When Takbir Fatima first walked into the two-storeyed home in Toli Chowki, there was water leaking from many places, the kitchen was in a shabby condition and the flooring was falling apart. Despite the problems, Takbir, an architect, planned to renovate the place and turn it into a residence and office space.
Clearly, it was a big challenge. And Takbir explains, “We started renovating by working on the water proofing, flooring and other areas. The kitchen had no space and was in a very dark area. The wall in the kitchen had grease all over because of years of use. Instead of taking down that wall, we built another one on it with an exposed brick look. To bring in light we created a floor to ceiling window.”
Takbir also shared a few tips. “There is a misconception that interiors have to be expensive. But that’s not necessary. One can use plywood, as it is cheaper and works well. Several other objects can be put together for different purposes. For example, I used pieces from an old bunk bed to make a rack in the kitchen. Lighting is an important aspect. Every room should have three sources of lighting ambient, task and accent lighting.”
She states that their work is different from conventional architectural techniques and is aimed at low-budget interiors by generating their own products. She says, “We design using 3D modelling software. Many in the city are using it, but they have a layout which they recreate in the computer, but we design directly on the software. We also digitally fabricate our products where we use laser cutting techniques by hooking the computer to a CNC machine. After we got to know about 3D printing here, we have a few more ideas to work on.”...