In a free wheeling conversation with architect, Aniket Bhagwat, of M/s. Prabhakar B. Bhagwat, Professor Percy Pithawala brings valuable perspective to the conversation about collusion of art and architecture, which in our time, continues to be a largely unexplored and an ambiguous subject; just as he directs conversation to an equally ignored discussion about the ability of using structured emotive layering and ideas linked to it in architectural design.

P.P.
Do share with us your vision of ARK as an exciting and enthralling mental space.

A.B.
As we aspire in all our work, we felt a strong need to articulate in ARK a narrative that would engage people and enable them to understand, create and enjoy a mental space constructed by decoding human emotions and embedding them in the spatial syntax of the building.....

P.P.
ARK comes across as a product of intense collaboration between the client and Architect.
How crucial was your role as an architect in giving shape to this shared vision?

A.B.
Atulbhai is, an avid art collector and a patron and has over the years interacted closely with Architects and Artists.
He understands and celebrates the finer nuances of working with creative processes.....

P.P.
In your own words, parts of ARK are inspired by Artist Paul Klee's masterpiece
"Uncomposed Objects in Space"
How would a painting translate into making of an architectural space?

A.B.
We clearly envisioned the atrium as a dynamic space with a certain amount of tension associated with it.
With this notion in mind, we started researching spaces which are taut with tension but balanced at the same time.....

P.P.
At what stage into the project did you initiate a dialogue with Walter D' Souza?
To what extent were you involved in commissioning his various artworks such as murals, screens, stairs rail etc.?

A.B.
We had collaborated with Walter on Atulbhai's residence "The Bridge House".
He happens to be one of those few artists well able to imagine the nature of space by studying architectural drawings.....

P.P.
How do you envisage art shows being curated in the building when it resonates with art energy by itself?

A.B.
The entire building is art and an art space. While there is a formal art gallery, the basements, the atrium, the stairwell, the reception and spaces that we even have not imagined are open to be challenged with art.....

P.P.
In your explorations for new idioms and meanings and pushing new limits to go beyond yourself, where does making of ARK stand?

A.B.
It would be presumptuous on our part to try and imagine where ARK would stand in reference to our body of work till date. Let time be the judge of that.....