Design Challenge

The program is to redesign the existing Badami archaeological museum. Badami has a settlement of skilled craftspeople, including weavers of traditional Ilkal sarees. The museum should have spaces to celebrate this skill and craft of the locals The built up area has to be 7500 sft-. In addition to the exhibition space, museum should also house functions like restrooms, an open-air theater, administration offices, a café and other ancillary facilities.

The demarcated site is located on the bank of the Agastya lake. The immediate surroundings consist of the Honkadakatte Anjaneya temple and the Mallikarjuna gudi along the sides of the existing museum which has to be demolished and redesigned. The existing Museum faces the lake and is set with a majestic backdrop of the golden red sandstone rocky mountain. A fort wall with large gateways and a honda (stepped well) are also in close proximity. The site location is chosen strategically as one can experience the lake, rock cut caves, the temples and the natural context together cohesively.


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Ar. Prashant Pole
Ar. Prashant Pole
Genesis Architects, Bangalore

Prashant Girish Pole is an architect with a long and illustrious career that has spanned over three decades. His journey started with Naksha Architects in Bengaluru. While at Naksha, he worked on a number of architectural and interior projects for five years.

1994 saw Ar. Pole establishing his own firm – Genesis Architects. The firm has worked on single residences, apartments, offices, hotels and institutional buildings. Over these years, he has also been a visiting faculty at MCE Hassan, BIT Bangalore, SIT Tumkur, and USD Mysore. Aside from teaching, he has also been evaluating architecture design as a juror at various architecture schools in and around Bengaluru.

Prof. Durganand Balsavar
Prof. Durganand Balsavar
Artes, ROOTS, Chennai

Prof. Durganand Balsavar grew up in Goa and graduated from SA-CEPT Ahmedabad with an exchange Studio at ETH Zurich. After working in Zurich and Paris, Balsavar was invited as visiting faculty at CEPT and the atelier of Bernard Kohn (Paris) and B V Doshi.

Balsavar has been faculty for India Studios of Bartlett, Helsinki School of Architecture and involved in diverse cultural contexts - the Chandigarh Lab, IUAV Venice, Auckland, Indonesia, Nepal. He founded Artes-ROOTS Collaborative, which has been involved in an environment-appropriate architecture as a community participatory process. Artes ROOTS has engaged in a diverse range of projects from advocacy, policy, practice and research in future cities, disaster-mitigation , AMB-Barcelona UN Habitat III, Berlin Climate Policy 2050 Program, Future Cities Cambridge Univ-UK (VIT) Summit and several more. Balsavar has been a jury member at IIT-Gandhinagar, IIA National Awards and several other International competitions. The projects of Artes-ROOTS have been published in DOMUS, Routledge Press, MIT Press-Boston, DOMUS (guest ed Steven Holl), CSE, Ekistics. Balsavar has written extensively on ecological architecture and film narratives.

He has curated the CoASocial READS Dialogues inviting architects and scholars from around the world, and has authored several publications. Artes ROOTS was nominated as best practices for participatory housing by UNDP. (

Ar. Sherman Stave
Ar. Sherman Stave
STX Landscape Architects, Singapore

Sherman Stave is a landscape architect with more than 30 years of experience. He has practised extensively in Asia and North America.

Sherman was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Canada. His exposure to diverse cultures from an early age has lent him broad global perspective, and a deep appreciation of how shaping our environments can change our lives in fundamental ways. These are critical lenses that continue to inform his design approach.

He places special emphasis on environmentally sustainable and pragmatic design solutions. His design expression is inspired by the works of artists, the organic forms of nature, as well as the landscape features surrounding a project; it is design mindful of purpose and sensitive of context that give projects a distinct identity and character.

Sherman’s innovative and award-winning landscapes can be seen at resorts and hotels, parks and private condominiums, universities, mixed-use and commercial developments. As principal at STX, Sherman plays a critical role in the design and management of projects. His meticulous attention to all stages of a project underpins the smooth execution of his designs.

Sherman received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and his Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Sherman is an Accredited Landscape Architect and also a Member of the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects.

As a natural adjunct to his design work, Sherman enjoys teaching at universities and studio workshops, on urban theory and design. He is often invited to speak at international workshops, symposiums and conferences.