Tara House | Studio Mumbai by Unknown

The programs of this house are arranged loosely to form a courtyard in an oasis above ground
, and carved into the earth creating a sanctuary underground. Concrete, stone and wood are used as primary materials in the house, but light and vegetation are also used as materials to enhance contrasts between hard and soft, dark and bright. 

Beneath the courtyard, which is filled with sunlight and varieties of greenery, a subterranean room is hidden underground, which is filled with water from a subterranean aquifer. As one enters this subterranean room underground and descends the stairs through a dark corridor, he/she experiences dramatic passage into the earth.

The room provides a comfortable silence and allows rays of hot Indian sun to penetrate the earth into the space, into the water. Find out more about this architecture by clicking here.

Academy of Fashion by Michelle Linden

This Academy of Fashion in Jaipur, was designed by Morphogenesis. Because the project is located in the middle of the desert, the architects created a passive climate controlled environment including a double skin exterior and a surprising interior courtyard and pond. The double skin design is both modern in pattern and traditional in detail... The architects did a great job combining historic technologies with current function and aesthetic.

Architecture for Humanity on Frontline by Michelle Linden

Architecture for Humanity's work in India is currently being featured on Frontline. Purnima McCutcheon is working on the ground in India, in areas affected by 2004's tsunami to make a difference by providing a village hall. Supported by a team in San Francisco, Purnima is able to change lives through her designs... Check out the rest of the interview with Purnima, as well as an interview with Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr (founders of Architecture with Humanity) -and more info and photos. Purnima's take on sustainable design being beyond prius' and solar panels and absolutely necessary for the developing world is quite interesting. While the special is obviously geared towards the general public, designers and architects should also find it entertaining and thought provoking.