“One of the things I’m noted to be crazy for is that I use old colored bottles set in cement—they give a nice light.”
– Laurie Baker, from The Brick Master of Kerala by Adam Hochschild
The imprint of Laurie Baker’s design philosophy is indelible in the architectural narrative created by GoodEarth in all its projects. Baker, renowned for his adept use of brick, commitment to nature-centric designs, and advocacy for locally-sourced materials, has etched a lasting impact on the architectural world. His legacy, encompassing adaptive methodologies, bold experimentation, and the seamless integration of art into architecture, resonates through the corridors of GoodEarth’s creations.
Yet, within this homage lies the hallmark of GoodEarth’s unique design sensibility, a true exemplar of what drawing inspiration means. It’s a testament to the fine line between inspiration and imitation, where Baker’s influence is undeniable, yet the design sensibility is inherently that of GoodEarth.
Consider, for instance, the use of coloured glass bottles, a signature element in Baker’s repertoire. Often dismissed as waste, these bottles became a central feature in Baker’s designs, introducing vibrancy and an eco-friendly touch to his buildings. Strategically placed within walls, they allowed natural light to filter through, transforming mundane structures into aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious works of art.