Art and geometry have always intrigued 37-year-old Arijeet Raikar. In architecture, the graduate from Goa College of Architecture enjoys the best of both worlds. His brief stints with some of the best firms further augmented his passion, having worked at Hijjas Kasturi and Associates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; with Dominic Dube at DDIR Architecture Studio; Mette Lange Architects (Denmark) during her tenure in Goa; and Bricklane Architecture Studio - Goa Office, headed by Sergio Huidobro from Chile.
In 2013, he began his independent practice – Arijeet Raikar Design Studio – where he advocates for a minimal modern response that finds a close connection to the site. For Raikar, the design should adapt to its immediate physical surroundings in a way where it searches to be a ‘nothing’. He explains, “The final intent is to create a space with complete neutrality, letting the one occupying it define it to his way of life. A place of recluse.” He also believes that the architecture should be affordable, low on maintenance and, therefore, sustainable.
Raikar’s design for Elements by Shantilal, a 100-apartment project in Goa, epitomises his beliefs. Each apartment enjoys cross ventilation from two sides, one overlooking the Zuari river and the other facing the landscaped courtyard garden located over the basement roof. Every space in the apartment extends alternately to covered balconies and open-to-sky terraces, cantilevered across floors. “At Elements, the pool was designed to fit under the clubhouse to ensure that it could be used year round, considering the weather in Goa,” adds the architect. The large-span, coffer slab roof of this covered pool was designed as an economical structural solution with an aesthetic value nonetheless.
Exposed concrete is the material of choice for Raikar. He finds precast concrete panels are an effective use of concrete in low-cost housing proposals. “We also borrow the rat trap bond masonry from Laurie Baker to use bricks optimally and also help create a thermally efficient envelope,” mentions Raikar.
1) Bristol showroom, Kuala Lumpur
2) REVE - 4 villa project, Goa
3) Residence for Ramona Parsani, Goa
MOST SIGNIFICANT PROJECT TO DATE: Elements by Shantilal, Goa