Sudeep Parambath and Siji Rehana from Deep and Hana Architects

Young Turks Dated:  Aug. 7, 2014
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Architect, Sudeep & Rehana

Deep And Hana Architects established in 1999 by Sudeep Parambath and Siji Rehana has evolved itself as one of those select creative firms that impart lively and earthy touch to the houses they design. Featured in nationally renowned magazines and television channels like star world, the architects behind the firm tell us their story. Deep and Hana or Sudeep and Rehana are Architects, with B Arch from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. Sudeep is originally from Calicut and Rehana from Trivandrum. Read on for more...  

When did you first start your practice and what kind of projects have you been doing?
The practice was stated in 1999, at Bangalore. We have been working on villas, office buildings, hotels and interior designing for houses, offices, restaurants, airport lounges and hotels.

Tell us something about your approach to your projects.
Each project is the result of a meticulous, in-depth design process, regardless of its context, size or scope. We approach every job as a unique challenge and an exciting opportunity to develop the most dynamic and efficient buildings. The process starts with listening to our clients, understanding their needs and aspirations and then producing design-led solutions which are uniquely tailored to their context and the needs of the end user.

We translate our designs into reality by drawing on an exceptional network of knowledge and experience that embraces every aspect of a building’s design, construction and performance. For us, design is a pragmatic process rather than a purely conceptual exercise. Our architecture is grounded in the practicalities of building use and construction, and our design approach is driven by the desire to deliver buildings which are as functionally efficient as they are visually compelling.

What defines your style?
We don’t strictly follow any particular design style, as we are comfortable with most classical and modern styles. It is more derived based on the project, the client, and many other factors like the location, environment etc. We can define our style as, buildings or spaces that are warm, welcoming, bright and airy, which can give a sense of happiness to the person experiencing it.

Which kind of projects do you enjoy the most?
We don’t have any particular likes or dislikes for the kinds of projects we do, but we do really enjoy working for clients, who give us freedom to understand the project, their requirements, styles etc and also who approach it professionally.

Tell us something about your most favorite project?
The most favourite project has been our own house followed by the villa for Anita and Suresh. These 2 projects were so close to our heart with complete involvement, right from conceptualisation to completion.

Who/what inspires you and your works?
The style and works of Richard Meier have been a great source of inspiration. His simplicity of style and design, use of White, the balancing of solids and voids, openness and clarity, are some of the factors that have been etched into our style.

Do you feel architects and designers should be concerned about environmental sustainability?
Yes. This is very important for every designer as it is very easy to pollute and destroy our environment that has taken millions of years to evolve. 

What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Some times, we come across clients who can’t make up their minds about the design, finishes, costs etc. There are instances when they would ask to change the design after execution as they didn’t really understand it. This will adversely affect the project duration and cost and ultimately a loss to the Client. The architect and contractor will be wasting their time and if not clearly mentioned in the contract, a lot of money too.

What challenges do you continue to face and what is your strategy to tackle them?
Making a client understand the importance of sticking to a strict schedule and timeline. We do prepare a detailed schedule for every project. Most of the time, there are various reasons which will force us to re schedule. What most clients don’t understand is the seriousness of project management, which helps to ensure that the work gets done at the right time. This ensures that no one involved in the work loses time and money. For this, there has to be a synergy between the client, the architect and the contractor.   We make sure that, every process is discussed and documented before the actual execution starts, the client has been updated about the payment schedules to the contractor, and all necessary information required and details supplied and discussed with the contractor.

What drives you?
It’s a passion to create buildings and spaces that can leave a happy memory in every one’s minds, which can draw them back to these spaces.

Any words of wisdom for youngsters starting out today.
Be sincere to what you do. Understand the project thoroughly before starting the design. Never undertake any work with a half hearted approach as this will be obvious during and especially after the work gets over.

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