Manit RastogiThe Visionaries
Retaining their global prominence, Morphogenesis has been featured for the 6th time in the WA100 2017 list, UK. Taking local design to the next level, Morphogenesis has always been an industry leader with radical ideas. Their ingenious applications of passive design to contextualise solutions have been groundbreaking. Reinventing the wheel, the founding partners, Manit Rastogi and Sonali Rastogi, have created designs suitable to the Indian subcontinent using some of the best global innovations. From sustainable design to urban portfolios, the spirited duo handles it all. Manit is an active member at the GRIHA council and works wholeheartedly for causes that further propel green technology. Sonali on the other hand is a member of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission and is a maven in propelling the urban design movement further through public art. Their compelling design ideas are further developed by working with likeminded organisations. Having won more than 75 national and international awards, the firm has taken a leading position in the industry. The Morphogenesis journey is a reflection of a contemporary Indian perspective within the global context. Incorporating an inspired, forward-thinking vision the firm respectfully refers to the spirit of culture and traditions to make breathtaking architectural forms.
This 10.5 acre commercial estate in Gurugram, GYS Prius, is an office sanctuary. With a brief to provide a comfortable and natural space, the firm came up with a floor plan to include open spaces and sky gardens, to help form break-out spaces in an otherwise stressful environment. To overcome typology associated problems, the duo planned a groundwater harvesting strategy in tandem with the layout. The central scooped court is earth sheltered from three sides and is designed to fall in the shadow zone of the tall towers, thus creating a micro-climate in the heart of the site.
The 5.3 acre campus of The British School in New Delhi stays true to its tagline, ‘An International education with an Indian soul.’ The 4-star GRIHA-certified infrastructure relies 50% on passive methods for temperature regulation. The school’s agenda for lateral activity was handled with semi-enclosed spaces that could be adapted according to its occupant. The space provides an enriching experience for the diverse students on campus.