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Ankita & Pratyoosh, Studio An-V-Thot Architects

Our next Surface Design Show IsolationTalk is with Ankita Sweety & Pratyoosh Chandan of Studio An-V-Thot Architects; winners of the Light and Surface Interior category at our Surface Design Awards this year.

Captivating the hearts of the judges, the Yashoda Cancer Hospital’s open sky courtyard is a colourful, peaceful and less-hospital-like environment for patients in the New Delhi hospital.

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 Hi Ankita and Pratyoosh

Thanks for letting us self-isolate with you, keeping in touch with our friends makes us all feel better.

Where is your isolation home right now? Vasant Kunj, it's a little greener than the rest of the hustle bustle of Delhi. The weather here is quite pleasant so we have placed our working set/up in the rear terrace of the house which is north facing. It also has a really nice view of a beautiful park.

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How are you coping with this new lifestyle? We’d never thought that we could stay for this long at home. It is some sort of a blessing in disguise, we are actually taking out time to notice the beauty of nature. Also, loving the interactions with our neighbours while sitting in our respective balconies and sometimes even singing songs with them.

Do you have a daily schedule? Not for the initial 2-3 days after the Government announced the lockdown. The first couple of days were kind of a break from our hectic schedule, but after that things got smoother and back in pace in terms of our work. With the ethos that the work should not hamper, we have gotten used to working from home.

What tends to be the highlight of your day? We have a lovely park at the back of our house with many trees, a particular tree close to our house is a resting place of a peacock. Every evening, this particular peacock comes out of nowhere, hops on the branches to climb up and retires for the night at a particular spot. It’s indeed the highlight of the day, and we don’t miss it for anything.

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What are you missing most? And what don’t you miss at all? Missing our studio and our team like crazy. But rather honestly, not missing the vendor phone calls at all. 😉

Are there some long neglected jobs that you intend to get around to doing during the lockdown? During the lockdown, we’ve come to realise that we are big time cook-nerds and we always were foodies at heart. So while developing our cooking skills, we have come up with a youtube channel showcasing our cooking escapades of regional recipes.

How do you think the architectural sector in India will manage in these difficult times? In our opinion, the healthcare sector will definitely see a boom. But what worries us is that the construction workers who have migrated to their native places will be surrounded with inhibitions to get back to metro cities for work. It will also largely affect the private or small scale developments.

You came to London in February to collect your Surface Design Award for Yashoda Cancer Hospital...how did your visit go? What did you do or see? It was an extraordinary and awesome experience. A day prior to the Awards Ceremony, we were consoling each other that even if we don’t win we have come a long way to have been nominated amongst the best, and now when we recall the announcement, walking on stage and grabbing the trophy, it gives us shivers and goosebumps.

We were just roaming around the high streets and falling in love with the city of London and we also enjoyed the architectural heritage of Edinburgh for a couple of days.

Are you working on other exciting projects at this minute? Apart from several other projects that we are handling at the moment, we are particularly excited about a project that we have been recently commissioned. It's going to be a building complex, which will cater to 3 different services, a 40 room hotel, a 5000 sq ft area of co-working Space and a fine dining restaurant for 40 pax. At present, the project is at the design development stage.

What do you think we should be looking forward to when normal service resumes? We feel an inherent sense of kindness shall prevail unanimously in everyone’s etiquette once we get through this pandemic.

Thanks for letting us self-isolate with you!