar Design Associates: Traditional Design
Nikhil Juvekar started his career by cutting teeth at India’s top design firm Talati and Panthakey. After gaining several years of experience, he started his own practice Nikhil Juvekar Design Associates (NJDA), based in Mumbai. A mid-size practice focused on limited clientele enabling him to engage with design and produce a certain uniqueness. Mumbai Architect
“Man must constantly destroy himself in order to construct himself again”.
Wise words and conveniently executed, we see more of destruction than construction. The term construction is a quick attachment to development which has resulted in monstrous glass structures termed as Mega structures. Often, modernism is referred to distinguish the current progress from the past. It is a common consideration that modernism can be achieved solely by rejecting tradition.
A progressive model is ideal considering rapid growth but it can certainly be achieved going hand in hand with tradition. A fresh trend clearly displays the fascination to adopt all things “western”. In spite of the spotlight being on India we crave to embrace the foreign and parade it with grace.
The idea of originality is an inner phenomenon and cannot be discarded without even exploring it. Setting standards is a must but simply hunting abroad may not offer the desirable. India has been through rigorous transformations and shall go through more but being rooted holds a much higher value in the overall expansion. Nurturing culture could be a dense possibility to prevail — rest would fade with time.
Having said this, technology also plays a significant role in current development. The only hitch is over dependency. We have surrendered to machines and technology to an extent that a silent thought without them would bring a halt.
Needless to say, this has eventually resulted in decreasing number of skilled labor. Ancient tools have been replaced by modern computerised machines which greatly helped to speed up the process but have created a mould which simply multiplies in various sizes and proportions. The Indian map is dotted with concrete without understanding the needs of growth.
We often tend to measure growth in terms of quantity and not quality. Have we ever imagined how some ancient structures still stand tall without much technology in use. These masterpieces have not just proved the test of time but rule in terms of services and aesthetics yet balancing the surrounding environment.
The desire to be superior in technology has sucked us into the rat race where the finish line seems to be catastrophic. As a result the origin of India has started to fade and now has no identity of her own. Indian resources and potential is rather preferred to be laid to rest than to discover it to the fullest. Indian tradition can be crafted in a contemporary expression. If being rooted demands referring and reflecting the past then it’s high time for a cultural embrace.
“Our surroundings create a major impact on the things we create and look through. Observation is vital and a key towards inspiration. The studio is a shelter to ideas and innovation. Founded by Nikhil Juvekar, NJDA is a human force of highly skilled craftsmen who assist and compete with technology. Projects are developed cautiously and crafted with a high level of detailing and excellence. All this is achieved by building models, mock-ups, samples using the actual proposed materials. Every project is treated as an opportunity to initiate a relation with the space which goes through rigorous process of experimentation and research. Designs are rather developed learning from real-life observations. The practice helps observe, understand and unravel design intricacy challenged by human behavior. It is our constant endeavour to explore and engage with natural elements which are further shaped in a contemporary expression.”