Early on, Asad Khan dreamed of being part of a profession that is “mysterious and explores creative thinking”. Architecture fit that bill perfectly and led him to University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in Bengaluru, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. His learnings continued as he worked with some of the best firms in the country such as Wonder Grass at IIM-Bangalore, Auroville with Dustudio, and Khosla Associates.
Eventually, he went independent, setting up ID + AS (Integrated Design + Architecture Studio) in 2012 in Bengaluru. “Our philosophy derives from the belief that sometimes the building may not be constructed or may become aged or change, but our design ideas will never fade or become extinct. The core thinking behind our name was our philosophy (exemplified by the logo) to integrate our ‘ideas’ from a conceptual level to detailed design, and envision them into a project and bring them to reality,” explains Khan, who is always inspired by the design and the story behind the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Xochi Resto Bar best illustrates his firm’s repertoire. The challenge was to design a structure that could be dismantled and reused. Khan chose MS fabrication for the entire structure, which solved the constraint. The zoning is influenced by the typical planning concept of Bengaluru – known as the garden city, providing ample open space in the front yard. Designed around a central axis, the design ensures an uninterrupted view on all sides. The southwestern part of the structure opens up to a green space, further underlining the inside-outside concept. Louvers on the façade helps with cross ventilation and keep the ambience cool.
With each project, 34-year-old Khan and his team maintain a research-oriented approach in design, trying their best to utilise alternative methods of construction and technology whenever possible. He hopes that one day this methodology will help him with his dream project – an architectural marvel on another planet, perhaps Mars?
1) Green residential development, Bengaluru
2) Twin courtyard residence, Bengaluru
3) Yash & Radhika’s penthouse, Bengaluru
MOST SIGNIFICANT PROJECT TO DATE: Xochi Resto Bar, Bengaluru