Design and execution of a project is like a complex symphony – it takes a whole orchestra of professionals and stakeholders- clients, consultants, contractors, vendors, artisans and workers, playing in unison and harmony to put it together. At times, one instrument is heard louder than the others, but without each one playing their part, the symphony will be incomplete.
The making of one recent project, the Hotel at Bodhgaya, the place where Buddha attained enlightenment, was a typical journey with highs and lows for SJK Architects. Here, the energy of collaboration helped fulfil a shared vision of a lyrical design that drew from ‘memory’ of the rich historical architecture of the place and ‘emotions’ of simplicity, compassion and serenity of Buddhism, to meet the practical demands of a hotel.
To hold all players together so that they understand and transmit a unified vision is the role of a conductor in an orchestra, and this role is key and pivotal to the success of a symphony. In the making of a building, the big dilemma often is- who plays this pivotal role of holding the collaborators together- should it be the owner, the project manager, the architect or the consultants, that often leads to blurring of edges and scopes.
Bhavin Patel’s blog, humorous and experiential, based on his time as part of our team designing and building the JSW Hospital, discusses this important issue with interesting parallels from Hindi cinema. Click on the image below to check out the blog.