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We, at Wright Inspires believe in customizing spaces to the client’s requirements to create unique expressions which reflect individual personalities. The customization and uniqueness brings in a great sense of belonging and one connects to the built spaces.
WHO ARE WE ?
We, at Wright Inspires believe in creating spaces that can blend aesthetics and functionality with deep rootedness to nature.The works try to emphasize the use of natural elements like light and air, maximizing their presence and use in various forms.The team at Wright Inspires have realized projects of both residential and commercial in nature with equal ease and aplomb.
Prathima Seethur was born in Chikmagalur, a largely forested hilly region in the South west of Karnataka.Influenced by her father R.D.Seethur ,who was a civil engineer, Prathima chose to be an architect.
Graduated in Architecture from M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), Bangalore University in 1999, Prathima admired the works of Ar. Sanjay Mohe as a student and always wished to work on projects with emphasis on creating a greener environment.
Pursuing her dream, she worked as an intern with Ar. Chitra Vishwanath and was largely influenced by ‘alternate techniques’ and sustainable approaches practiced in architecture.
Enthused by Ar. Jaisim’s ideology on paradigm thinking and path breaking approach to versatility of spaces, she went on to work with Jaisim Fountainhead for a period of over 2 years. Under the direct guidance of Ar. Jaisim, she honed her skills on design principles with practical insights and project execution capabilities. She continues to be connected with Jaisim Fountainhead Projects Private Limited (JFPPL) for over a decade now, as an Associate Architect.
Greatly inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Prathima founded her own firm and has been practicing under the tag ‘WRIGHT INSPIRES…’.She has been able to realize around 100+ projects in and around Bengaluru. The team has the proficiency to create spaces of any nature from residential, institutional, industrial, commercial projects. Her style has been largely inclined towards building spaces, ‘close to nature’. Most of her designs lay a strong emphasis on an ‘organic’ approach accentuating the use of natural elements and materials. She also shares her experiences with the young students through guest lectures on varied topics related to design and construction techniques.
Moving forward, she wishes to explore diverse challenges in design, excel with a passion to create and realize more built forms with a futuristic approach.
Well Built Residential Building Award - Bengaluru 2020
From Indian Concrete Institute and Ultra Tech Cement.
The key to the design of spaces lies in understanding the requirements of the client in its true raw sense. This typically involves a series of engagements with a volley of ‘q and a’ sessions about the client’s socio-economic-cultural background/status and a more sequential understanding of basic ‘likes and dislikes’ about materials/spaces. Dialogue, Conversations and Discussions brings in a lot of clarity which defines the project. The essence of a good design and project is the transperancy with which the client spells out the requirement and the overall understanding and imagination of the realized spaces well ahead. The basic proposals are prepared only after understanding the detailed requirements. Soon after defining the requirements, a series of discussions ensues to add/delete/modify spaces with a pragmatic approach.
At the outset, we would like to thank Prathima Seethur and her team for the opportunity to voice our appreciation and gratitude in the tremendous role that they played in the construction of our home “AAKRUTI” at Rajarajeshwari Nagar. The fact that both my wife and myself are software professionals by trade and absolute novices when it came to house construction would have been pretty apparent by the way we originally approached Prathima with a series of pictures ( both clandestinely taken from the neighbourhood and scavenged from the internet ) and requested her to basically do a copy-paste job of putting together our dream abode. Rather than taking the easy route , Prathima took the trouble of educating us on our choices , the scale of the project and most importantly, the impact it could have on our purses.
Industry standards dictate that the traditional role of an architect is to produce an engineering plan for the project and in the process, introduce extravagant finishes and grandiose “designer” designs that look fantastic in pictures of an architecture magazine. But , in our opinion , the difference that an architect can bring to a construction project is the degree of “livability” – the small touches that differentiate a house that we adjust to and a home that surrounds us with natural comfort . This is the difference that the Wright inspires team brings to the table – the small touches that make a world of difference in the end. When we moved into our new home, it just felt “right” immediately – All thanks to Prathima and her team
Prathima was a very hands on architect – many a time sacrificing weekends to ensure that she channels our thought processes in making the several decisions that go into the project. Even small things like selection of tile or selection of a paint color – Prathima was ALWAYS around in person and our options and the relative pros & cons were clearly explained so that we can make an educated decision. We were blessed with a fantastic team that came recommended by Prathima ; The Wright Inspires team along with the team of Balaji constructions ( managed by Mr. Srinivas and project lead Mr.Aftab Pasha ) , Mr.Giridhar (Electricals) and Mr.Suresh (Interiors) were an absolute delight to work with. They were keen to listen , quick to understand and efficient in implementation. My heartfelt thanks to the entire team for making the entire process so peaceful.
I hear people speaking about the stress in building their homes, the agony of unfinished projects , problems with finances / budget over-runs and the heartburn of perennially delayed homes ; Short of rubbing it in , all we can say is it was a pleasure dealing with Prathima and her team right through the construction project. Our home is always available as a readymade reference and we would be more than happy to personally vouch for her any number of times.
- Rupa Anand and Rupa Kailash
"In our opinion, project 'Aprameya' was quite challenging considering that it had to cater to a clientele consisting of two generations of the same household. Given a relatively limited space, the requirement was to design a contemporary living space to suit our lifestyle while seamlessly integrating our cultural and emotional sensibilities. Further, having a part of the clientele live abroad during the course of construction presented certain geographical challenges that had to be addressed while selecting the architect. Prathima Seethur’s Wright Inspires came in highly recommended and after a brief discussion and a tour of her previous projects, we entrusted her with the responsibility of realizing our dreams.
Every interaction with Prathima and her team through the various stages of the project was an enlightening experience. In addition to the conventional areas of our home, sprinkling of flora throughout the house blends various parts of the home into one calming living space which is in tune with nature.
Engaging Wright Inspires took the stress out of building a house. Given a free-hand, the right architect can probably do a better job than one can imagine. Communication, trust and inter-personal relationship are the corner-stones of a successful client-architect relationship. We are indeed fortunate that what began as a professional relationship has been forged into a good friendship. Thank you Prathima Seethur and the Wright Inspires team; it was indeed a pleasure working with you.
- GopalaMurthy & MadhuraGopal
Abhinav and Sushma
Many times have I written about the modest little home that the wonderful Jaisim Krishna Rao and Prathima Seethur built for us in Bangalore. Next only to our fabulous family and friends and the clement weather (despite climate change decline in recent years) in Bangalore, our home is what entices us to make frequent visits. Well, the philosophical underpinnings of the Rao-Seethur architecture -- interplay of open spaces, air, light etc, the sourcing of local materials, the organics of the home etc -- goes back to, among others, Balkrishna Doshi, who was today honored with the #PritzkerPrize, which is the #Nobel equivalent for architecture and the highest honor in the profession. Previous winners include I.M.Pei, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, among others -- Doshi is the first Indian to be honored with it.
You can read all about it in the papers, but among the many charming anecdotes associated with the building of our home, I'll recall one. I wanted a large living room with a high domed ceiling, but I was concerned that there would be too much echo in such a structure. The conversation with Jaisim went like this.
Jaisim: "So what is an echo and how does it happen?"
Me: "When sound hits a flat surface and bounces back"
Jaisim: "Well then we won't have a flat surface"
Thus it came to be that our home has a high curved ceiling that is serrated and not flat...and no echo. People like Jaisim and Doshi simplify life -- and architecture.
Another time, I mused with him about how in the U.S I had noticed that during parties all our friends congregated around the kitchen/dining area, and how it had the most footprint and so much of our life revolved around the kitchen. He produced for us a kitchen from where we can now cook, look out at the front entrance, back entrance, a kitchen garden to the side, observe the various daily transactions (milkman, vegetable vendor, paperwala) plus also engage with guests in the dining area and in the living room (effectively we can cook and talk to people facing them; most kitchens in India have cooking range against the wall which means you have your back to your guests). More on all this later, but for now Balkrishna Doshi....
As we enter our 6th month in the new house designed and constructed by Wright Inspires, we rewind back to our 24 month journey !
Wright Inspires (great name, btw) engaged really well in advance and noted down the requirements before sending any template drawings/designs. I liked that approach, very few take the effort to understand the client requirements, site location, neighbourhood, position of the sun throughout the day etc into consideration. Loved that approach because, at the end of the day, those thought processes show their impact in the finished structure with amazing light patterns and ventilation during the day and night
Moving a step ahead, after multiple sittings and finalization, a systematic approach to arrive at the ballpark estimate is prepared. Almost everything is included in the estimate and shared with the owner upfront, so as to get an understanding of the costs involved and where things can be added / removed – again, a very good practice, so that everyone knows the budget with which they are working with
Post finalization, before actual work starts, lot of time and effort is put at the drawing with respect to the structure, i.e. the structural drawings from a certified agency. The focus and priority on safety and ensuring no corners are cut is commendable.
Moreover, special effort is made to align the pillars so as to not obstruct/impede free movement inside the structure without compromising structural integrity
Once the structural drawings are ready, regular visits at site and day long meetings to move to the next step/level are very useful. Many a time, a decision about certain elements is best left to them, since they have the expertise to envisage how the finished product looks like – believe me, at no stage till the finish, can one envisage how the house is turning out to be.
A lot of focus and priority is given to the design of the house in terms of light and air, you can never get less of it. Also, in our case, we’d asked to design such that we will never need an AC and that is indeed becoming true!
The essence of Wright Inspires is the creativity of spaces and elements in the house. Be it a seater, Fenestrated wall, wood work, vault roof, Skylight, projections, bay window or stairwell – each one of these is given good thought on paper as well as at – site. The impact of these elements is known only after the house is complete
Another critical aspect that makes the entire exercise of building the house enjoyable is the concept of a team. Be it Prasad and team (Engineering the walls, floors and roofs), Partiban (Wood Magician) , Shivakumar and Ramesh (Steel Kings) , Giridhar (Source of Light 😊) and Babu (BWSSB for the house 😊), they all work in tandem and make sure there is co-ordination of the various works. I wouldn’t say that it always works, but there is considerable planning involved which reduces stress levels 😊 , of course, many a time , labourers have their own way to doing things, so things take longer than usual, but overall better than conventional approach of sequencing
Attention to detail, Professionalalism and aesthetic approach to everything makes every element of the house stand apart, even mundane elements like the stair rail OR bathroom door OR wardrobe shutters,they all get a new meaning
To sum it, lot of time spent on design is worth it, being patient and understanding the point of view of the team in charge of building your house pays off well
In terms of what could have been better, a few places , during heavy rain, there are water leaks at the junction of the wall and ledge, those should be avoided while executing, more attention is required during that phase.
Prathima and her team are outstanding ! The best I have worked with and helped us realize our beautiful home. The competence manifests both in the great quality of architectural work and the great team for civil, electrical. Interiors, plumbing and so on assembled by them. To watch them work and see an idea come alive is in itself a great experience. In addition, prathima is very accessible and always available to have a chat and discuss. The relationship with the team is being one of friends vs a conventional client relationship and this makes the often intimidating task of constructing a house very accessible.
The making of HOSABELAKU, our dream home!
We are extremely glad that we chose Prathima Seethur from Wright Inspires to make our dream home project come true.
We wanted to have a well lit and ventilated, nature friendly home. Though it wasn’t a fresh project, she had to renovate an already existing duplex house. Prathima considered priorities of all our family members, on how we are wanted our space to look and what was the utility of each space for each of us. She made sure at each level of the construction our opinions and suggestions were considered and brought to reality.
Finally we saw that we had our dream home with ample natural light, good ventilation, nature friendly flooring, pergolas, ample space for indoor and outdoor gardening with parking space, all in a 30*40 plot. The transformation was phenomenal!
We are thankful to the entire team who took care of all the detailing that we expected in our dream home-HOSABELAKU.
Looking forward to working on the next project with Prathima and team....sooner or later :)
Dr. Sowmya Hemanth