Upper Duncan Estates \ MAD(E) IN MUMBAI architects

• November 25, 2012

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The project deals with redevelopment of eighteen plots in the inner city of Mumbai, ad measuring almost 250m of length. The length of the site is expressed through a 250m long linear built form, which grows with acquisition of subsequent plots. The building expands over three phases leaving appropriate recreational grounds to handle the density of the development. The building typology houses rehabilitation and sale component in the same building forming a linear landmark along the site. The class differences of both components are configured through segregation of movements. The built form is sculpted to release voids at different levels, which behave as recreational planes for various user groups.

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+ About MAD(E) IN MUMBAI architects

Incepted by Kalpit Ashar and Mayuri Sisodia, MAD(E) IN MUMBAI, is an young international design practice involved with Architecture, Urban Design, Interiors and landscapes. The studio draws from diverse national and international exposure of its principals and their involvement with design academia. It provides comprehensive design services in the fields of Public institutions, high density housing, environmental infrastructure, community design, redevelopment, heritage conservation, interior architecture, landscapes and territorial planning.

MAD(E) IN MUMBAI takes its shape in madness of Mumbai city. This crazy patchwork of ideas, experiences and materiality forms repository and laboratory for the studio. It is a point of beginning for its speculation and practice. The studio works closely with the chemistry of the city to discover potential fields of operation. The belief of the practice lies in looking beyond the visible for the unseen and for absurdities of things and places. Rather than confirming to good ways of building architecture/cities, it believes in radical approaches that transcend the norms of design. Project challenges such as site constraints, budgets, development regulations, policies and politics are used as opportunities to speculate new urban forms. It is a platform where ordinary and pragmatic reality is elevated to the heights of poetry through imaginative speculation and craftsmanship.


Our Studio is a platform for rigorous analytical and intuitive processes. It is a place for nurturing curiosities, cultivating ideas and exploring imaginations. Plethora of ideas are tried and tested through parallel working of the hand and the mind. Alchemy of making things with one’s own hand and highest standard of craftsmanship are cultivated. The designs are ruthlessly experimented and crafted through, models, experimental materials and drawings. The preconceived notions of using the materials are challenged to invent new possible physical realities. The works are celebrations of invented materials, building techniques and crafting skills. The endeavour is to shape timeless places that are works of pleasure and poetry.


Kalpit Ashar is an architect and an Urbanist based in Mumbai. He graduated with B. Arch (Gold Medal) in 2005 from Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai. He completed his master’s education in Digital tectonics, self sufficient habitats and emergent territories from Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Spain in 2009. His undergraduate dissertation was nominated for President’s Medals Awards 2007, RIBA London. He has won J. N.Tata Endowment, Kamla Raheja Foundation and Rotary Club awards. He was also a winner for IAAC study grant.

After graduating, he was involved as a project architect with Charles Correa Associatesand worked on various National & International projects. Through urban research and teaching at Kamla Raheja Institute he has continued his association with academic space. Currently he is a director at MAD(E) IN MUMBAI, a young architectural practise involved with Architectural, Urban and Landscape design projects in Mumbai and as a design faculty at Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture.

Mayuri Sisodia is an architect and an Urban Designer based in Mumbai. She graduated with B.Arch in 2006 from Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai. She completed her master’s education in Urban Design from Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. After graduating, she was involved with Charles Correa Architects for many national and International projects. Her academic involvement includes teaching at Kamla Rahaeja Institute as a Design faculty.

Her undergraduate dissertation was presented to Maharashtra Police as a real alternative for Urban Police Stations. She has also exhibited her work at Cities Methodologies exhibition for Urban Laboratory, Slade School of Art, London. She has won prestigious Charles Wallace India Trust award for arts, 2010. She was also winner for J.N.Tata Endowment and Kamla Raheja Foundation awards. Currently she is also a director at MAD(E) IN MUMBAI, where she pursues her interest in Art, Architecture and cities.

Together they have participated in many national and International design competitions which include Evolo international housing design competition, New York, Mater Centro de Materiales del FAD matério, Barcelona, Freedom Park National Competition, Bangalore and Urban design competition for school of planning and architecture, Delhi. Their Competition winning entries include Revitalisation of Banganga Crematorium and Jogeshwari Civic Centre, Mumbai. They have also won International Competition organised by International Association for Human Habitat.

+ Project facts

Location: Byculla, Mumbai, India
: Housing, retail, amenities
: 63,000 Sq. m
: Kathawala Realtors
: July 2012
Collaborating Architect
: Muktanand Zingade Associates

+ All images and drawings courtesy MAD(E) IN MUMBAI architects


Category: Architecture, Residential

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