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Needlab is a non - profit architectural research organization, based in Barcelona, Spain. Working on different continents with different materials mainly researching how we can help communities solve architectural issues. We stand by the motto for the people, by the people, of the people and we are of the opinion architecture is responsible for making lives better.

needlab aims to explore the interaction between nature and technology, between traditional craftsmanship and digital fabrication.

Needlab voices a movement that demands more from architecture. We question how architecture functions and who it serves. We find new ways to tell the whole story of the architectural processes, the people who build, and the communities and individuals who are affected. Learning from the way they do things traditionally, contrary to imposing new methodologies. We believe that fostering public awareness of the way architecture can hurt or heal is essential to changing what people expect from the built environment.

We work towards creating what’s needed for the community; of the people, by the people, for the people.

With the ideology of “Act local, think global”, we focus on unveiling new ways of creating a dialog between local materials, social customs, cultural heritage and environment. The solutions are drafted in interaction with the community involving them in the conversation connecting them with other communities/ makers. We aim at empowering, training the community, doing hands-on skill building. Developing maker values in the community, building a network with them and other makers.

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Find out what Needlab is up to these days. 


S.T.E.A.M. School

Steam school, Makers asylum, Mumbai

S.T.E.A.M. SCHOOL is an Indo-French partnership program driven at shaping tomorrow’s India. This program offers 100% scholarships for the ideal candidates along with a certificate of completion. It is an initiative to encourage hands on education for social change. S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics.

Needlab Founder, Sameera Chukkapalli is among the mentors for the program and will be leading the project based on the challenges set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the final projects will be showcased at the TECH2017 Conference, by UNESCO & MGIEP, in Visakhapatnam on 16-18 December 2017. 


Growing Bamboo


Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh city, density has increased so much that there is about two square meters green space available per person, whereas, it's supposed to be 9 Sq Meter per person. Theirs is a lack of green space per capita, with our public space proposal we are increasing the green space per person. The structure is called growing bamboo; it’s a vertical garden for the typical tube houses of Vietnam which can grow food for the community. The idea is that the people who built it can have their complete meal from their vertical rooftop garden, the spinach for their pho, the pumpkins all of it grows in the structure. It’s made of material from Vietnam; built for the community, by the community.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit- 2017

Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The United States of America and the Republic of India are proud to announce the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India on 28-30 November, 2017. This year’s Summit will highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All, and will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.  Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump will headline the United States delegation to the Summit.

Needlab has been selected and invited to attend the conference. The team will be at the conference discussion future possibilities and taking the conversation to the discission makers of 2 largest democratic countires. 



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This project was designed and developed by Needlab in collaboration with Fablab BarcelonaOSBHThinkpeace- world.

This summer Needlab and Open Source Beehives visited Araku valley and started a dialog with the tribal community. They learned a lot about the tribal community, their lifestyle to live in harmony with nature by following organic farming and Beekeeping.

Responsive Cities Symposium

Active Public space conference.

The Responsive Cities Symposium / Active Public Space is organized as part of the Active Public Space (APS) project, by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Needlab project "Growing bamboo" has been selected and will be published, exhibited during the international symposium. 


Sand Wave

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Needlab_Kuwait Matters Project

The brick structure standing in Al Shaheed Park is built by the Kuwait University Architecture Department students during the Needlab_Kuwait Matters Project. This structure has been designed based on the solar and structural analysis done during the design process for Kuwait. The structure is also a proof of concept of bricks working in pure compression and was developed to take advantage of the thermal inertia of the brick as much as possible. The perforations created by the placement of the bricks is to climatically enhance the internal space by ventilating it. The sand-lime bricks used for construction are made in Kuwait using the local materials which reduce the carbon footprint.



United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.


Needlab pledges to join and follow the United Nations SDG's. It is "we the peoples" embarking on the road, together we can be the change.  



Collaborative Organisations and Institutes.  

Organisations who support us and stand by us in achieving our goals all over the world. Well, you can call them our backbone. 

Collaborative organisations needlab