When an architect combines the design ethos of historical monuments with the aesthetics of modern art, every canvas becomes not only a thing of beauty, but also a reminder of how sustainable architecture is both necessary and possible. Delhi-based architect Vidur Bharadwaj has turned artist-par-excellence with his first solo show titled ‘Soul In Structure’ at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, from September 16-22 in the national Capital.
Combining the architecture and design elements of historical monuments and cities along with his own artistic interpretation of sustainability and environment, Vidur has created 15 canvases in mixed media that are an extension of his persona as the driving force behind Green Architecture in the capital and NCR. Patni Campus and The Four Seasons Hotel in Noida and Wipro Campus in Gurgaon are classic examples of ‘Green Buildings’ which save up to 48% on their energy costs. “In today’s era of glass buildings, we are losing the basic essence that made all earlier buildings sustainable in themselves. It has always been my conscious effort to make my projects socially, economically and environmentally responsible buildings. Also, I love the traditional Indian architectural philosophies and concepts, especially the courtyards. When I began working on my paintings, I wanted to combine my fascination with both sustainability and traditional architecture”, said Vidur.
Courtyards, terraces, verandas along with water bodies, wind and sunlight suffuse his colourful canvases. Imagery of the Sun and a child are visible in almost each work. “Sun is the source of all energy and a child represents the future, for whom we have to save this planet,” said Vidur. “The process I have used is to combine photographs of my projects with the elements that inspire me as an architect, be it nature, monuments or moments.”
The painting titled ‘Wipro, Gurgaon’ highlights the concept of a courtyard, an integral part of ancient Indian architecture. “The famous ghats of Benaras have been the inspiration behind the design concept of ‘IHDP’. The concept of nature’s walk has been highlighted in the installation titled ‘Green Boulevard’. The painting titled ‘Tech Boulevard’ also highlights the grid system and proportions used in planning Fatehpur Sikri. One of the works titled ‘Home’ uses details from Vidur’s own residence. “It was my dream to create an eco-system attracting beautiful creatures like birds and fish. I believe that a house is a living being and it should be able to live, breath and sustain itself.” Indeed, this is one show which is bound to erase the line between architecture and art once and for all.