mayaPRAXIS is a small tight knit studio based in Bangalore, India, headed by architects Vijay Narnapatti and Dimple Mittal. As a design practice, our work varies from schools, public buildings, residences and other types of cultural spaces. Maya – the conceptual idea- emerges from the demands, inspirations and requirements of the setting, the clients and the users. PRAXIS- the making of the idea into architecture –is nurtured intricately down to every finish, every door handle. This brings the consistency and quality of detail in our work. Can we make each work sustainable, crafted, efficient and poetic, and yet, make it not an assembly of parts, but good solid architecture? This is our core concern.
Our works begin with the idea that architecture is not just an object. It is inhabited by the people who use and inhabit it – who bring to their relationship with the space, their desires, their idiosyncratic behaviour, cultural habits, opinions, etc. As architects, we believe design can deeply influence the way the place is used and perceived. So, while we make our work ready to perform efficiently and functionally, we also pay attention to how it looks and fits the context – some are more sculptural in keeping with their public nature, some more restrained to make them warm and homely. Style and fashion are incidental; material, craft and use are deeper and deliberate elements to our design process.
Every project is a collaboration of the end-user and designer. The exploration begins with the intent from the client, something we don’t take just literally – a footbridge is converted also into a public sculpture, an apartment becomes a cluster of houses, a school as less classroom, more landscape and activity spaces, etc. From here, one or more notions from the site or the program drives the concept development. The concept is strengthened and tailored, hashed and mashed into architecture and details of all kinds – material, structural and compositional – condition the design in every way.