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Ar. Snehal Hannurkar makes her mark in the international design community

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By uday

The BRIC Biobased Pavilion designed by Ar. Snehal Hannurkar from Belagavi was built and exhibited in its entirety as a part of TU/e Drivers of Change Expo at the heart of the Dutch Design Week 2023 at the Ketelhuisplein, Eindhoven. It was open for public viewing from 21st Oct until 29th Oct 2023. It has been quite a challenging yet fulfilling journey for Snehal, right from designing this project and presenting the concept in the previous year at the Dutch Design Week, to building it and exhibiting it at such an amazing international platform of the Dutch Design Week 2023 this year.

The Dutch Design Week is one of the biggest design events in Europe. This year it was visited by 350000 visitors from all over the Netherlands and around Europe. It was also one of the 6 best green projects exhibited at the Dutch Design Week this year amongst work exhibited by 2600 designers. 

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Snehal Hannurkar explaining her project to Her Majesty, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Snehal’s pavilion was personally visited and highly appreciated by Her Majesty, Queen Maxima of Netherlands. It has therefore been an extremely proud moment for Snehal and her mentors Faas Moonen and Tom Veeger.

The Bric Biobased pavilion is a part of Snehal’s Engineering Doctorate at SBC, Department of Built Environment, Eindhoven, and the project is funded by OPZuid,.

This will be the first test run for the project in its entirety. A space of approximately 80 Sqm, built using Biobased composite profiles developed by Millvision for structure and a composite cork fabric for its envelope, it also displays a variety of bio-based and recyclable products used for its finishes in the interiors.

3 exterior view of Snehals pavilion

The BRIC Biobased pavilion at the Dutch Design Week 2023 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.


In the process of designing it, Snehal has tried to consciously utilize the strength of the bio-based materials to create a space with a dynamic form that exhibits a festive vibe. It is a display of materials used in their pure form for the visitor to experience, feel, touch, and get to know more about the bio-based materials.

The pavilion is designed for disassembly and is meant to participate in various festivals to create awareness about bio-based materials and their potential scale-up in the construction industry.

Born and brought up in Belagavi, Snehal is the daughter of Mrs Surekha Hannurkar and a well-known Advocate. Late Kisanrao Hannurkar. She is a graduate of KLS Gogte Institute of Technology, Dept of Architecture, and a partner with Ar. Pushkaraj Karakat at Studio13 architecture and urban design, Goa.

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