Dikshu C Kukreja, Proprietor, CP Kukreja Architects
A design innovator, Dikshu is a second generation architect who has made his firm one of the most sought after design practices in Delhi...
"The company has been ranked by the US journal ‘World Architecture’ among the top 100 design firms in the world."
Views & Beyond
Define innovation in architecture
To me, architecture and innovation are two sides of the same coin. Innovation by definition stands for the ability to think beyond established notions and ideas. This fundamental premise prescribes the way I perceive and practice architecture.
Which is your most innovative project and why?
In my view my most innovative project is the design of the Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida spread over 500 acres. Innovation involved resolving the master planning and architecture of the campus to reflect the basic tenets of Buddhism as the central theme of the University.
Name one innovative iconic structure in the world.
The Louvre Pyramid and Museum designed by IM Pei in Paris - its a strikingly simple yet powerful design of a glass pyramid, where the contemporary is juxtaposed with the historic Louvre Palace.
Tell us about a yet unaccomplished dream project.
My dream project is the creation of an underground city. It would not only be environment friendly and climatically more appropriate but would also be a better utilisation of land.
What is your vision for the future of Indian architecture?
In my opinion, we have the potential to have a great future for architecture in India. Here, I am referring to both cosmopolitan cities as well as small towns. My vision is to come up with sensible and sensitive architecture, drawing upon our rich historical legacy while keeping it contextual to specific present and future needs.
Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, Jaipur, Completion: 2015
This project has various innovative elements such as extensive green technologies and features that include thermal heat gain, using recycled materials, as well as alternative sources of renewable energy. Another unique feature of the master plan is the adoption of decentralised and channelised water. The campus also has the distinction of harvesting rain water on a large scale in a desert environment.
Provence, Gwal Pahari, Krrish Group, Gurgaon, Haryana, Completion: 2014
The building shape is aerodynamic, like the wings of a plane, to deflect the strong winds on the upper floors. The buildings, designed to be among the tallest in Gurgaon, have a helipad, too. The homes are designed to utilise natural light and breeze in such a way that there is minimal use of energy and the interiors remain cool in summers and insulated in winters.