Kapil Gupta, Principal Architect, Serie Architects
Unlike international offices that have amassed a large portfolio and a clear 'style' prior to global proliferation and expansion, Serie, co-founded by Kapil Gupta and Chris Lee in 2007, started off global in very modest and local settings. With offices in London, Mumbai and Beijing, the practice's theoretical interest lies in the relationship between dominant types and the city.
What does innovation in architecture mean to you?
Innovation in architecture must be led by a critical approach, where the desire for difference and newness is meaningful within both its local context as well as the broader cultural and intellectual discourse of architecture. Innovation is irrelevant if it is purely driven by a desire for novelty.
The most innovative and flexible material you have come across and why...
Material technologies are constantly changing and evolving. They are constantly improving in performance and diversity of effect. We keep track of these developments, but do, however, prefer simplicity and purity of material expression, whether it is concrete, timber or metal.
The most innovative piece of architecture you have come across and why...
Each project must be judged by the innovation it accomplishes within its context and time. It is more useful to look at the works of great architects to understand how innovation can be subtle and beautiful like the works of Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Sanaa, to name a few.
An innovation in architecture you look forward to...
Nothing specifically. There already exists all we need to accomplish our architectural objectives.