Above & Beyond



To design a residential space in a modern context to best suite the client’s requirement. The main criteria given by the client was the residence to be innovative and unique in the locality. The total area of the site available is 0.49acres, but the total buildable area should not exceed 5000sqft (464 sq m)

To bring in minimal changes to the steep slope and existing vegetation, that being the main characteristics of the site.



The intention of the project ‘Above & Beyond’ is to accept the challenges such as the topography (site contour of height 20 m) and the orientation of site to create a nature blended architecture. The fine arrived architecture solution consists of allowing maximum day light from the north side and wind circulation, providing perforated wall on south west side in a modern minimalist architecture approach.






‘WINGS OF LIFE’ is an experimental approach on an individual villa at Malappuram in Kerala. The design was evolved from the two contours of much different level connected with a single courtyard differentiating the semi-private and private spaces thus called the wings. The private wing is exclusively for the bedrooms and the leisure space and semi-private wing includes formal living & dining spaces. Creating of optimum spaces resulting in a very compact villa of area 2300 sq.ft of 4 bedroom including leisure spaces.


the NOSE



Design, I believe, is a process which involves improvisation of old customary practices and taken to a level beyond one can perceive, based on progressive ideologies. In short it should redefine the future while keeping beliefs intact.



‘Architecture is not a science to set the rules; it is an art demanding changes’

Architectural Design is a process, in which the only one, who keeps questioning the conventional systems, finds the best! As I said earlier improvisation is a better term which recreates life in the design. But in most scenarios the reality is far more different, as in the cases of public architecture, religious architecture etc. especially in India over the past few decades, it hasn’t changed much.


Religious architecture in India follows the sense of aesthetics and design principles set even before the term ‘Architecture’ literally came to be known.

Through the project ’the NOSE’, we’ve tried to break the shackles of conventional ‘Islamic architectural practice’ in India. It was an attempt to introduce unfamiliar materials, character and ambience for the mosques. While the typical mosque complexes are characterized by color and domes, we’ve tried the vernacular materials like clay, stones, and their natural textures to express the culture, life style and tradition of the locality.

‘the NOSE’ manifests the idea of interpreting the new while holding onto the old.

Live your belief, but a new definition on to that experience will create rejuvenating impressions on your belief…!


About the project

The challenge was to design a mosque of appx. Area of 4000 Sq.ft with the given requirements in a budget of 50 Lakhs. Even though mosques generally rely on some specified customs, it has to serve a diverse lifestyle. So the idea was to design the same, in a way to express the vernacular style and materials of the area. Terracotta, clay tiles, jallies, Islamic fresco painting (on ceiling) were some of the suitable outcomes of our study, to use as the prim design elements and features.

Ar. Shabeeb Mohammed




NIWS – National Institute of Water Sports, Goa


A design that has bagged 1st place in international architectural Design competition

Firm – M:OFA Studio, New Delhi

Project Brief

The National Institute of Water sports (NIWS) has been set-up by the Ministry of Tourism as an ‘apex’ body for training, education, consultancy and research to usher in an era of leisure-water sporting segment in the country. It is the first Institute of this nature in the South East Asia covering the entire range of water sport disciplines such as life saving, boat handling, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving, river rafting and kayaking. Since inception, 20 courses have been developed for water sport professionals, managers and the tourists, particularly those visiting Goa. The Institute is envisaged to function as a model for similar initiatives/ entrepreneurs with regard to faculty and staff, training infrastructure, water sport equipment and specialised repair and berthing facilities. Plans are being conceived to expand the activities to encompass other adventure sporting items so as to transform it into an ‘Institute of Adventure Sports ’. Being one of its kind of an Institute in Asia the project has been designed to strive a dynamic relationship between the sports player and the sea through its architectural language and spaces. It is the articulation of this temporary yet adventurous moment or a passage in time between the surfer setting foot into the sea to setting foot out of it, which forms the Architecture of the Building. The building itself is a take off point wherein its sole function is to be a transitional link between the man and the sea. The building too is ever changing, rising and falling just like the waves of the sea that twist and knot every surfer into its folds. The Architecture here mentally transport man in the midst of the sea. 1 “Our concept originated from the moment where, a surfer jumps into a beckoning, powerful and beautiful sea, it becomes a continuous and passionate spar between the two elemental forces. The building in this case is just a link between the land and the sea.” innovative concept, landmark value, creates an icon for the touristic value of Goa already inhabited by foreign tourists for the purpose of water sports. The landscape en-captures the patterns in sea water, swirling whirlpools and undulations. The jetty, the deck areas for the jetties are formed as we stretch the surface of water getting transformed into the building form. The overall composition of the built and unbuilt offers a variety of user experiences imitating the gamut of exciting emotions involved in water sports.


Birds eye view

Courtesy : M;OFA Studio Pvt.Ltd


Firm – ERA Studio, Calicut

Keeping the west as focus and the belief of unity,oneness and humility. Effort was to evolve the west end of the building as an edge between man and god which echoes the ‘Journey to God’. The space inside the prayer hall captures the light and landscape of the west through a coloured glass structural glazing. Imams pray area abut out from the building to the west landscape. The magic lights from the west filters through the landscape travels through the coloured glass dapples inside the prayer hall, makes an aura around imam, the leader of prayer.


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Side Elevation

Model - The mosque

Model – The mosque

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Front Elevation

Jally Pattern

Jally Pattern

Project Site – Calicut, Kerala

Paddy Field – Residence, Kerala


A low budget residential project. The major challenge was to rectify the pre-existing conditions of the site and proper utilization of the paddy field views. Pile foundation was the only possible construction method due to the presence of loose soil type. The possibility of soil flow was retained by constructing two retaining walls. The first to retain the paddy field soil and latter to retain the filled soil. While planning this retaining wall was used as a prominent design element. Design idea was plan a G+1 structure with 4 bedroom residence. After solving the site, site divided into two level entirely. Half of the site became 3M difference from the actual site level. So design started from there. The levelled area used as a basement recreation area such as party area and pool. That gives a maximum view from the paddy field. And the remaining area used as a storage space. In ground floor the bedrooms, family sitting and dining are facing south west.


That gives a direct and fresh air throughout the house. Open balcony and courtyard facing south west also a design element for getting the cool atmosphere inside the house. First floor with two bedrooms and a living area. Terracotta ceiling tiles are used on the slope roofing for getting the cool atmosphere inside the rooms. Long louvres on the south-west wall and terracotta jally on the opposite wall, this results the maximum air flow inside the house. And the long glass windows gives the maximum view of paddy field. Use of terracotta tiles, jally, and wooden louvres result a cool atmosphere with maximum air flowing house.

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