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Curators for Transparence 16

Ar Kiran Venkatesh

Kiran is the co-founder of InFORM Architects, Bangalore. The firm has designed over 400 projects till date with 63 awards to its credit since its inception in 1997. Kiran’s focus is to generate conceptually strong, innovative designs and to build unique performative buildings that respond to context, constraints and client needs with Architectural vision.

Kiran is very optimistic about the role of technology in shaping design and its potential to influence outcomes from concepts to development and eventual production/ execution. He is focused on promoting mechanization in construction to effectively address the growing disparity between design and execution quality & between demand and supply in the AEC industry. Along with his practice, Kiran is also active in academics/ architecture education. He is the co-founder of InCITE – a one of its kind Architecture Event Space in the country that is a platform for exchange of Architectural ideas. Kiran has a wide range of other interests: Architecture & the City – Education - Movies – Reading - Science Fiction – Travel - Running – Cycling etc.

Ar Sujit Nair

Sujit Nair is principal designer and founder at SDeG, a multi-disciplinary practice based out of Bangalore, that he runs with his partner Aruna Sujit. SDeG has won awards for both architecture and interiors, and in 2012, was given the opportunity to exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale. SDeG was also featured on CNBC’s ‘young turks’ in 2013, a show widely known to recognize emerging entrepreneurs. In the past, Sujit has worked as ‘Architect’ at Zaha Hadid Architects, London. He holds a Masters’ degree in ‘Architecture and Urbanism’ from the Architectural Association, London (2004). Sujit has been active in architectural education, as visiting design critic at several architecture schools. He has lectured at architect forums, design schools and public events.

The Reward

per team,
a trophy and a certificate
per team,
a trophy and a certificate
per team,
a trophy and a certificate

*All participants with submissions that are found technically complete by the jury will be awarded a participation certificate.



Shifting Contexts | Accelerated Change:

The past year has seen us witness a deep shift in our living patterns. Social interaction in the Digital Medium, Physical Distancing and Isolation have taken precedence over in-person interactions. Travel, for work or for pleasure, has been very limited / reduced. In most cases, spaces have been flipped / multi-tasked to accept different activities that were predominantly conducted in discrete boxes.

Travel which was taken for granted as necessary for work and leisure, has not been possible or even necessary. This has raised questions of our notions of mobility. Perhaps we need to formulate new ideas of mobility. Physical and Emotional well-being have never had more mind-space than they do today.

It’s in this radically-shifted context that this competition brief calls for Ideas Towards a New Home Experience. One that not only explores, challenges and tackles the new normals, but projects and predicts their impact over the coming years. Designers are called to imagine a new way of life, a Habitat that responds to and challenges the new paradigms.


The competition is centered on the idea of self-contained, self-sustaining hybrid homes. Designers must reclaim their “Right to Program” rather than leave it to the vagaries of pure market forces. Designers are encouraged to conceive new transformative housing - unit prototypes, workspaces, areas for relaxation / recreation etc., programmed to co-exist and function in both pre-imagined / defined and uncertain circumstances. The project should aim to set a new precedent that provides a vibrant, healthy environment for the residents, during varying states of normalcy and confinement.


The competition offers a reasonably open interpretation of the ídea of a home so as to allow each participant to imagine the context of their solutions. Your context is a floor plate in a large building complex with a 70% residential component and 30% as ancillary functions that facilitate hybrid living.

Make sure you design the interiors of the home, based on the following considerations:

  • The site of the building may be located in any urban or suburban context, in any Indian City.
  • Define the environment of the floor that your hybrid home is a part of . Consider the home’s context - for eg: its neighbours, its relationship to the core, height from the ground,etc - and what it might do for the design. Choose from the following unit types for detailing out:
    1. 2 BHK – 100 to 120.0 sqm plinth area
    2. 2.5 BHK – 135 to 150.0 sqm plinth area
    3. 3 BHK – 165 to 180.0 sqm plinth area
  • Orientation of the site is open to interpretation. Think about how the orientation is affecting the spaces inside and mention the same in your submissions.


  • Designers are encouraged to reclaim the lost art of Programming (within the home). Participants are free to challenge the program and profile their own client for this competition.
  • Participants are encouraged to come up with strategies that create hybrid spaces within each unit within the above area restriction.

The submission must include a key plan that highlights the relationship of the home (that you are designing) to the floor that it is located on.

Here are a few ways ‘Hybrid’ can be considered in your design (only suggestive):

  • Hybrid across cultures Considering the variety of cultures in India, many people find themselves either co-living with someone from a different culture or living in a different city and culture all together. How can homes being shared by cross-cultural users be designed? You can also consider paid accommodations and rental accommodations for example. These spaces cater to people from different cultures with different lifestyles. How to design a safe and comfortable space without understanding or even knowing the people who will occupy it?
  • Hybrid across age Many homes in India have traditions of joint families, or find themselves accommodating residents of various age groups. But are interior design safety and well-being standards the same for all age groups?
  • Hybrid across occupationWith recent advancements in lifestyle, work from home has become the new normal. It is easy to design a space for your work at home, but what happens when residents with varied occupations live together? Can a writer and a musician have the same workspace?
  • Hybrid across materialsAcross all users, and their individual functions, various materials can be used in the interiors. How can one decide these materials, and provide a safe and comfortable space for all residents?

Design Considerations

To help you build the brief, here are the factors to consider in your design:

  1. Site context, orientation and Climate
  2. Client/ User Profile
  3. Sustainable living
  4. You can look into any of the above suggestions to introduce ‘Hybrid’ into your design
  5. Work / Study From Home space for different family members, Garden/s, outdoor spaces, space for senior citizen(s), Isolation room, etc

Teams are also encouraged to consider the following factors in their designs:

  1. Landscape
  2. Energy
  3. Ecological considerations
  4. Community life / social ecosystems
  5. Sustainable Living

Competition Format

  • Transparence 16.0- Interior Design Challenge is open to undergraduate students of interior design and architecture. Recent graduates from 2021 are also eligible to participate
  • Teams to comprise a maximum of three members. You are allowed to make teams with students from different batches or even different colleges
  • Shortlisted teams will be invited to the Grand Finale to make a presentation before a selected panel of jury.

Submission Format

  • A maximum of ten A3 sheets (landscape orientation) with a readable scale of drawing and legible text. All sheets are to be compiled into a SINGLE PDF (20MB maximum).
  • Your name or any identification should not feature on the sheets.
  • The pdf file should be named by the participants’ first names followed by the college name. For instance if abc is the participant from xyz college, the file name would be “abc_xyz”. In case, abc is sending multiple entries, the subsequent files will be named as “abc1_xyz” “abc2_xyz” and so on. We will assign ID numbers to each submission to ensure anonymity.
  • Please restrict your word limit on the sheets to 100-150 words per sheet.
  • Include the North arrow for the plans and a graphical scale for ALL drawings.
  • Include a summarized area statement of your design with reference to the byelaws on not more than a single A4 sheet.
  • Include a scanned version of your student ID/college bonafide along with your entry

Evaluation Criteria

  • Concept and evolution of hybrid design
  • Selection of the site, and integration of the intervention with the site and context
  • Originality/Innovation
  • Incorporation of enhancing factors such as well-being, community living etc. into design, and quality of the spaces
  • Clarity and comprehensibility of design
  • Sustainability in design
  • Delivery and Presentation- use of appropriate visual aids, graphics and technical information

Important Dates:

  • Last date for registration: 10th January 2022
  • Last date for submission: 10th January 2022
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