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Architectural Conservation and Cost-effective Design - ZingyHomes

April 14, 2015, 6:30:00 PM

Zingy Homes magazine interviews Benny Kuriakose on his practice and vision in architecture. Benny Kuriakose is a name synonymous with architectural conservation and cost-effective architecture. Drawing from his early experience working with the legend and his mentor, Laurie Baker, Kuriakose has several prestigious restoration projects to his name. He is also well known for his tsunami reconstruction projects and post-earthquake rehabilitation work in Latur and Bhuj.

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Not to be typecast into any slot, the versatile designer has also done cost-effective architectural designs and played a major role in the conservation of heritage buildings in India. The DakshinChitra, the Institute of Palliative Medicine, the Tsunami Rehabilitation Project, and then the Muziris and Alappuzha Heritage Project were some of the cornerstones of Benny Kuriakose's architectural practice. "I do not have any particular style. Each of my buildings looks different because the location is different, the climate is different, the materials are different, and the clients are also different. In my designs, I try to go beyond the styles, which are usually skin-deep," says Benny.