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20 ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN & CERA AWARDS 2014
JURY OUTCOME
26 The Golden Award for Global Contribution in Architecture
28 The Golden Architect Award - India
30 The Hall of Fame Award - India
32 The Golden Emerging Architect Award - Malaysia
34 The Golden Emerging Architect Award - Thailand
36 The Golden Emerging Architect Award - Sri Lanka
38 The Golden Emerging Architect Award - Singapore
40 The Young Enthused Architect Award
54 Award for Residence Design with a Difference
66 The Innovative Award for Office/Commercial Interiors
78 The Recreational Architecture Award
88 The Innovative Award for Residence Interiors
100 The Institutional Architecture Award
112 Students Thesis Medal 2014

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AWARDS 2014

A few awardee projects of the


A+D & CERA Awards 2014
All drawings and visuals for the
projects and articles, unless
mentioned otherwise, are
courtesy the architects/authors.

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J O U R N A L

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o doubt this Issue becomes very special as it carries details of the award
winning projects of the Architecture+Design & CERA Awards 2014-- the
juries for which had taken place a couple of months back. The whole process
indeed was very engaging and productive to gauge the astonishing diversity that exists
in the country in terms of architectural approach. It also brought to the forefront the
rooted importance to regional context in design. Indian architecture has no doubt
come a long way in democratically imbibing the global influences and yet pursuing
design ideologies that cohesively incorporate tradition. It was also heartening to
observe the growing urgency to address issues of sustainability and working towards
energy conscious solutions. The six categories that underwent adjudication were laden
with enough creativity for the respective jury panellists to engage in energetic
discussions and debates to finally emerge with unbiased, transparent outcomes. We
are obliged to them for their honest and sincere involvement in this whole process.
Let me share with you a few reflective comments by the jury--. The moderator for
the Young Enthused Award category observed, Personally I came back
rejuvenated after the jury. Our jury was truly multicultural a Maratha, a Turk, a
Frenchman, a Gujjubhai and a Bawa thats diversity for you. Yes, the practices
exhibited diversity, a bandwidth that worked at opportunity with responsibility, and
I could see a search for humour. In this category, gen-next displayed fearlessness (as
in the words of one jury member) a willingness to walk away from projects that
did not suit their design or ethical sensibilities. They are also willing to break the
status quo and question long held beliefs, exhibiting strength of the spirit of youth.
The range was from socially relevant projects to creating new and simple scaffolds
that fleshed out creative uses of materials and details--from millennia old rocks at
one end and steel, glass and wood at the other--.And finally they did so with
enthusiasm and delight. It sure was contagious.
Similar thoughts/views about the participating projects were shared by many other
jury members--.
And yes, we would be celebrating these design explorations at the award
ceremony to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in the middle of the month. Our
congratulations to the awardees

Photo credit: Luke Hayes

A N

Crest An installation by London-based Zaha Hada Architects for the London Design Festival (2014) at Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Life is not just a


series of calculations
and a sum total of
statistics, its about
experience, it is about
participation, it is
something more
complex and more
interesting than what
is obvious.

Daniel Libeskind

Reflections

Manuscript
The Manuscript (Seats of Poetry) was designed by London-based
firm Paul Cocksedge Studio for the 2011 Beijing Design Week. The
sculptural design celebrates a Chinese invention manuscript paper,
the foundation of global literature and communication. At 20m
long by 6.7m high, the installation is made up of rolled steel pages
inscribed with poems curated from Chinese and English sources.

Photomontage: Paul Cocksedge Studio

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Updates
Fast Track Architecture

arkthal Rotterdam, the first covered


food market and housing
development by Dutch architects MVRDV,
recently opened after five years of
construction. Located in the city centre of
Rotterdam, the roof of the market hall is an
arch accommodating 228 apartments,
underneath the hall are 1,200 parking
spaces and a supermarket. The housing
development comprises 102 rental and
126 freehold apartments among which 24
penthouses. The apartments vary from 80
to 300sq m, from two to five bedrooms.
Every apartment has a view either towards
the river Maas or the Laurens Church, and
towards the market through windows or a
glass floor made of sound and smell proof
triple glazing.

In order to attract a large number of


visitors, the building is designed with an
open character. The open sides had to be
closed to prevent rain and cold from

rchitecture Discipline, a multidisciplinary design studio, recently


introduced a project titled Art District XIII in
New Delhi. Conceived as a reconfigurable
space for art, with architectonic
interventions, the project is an un-imposing
urban insert in Delhis upcoming cultural
hub. As one approaches the gallery, a
colourful effervescent screen comes into view. Composed entirely
of twisted metal flats placed at varying intervals, the screen
announces an artistic presence on the street. Predominantly white
and neon green, there are a few splashes of bold pink highlighting

aha Hadid has unveiled plans for the


Sleuk Rith Institute, a new institution
and genocide memorial, to be built in
Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project has
been developed to embrace the countrys
rich culture and redefines the traditional
design approach to commemorative
architecture.
The institutes design is organised as
five wooden structures that are separate
volumes at ground level, but interweave
and link together as they rise upwards;
connecting the different departments
visitors, students and staff within a singular
whole. With an overall footprint of
80mx30m at the base and 88mx38m at

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entering, but kept as transparent as


possible by opting for a single glazed cable
net faade. Comparable to a tennis racket,
pre-stressed steel cables create a suspended
net in-between which the glass panes are
hung. The exterior facade is clad in grey
natural stone; the same is used for the
market floor and the surrounding public
space, in this way the emphasis lays on the
colourful interior.
The design by MVRDV was realised in
collaboration with INBO architects, Royal
Haskoning DHV, Peutz and Techniplan.
Contractor Mobilis and Martens en Van
Oord realised the underground car park,
contractor J P van Eesteren was responsible
for the complete structure above ground.
To know more, visit: www.mvrdv.com

the brand colours, echoed in two bold


lollipop signs that carry the name of the
gallery. The partial transparency allows a
glimpse of the interior space, which seems
like an extension of the street outside, an
illusion furthered by a single bold yellow line
that starts outside the steps and leads one
inwards into the space. Also visible from
outside is the stark furniture in the reception space, consisting of a
few carefully selected pieces in bold colours, emphasising and
encouraging the inherent voyeuristic nature of the process of
looking in to a private space from the street.

roof level, the structures range between


three to eight storeys.
The institute will bring together a
museum, research centre, graduate
school and a research library. It will also
house the documentation centre of
Cambodias one million documents in its
archives and, as the largest collection of
genocide related material in Southeast
Asia, it will become a global centre for
education and research into the
documentation, causes and prevention
of genocide.
Youk Chhang, a human rights activist
and investigator of the Khmer Rouge
atrocities, initiated the Sleuk Rith Institute

as a focus for reflection, healing and


reconciliation as well as an enlightening
educational and research facility dedicated
to commemorating the lives of the past by
building a better future.

For further information, visit:


www.cambodiasri.org

Updates
Fast Track Architecture

he UNStudio-designed Theater de Stoep recently opened its


doors to serve as a prominent cultural institution in the Dutch
city of Spijkenisse. The design responds to the current cultural
invigoration of the city by merging the archetypal function of a
theatre that of creating a world of illusion and enchantment
with the specific requirements of a regional theatre and its
requisite to cater to the varied needs of the local community. The
theatre is therefore designed with a dual emphasis on the
chimeric nature of the world of the stage and the social aspects of
the theatre experience.
Ben van Berkel, founder of the studio, said, In contrast to
todays mediatised culture, theatre offers the participatory
experience of the live event, often appropriately referred to as
liveliness: the magic of live theatre, understood as the
strange, elusive energy between audience and performer, the
community forged together and the momentary collaboration
necessitated by the live event.
In the design of the 5,800sq m building, a larger and a smaller
theatrical space (with the main auditorium seating up to 650
guests and the smaller hall accommodating 200), several
interlinked foyers, a grand caf and a restaurant, an artists caf, a

Recognition

finding and the linking of the different programmes within the


building. From the main foyer, a sculptural stairway forms the
binding element towards the entrances to the auditoria, while the
handrail of the stairway seamlessly molds itself into functional
surfaces and furniture elements.

Fair

lok Shetty, a 28-yearold architect based in


Bangalore, has been
named as young leader
of tomorrow by Time
magazine for his pioneering work in
designing affordable flood proof houses for
slum dwellers.
A native of Kundapur, Alok Shetty is
among leaders of tomorrow who are
working hard to change their worlds today,
Time said as it named six inspirational
young persons in its first class of next
generation leaders.
Time lauded Shetty for building hope in
India as an architect who is finding simple
solutions to complex problems.
Shetty, working with the Bangalore-based
non profit Parinaam Foundation, is designing
homes for hundreds of slum dwellers whose
houses are affected during floods.
Shetty studied Masters in architecture at
Columbia University and has been working
in Bangalore's LRDE slum that is home to
more than 2,000 people.
Courtesy: PTI

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VIP lounge, numerous dressing rooms, multifunctional rooms and


offices are all brought together within one volume. The placement
of the various internal volumes results in a building in the form of
a flower, with a large, column-free central foyer forming the heart
of the structure. Furthermore, the foyer serves to organise way

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ndex Fairs, one of India's largest B2B platforms for the interior and design
industry, recently concluded its four-day event held in Mumbai. The event saw
about 25,000 trade buyers and professional specifiers from the architect, interior
designer and builder communities, who came in to the show from across the nation.
The already powerful visitor profile was boosted by the official partnership with
the Hospitality Procurement Managers Forum (HPMF), the Institute of Indian
Interior Designers and the architect fraternity that is responsible for interior fit-outs
of the sprawling project spaces of the country. Industry specific events, such as Voice
of Procurement and Cooking Up a Storm for the hospitality and kitchen industries
were a value addition to the visitors and exhibitors present.

Over 300 booths were spread across 7 hangars (300000sq ft), which were fitted
out in resonance with the design-led event. The fair covers the gamut of interior
products with focused spaces for furniture, decorative lighting and artifacts, kitchen,
office, intermediates, wall and floor products and architectural hardware.
Notably, strategic partnerships with Indias leading airlines and hotels also
brought the fair up to a new level of professionalism and success. Index Fairs is well
known as the best entry point into the Indian markets and has helped launch
leading brands from over 20 nations, including Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain,
France, Malaysia, Singapore and China into the Indian markets.

Updates
Trade news

beroi Realty, one of Indias leading real estate development companies, has
bagged an award for Oberoi Exquisite at the fourth edition of Construction
Week India Awards 2014 held in Mumbai.
Oberoi Exquisite is a residential project comprising three towers of up to 50
storeys each, in three BHK (luxury/grande), duplexes and penthouses configuration,
and spread across 32 acres of land. Part of an integrated development at Oberoi
Garden City, Goregaon (E), Mumbai, it is anchored alongside a mall, an international
school, a five star hotel and an office complex, which fulfils the customers live,
work, play and other lifestyle needs, all in the same location. This project has been
constructed by Larsen & Toubro using advanced Mivan technology with stringent
quality process being followed right from the design to final execution stage.
Oberoi Exquisite won this award in the High Rise Project of the Year 2014
category for design excellence and construction innovation in the erection of
buildings higher than 12 storeys. The awards are in recognition to the best in
construction and infrastructure business.

Conference

leep, Europes leading exhibition and


conference for the hotel design,
development and architectural community,
has announced its conference programme
for 2014. The event will provide an
exclusive opportunity to meet and mix
with world leaders in hotel design.
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg,
known for iconic and contemporary hotel
design, will be speaking in the event. Also
speaking is the Parisian duo Jouin and
Sanjit Manku, designers of Mandarin
Oriental and Plaza Athne in Paris and
Fontevraud Lhtel in the Loire Valley.
Other sessions new to the conference

Award

ndian architect Sanjay Puri has bagged


three coveted awards at the prestigious
World Architecture Festival and the World
Festival of Interiors - the largest annual
festival and live awards programmes for the
global architecture and design community.
The three days festival highlighted
Architects and the City as the primary
theme for this years main conference
sessions. The festival discussed in depth the
contributions an architect can make to cities
and how they affect and are affected by
politics, infrastructure, planning
communities and technology.

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this year will be from leading hotel


operators and developers, including Billy
Skelli-Cohen of Greenbrook BD, the
developers of the new Mondrian London,
and Carlson Rezidors Eugene Staal about
how they identify the parameters for
realising a well-designed project; there will
be a discussion about the triumphs and
frustrations of working with heritage
buildings and, in a session moderated by
David Curtis-Brignell from Think
Apartments, an exploration of the potential
of design to differentiate long-stay lodging
as it seeks to take on the hotel brands.
Guy Dittrich, moderator of the event,

said, The Sleep Conference is a unique


event that offers access to a vast wealth of
design knowledge, know-how and sheer
talent. The hotel sector is very dynamic at
the moment and design in the widest
sense is now recognised as a driving force
in the industrys success. This makes for a
conference full of passion and new ideas
as well as a great opportunity to catch up
with colleagues from across Europe and
further afield.
The conference is complimentary for
all pre-registered visitors, offering
operators, developers, architects, designers
and many other professionals.

Initiative

team of students and teachers of


Hissar-based Om Institute of
Architecture and Design recently held
an Archi Walk in an effort to create
awareness and to educate public about
architecture. The awareness programme
along with humanity work was
organised to celebrate the completion
of 57 years of NASA India.
The event mainly aimed at creating awareness among the students and other
people about the fundamentals of architecture. The event was initiated by Ar
Nagendra Narayan, vice-principal of Om Institute of Architecture and Design, Ar
Gaurav Jangra and Ar Anurag Kumar, faculties of Om Institute of Architecture and
Design. About one hundred students of the institution took part in the event.

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Jury Outcome

Architecture+Design
Jury
Architecture+Design and CERA take immense pleasure in announcing the jury outcome of the
eleventh cycle of the Architecture+Design & CERA Awards 2014. A panel of thirty architects
participated in the recently concluded jury meet. There was a group of five jurists respectively for
each category. The jury panelists included eminent architects from all over the country as well as
from South-East-Asia and Europe. This led the jury meets to acquire a wider perspective in gauging
creativity. The jury conclusions were at times unanimous and at other times a healthy disagreement
of opinions leading to debates and discussions for the final outcome.

The Golden Award for Global Contribution in Architecture: William J R Curtis

The Golden Architect Award-India:


Rahul Mehrotra

The Hall of Fame Award:


Shirish Beri

Award For Residence Design with a Difference

Sandeep J

Deepak Guggari

Praveen S
Bavadekar

Hiren Patel

Late Vimal Jain

Principal Awardee
Awardee

Project

 Sandeep J
Architecture Paradigm,
Bangalore

Wilson Garden House


Bysani Residence,
Bangalore

The Institutional Architecture Award for Design


Development of Institutional/ Office Buildings
Principal Awardee
Awardee

Manish Gulati

Sanjay Puri

Hiren Patel

Rajesh Shivaram

Anupam Bansal

 Manish Gulati
M:OFA Studios Pvt Ltd,
New Delhi

Project
National Institute of
Fashion Technology,
Campus at Kangra,
Himachal Pradesh

& CERA Awards 2014


Outcome

The award
function for this cycle
is slated to take place in
Istanbul, Turkey, on the
15th of November, 2014.
Felicitations to the
Awardees!

The Golden Emerging Architect - Singapore:


Chang Yong Ter
The Golden Emerging Architect - Malaysia:
Mohd Razin Mahmood
The Golden Emerging Architect - Thailand:
Patama Roonrakwit
The Golden Emerging Architect - Sri Lanka:
Narein Perera
The Golden Emerging Architect - Turkey:
Hakan Demirel

Commendation
Awardee

Project

Special Mentions
Awardee

Project

Jadhav House, Pune


 Deepak Guggari
Varsha & Deepak Guggari Associates,
Pune

 Hiren Patel
Hiren Patel Architects,
Ahmedabad

The Courtyard House,


Ahmedabad

 Praveen S Bavadekar
Third Space Architecture Studio,
Belgaum

Pete Mane Sheela Jain


Residence, Gundulpet

Commendation
Awardee
 Sanjay Puri
Sanjay Puri Architects,
Mumbai

The House with Two


Sheesham Trees, Belgaum

Project
A Pavilion, Surat

Late Vimal Jain


Architecture Paradigm, Bangalore

Special Mentions
Awardee

Project

 Hiren Patel
Hiren Patel Architects,
Ahmedabad

Community Centre,
Ahmedabad

 Rajesh Shivaram
Technoarchitecture Inc, Bangalore

Technoarchitecture Office
Extension, Bangalore

 Anupam Bansal
ABRD Architects Pvt Ltd, New Delhi

New Development at National


Centre for Biological Sciences,
Bangalore

The Recreational Architecture Award


Principal Awardee
Awardee

Ambrish Arora

A Mridul

Namith Varma

Akshat Bhatt

 Ambrish Arora and


Rajiv Majumdar
Studio Lotus, New Delhi
& Praxis Inc, Bangalore

Project
RAAS, Jodhpur

The Innovative Interior Design Award for


Office/ Commercial Utility Interior Design.
Principal Awardee
Awardee

Kanhai Gandhi

Ambrish Arora

Sanjay Puri

Madhav Raman

Mahesh
Radhakrishnan

 Kanhai Gandhi,
Neemesh Shah,
Shresht Kashyap
KNS Architects Pvt Ltd,
Mumbai

Project
Space within a Space,
Mumbai

Commendation
Awardee
 A Mridul
A Mridul Architect, Jodhpur

Project
Birkha Bawari, Jodhpur

Special Mentions
Awardee

Project

 Namith Varma
Gayathri & Namith Architects
Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru

Gorukana, BR Hills,
Karnataka

 Akshat Bhatt
Architecture Discipline, New Delhi

Hotel Mana, Ranakpur,


Udaipur

Project

Commendation
Awardee

Project

Special Mentions
Awardee

 Ambrish Arora
Studio
o Lotus, New Delhi

Gaurav Gupta,
New Delhi

 Sanjay Puri
Sanjay Puri Architects, Mumbai

Auriga, Mumbai

 Madhav Raman
Anagram Architects, New Delhi

Anagram Office,
New Delhi

Book Building,
 Mahesh Radhakrishnan
The
e Madrass Office
e forr Architectss and Chennai
Designerss (MOAD), Chennai

Post Jury

Post Jury

The Innovative Interior Design Award for


Residence Interior Design
Principal Awardee
Awardee
Arjun Malik

Deepak Guggari

Shilpa Gore-Shah

Prasanna
Parvatikar

Tushar V

 Arjun Malik
Malik Architecture,
Mumbai

Project
Architects Loft, Mumbai

The Young Enthused Architect Award

Akshat Bhatt

Swapnil Valvatkar

Rajesh Shivaram

Sourabh Gupta

Brinda Parth Shah

Lester Rozario

Principal Awardee
Awardee

Project

 Akshat Bhatt
Architecture
e Discipline,
New Delhi

The Discovery Centre,


Bangalore & Hotel Mana,
Ranakpur, Udaipur

Post Jury

Commendation
Awardee

Project

Jadhav House, Pune


 Deepak Guggari
Varsha & Deepak Guggari Associates,
Pune

Special Mentions
Awardee
 Shilpa Gore-Shah
S+PS Architects, Mumbai

Project
Liminal Living, Mumbai

Mrs Uma Raja's Residence,


 Prasanna Parvatikar
Cubism Architects & Interiors, Tirupur Tamil Nadu
 Shruti Keshavamurthy &
Tushar V
Ochre, Bangalore

Commendation
Awardee
 Swapnil Valvatkar
Collage Architecture Studio,
Bangalore

Project
Marvel Domicilia, Bangalore
& Cricket House, Bangalore

Shruti Tushar Apartment


Design, Bangalore

Special Mentions
Awardee

Project

 Rajesh Shivaram
Technoarchitecture Inc,
Bangalore

M-House, Bangalore &


Technoarchitecture Office
Extension, Bangalore

 Lester Rozario
Kamat & Rozario Architecture,
Bangalore

Stack house, Bangalore &


Hanging House, Bangalore

 Sourabh Gupta
Archohm Consults, Noida

Dilli Haat, New Delhi &


Yogananda Library, Solan

 Brinda Parth Shah


BPS Architects, Rajkot

Rajsamadhiyala House, Rajkot &


Sanjeevani - Biodiversity
Resource Conservation Area

Recipient:

The Golden Award for Global Contribution


in Architecture
William J R Curtis
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About him...
William J R Curtis (1948) is a historian, critic, painter and photographer. He
studied at the Courtauld Institute, London and Harvard University and has
taught at many universities, including Harvard and the Architectural Association.
In 2003-4, he was Slade Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Cambridge.
Among his best known books are the classics Modern Architecture Since 1900
(Phaidon, 3rd edition, 1996) and Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms (Phaidon,
1986) (both translated into numerous languages); also Balkrishna Doshi: An
Architecture for India (Mapin, Rizzoli, 1988) and Denys Lasdun: Architecture,
City, Landscape (Phaidon, 1994). Curtis has written over a dozen other books as
well
as texts on Indian architecture, ancient and modern, including introductions
William J R Curtis
to monographs on Raj Rewal (1986) and Anant Raje Architect (2012).
Curtis often sits on juries, and has organised exhibitions on subjects as diverse as Australian Aboriginal
spear-throwers and the sketchbooks of Le Corbusier (shown at Harvard, NY, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh).
He contributes regularly to critical journals, such as the Architectural Review and El Croquis (with numbers
on Alvaro Siza, Rafael Moneo, Tadao Ando, Miralles/Pinos, RCR Arquitectes, etc). Curtis exhibits and
publishes his own paintings (Mental Landscapes, Circulo, Madrid, 2002) and photographs (Structures of
Light, Alvar Aalto Museum, 2007). Among his numerous awards are the CICA Critics Award (1985), a
National Honors Society Gold Medal in Architecture and Allied Arts, USA (1999) and a Medal of the
Museum of Finnish Architecture (2006). Curtis is currently preparing an exhibit of his own work
Abstraction and Light for the Alhambra, Granada (2015) and another of his photographs of Le Corbusiers
architecture for the CMAV, Toulouse (2015).

Some of the cover jackets of books written/contributed to by WJRC...

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Modern Architecture Since 1900, 3rd edition, London, Phaidon Press, 1996
This book is generally considered to be a 'classic' and has been translated into numerous languages. It examines the growth of a modern
tradition worldwide taking into account the balance between the general and the local. The book has won numerous international awards.
Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, 2nd edition, London, Phaidon Press, publication date April 2015
The 1st edition is often described as the best overall study of Le Corbusier including of course a detailed treatment of his works in India.
The 2nd edition has been entirely revised, rewritten and redesigned with 500 images of high quality, including many of the author's
own photographs.
Structures of Light, Photographs by William J R Curtis, Helsinki, Alvar Aalto Academy, 2007
This book accompanied an exhibition of Curtis's photographs at the Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyvaskyala, Finland, in 2007. In it the
photographer focuses upon light as a universal aspect of architecture, but reveals as well the sharp eye of the world traveller for numerous
cultures, architectures and landscapes.
Mental Landscapes/Paisajes Mentales, Paintings and Drawings by William J R Curtis, Madrid, Circulo de Bellas Artes, 2002
This is the catalogue of one of Curtis's several international exhibitions of paintings and drawings. Curtis explores visible and invisible
features of the natural world through a lyrical abstraction that sometimes takes on the character of calligraphy. He intends to evoke a
mental space for meditation in his abstract works.
Balkrishna Doshi, An Architecture for India, Ahmedabad, Mapin and NY, Rizzoli, 1988
A penetrating study of one of India's major architects which explores the way that he has extended a modern tradition (via principles
inherited from Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn) while exploring architectural traditions and roots in the Indian sub Continent.

His Views on Architecture...


The word criticism comes from a Greek word signifying the separation of the good wheat from the bad. It
is about identifying quality and rejecting the lack of it. In my opinion there are no recipes for criticism.
Architecture is a complex phenomenon which touches people on many different levels. Buildings may fuse
together ideas and forms, images and materials, function and structure, social myths and poetic spaces.
They occupy time in complex ways, crystallising a present, transforming diverse pasts, anticipating

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unknown futures. Architecture is concerned with power but is never a direct expression of an ideology: it is an idealisation of
social and political processes and of institutions. Architecture is rooted in society but possesses a reality of its own.
As a historian and critic, I am interested in penetrating to the anatomy of intentions within a work, the structures of thought,
and the ways in which the architect translates multiple realities through the language of architecture. What architects create is
more important than what they say, and I insist upon the direct experience of buildings themselves. Works of real interest
transcend movements and isms and possess a unique order of their own. The critic must remain open to fresh innovations,
while retaining a sense of history and of what is fundamental in the art of architecture a vision of what counts in the long
term. I am interested in qualities which carry well beyond transient fashions. There is nothing more provincial than the present.
One needs to experience buildings first hand on their sites, with people in and around them, with unfolding vistas, with
materials, textures and details under changing light. One needs to grasp the general ideas and to sense the internal conflicts of
the design. There is no substitute for the deep reading of a work. It is especially important to do this at a time of spurious
theorising which asphyxiates architecture with clouds of jargon. It is crucial just now to debate the past, present and future of
architecture, to open the doors to younger generations who are often kept out of the account. It is always good to be surprised
by fresh new ideas, as long as they are substantial and not just marketing tricks in the media game of fashion and promotion.
The critic needs to approach recent work undogmatically, to let the architecture speak for itself.
Quotes by others...
On his Books...
Modern Architecture Since 1900: ...it is not only immeasurably the finest work covering this field in existence, but may very
well be the best survey of any field in the history of architecture written since the prime of Nikolaus Pevsner and Sigfried
Giedion.
James Ackerman,
Professor of Fine Arts, Harvard University
Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms: William J R Curtis is the best architectural historian writing in the English language, and that
alone makes this book something of an event. Unsurprisingly, Curtis has turned out what is probably the most comprehensive,
well balanced and interesting narrative yet produced about one of the giants of 20th century architecture...
Paul Gapp, Chicago Tribune

Balkrishna Doshi: An Architecture for India: In a simple and lucid manner, Curtis tells the story of Doshis transformation
from his early dependence on Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn to a more confident handling of a set of generic elements which
have come to constitute his personal style.
Jaimini Mehta, Architecture and Design
On his Drawings and Paintings - Mental Landscapes
Curtiss artistic work reveals a perceptive eye, a subtle hand and a synthesising mind. His seismographic drawings and paintings
are rich distillations... These mental landscapes fuse remembrances of landscapes and geological formations, textures and rhythms,
atmospheric phenomena...movement, water and light.
Juhani Pallasmaa, Mindscapes, 2000, catalogue to Curtis exhibition, Museum of Finnish Architecture

Reflections in the Alhambra,


Granada, Spain, 2012

Le Corbusier, Skylights
at La Tourette, 2011

Volcanic landscape,
Canary Islands, 2001

Garden in Cajarc, south west


France (designed by WJRC 1990)

Above are the photographic images as captured by William J R Curtis

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Recipient: Rahul Mehrotra

The Golden Architect Award

About him
Architect, urbanist and educator Rahul Mehrotra was born in 1959. He is the
founder principal of RMA Architects and is a professor of urban design and
planning and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard
Universitys Graduate School of Design. Mehrotra has designed projects that
range from recycling urban land and master planning in Mumbai to the design
of art spaces, boutiques, weekend houses, factories, social institutes and office
buildings across India thereby engaging diverse issues, multiple constituencies
and varying scales from interior design and architecture to urban design,
conservation and planning.
He studied at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, and graduated with a
masters degree in Urban Design with distinction from the Graduate School of
Rahul Mehrotra
Design at Harvard (1987). Apart from his engagement with the design of
buildings, Mehrotra has been actively involved in civic and urban affairs in Mumbai, having served on
commissions for historic preservation and environmental issues, with various neighbourhood groups. He was
the executive director (1994-2004) of the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), where he is now a trustee
and has taught at the University of Michigan (2003-2007) and at the School of Architecture and Urban
Planning at MIT (2007-2010).
Mehrotra has written and lectured extensively on issues to do with architecture, conservation and urban
planning in Mumbai and India. His writings include co-authoring the book BombayThe Cities Within,
which covers the citys urban history from the 1600s to the present; Conserving an Image CentreThe Fort
Precinct in Bombay , which was a seminal study.

Visitor Centre at CSMVS, Mumbai (2011)

Own Perception
This tradition of cosmopolitanism frees
architects from conforming to any one
cultural identity or regional identity.
Mumbai guarantees a degree of
conceptual freedom that permits a
modulation and response to particular
problems without the baggage of
stylistic consistency.

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KMC Corporate Office,


Hyderabad (2007)

House in a Tea Garden, Conoor (2003)

Quotes on his work


In Rahul Mehrotras architecture, the lessons gained from history and local material practices are invariably brought into
elegant counterpoint with progressive technologies.
Philip Goad
Indian architect, Rahul Mehrotra, is celebrated for the way he has been able to reconcile tradition and modernity,
reinterpreting vernacular forms and devices to meet contemporary needs.
Mehrotra bridges dualities to create elegant design, rich materiality and nimble functionality. Clearly, his practice is also
about designing projects that are socially as well as ecologically sustainable. Inspired by Mumbai, his architecture is
needed in India and beyond.
Mary N Woods

His views on Architecture


Architects and designers working in India are confronted
with an entire gamut of social, cultural and economic
phenomenon that is moulding the built environment at
phenomenally rapid rates. In the process, the role of the
professional architect has been marginalised for within
conventional praxis often obsessed by specialisation, the
professional does not engage with this broader landscape
but rather chooses to operate with the specificity of a site
or a particular problem and in the process often becomes
disconnected with the context of practice. Thus, the
approach of RMA architects to Working in Mumbai has
been to actually use the city and region of our operation
as a generator of practice a laboratory in which
methods are tested as a way for us to evolve an approach
and architectural vocabulary that draws its nourishment
from a particular context. Naturally in order to respond to
specific, but often shifting conditions involves a more
elastic and critical definition of the profession and the
very modes of practice and engagement. One that sees
multiple disciplines as being simultaneously valid in
engaging with this kinetic urban landscape of Indian cities
and their peri-urban regions.

Three Court House, Alibag (2014)

Prominent Projects
 Shanti, Alibag (1997)
House for a Film Maker, Chennai (2001)
House in a Tea Garden. Conoor (2003)
House in an Orchard, Ahmedabad, India (2004)
Three Court House, Alibag (2014)

LMW Corporate Headquarters,


Coimbatore (1997)

Recipient: Shirish Beri

The Hall of Fame Award


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About him
Born in November 1950, Shirish Beri graduated in architecture from the School
of Architecture (CEPT), Ahmedabad, in January 1974. Instead of pursuing higher
studies in the US, he opted for living and working in the mountains near
Kolhapur (with his father and brothers architectural firm in Kolhapur) from June
1974. He felt that after studying architecture for six years, it was necessary to
uncondition oneself and unlearn rather than spend two years learning for a
masters degree abroad.
Shirish Beris works, which tend to reflect his values and concerns in life, have
been bearing their distinct mark on modern Indian architecture since 1975. They
strive to address his concerns of man moving further away from nature, from his
fellow human beings and from his own self. Through his work, Beri probes the
Shirish Beri
multisensory and the immeasurable dimension of space while trying to evoke a
reflective pause amidst todays clutter and background noise. He feels that issues of sustainability can be
aptly addressed only through the right attitudes and goals. His designs try to achieve an inherent sense of
unity and harmony with various natural and man-made elements and forces. He has designed a number of
campuses for national and regional level institutions for research, rehabilitation, healthcare and education,
along with various other types of buildings.

His views on Architecture...


For me, it is difficult to imagine any activity as unrelated or cut off from the totality of life. Architecture
too, in its greater vision, is life itselfthereby communicating, responding and belonging to the
fascinatingly interrelated web of life. Thus, my work tries to be intensely responsive to the site, the
socio-cultural behaviour values and life as a whole. This makes it more free and spontaneous, as it is not
bound by any conditioning and constraints of a particular style or ism.
In todays technocratic, consumerist, urban lifestyle, I feel concerned about various issues that are making
our lives as human beings poorer. My designs try to address these concerns in life and contribute towards
a better quality of life.
While designing, I always askCould we architects in a small way help reconnect, integrate man with
this fascinating life? Can I design spaces that would help in connecting us to nature? Could the quality
of our spaces help in bringing us closer to each other? Can I design spaces with that pause and silence
that would help connect us to ourselves when todays commercial and materialistic culture is on the
verge of destroying this silence? Can we design spaces that unify and bind rather than fragment,
compartmentalise and isolate us from this wonderful unity of life? Can my designs contribute to
sustainability by recognising and revering nature, reduce the consumption of end-use energy and
embodied energy in our designs?
Amidst todays deteriorating values, I am trying to make a small but sincere attempt at practising valuebased architecture where the emphasis is shifted from saleability to sanctity, from glossy wrappings to
inner content, from overindulgence to restraint. I am exploring whether this value-based architecture can
act as an agent of social change, whether our work can seek joy and a sense of wonder by befriending
the simple, the mundane and the ordinary.
I have started realising the full meaning of what Samuel Mockbee says, As architects, our goodness is
more important than our greatness and our compassion more eventful than our passion.
My works are not designed to create iconic, grand, exhibitionist forms or graphic compositions that
attract the eye, but to create more humane, socially relevant, more natural and sustainable spaces that
nurture the human spirit.

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Quotes on his work


Listening to your personal wanderings, your predilection to be part of the natural environment and your search for silence
and integration to discover who you are and what you want to create has always fascinated me.
In this context, I still remember our overnight stay at your personal retreat near Kolhapur about seventeen years ago. I could
notice in this peaceful habitat how you tried to integrate varied spaces and their volumes to create a unique harmony with
the surrounding landscape. To me this retreat made me aware of your personal search for freedom.
Prof B V Doshi
Shirish will always be young, be searching, be questioning and will be on a journey... if not on a dusty road, then within
the vastness of his complex mind.
If there is a message for others in Shirish Beris journey; a revelation of meaning in his search... it is that only through creation
can one have a lean on eternity! It is only through creation that one can leave a mark on this earth that becomes a gift to future
generations, inspiring them into ever more searching, travelling, poetry and into transcendental moments of ecstasy.
Ar Christopher Charles Benninger
Shirish Beri was designing buildings in harmony with man and the environment long before green became fashionable.
Cecile Maury, Perspective, May 09
Own Perception
In architecture, as in life, the only thing that lasts is the essence. We need to grasp this essence while designing.
Good architecture strikes a note between the measurable and the immeasurable. Beyond the anthropometric dimensions, there is
another dimension that cannot be measured but can be sensed and experienced.
Harmonising the human rhythm of life with natures rhythm this is truly environment-friendly and sustainable.
When we seek rejuvenation in natural surroundings, we are drawn to those places where the spirit of the place is strongest where
there are meetings, between elements places which emphasise the meeting of, for instance, earth and sky or water and rock.
Our houses too can speak, listen, sing, feel, remember and experience life without moving an inch.

Laboratory
Laboratory for
for Conservation
Conservation of
of Endangered
Endangered Species,
Species,
Hyderabad
Hyderabad

St Xavier's Church, Kolhapur

SDM
SDM Institute
Institute of
of Management
Management Development,
Development,
Mysore
Mysore

Shirish Beri's lakehouse, Andur

Bharati
Bharati Vidyapeeth's
Vidyapeeth's VIP
VIP Guest
Guest House,
House, Pune
Pune

Prominent Projects
 Learning, Living Cluster-1, 2 & 3, Sanjeevan Vidyalaya, Panchgani
 SDM College of Engineering & Technology, Dharwad
 SDM Dental College Campus, Dharwad
 Regional Office Building for Bharati Vidyapeeth, Sangli
 National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune
 Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Cancer Hospital, Miraj
 SDM Ayurveda Hospital and College, Hassan
 Bharati Vidyapeeths VIP Guest House, Pune
 SDM Hospital & Medical College in Dharwad, Karnataka
 Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (Lacones), Hyderabad
 SDM Institute of Management Development, Mysore
 Kolhapur Institute of Orthopaedics & Trauma, Kolhapur
 Agriculture College for Bharati Vidyapeeth, Kadegao
 200Bed AsterAadhar Hospital, Kolhapur
 His own retreats at Nadhavade, Devgad, Andur and recent house at Kolhapur.

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Recipient: Razin Mahmood

-Malaysia

The Golden Emerging Architect

About Him and His Views on Architecture


Architect Razin Mahmood FPAM, the principal and founder of Razin
Architects, graduated from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA, and
interned in Austin, Texas. For more than 16 years, Razin Architects has
consistently strived and demanded for better architecture in the society. Since
its inception, his practice has won nine PAM awards for various projects, and
the most recent was Gold for Sustainability, Arcasia Awards for Architecture
2014, for his Surau Nusa Idaman. A former guest associate professor at the
University Teknologi Malaysia, Razin had given several talks at the University
and State Government dialogues.
Razin Mahmood
Razin started with small renovations and individually designed bungalow
projects. Though a house may have several typologies to serve as a home to many diverse individuals or
families of being a place for shelter, retreat, work, sleep, and so on until today, Razin who is often
inspired by architects who practice green and sustainability design stands firm on his belief that as an
architect, the fundamental responsibility is to seek problems and solve problems for the people, instead
of chasing after trends.
Today, he is actively involved in Iskandar Malaysia Development, such as East Ledang, Medini and
Puteri Harbour to name a few. His current scope of works ranges from high-end residences, low-rise
repetitive housing to high rise mixed-use development. Yet, despite his flexibility in dealing with various
types of projects, his personal favourites have always been small projects - and Surau Nusa Idaman is
another evidence of his continuing passion for sustainable architecture.
Razin insists his team in becoming responsible designers. Sustainability is not just a technological quest
which may be more suitable as an engineering and technological pursuit, but also a design endeavour
which all architects should be aiming for. It also puts the focus back on the architect the architect
becomes the main facilitator which brings all the various elements together to achieve the sustainable
objectives.
Sustainable architecture can be achieved through both high-tech and low-tech means. Some of the
most effective strategies are the most low-tech or even no-tech. Probably the most important action is
to go back to fundamental requirement of living and working, while striving towards optimum comfort.
When the need for space and energy is reduced, the consumption will naturally become more efficient.

Award Winning Projects


Denai House, Johor Bahru Johor (Shortlisted for PAM Award 2010)
Surau Nusa Idaman, Nusajaya (PAM Gold Award 2011 Special Category); (ARCASIA Awards for
Architecture 2014, Gold, Category F Sustainability)
Denai SOHO, Johor Bahru Johor (PAM Silver Award 2012 - Adaptive/Re-use Category)

CIDB Office, Johor

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Phase
Phase 6
6 Twin
Twin Villas,
Villas, East
East Ledang,
Ledang, Nusajaya
Nusajaya

Quotes on his work...


His philosophy and notions of a house are evident
in his use of a common and simple building
typology believing that a building should be
truthful to function, time and place; stressing upon
the emphasis on being responsible to the client
while ensuring the functional, aesthetic and budget
requirements are translated satisfactorily.
Emmelyn Pei
Razin Architects guard house in the residential
development of East Ledang in Nusajaya Johor
earned a Mention for its clear expression consistent
with the overall developments contemporary look
and feel.
E Jacqui Chan
Surau Nusa Idaman, Nusajaya: A powerful space
for the community created with simple design
and materials.
PAM Award Jury 2011

WA Mixed Development, Danga Bay

Own Perception...
When we first started, we didnt get interesting projects. The decision to make them interesting depends on you as the architect.
You have to like what you are doing and you have to work real hard. There are no short-cuts.
We dont just design buildings. We hope to design spaces for people to feel good.

Prominent Projects...
 BDO Clubhouse, Bandar DatoOnn Johor Bahru
 Phase 6 Twin Villas, East Ledang, Nusajaya
 Teega Residences, PuteriHarbour, Nusajaya (In
collaboration with Liu &Wo Architects, Singapore)
 Medini Mosque & Community Centre,
Medini, Nusajaya

Surau Nusa Idaman, Nusajaya

Denai SOHO, Johor Bahru, Johor

Teega Residences, Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya (In collaboration with


Liu &Wo Architects, Singapore)

Recipient: Patama Roonrakwit

-Thailand

The Golden Emerging Architect

About her...
Architect, lecturer and
community activist Patama
Roonrakwit graduated from the
Faculty of Architecture,
Silpakorn University in 1991,
followed by a masters degree
in Development Practices from
the School of Architecture,
Oxford Brookes University, UK,
in 1996. She is the founder of
Community Architects for
Patama Roonrakwit
Shelter and Environment (CASE)
that has been involved in numerous community
development projects for the last 10 years. CASE is a group
of Thai architects formed in 1997 with central interests in
alternate dwelling visions. Its major concern lies in the
relationship between dwelling and physical, cultural as well
as socio-economic contexts. Both the physical environment
and the human elements of the place are considered vital
to CASEs working mentality.
She is a recipient of the award Young Architect with
Outstanding Work 2004 from the Association of Siamese
Architects (ASA). In 2010, she received the award
Silpathorn, the best contemporary artist in Thailand by the
Ministry of Art and Culture. Besides practising, she is also a
visiting lecturer at several universities in Thailand. Currently,
she is a global tutor for the Centre for Development and
Emergency Planning, Department of Architecture, School of
Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Her views on Architecture...


Most of the time, architects think that
what theyve learnt makes them an
expert, that they always know better.
That they know where and how people
should live, in what or where they
should be, what is the good
environment. I think this is wrong
because the architect will not always be
there. I mean, after you design, you
leave. I have the sense that for so many
projects, after they are built, the owner
has to knock down or add something,
change this, change that. This is a waste
of money. And its not very healthy
working this way, and especially when
you work with the poor. They dont have
money to fix the architects mistakes.
So its better to think and work in
another
way.
The
architectural
knowledge and skills I learnt are
important, but they never taught me that
the design process should be done by an
architect in partnership with, and as a
servant of, the owner of the place, yet
this saves cost and also makes the
building more efficient.

Quotes on her work...


TEN House Project, Bangkok: TEN is a
housing project that redefines the notion
of community and individuality. It offers
alternative understanding to both
housing design and dwelling concepts
while explores the fundamental
relationship between the two aspects.
Tonkao Panin

Prominent Projects...
 TEN House Project, Bangkok
Underbridge People Community
Relocation Project, Bangkok
Minburi Old Market Development Project,
Bangkok
Baan Man Kong Pilot Projects - Kaoseng
& Pattani

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TEN House Project, Bangkok

Own perception...

When you work with the


poor, you are not allowed
to spend a lot. And
when the poor have to
spend their own money,
its even more important
because you (as an
architect) cannot make
mistakes, they cannot
afford mistakes.

Shelter for old people in Minburi Old Market, Bangkok

Kitchen at Minburi Old Market, Bangkok


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Recipient: Narein Perera

-Sri Lanka

The Golden Emerging Architect


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About him...
Narein Perera runs a small practice, which prides itself in the degree of innovation
and holistic applicability of its architectural solutions. Each project is approached
as a specific set of social, climatic, contextual and technological nuances that
create the basis for a unique outcome. Place making is emphasised with a
conscious and meticulous exploration of materials and texture.
A senior lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa,
with a teaching and research focus on climate sensitive design at both building
and urban scales, Perera strives to apply lessons learnt in his practice.
The practice, now over ten years old, has been quite successful over the years,
winning recognition for design, both locally and internationally. On the
international stage, he was awarded the Architecture Asia Award for Emerging
Narein Perera
Architects as a part of the Asian Congress of Architects sessions in Malaysia,
2014. In his home country of Sri Lanka, he was the recipient of the Young Architect of the Year in 2010
and the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects Award for design excellence in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

His views on architecture...


On architects and the role of architects...
The traditional role of architect as master builder has been long lost. With it, the concept of a singular
focus on a task from inception to completion is now fragmented. Lost is the art of crafting a habitable
space, a place with a soul. The challenge for architects in todays context of multi-disciplinary teams and
technological intervention is to retain the essence and purity of a big idea that transcends mere
building, thus, creating architecture with meaning, spirit and character.
On tropical Asian cities and the need for climate sensitive urban design...
With the rapid development in tropical Asian cities and the negative effects like global warming that it
brings with it, it is imperative that the planning and policy for a tropical city incorporate climate
considerations into the decision-making process. The scale of the city, the thermal comfort of the spaces
between building (the commons), and the buildings themselves (in terms of comfort and energy use)
need in-depth consideration to create a sustainable and healthy tomorrow for our children.
On building in warm humid Sri Lanka...
Sri Lanka has a rich and ancient tradition in building, most importantly, building in ways appropriate
for climate and context. It is important for contemporary Sri Lankan architecture to build appropriately
for this region, adopting proper technology and materiality, incorporating passive design strategies for
natural light and ventilation, thus imbue each building with a place specific response and identity.

Estate Bungalow, Matugama, 2010


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Quotes on his work...


Narein Perera is among the few who scientifically applies
green techniques. His work dismisses the notion that the
scientific approach to sustainability produces boring lifeless
architecture. His houses evoke richness in their internalised
open spaces. Working with a palette of rustic materials, he
creates sensuous buildings that manipulate light and play of
shadow on different materials and textures, complimented by
a refined sense of detailing with steel and timber.
Jennifer Henricus

'Enigma', Vitharana Residence, Colombo 08, 2007

Own Perception...
Architectural space making should
adopt a down-to-earth simplicity,
to create a living-friendly
atmosphere, one that is timeless,
functional, stylistic and affordable.
Spaces that use a materiality that is
not meant to be rustic, unfinished
or untreated, rather to connect with
the rhythms of the natural
environment, to have materials
imbued with good vibrations and
on a deep level, materials that
nurture and nourish the soul.

Estate Bungalow, Matugama, 2010

Prominent Projects...
 Colombo Gymkhana Club, Pool Complex, Colombo 07 (2004)
Furniture Factory and Warehouse, Raux Brothers, Piliyandala (2007)
Earthbound, de Alwis Residence, Piliyandala (2002)
Estate Bungalow, Matugama (2010)
Enigma, Vitharana Residence, Colombo 08 (2007)
Bird Cage, Ramanayake Residence, Colombo 05 (2013)
Gabriel Residence, Palewatte (2014)
Library, University of Moratuwa Refurbishment, Moratuwa
Auditorium and Lecture Halls, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa Conceptual Design, Moratuwa
Hostel Building, Sri Lanka Police Training Academy, Katana

'Bird Cage', Ramanayake Residence,


Colombo 05, 2013

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Recipient: Chang Yong Ter

-Singapore

The Golden Emerging Architect

About CHANG Architects


The projects that CHANG
Architects are engaged in
are mainly private landed
residential dwellings. It is a
niche market because the
majority of Singaporeans
live in high-rise apartments
developed and designed by
the larger corporate
architectural practices with
substantial track records.
Chang Yong Ter
Against this backdrop,
architect Chang developed a compelling vision of what
sets his services apart when he began his practice.
With an emphasis of quality over quantity, the architect
eschewed the temptation to quote lower fees or accept
run-of-the-mill commissions. Instead, he consciously
pursued an avant-gardist philosophy, taking effort to be
experimental with each commission and customising
ideas to the specific needs of each site and client. His
designs are not repetitive, and there is no house style,
but they will often bear an element of surprise, of a
refreshing take on a mundane problem. Conventions are
questioned at a very fundamental level, and when the
unconventional solutions are adopted, it requires both
the client and the architect to accept some degree of
risks that non-standard designs engender. His corporate
ethos: A practice for avant-garde architectural designs,
which adds value to and enhances living, while coexisting harmoniously with nature and the environment.
The attributes of his practice from its inception till now
includes the crisp points Always be hungry for the
next best workbelief that the best is yet to be; Be
bold and daring (to take risk); Design not just from the
mind, but the heart as well; Each design does not get
repeated; Stay avant-garde and at the fore; Uphold the
spirit of innovation and creativity; Compete with no
one, in order to be someone.

Namly House, Namly Drive, Singapore

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His views on Architecture...


Architecture is a manifestation of thoughts.
Thoughts are shaped and influenced by
beliefs and value systems/cultures. How a
building, or a city, is planned and shaped
largely depends on the thoughts given to it
by the architect, or in a collective way when
there are more decision makers.
The quality of thoughts is therefore of
paramount significance. In essence, there are
basically two types of thoughts, regardless of
our respective cultural backgrounds and
value systems that of love or fear.
An architectural design that is derived from
the thoughts of love is an expression of love
itself the love for service, the love for
nature, the love for the environment, the
love for people, the human spirit and of life
itself. Success of a practice is measured not
by figures, but by the degree of love being
expressed through the works of architecture.
Therefore, design from the heart. This is
because architecture is for human beings,
and as human beings, we have feelings. We
are connected by feelings. Feelings are far
more powerful than words. In our
relationships with one another, we may
forget what we have said and heard, but
how we felt about each other will always
linger on. I believe this is the same in our
experiences with architecture. Great works of
architecture can never be adequately
described nor theorised, but it can be readily
felt. This is what I strive to achieve in my
works, to design spaces that evoke
experiences of positive emotions.

Quotes on his work...


Chang Yong Ters greatest contribution to the field
of architecture is in the expansion of the architectural
language related to the typology of landed
residential dwellings in tropical Singapore. He offers
a unique vision on the forms and contents of each
house he designs, often with radical departures from
local precedents and the norms that prevail on each
type of dwellings; be they detached, semi-detached
or terraced houses. And yet, their unconventionality
is never inappropriate to their context, but are like
delightful surprises that enlarges the possibilities
available to the art of house-dwelling.
Ar Chu Lik Ren

Yong Ter has remained steadfast in his chosen field. His growth and development continues to draw on the breadth and depth
of the various disciplines, but more importantly the pages and chapters of life as he is acutely aware that one is designing for a
living being. More than designing, Yong Ter seeks true understanding, embracing architecture in its genesis, its evolution, its
relevance and its mission in serving the human condition. It is never about visual stimulation, nor intellectual concept, but an
immersion of all senses to form and space, shadow and light, and the shaping of the environment for life lived. He lives the life
of the seeker, the discoverer and the creator.
He is relentless in the pursuit of the science and arts of the craft. More tellingly, he is looking for the heart and soul of each
programme, each context, and in bringing out the true dimension of space and time when architecture becomes one with the
user...and the architect is no more.
Ar Seah Chee Kien

Elok House, Jalan Elok, Singapore

Framed House, Serangoon, Singapore

Own Perception...
Space, which is intangible, is the essence in architecture;
whereas form, which is tangible, is only the by-product.
Space is the first encounter, regardless of the function it
serves.
Trust your instincts. The most appropriate design solution is
in you. You dont have to search far for it externally, but to
seek quietly from within.
Design from the heart. This is because architecture is for
human beings, and as human beings we have feelings. We
are connected by feelings. Feelings are far more powerful
than words. In our relationships with one another, we may
forget what we have said and heard, but how we felt about
each other will always linger on. I believe this is the same in
our experiences with architecture. Great works of architecture
can never be adequately described nor theorised, but it can
be readily felt. This is what I strive to achieve in my works.
The works of great architects appeal to your soul, the good
ones appeal to your senses only.

Prominent Projects...
 Elok House, Jalan Elok, Singapore
 Framed House, Serangoon, Singapore
 Lucky Shophouse, Joo Chiat Place, Singapore
 Namly House, Namly Drive, Singapore
 Joo Chiat Shophouse, Joo Chiat Place, Singapore
 House at Novena, Novena District, Singapore
 Classroom of the Future, National Institute of
Education, Singapore
 The Kallang Raw, Marina Bay, Singapore

House at Novena, Novena District, Singapore


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Category: Young Enthused Architect

Jur y Panel

In this category, the Jury preferred giving four Special Mentions...

All participants submitted two projects for the process of adjudication


for the Young Enthused Architect category. We carry one of their
representative projects.

Celal Abdi Guzer

Sharukh Mistry
(Moderator)

Hiren Patel

Stephane Paumier

Prasanna Desai

Jury Comments
Principal Awardee: Akshat Bhatt, Architecture

Special Mentions

Discipline, New Delhi


Project: The Discovery Centre, Bangalore & Hotel Mana,
Ranakpur, Udaipur
The two projects evoked a new spirit, some crisp detailing,
focused use of materials and a healthy respect for tradition.
This practice clearly announced that the old and new can
stand proudly shoulder to shoulder. Craft and high
technology are used eloquently. Finally the jury found
creativity with a fearless expression.

Awardee: Rajesh Shivaram, Technoarchitecture Inc, Bangalore


Project: M-House, Bangalore & Technoarchitecture Office
Extension, Bangalore

Commendation
Awardee: Swapnil Valvatkar, Collage Architecture Studio,
Bangalore
Project: Marvel Domicilia, Bangalore & Cricket House,
Bangalore
The expression of very simple intentions defines this practices
USP. A refreshing approach to mass housing with a clear
definition of internal and external spaces. It showed a certain
rigour and devotion to work.

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Awardee: Sourabh Gupta, Archohm Consults, Noida


Project: Dilli Haat, New Delhi & Yogananda Library, Solan,
Himanchal Pradesh
Awardee: Lester Rozario, Kamat & Rozario Architecture,
Bangalore
Project: Stack House, Bangalore & Hanging House, Bangalore
Awardee: Brinda Parth Shah, BPS Architects, Rajkot
Project: Rajsamadhiyala House, Rajkot, Gujrat & Sanjeevani Biodiversity Resource Conservation Area
A Collective Comment: The sheer diversity of approaches for
all these awardees needs to be recognised. The difficult issues
that these practices grappled with are indeed commendable.
From simple restructing of old building fabric of the 60s and
70s, to new uses of a material language that supports hope and
joy. The jury was also happy to see socially relevant architecture
find place in this narrative of young practices.

Category: Young Enthused Architect


Principal Awardee

Akshat Bhatt

Awardee: Architecture Discipline, New Delhi


Project: The Discovery Centre, Bangalore

Also determined from the brief is the fact that the building is only
placed for six years and post that, it would be relocated and
moved down the site precinct, and hence, the building was
conceived as an assemblage of parts. The design had to be more
than just a rudimentary structure that would establish an identity
even from the glimpse off the highway.
While typically, a building of this nature is placed at the edge
of the site as an open flexible shell that is dressed up, in order to
enhance the spatial connect with the visitors, the Discovery
Centre is placed at the heart of the site to engage the visitor right
through the development. The building tells a story, the concerns
of the township and demonstrates the residential and commercial
characteristics of the development.

s a studio that engages in progressive architectural practice


with an intent to make buildings last longer through the
utility of longer life-span materials, the project is envisaged
as an architecture that exhibits cultural continuity and creates built
form that need not to be conditioned and spruced up timely. A
Greenfield project purposed to demonstrate the upcoming
progressive development at the Bhartiya city, Bangalore, the brief
was to create a flexible city town hall that would also serve as the
site office/sales office to illustrate the urban real estate initiatives
of the Bhartiya Group.
Spread across 125 acres, the development is planned as a
place-making exercise to craft an environment to attract people.

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FactFile
Client: Bhartiya City, Bhartiya Urban I Design team: Akshat Bhatt
(Principal Architect), Aditya Tognatta, Nishant Malhotra, Nidhi Khosla
I Built-up area: 37,000sq ft I Year of completion: 2013

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1. DROP OFF
2. CEREMONIAL STAIRS
3. PRIMARY ENTRY
4. RECEPTION
5. CAF
6. SERVICE AREA
7. RESTROOMS
8. STRONG ROOM
9. MEETING ROOMS
10. TEMPORARY EXHIBITS
11. AMPHITHEATRE

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Commendation

Swapnil Valvatkar

partment complexes to the citizens of Bangalore mean


suffocating, shut-in buildings with monotonous profiles
that house people who rarely take the time out to be a
part of the bigger scheme of things. It is this that the project
strives to change. An abode of wholesomeness, this apartment
complex has been designed to include interactive green spaces
that call out landscaped pockets that breathe life into everyday
existence, and a unique customisation of individual units that
is discrete and disparate, yet making one feel included in the
larger scheme of things.
The north facing site is linear with an FSI of 2.25. Maximum
usage of this has been achieved with eight floors. Building

Awardee: Collage Architecture Studio, Bangalore


Project: Marvel Domicilia, Bangalore

SECTIONAL VIEW

norms require the setback of 8m which will serve as a fire


driveway. This challenge has been addressed with the
introduction of a podium floor and by eliminating the use of
basement for parking altogether.
The site being linear, the facade is concentrated to the
longer surfaces - east and west. Projections of balconies and
planes, recessed surfaces come together to carve out facades
with a unique character. These coupled with pergolas placed

over landscaped courts create a pleasing play of light and


shadow. Simplicity abounds in the concept that has been
carried throughout from start to finish. Challenges that come
with the realisation of group dwellings have been overcome
with a clean and simple design approach which incorporates
sustainable features and a minimalist design that emphasises
the form and facade.

FactFile
Client: Anji Mettu (M/S Marvel InfraBuild Pvt Ltd)
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Divya I Built-up area: 1,10,000sq ft I Cost of
project: Rs 22.00 crore I Year of completion: 2013
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1. ENTRANCE
2. GUEST PARKING
3. CENTRAL PLAZA

4. CHILDRENS PLAY AREA


5. EXIT
6. APARTMENT UNITS

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Special Mention

Sourabh Gupta

To rebel with a cause The big blank concrete central library of


the Shoolini University in Solan, overlooks a beautiful green valley.
Sitting in the landscape as an impassive built piece, peacefully
positioned, the building stands out reflecting the nature of its
function and physically manifests the philosophy of this
biotechnology campus.
Conceptually, this four-floor structure is an intense
interconnected volume of voids and solids, connecting the entire
building as a large functional plate. It starts as a narrow strip of an
extroverted, yet shaded space on the lower two floors. These are
research cells and discussion areas of senior students and
faculty. The upper two floors are made deeper as the contours
recede and the front remains aligned. This allows a large central
courtyard that pours uniform indirect light into all the parts of the
built floors. The courtyards connect playfully in voids and volumes
as they broaden up to the terrace to become a natural container
of light. This unrestricted light but controlled temperature and
views bring the required climatic control within the building.
Functionally, the library books stack up on the periphery, with
a row of reading bays forming an inner ring with a centre, being
a bright green inspiring space. The terrace is a lush green
extension of the central courtyard. One could bring books away

SECOND FLOOR PLAN

Awardee: Archohm Consults Pvt Ltd, Noida


Project: Yogananda Library, Solan, Himanchal Pradesh

from the confines of a traditional library stack and read on the


refreshing grass, sun bathing on these winter foothills. The greens
keep the latent temperatures of the structure in check to add to
comfort within. One could casually climb the spacious stairs and
use the steps to surf for books. Seating on steps, lighting from
top onto the books and the strong directional volume created
aids in pulling people and uplifting them, literally. The circulation
space is thus reinterpreted as a bright yellow, clean white and raw
grey contrast. They work well against each other to give this
reinvented route, a refreshing look and feel.
The fair faced concrete facade is a two-faced phenomenon.
The inner face of concrete bears the load of the entire shelving
system of the library and its books. The concrete wall is supported
by seemingly intersecting concrete columns; an interpretation of
the most fundamental element of biotechnology and reflection of
the universitys logo. The clean facade of concrete and recessed
glass brings out the fundamental function of the building.
Photo credit: Andre J Fanthome

FactFile
Client: Vishal Anand/Atul Khosla, Foundation for Life Science
and Business Management I Design team: Sourabh Gupta
(Principal Architect), Sanjay Rawat, Bhoomika Singhal, Sanjay
SECTION

Bisht I Built-up area: 2476.88sq m I Year of completion:


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Special Mention

Lester Rozario

Awardee: Kamat & Rozario Architecture, Bangalore


Project: Hanging House, Bangalore

The new skin had two parts the staircase block and the
hanging wall. The staircase was moved to the northern side by
demolishing the first flight of the existing staircase. This, when
added to the setback outside, created a vibrant sunny spot yet a
private outdoor space. The huge projection above the car park
was converted into a study as its top was not accessible. As the
slab could not take the load of a wall, the outer skin was hung
from the roof. Additional volumes in brick and concrete latch
seamlessly on to the existing structure, expressed in white. All the
doors and windows were re-used. The new windows were
imagined to be tonally different from their older cousins.
Photo credit: Lester Rozario

FactFile
Client: Vinod Sharma I Design team: Smruti Kamat, Lester Rozario
I Built-up area: 2550sq ft I Cost: Rs 36 lakh I Year of completion: 2010

he brief given by the client was to achieve a vastu


compliant contemporary house. The 30-year old Bangalore
house with thick walls nearly hugged the plots boundary,
and was so compact with the neighbouring homes that it totally
blocked natural light inside. The aim was to de-clutter the existing
living spaces by getting rid of its dark corners while being vastu
compliant. The architects took the vastu pre-requisites and
decided to turn it into a spatial asset.

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1. LIVING
2. COURTYARD
3. DINING

4. ENTERTAINMENT NOOK
5. BEDROOM
6. BATHROOM

7. KITCHEN
8. UTILITY
9. GARAGE

Category: Young Enthused Architect


Special Mention

Rajesh Shivaram

he project located in a north facing site nesting in one of


the busiest and congested part of Bangalore was designed
for a businessman family. The site itself posed a great
challenge as the house had to be designed only in the vacant

Awardee: Technoarchitecture Inc, Basavanagudi, Bangalore


Project: M-House, Hanumanthanagar, Bangalore

When the zoning diagram was started, the first floor was the
most comfortable level which houses the main activities, namely
the living room (double height), dining, kitchen, puja, utility,
powder room, etc. It was mostly designed as the vertical zoning.
The ground floor houses the car park and an office space with an
external entry. The function of the reflecting pond under the stairs
was to decrease the room temperature during the day and create
a peaceful ambience by the sound of water.
The second and the part third floor, where all the bedrooms
are placed have a multi-functional space right beside the stairs
thats been used as a corridor, entry to bedrooms. When all the
connecting doors along the corridor are opened, the rooms unite
into a bigger space overlooking into the double height of the living
room. Laminated glass is applied for the corridors to provide larger
range of light on the second floor. The third floor has much larger
master bedroom and an attached toilet overlooking into an 8'x15'
(lap pool) smart pool above the roof of the living room,
connected by a deck and a bar counter. The colour combination
internally was also kept to white, grey and wood, which
continued in all the floors.
FactFile
Client: Mr Mahadevswamy I Design team (architecture & interiors): Rajesh
Shivaram (Principal Architect), Sooraj C M (Senior Architect), Ankita (Interiors), B L
Manjunath (Structure) I Built-up area: 2600sq ft I Cost of project: Rs 1,10,00,000
I Year of completion: 2013

portion of an already existing house which was a three-storey


structure in the rear end. Hence, the only available site of
24'x27'(650sq ft) was a challenge to design a three bedroom
unit with an additional requirement of an office space, a
swimming pool and a provision for a lift (elevator).
The idea was to create maximum space within its limited site.
By minimising the use of interior walls as partitions, maximum
open space was delivered. Therefore, steel structure was used to
build the main structure of the house. The entire main structure
had been assembled before being fixed on site to ensure that all
the steel joint details were designed and worked perfectly. Hence,
two I-sections were used to form a strong form star-shaped to
highlight the joints for areas which are exposed.

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1. PARKING
2. FOYER
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4. WAITING AREA
5. OFFICE
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Special Mention

Brinda Parth Shah

he location of the house is in a village called Rajsamadhiyala,


18km away from Rajkot city. Being a hilly region, the site and
the plot offered breath taking vistas of the horizon. How to
build minimum and what construction techniques to be used

Awardee: BPS Architects, Rajkot, Gujarat


Project: Rajsamadhiyala House, Rajkot, Gujarat

(where it is also helpful for the villagers) was the main concern
design as an integration of materials, details and make the house
energy efficient by the use of locally available materials and
applying appropriate methods of construction.
The location of the main house and landscape for the house
is done in north and towards the southern part of the plot.
Leaving the north part of the site open to horizon and vistas, the
endemic shade giving trees are to be planted at the south.
Ground fixing is only done with locally available bricks to provide
direct access to the usable open areas and without any
impervious sub grade thus allowing maximum rainwater to
percolate. The orientation of the functions are best suitable to
efficiently use the sun direction, hence reliance on artificial lighting
and ventilation is very minimal.
Primary materials as brick, stone and terracotta tumblers (for
the roof) are resourced locally. The masonry opening sizes are
designed and located as per the old windows procured from the
windows of demolished buildings. The flat roof (in RCC),
wherever required, is designed in cognisance with the idea to
save on the concrete being used in the slab. The fired clay bowls
are used as filler material to reduce material consumption. The
bowls in turn are locally produced cutting down on total volume
cost by 30 per cent. The semi open area and outdoor paving is
done with waste glazed ceramic jar lids and used fire bricks from
local foundry kilns. These are procured free of cost from the
ceramic factory as waste material.
The design is integrated in terms of finishes. The walls of
semi open areas of the living room are kept rough keeping in
mind the semi-arid nature of the site. The interior of the

bedroom and of the kitchen are similarly plastered keeping in


mind the need to achieve a certain level of cleanliness. These
areas have polished natural stone finish. The external surfaces
in stone are left exposed. The roof water is fed into a 5000l

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underground tank. The waste water from the kitchen is directly


fed into the vegetable garden. Provision for a grease trap is
made to remove access oil component. There is a provision for
a bio-gas plant (not installed currently).

FactFile
Client: Mr Prataprai Bos I Design team (architecture & interiors): Parth Uday
Shah, Brinda Parth Shah (Principal Architects), Vinod R Shah (Structural Engineer)
I Built-up area: 203sq m I Cost of project: Rs 23 lakh I Year of completion: 2011

Category: Residence Design with a Difference

Jur y Panel

In this category, the jury preferred giving two Commendation trophies and
two Special Mentions...

Jury Comments
Principal Awardee: Sandeep J, Architecture Paradigm, Bangalore
Project: Wilson Garden House - Bysani Residence, Bangalore
The project showed mature resolution of environmental, spatial and constructional
attributes. The spatial variety to integrate nature in terms of light, view and vegetation is
appreciable. The plan form is simple yet evolves diverse volumetric modulation.
Environmental element as vertical fin is creativity participating in creating visual syntax and
form definition externally.

Commendation
Harsha W Fernando

Yatin Pandya (Moderator)

Awardee: Deepak Guggari, Varsha & Deepak Guggari Associates, Pune


Project: Jadhav House, Pune
Tradition and modernity are well juxtaposed to animate each other. Rather than literal
remake of the traditional, the house design does well to evolve contemporary feel. Nature and
outdoors are well interspersed to define diverse spatial experiences. Project manages to creatively
blur indoors with outdoors. From a narrow linear space to the open pavilion, the house has much
needed spatial variety. The play of light interacting with spatial elements livens up space.
Awardee: Praveen S Bavadekar, Third Space Architecture Studio, Belgaum
Project: The House with two Sheesham Trees, Belgaum
Simple house form and simpler geometry has created fairly varied spatial experiences.
Austerity in use of material and modesty of form is commended. The court emerging in
response to the existing trees does well to remain point of reference and soul the of spatial
organisation. Simple spatial elements and details of accessories in wood juxtapose well with
austere white textured wall finishes.

Sonal Sancheti

Special Mentions

Vipul Patel

Raman Sikka

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Awardee: Hiren Patel, Hiren Patel Architects, Ahmedabad, Gujarat


Project: The Courtyard House, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
The house poses paradoxical positions of spatially contiguous conglomerate versus
sprawling free spaces. It builds complex spatial modulation out of a simple grid module. It does
well to integrate nature in different spaces from a light shaft to surrounded court to sprawling
garden. Light has been modulated interestingly through lattice and jaali walls. Overall siting
and engulfing built mass create paradoxical experiences of construction and release.
Awardee: Late Vimal Jain, Architecture Paradigm, Bangalore
Project: Pt Man - Sheela Jain Residence, Gundlupet, Karnataka
The project uses simple geometric form boldly. Enveloping monolith give massivity to the
scale and sense of enclosure while the partially divided spaces within with thin partition and
extended views subscale the internal space without losing the feel of openness. Light is
modulated well through skylights, use of louvers in courtyard overhead plane and vertical
wall planes of faade. Light has been modulated interestingly through lattice and jaali
screens. Overall siting and engulfing built massing create paradoxical experiences of
constriction with release.

Category: Residence Design with a Difference


Principal Awardee

Sandeep J

Awardee: Architecture Paradigm, Bangalore


Project: Wilson Garden House - Bysani Residence, Bangalore

ocated in the dense urban neighbourhood of Wilson


garden, Bangalore, the site came as a surprise as it was
flanked in the west by more than half-an-acre of wooded
garden of the neighbours. The 6000sq ft site for the house is
marked by the presence of mature trees and gives a feeling of
being enveloped and sheltered by them.
The other aspect was that the large part of the site was made
up of loose, but large rocks. The design was driven by this
character of the site where the idea was about a porous structure
that absorbed and internalised this innate quality of the place.
The idea evolved into a notion of a pavilion absorbing the
landscape above, and as an excavated cave-like space below. This
idea supported the elaborate programme, which was a five
bedroom house with exclusive spaces for entertainment which
included a swimming pool, home theatre and a spa. The pavilion
accommodated the living spaces and the bedrooms, while the
cave accommodated the entertainment spaces and the pool. It
was raised to address issues of privacy, parking and the hard top
strata. This raising also helped the spaces get better exposure to
the wooded landscape along the western edge, allowing the
architects to borrow it as a part of the experience.
The location of trees within the site is used to align the
geometries of spaces. Bedrooms being in the west also meant
that one had to deal with sun and privacy. The trees provided the
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fins. This allowed the occupants to control the amount of light


and privacy required, giving the building a dynamic faade. The
fins are detailed to create shadows leading to textures softening
the edge. The living and dining occupies the next layer, after the
bedrooms they both are separated by the puja room and a
hydraulic glass lift enclosure. The living opens to a large garden
created along the northern edge, which is further defined by the
neighbouring structures abutting this edge and in the north and
the east giving it the character of a courtyard.
Water bodies are introduced into the house as thermal
regulators; one flanks the living and the other is between two
bedrooms aligned to the tree in the site along the western edge.
The double height glass volume housing the water body
integrates with the outdoors. The living level visually connects with
the entertainment or the cave-like space through a cut out
alongside the kitchen. Modulation of light to this lowermost level
brings about the experience of the den-like space. The materiality
at each of the levels amplifies the idea of the pavilion and the
cave. Being in any part of the house, one is subtly reminded of
the nature of the place and its changing character. The design
becomes more about experiences than the form alone.
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6. OFFICE
7. METER ROOM
8. GUEST ROOM
9. RWH TANK
10. SUMP TANK
11. PUMP ROOM
12. STORE
13. JACUZZI
14. SERVANTS ROOM
15. TOILET
16. SHOWER/CHANGING ROOM
17. PARKING

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Client: Ramnath Bysani I Design team (architecture & interiors):
Sandeep J, Late Vimal Jain, Manoj Ladhad, Savitha I Built-up area:
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7. TOILET
8. KITCHEN
9. DECK
10. UTILITY

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Commendation

Praveen S Bavadekar

Awardee: Thirdspace Architecture Studio, Belgaum


Project: The House with Two Sheesham Trees, Belgaum

he presence of full grown tropical trees on a generic


suburban 50x80 site became the generator of the design.
The site is located in a suburb of the small city of Belgaum.
Two rosewood (sheesham) trees and a jack fruit tree occupied a
large part of the site.
A strategy was adopted to let the trees generate the house
around them. In this way, an L-shaped courtyard is conceived as
an open space. The private areas coagulate on the western side
of the courtyard in the form of a rectangular box containing the
four bedrooms, the kitchen and other service facilities. The jack
fruit tree lies in the front set back and is notionally connected to
the interiors of the house by the linear side of the courtyard. The
public areas arrange themselves sectionally on the eastern side.
In this way, the first act of the designer was not where to build,
but rather where not to build. The void or the absence of building
becomes the beginning.

view of the teak wood trees becomes a strategy to satisfy the


clients need for vastu shastra.
The design is an amalgamation of several diverse layers and
needs the context of the trees, the zoning of the public and
private space, and the clients insistence on vastu shastra,
subtle climatological interventions are all reconciled in a
seamless space.

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2. FOYER
3. LIVING ROOM
4. POOJA ROOM
5. DINING
6. KITCHEN

7. STORE/UTILITY
8. SERVANTS ROOM
9. TOILET
10. BEDROOM
11. DECK

The public areas are not strictly divided into rooms, but rather
are an interconnected series of overlooking spaces. Here, the two
dominant sheesham trees and the court around them become
the armature of the interior space, housing the main entrance
door as well as the staircase. The variegated section of the public
areas stands in contrast with the strict regimentation of the private
areas. The public areas are coupled with a garden space on the
north-east that overlooks a small teak wood plantation. In this
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SECTIONAL VIEW

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Client: N Lokappa I Design team (architecture & interiors):
Praveen S Bavadekar I Built-up area: 3500sq ft I Cost of
project: Rs 60,00,000 I Year of completion: 2014

1. LIVING ROOM
2. FAMILY ROOM
3. BALCONY
4. BEDROOM
5. MASTER BEDROOM

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Commendation

Deepak Guggari

Awardee: Varsha & Deepak Guggari Associates, Pune


Project: Jadhav House, Pune

A cozy sit-out which forms an informal living observes the


playful activities in the court. This court consists of a water-body
and binds the house along both longitudinal and transverse axis.
The semi-open Jacuzzi court of the ground floor master bedroom
opens into the swimming pool deck accommodated in the setback of the house. The dining opens into the east lawn, which has
been created over the parking slab of the basement. A gazebo is
housed in this garden which is a semi-open space within the
garden. Further, the dining deck forms a covered verandah. The
growing frangipanis and other tropical plants beautify this garden,
which remains verdant green throughout the year.
A straight flight staircase rises from the water court and leads
to the open corridor on the first floor. The first floor passage winds
into a party terrace, visually connected to the dining, living and
informal sit-out on the ground floor. The visual and physical
connectivity can be witnessed in the house dining open into the
central court, which further connects visually to the living room,
binding both the spaces in the informal sit-out. The staircase is
adorned with an 80ft long skylight with pergolas and glass on top.
Passage leading to the room is screened off from the living room
by means of wooden slats. The upper terrace also becomes a
part of the landscape.

he architect has attempted to give the design of the house


a traditional Indian look with the class and luxury that the
highly travelled client has experienced. The entrance lobby
of the house has a low height volume with a series of skylights.
It unfolds into the double height living room. The foyer is adorned
with landscaped elements, and the overhead pergolas cast
excellent shadows. The north-west entry to the house is marked
by a traditional door, suggesting strong influences of vernacular
architecture in the whole.

FactFile
Client: Mr & Mrs Jadhav I Design team: Deepak Guggari, Rashi Sanson,
Niranjan Bhome I Built-up area: 15000sq ft I Cost of project: Rs 5crore
I Year of completion: 2013

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7. PUJA ROOM
8. DINING
9. KITCHEN
10. UTILITY
11. FAMILY ROOM
12. POWDER ROOM
13. MASTER BEDROOM
14. TOILET
15. WALK-IN WARDROBE
16. JACUZZI
17. BEDROOM
18. SHAFT
19. BACK COURT
20. SWIMMING POOL
21. DECK
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2. MASTER BEDROOM
3. BALCONY
4. TOILET

5. WALK-IN WARDROBE
6. BEDROOM
7. TERRACE
8. LIVING ROOM BELOW

9. PASSAGE
10. NORTH-EAST TERRACE
11. STUDY ROOM
12. GYM

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Special Mention

Hiren Patel

ried and tested vernacular building techniques for thermal


comfort are recast in a contemporary form in this
bungalow, set on a 22,000sq ft site, of which water bodies
and gardens take up 11,000sq ft. In additional to the private
paradise within its boundaries, one is not immediately cornered
with the urban chaos when he/she steps out.
The courtyard house is designed with a grid of 7x7. The
house has been designed in such a way that all the living spaces
and passages face open spaces and gardens, which was also the
main design concept since its inception, thus creating a central
courtyard which holds the reflection pool making it a major design
element. This also makes the design an introvert one, leaving the
garden at backside but still visible and accessible from all the
rooms of the house.

Awardee: Hiren Patel Architects, Ahmedabad, Gujarat


Project: The Courtyard House, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

During the day, the living area fills up with natural light flooding
in through large laminated glass panes, which also showcases the
garden on one side and central courtyard on the other. The
custom-designed wooden doors and windows help to create a
visually unifying theme throughout the home, as do its prominent
use of wood and marble. In keeping with the lush greenery, the
home is decorated using a tropical palette of bright colours to
complement the natural wood tones of furniture and fixtures.
The house is made of RCC roof structure covered with
wood. The verandah and upper rooms are covered with wood.
Floors are covered with natural marble stone and wooden
planks. Custom designed doors and windows are made of
wood and laminated glass. All the bathrooms on the ground
floor have courtyards, while the ones on the upper floor have
skylights. The master bath has a wooden screen. The wooden
strips on the elevation of the first floor function as both
sunscreens and ventilators, while providing an aesthetically
pleasing sight. Basic principles of architecture have been
applied to the house, and the use of art and art-objects make
the spaces of timeless quality.
Photo credit: Sebastian Zachariah

Formal living room comes first along with two bedrooms


followed by a 9 wide passage parallel to the central courtyard
and reflection pool. The passage ends at the dining room and
family room. This is the maximum used area, thus has a big
verandah, which adds value to the north side garden.
The house has big openings and skylights to allow ample
amount of light to be entered into the house throughout the day.
Screens and deep verandahs protect these huge openings from
the harsh sun. Verandahs also become wonderful outdoor spaces
during relatively cool evenings and mornings.
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2. STORE
3. 7M WIDE PASSAGE
4. FORMAL SITTING
5. DRAWING ROOM
6. PUJA ROOM
7. BEDROOM
8. DRESSER
9. TOILET
10. KITCHEN
11. DINING
12. LIVING ROOM
13. WASH YARD
14. SERVANTS ROOM
15. LILY POND
16. ZEN GARDEN

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Special Mention

Late Vimal Jain

Awardee: Architecture Paradigm, Bangalore


Project: Pt Man - Sheela Jain Residence,
Gundlupet, Karnataka

he site is a 2400sq ft plot with access road in the north


and is located in Gundlupet, a small town close to Mysore.
The surrounding rural landscape here is giving way to
enigmatic developments and placeless structures inspired by
urban imagery. The process was to look at these conditions and
evolve a form that maintains a sense of continuum with the idea
of place without resorting to mimicking the old.

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7. UTILITY
8. STORE
9. SERVANTS ROOM
10. TOILET
11. MASTER BEDROOM
12. LANDSCAPE
13. SAFE

The brief compromised a three bedroom house which can


accommodate two families and facilitate social lifestyle. The
programme when blocked, occupies the entire lower level. Two
volumes are subtracted from this and moved to the upper level.
The other is an open-to-sky courtyard located towards the rear;
this space is seen as an anchor around which the organisation
works.
The spaces recede from the street edge to orient the spaces
towards the rear courtyard, which is seen as an extension to the
other spaces at the lower level. This level houses the living room,
dining, kitchen and the master bedroom. The master bedroom
and the living both open out to the rear court. There is also the
sheltered open space which is used as a parking space which
doubles up as extension to the living room during social events.
The living and dining spaces are double height volumes
maintaining links with the upper levels. The upper level houses
two more bedrooms and a family. Here, one of the rooms acts
as multi-purpose space when the sliding door which forms one
of its walls opens to combine with the family. The movement
through the house is orchestrated through subtle manipulation
of levels, which lead on to a sculptural staircase and then on to
the first floor through the dining. The stairs continue on to lead
one on to the terrace which serves as a break out space. The
volumes are animated by lighting which is filtered through
strategically located openings and shading devices created out of
weatherproofing clay tiles engineered as baffles. They are used
vertically and horizontally to form surfaces lending privacy while
delivering filtered light, as a result the faade is about the textural
surface highlighting the introverted nature of the house.
The structure is RCC frame with brick infill. Rainwater
harvesting and solar heating strategies cut down on the fresh
water and energy needs. Familiar palette of materials in rural
landscape like brick, cuddapah (local black stone), terracotta
tiles, cement plastered and paved surfaces along with wood
adds to the experiential dimension as they are used in
unfamiliar ways.
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Client: Suresh & Sheela Jain I Design team (architecture & interiors): Late Vimal
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I Cost of project: Rs 80 lakh I Year of completion: 2012

Jur y Panel

Category: Office/Commercial Interiors

Snehal Nagarsheth

Charanjit Shah (Moderator)

Anand Tatu

C R Raju

Jury Comments
Principal Awardee: Neemesh Shah, Shresht Kashyap,
Kanhai Gandhi, KNS Architects Pvt Ltd, Mumbai
Project: Space within a Space, Mumbai
The project is conceptually very strong. The concept responds
to the context of the site as well as the project brief. The
design reflects the dominant idea of Space within Space
both in the space planning as well as through the dominant
presence of the yellow suspended box loaded with the office,
leaving the floor free for the functioning of the store. The
detailing follows the concept, reflecting restrain and
functional need and reinforcing the conceptual positioning.

Commendation
Awardee: Ambrish Arora, Studio Lotus, New Delhi
Project: Gaurav Gupta, New Delhi
Design is very strong in execution as well as concept
The space is very dramatic
Showcases Indian craft tradition and artisans

Special Mentions
Awardee: Madhav Raman, Anagram Architects, New Delhi
Project: Anagram Office, New Delhi
Basement is celebrated in the design, reinforced by ANT
and apertures are given special attention.
There is a striking use of colours.

Awardee: Sanjay Puri, Sanjay Puri Architects, Mumbai


Project: Auriga, Mumbai
Complexity is reflected and executed very well.
Creates an ambience which is very strong conceptually.

Awardee: Mahesh Radhakrishnan, The Madras Office for Architects and Designers (MOAD), Chennai
Project: Book Building, Chennai
Creative use of shadow as a design element.
The concept is built on an analogy of graphics.
Very beautifully executed - both externally as well as internally.

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Principal Awardee

Shresht Kashyap

Kanhai Gandhi

Neemesh Shah

Awardee: KNS Architects Pvt Ltd, Mumbai


Project: Space within a Space, Mumbai

allow the spaces to be flexible as needed for many


configurations of furniture arrangements. Task lights have been
used throughout the space, conceived to maximise flexibility of
use of the space and to accentuate the product as desired.
Overall, the interiors of the showroom reflect the brand and its
philosophy simple, sleek, stylish and modern with a perfect
balance of aesthetics and function.

he client, a German kitchen and furniture brand, wanted


their product demonstration gallery to be unique and
distinct, creating a continuous and cohesive visitor
experience with a strong emphasis of brand recall.
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding urban condition and
keeping in mind the modularity of the product, the idea was
conceptualised as an exhibition space held in a warehouse,
where the products are displayed as art pieces. Imagined as a
dark shell, the double volume was painted black with a vibrant
yellow container suspended from the ceiling, breaking the overall
volume to create a space within a space. The suspended
container adds to the industrial warehouse concept as well as
helps to break the monotony of the set up. The yellow used is the
brand colour creating the recall value.
The linear cantilevered staircase forms a strong dark ribbon
threading from the ground to the container, unifying the two
spaces. The showroom has been designed with a variety of
dedicated areas for different displays covering the entire floor
plate. Each area is an entity by itself highlighting the product
displayed within to the maximum.
Raw finished materials and industrial inspired forms fill the
spaces above the display zones whereas the display zones are
kept neutral to accentuate the products. Exposed open ceiling
and A/C duct, rough concrete flooring and moveable partitions

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Client: Nolte, Mumbai I Design team: Shresht Kashyap, Kanhai Gandhi, Neemesh Shah (Principal Architects); Kedar Dandekar,
Sneha Kshirsagar I Built-up area: 3000sq ft I Cost of project: Rs 90,00,000 I Year of completion: 2013

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1. ENTRANCE
2. LOUNGE
3. KITCHEN A
4. KITCHEN B
5. KITCHEN C

6. KITCHEN D
7. BEDROOM A
8. BEDROOM B
9. KITCHEN E
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DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
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4. MANAGERS CABIN

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Commendation

Ambrish Arora

Awardee: Studio Lotus, New Delhi


Project: Gaurav Gupta, New Delhi

he concept of the store is derived from the duality of the


clients collections, Pret and Couture. Through the
collaboration between the architects, the client and local
artisans, this concept store became a physical embodiment of
this duality and creates an experience of luxury and magic realism
through the sculpting of this relatively small space created by
handcrafting materials like concrete and steel.
The space is conceived as an immersive environment sculpted
in monochrome. Sinuously wrapping cast concrete walls seem to
surreally float within the relatively tight volume, and slice the
space into two zones without visually dividing the space, thus
balancing a constant sense of reveal and discovery.
The store has a sense of stark honesty in its conception and

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Client: Gaurav Gupta
I Design team (architecture & interiors):
Ambrish Arora, Arun Kullu, Alina Vadera
I Built-up area: 1200sq ft I Cost of project:
US $ 70,000 I Year of completion: 2011

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execution through its raw materiality. The focus is on the structure


and form echoing clients cutting edge design philosophy and
identity from the clothing range.

Category: Office/Commercial Interiors


Special Mention

Sanjay Puri

n old factory warehouse was stripped off its external


walls to allow the insides to be infused with natural light
and create a view of the large trees along the road from
its internal spaces that were transformed to a restaurant and a
nightclub. The upper level with a better view, houses a
restaurant space and the lower level opening into an outdoor
patio is a nightclub.
The entire building exterior is created in a web of aluminium
fins that are folded in angular planes. This geometry is carried
through into the interior of the ground level where the web is
more abstracted and sheaths the walls, ceiling, staircase, bar
and columns. Partially open and partially enclosed in strips of

Awardee: Sanjay Puri Architects, Mumbai


Project: Auriga, Mumbai

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5. BAR
9. BEVERAGE STORE
6. RESTROOM

It was also found that the air-conditioning ducting too generates


large amount of leftover strips. These were also used in the design
for minimal cost and to reduce the need to dispose off the metal.
In addition, the lighting is almost entirely done with energy
saving LEDs, the stone flooring is locally sourced and the windows
are double glazed to reduce heat gain in response to the citys
climate which has average temperature of 30 to 35 degrees
Celsius most of the year. Hence, the interior design of the project
becomes a sustainable project.

galvanized metal sheets that are backlit, the entire space is


rendered sculptural with the integration of all design elements
within the abstractly woven web.
The walls, ceiling and live kitchen and serving bar counters
are sheathed in undulating angular planes of thin wood strips
creating a fluid volume for the restaurant. The two levels are in
complete contrast, with one dominated by steel and the other
by wood to create different experiences within the same space.
The abstraction of each space with one merging into the other
through the double height volume located centrally integrates
them simultaneously.
In all interior sites, large amount of plywood strips are
generated as residue which is then wasted. These leftover strips
are used, thus reducing the material cost to a negligible amount
and simultaneously using waste material which would
otherwise be disposed off.
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Client: Alliance Restaurant & Bars Pvt Ltd I Design team (architecture & interiors):
Sanjay Puri & Madhavi Belsare I Built-up area: 4500sq ft I Cost of project:
Rs 2,05,00,000 I Year of completion: 2013

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Category: Office/Commercial Interiors


Special Mention

Madhav Raman

Awardee: Anagram Architects, New Delhi


Project: Anagram Office, New Delhi

nagrams philosophy is reflected in the way the new


office is designed. Much larger than the previous
establishment, with long, broad tables and open plan
spacing, the feeling harks back to the look and feel of the most
basic architectural studio, despite the presence of many
computers. The idea is to talk, discuss, debate and evolve. The
unique entrance staircase has immediate appeal, and was
envisioned as a public zone, where people from within the
creative field could sit and unwind/interact.
Despite being in the basement, the office has access to
natural light by way of skylights and light wells, skirting the
external basement walls, which throw in diffused light as the
day progresses. In addition, the back wall of one sky lit gallery
displays a large mural of a mechanistic ant, which quirkily flanks
the visual expanse of the studio. Titled Ant-1 and created by
artist Anpu Varkey, it was conceptualised as a reflection of the
underground nature of the premises while drawing parallels

with the characteristics of collective intelligence and shared


work exemplified by the insect.

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Client: Anagram I Design team: Vaibhav Dimri, Madhav Raman, Somya Chaturvedi,
Ayush Prakash I Built-up area: 12481sq ft I Cost of project: Rs 20 lakh
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1. STUDIO
2. OFFICE
3. CONFERENCE ROOM
4. RECEPTION
5. CIRCULATION
6. SERVICES

Category: Office/Commercial Interiors


Special Mention

Mahesh Radhakrishnan

he client, a small independent publication house, is known


for their hand-made visual books for kids and adults alike.
The process that makes these books is extremely
collaborative, which extends the dialogue beyond art and allows

Awardee: The Madras Office for Architects and Designers


(MOAD), Chennai
Project: Book Building, Chennai

for the senses to revel through their products. They work with
tribal folk artists and make the art forms tangible through the
design of the books, so the architects wanted to create an
architectural equivalent of this narrative in their spaces. Book
building is designed not just as a porous functional container, but
as a platform for collaboration and dialogue. The organisation of
the building moves from public to private across the levels the
lower level houses the book shop and exhibition space; the first
level has the meeting and office spaces and the second level
includes the studio and accommodation. Art is present
throughout the building, not as a museum but as a continually
evolving canvas that the visiting artists are invited to explore. The
hand crafted steel grilles, as a jaali, are a collage of popular
designs through the decades and an imagery of the city through

the building. The village, a clustered organisation of dormitories


finished in uneven shades of red oxide and tribal art is intended
to house the visiting tribal artists.

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VILLAGE EXTERIOR

The book building in hindsight has become much less of


the building, but of the people, sounds and the atmosphere of
community engagement and a sense of association. As the
architecture seems to take the backstage (or perhaps vanish as
one might hope) the architects believe they have achieved
architecture-less architecture.

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Client: Tara Books I Design team: Mahesh Radhakrishnan, Zahed Mirza, Ludovic Tiollier, Shyni Mathew, Chandrika Ravichandran, Salome Houllier, Dhiyva Ravishankar,
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Category: Recreational Architecture Award

Jury Comments
Principal Awardee: Ambrish Arora and Rajiv Majumdar,
Studio Lotus, New Delhi & Praxis Inc, Bangalore
Project: RAAS, Jodhpur
The jury was unanimous in applauding the first entry in its
considerable restraint in detail with a unique and powerful site and
location. It also appreciated the use of local materials and crafts.
The project positions itself uniquely in the contemporary
architectural discourse in India between tradition and modernity
and between building and the space between buildings which is
far more relevant in our ethos.

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The jury appreciated the number of entries for this award.

Sabeena Khanna

Commendation
Awardee: A Mridul, A Mridul Architect, Jodhpur
Project: Birkha Bawari, Jodhpur
The jury commended the project for very effectively using the
common residual space left over in most residential projects into an
effective rainwater harvesting structure and a very usable public
space, much in the tradition of our ancient step wells and tanks. The
grand celebratory gesture was highly appreciated by the jury.

Rajeev Kathpalia

Sanjay Mohe
(Moderator)

Kamal Malik

Ashutosh Kr Agarwal

Special Mentions
Awardee: Namith Varma, Gayathri & Namith Architects Pvt Ltd,
Bengaluru
Project: Gorukana, BR Hills, Karnataka

Awardee: Akshat Bhatt, Architecture Discipline, New Delhi


Project: Hotel Mana, Ranakpur, Udaipur
For the two special mention projects that the jury chose, it felt that
both the projects attempted to grapple effectively with the issues of
their context and with the craft of making contemporary expression
using traditional materials.

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Category: Recreational Architecture Award


Principal Awardee

Ambrish Arora

Awardee: Studio Lotus, New Delhi & Praxis Inc, Bangalore


Project: RAAS, Jodhpur

enjoyed by all the guests. As many as thirty six rooms have been
created, spread over three contemporary buildings, inserted into
the site in a manner that they frame the visual and spatial
relationship among the old buildings and the fort, creating a
dialogue between the old and the new.
Inspired by the age old double skinned structures of the
region, these buildings act as lanterns framing the site. The drama
of the stone jaali (lattice) is heightened by the fact that these
panels can be folded by each user to reveal uninterrupted views
of the fort, or can be closed for privacy and to keep the sun out.
Crafted by over a hundred regional artisans and mastercraftsmen, with materials that have been sourced locally, every
element is handcrafted with a focus on simplicity and function.
Materials include hand cut stone and poured in situ pigmented
cement terrazzo on floors, walls and as furniture. The furniture is
locally crafted and the cabinets are made in sheesham (a local
Indian hardwood).

et in the heart of the walled city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, the


project is a 1.5-acre property located at the base of the
Mehrangarh Fort. The property was inherited with three,
beautiful period structures (17th-18th centuries) which have
been restored with traditional craftsmen in the original materials,
such as lime mortar and Jodhpur sandstone.
The large central courtyard houses three restored heritage
buildings and three heritage suites. These become nodes, shared
spaces such as dining areas, a spa and break away spaces, to be

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Client: Nikhilendra Singh I Design team (architecture
& interiors): Ambrish Arora, Rajiv Majumdar, Arun Kullu,
Radha Muralidhara, Anuja Gupta I Built-up area: 60000sq ft
I Cost of project: Rs 17 crore I Year of completion: 2010

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2. OFFICE
3. TOILET
4. ENTRANCE COURT
5. PAVILION ENTRANCE

6. ROOMS
7. SUNKEN COURT
8. LOTUS POOL
9. DECK SEATING SPACE
10. BARADARI CAFETERIA

11. POOL
12. BAR
13. KITCHEN
14. HOTEL MANAGER AND OFFICE
15. SHOPS

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17. SPA AREA
18. STAFF CAFETERIA
19. ADMINISTRATION AND MAINTENANCE
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Commendation

A Mridul

Awardee: A Mridul Architect, Jodhpur


Project: Birkha Bawari, Umaid Heritage Township,
Foothills of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

irkha Bawari is a subterranean sandstone masonry stepwell reservoir for harvesting rainwater from a 110-acre
catchment located in Jodhpur, a water-strapped city
situated on the fringe of Thar Desert of India. Designed to hold
about 175 million litres of rainwater, it is a rich source of water for
irrigation and for sustenance of the huge tracts of green.
This water-architecture masonry structure is 224m long,
average 10.5m wide, 18m and six storeys deep at the farthest
end and has an average water depth of 7m. Its structural system
has been designed by upending barrel-vaults as slender retaining
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of segments of such slender upended vaults placed opposite one


another and held against each other by a trabeated structure.
This indigenously constructed step-well is made of masonry
walls built of red sandstone sourced from the site of the township
of which it is a part. The stone overburden on the site was
converted into the principal material of construction. The residue
and scrap were used for in-fills, hartings, base and foundation
concrete. The stones for posts, beams, flooring and steps were
sourced from local quarries within a radius of 15km. The
excavated earth was disposed off within the township site in filling
the undulated land, achieving a geological equilibrium. Thus, the
entire cycle from extraction of sandstone to the construction of
the step-well generated a negligible carbon-footprint.
Its creation is especially significant as it is constructed of locally
available and site-sourced natural building material, using
indigenous techniques by local masons, to collect nature
generated (rain) water, by the help of natural energy the gravity,
for sustaining nature. This should go a long way in alleviating the
acute water shortage and energy crunch faced by the region.

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Client: Ess Gee Real Estate Developers Pvt Ltd I Design team: A Mridul
(Principal Architect & Structural System Design), Rajendra Rai, Saurabh
Varshney (Structural Ratification) I Built-up area: 5750sq m I Cost of
project: Rs 8.00 crore I Year of completion: 2009

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Special Mention

Namith Varma

he project is set amidst the untouched forests of Biligiri


Rangana hills (B R Hills) upon the northernmost tip of the
Nilgiris, connecting the Eastern and Western Ghats.
Sprawling around 7-acres, the site offers the ideal context for an
establishment that dwells on the idea of bio-diversity
conservation, a responsibility extended to the native Soliga tribe
and the delicate ecosystem shared by a plethora of life forms.
The idea of accentuating the site features and responding to
the local context has been the standpoint around which the
whole design has been developed. The masterplan demonstrates
this exercise of carefully understanding the importance of the built
form not standing out but co-relating its existence with the
surroundings. The conservation of the existing stream and
enriching it into the most important feature in the site, resulted
minimising construction impact. This has also served to retain
ground water level. The segregation of the business, leisure
spaces and accommodation areas in the masterplan helped in
reducing the scale of a single built form, maintaining the visual
harmony of the topography. The idea of lightness and
transcendental qualities are highlighted in the built techniques
(raising on the stilt floor, lighter building materials).

Awardee: Gayathri and Namith Architects, Bengaluru


Project: Gorukana, BR Hills, Karnataka

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2. HERBAL GARDEN
3. MAIN BLOCK
4. EXISTING BLOCK
5. TENT HOUSE
6. COTTAGES

7. TREE HOUSE
8. SPA
9. ISLAND
10. JOGGING TRACK
11. AMPHITHEATRE
12. PARKING

Category: Recreational Architecture Award


Special Mention

Akshat Bhatt

he design of the project attempts to demonstrate the


studios agenda of regional expression within a global
context. Sited in the Udaipur valley in the Ranakpur province,
the hotel as a public space with a service-intensive programme is
conceived to celebrate order and dissonance, continuity, stability,
the experience of slow-moving time and the vernacular as an

Awardee: Architecture Discipline, New Delhi


Project: Hotel Mana, Ranakpur, Udaipur

Like a glasshouse in a jungle, the project attempts to recreate


the site as it was discovered, by unearthing the various layers that
have been embedded in time. Rooted in regionality and collective
memory, through its architecture, it creates interfaces that are
expressed not as mere filigree or ornate decoration, but as a
reflection of time.

imbibed ethos. A minimal palette of stone, glass, steel and vinyl


that is not distracted by too many surfaces is adopted to craft an
architecture that is intense and bare-boned all at the same time.
Concrete is used to a minimum, hard edges are contrasted with
timber warmth, and the structural system/construction techniques
are expressed clearly with as little cladding as possible. As a hat tip
to the 70s India modern, the solid, minimal furniture in rubber
wood and rosewood inlay as inserts is designed to reflect the
environmental concerns of the hotel. The contrasting circular
pattern in the perforations also mimics and expresses itself as an
intention in the upholstery, linen and furniture. As an attempt to
blend in the local craft and culture, the furniture is sourced from
local artisans and craftsmen.

Photo credit: Akshat Bhatt

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Client: Sheevam Comfort Hotels Pvt Ltd I Design team: Akshat Bhatt, Sneha Gurjar,
Nidhi Khosla, Stuti Sahni, Debbayoti Dey I Cost of project: Rs 14.5 crore
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2. RECEPTION
3. ACTIVITY COURT
4. GUEST LIFT
5. WASHROOMS

6. SERVICE LIFT
7. SERVICE STAIRCASE
8. KITCHEN
9. GUEST ROOMS
10. SPA

11. SWIMMING POOL


12. CHANGING ROOMS
13. GYM
14. GAME ROOM
15. BUFFET

16. RESTAURANT
17. OFFICES
18. BUSINESS HUB
19. WAITING LOUNGE
20. CONFERENCE ROOM

Category: Residence Interior Design

Jur y Panel

Jury Comments
Principal Awardee: Arjun Malik, Malik Architecture, Mumbai

Bichitresh Saha

Project: Architects Loft, Mumbai


A very challenging project which has been resolved interestingly and
with straight forward approach. It fulfils all the parameters of the
category of innovative design interiors for residences. Junctions are
resolved with transparency.

Commendation
Awardee: Deepak Guggari, Varsha & Deepak Guggari Associates, Pune
Project: Jadhav House, Pune
Amalgamation of interesting spaces both vernacular and articulate
with right interplay of colours achieving subtle and warm ambience.

Ajit Nair

D S Bhui
(Moderator)

Special Mentions
Awardee: Shruti Keshavamurthy and Tushar V, Ochre, Bangalore
Project: Shruti Tushar Apartment Design, Bangalore
Bold yet subdued forms done with clinical precision using straight
lines achieving a visual clarity.

Lalichan Zacharias

Smita Khan
Awardee: Shilpa Gore-Shah, S+PS Architects, Mumbai
Project: Liminal Living, Mumbai
It is having a minimalistic and contemporary approach having visual
connection between the spaces created.

Awardee: Prasanna Parvatikar, Cubism Architects & Interiors, Tirupur


Project: Mrs Uma Rajas Residence, Erode, Tamil Nadu
A commendable balance between light and dark tones with
restrained use of colours to achieve warm ambience.

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Category: Residence Interior Design


Principal Awardee

Arjun Malik

Awardee: Malik Architecture, Mumbai


Project: Architects Loft, Mumbai

hen the architect first walked into the 650sq ft loft


space on the top floor of the Great Western Building at
Kala Ghoda, he was simultaneously appalled and
seduced. The degree of decay that beset this erstwhile bastion of
colonial grandeur was symptomatic of a society that is still unable
to reconcile its past with its present. The transformation of a tiny
rectangular (556x116), boarded up, poorly lit, inadequately
ventilated, long and narrow, commercial space into a
contemporary apartment warranted an ideological shift and an
eschewing of sacrosanct design principles.
It was very important to the designer, without getting overtly
nostalgic, that the original volumes and textures be retained, with
delicate interventions serving only to enhance the unconventional
proportions of the space.
The entire space was gutted to excise all extraneous and nonstructural elements; and redundant roof partitions were replaced
with skylights to bring natural light into the main central volume.
Glass was used extensively to establish a fluid interconnectivity
of spaces.

Two partial mezzanines were introduced, one served as the


study, and the other, a bedroom space. The study mezzanine was
bound by a suspended glass box; and a triangular shard of glass
offset from the floor profile, acting as the study table.
The second bay of the loft was split along its length to create
a linear space that connected to the balcony and was flanked on
one side by a translucent wardrobe and a clear glass-bound
bathroom on the other.
The result was a space that was distinctly architectural in its
predisposition, where physical and visual transitions took
precedence over material applications, where materiality was a
function of spatial flows, and where light was allowed to sculpt
surfaces and create a space that evolved with the elements.
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Client: Arjun Malik I Design team: Arjun Malik, Mahesh Suthar, Daksha Chotalia
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Commendation

Deepak Guggari

house essentially is an expression of ones identity. It


witnesses all emotions and eventually becomes one
with it. It is the greatest responsibility on an architect to
realise the unsaid dreams of the clients and to represent their

Awardee: Varsha & Deepak Guggari Associates, Pune


Project: Jadhav House, Pune

culture and tradition. Such was the intention of the architect


when they set out to design this boutique villa for a traditional
Indian client. The client being a very successful entrepreneur
and a globe trotter was acquainted to the class and luxury that
he experienced in the lavish resorts he stayed in. The structure
is a combination of post tensioned slab for the parking area in

the basement, which is used as a garden on the ground floor


and the conventional RCC structure. The sloping roof is done in
a combination of steel, wood and locally made country tiles on
top to give a traditional look and to consider the varied climatic
changes in the city. The material palette of the house is a mix
of Indian stones and travertine stone.
The house has been planned across an open-to-sky
courtyard, with a water body, which is a receiver of all seasons.
This court binds the house along both longitudinal and
transverse axis. A series of spaces look into each other due to
the presence of the courtyard. All the windows have three
layers of fenestrations to enhance the cross ventilation and
maintain the privacy. The spaces experience tremendous
flushes of natural light and the magical dance of the shadows.
Strategic skylights not only breathe life into the otherwise dead
slabs but also animate the surroundings.

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1. ENTRANCE FOYER
2. LOBBY
3. LIVING ROOM
4. WATER COURT
5. SIT-OUT
6. PUJA ROOM

7. DINING
8. KITCHEN
9. UTILITY
10. FAMILY ROOM
11. POWDER ROOM
12. MASTER BEDROOM

13. TOILET
14. WALK-IN WARDROBE
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5. WALK-IN WARDROBE
6. BEDROOM
7. TERRACE
8. LIVING ROOM BELOW

9. PASSAGE
10. NORTH-EAST TERRACE
11. STUDY ROOM
12. GYM

Category: Residence Interior Design


Special Mention

Shilpa Gore-Shah

Awardee: S+PS Architects, Mumbai


Project: Liminal Living, Mumbai

esides the sense of openness, brightness and the views of


the surrounding mountains and cityscape, the best part
about living on the 26th floor of a tower is the sense of
being in between the earth and the sky, belonging neither fully to
the earth nor the sky.
The apartment that the clients presented seemed to have four
clearly defined zones that went from the inside to the outside.
Through close engagement with their programmatic requirements
and deep study of the plan configuration, there emerged a clear
pattern of a service strip, a movement zone, habitable space and
then outdoor space. These strips of space and programme were
then further emphasised by using different kinds of flooring that
ran through the length of the house.
The apartment has a linear configuration with the living, dining
and kitchen spaces in the centre where one enters and the
sleeping zones at the two ends. In the central open space of the
living and dining area, four flooring materials ranging from
textured rough black slate, finely textured grey stone, white
terrazzo to mirror polished white marble come together to form
a linear tapestry. In direct contrast with this linearity and to
emphasise the blurring of these boundaries are loosely strewn,
angled and faceted wooden elements in between. The furniture
and fixtures in this zone continue this angular quality but in a
delineated, open and lattice-like quality outlined in black that aid
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own individual articulations but always with some modified sense


of these transitions.
Life then gets lived not within these strictly demarcated
boundaries but in the gaps and overlaps between them. The
materials define not limits but sensory thresholds between the
different strips.
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Client: S Mohare I Design team: Shilpa Gore-Shah, Shruti Phafat,
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Category: Residence Interior Design


Special Mention

Tushar Vasudevan

he brief given was to design the interiors of a three


bedroom apartment. The apartment is on the 14th floor
with a large open terrace. The initial plan contained two
separate entries for the house and the terrace. The whole layout
was reworked with a common entrance and the terrace forming
a part of the house and the home theatre.
The clients lead a contemporary lifestyle and required more
party and common spaces. Hence, one bedroom was completely
eliminated and converted into a home theatre. The home theatre
has two sliding doors one which opens out to the terrace and
the other into the house. When the two doors are slid open, the
whole house gets converted into a large party space. When the
door towards the house is closed, it creates a more private party
space. This setup allows for better cross ventilation within the
apartment. Still the provision has been maintained for the home
theatre to be converted into a guest bedroom if required.

A minimalistic approach has been followed in the design of


the interiors. This was ensured by the use of materials, colours,
finishes and details. All the horizontal surfaces were finished with
white corian and all vertical surfaces with UV coated board and
acrylic sheets. White vitrified tiles have been used for flooring
throughout the house except the home theatre, where the
wooden flooring adds richness to the tone of the space. The main
concept followed to achieve a minimalistic space was to conceal
all the electrical points and wires within shutters and drawers.

Shruti Keshavamurthy

Awardee: Ochre, Bangalore


Project: Shruti Tushar Apartment Design, Bangalore

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9. TOILET
10. BEDROOM
11. BALCONY
12. PAVILION
13. TERRACE
14. BARBEQUE

Handles have been completely avoided throughout the interiors


by the use of push-to-open mechanism. All the locks have also
been concealed below shutters.
All the furniture within the apartment has been designed to
create a floating effect, which visually emphasises a more
continuous floor space. LED lighting has been provided at the
base of these units to enhance the floating effect. The same effect
has been continued in the terrace area for all the planters. In order
to accommodate multiple functions in a limited space, the dining
table has been designed to also serve as a study table. Provision
has been made for the table to slide horizontally on tracks to free
up space as per the requirement. The guest bedroom is provided
with a bunk bed the steps leading to which serves as drawers
for the study table below.

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Client: Tushar Vasudevan, Shruti Keshavamurthy I Principal Architects: Shruti Keshavamurthy, Tushar Vasudevan I Interior design team: Ramakanth, Anisha I Built-up area:
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Special Mention

Prasanna Parvatikar

Awardee: Cubism Architects and Interiors, Tirupur


Project: Mrs Umarajas Residence, Erode

elonging to a well-off but traditionally rooted couple, the


project is designed to be a contemporary building in terms
of space design with a reflection of traditional decorum. It
is achieved through the use of wood and in the choice of wall
treatments to suit the space. The traditional richness is revealed
by its selection of furniture and artefacts.
Foyer is an inviting grand double height space with a classy
central vase as a focal point. A set of black leathered sofas sits
pretty in front of a striking red wall paper. Grandeur look is owed
to the use of traditional wood work against the white wall.

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15. DRESSING
16. TOILET

The glass door between the rooms allows one to feel the scale
of the house. The ladies seating is demarcated by a subtle drop
and in the contrast colour of the flooring. Silky cushion over
furniture in the ladies seating adds to the glamour and richness
of the space as the floral design wall paper on the back drop
echoes lightness of a casual chat.
Metal light fixtures in the passage beside the living room give
a sense of direction. In the family room, ones attention is drawn
towards the dark veneered corner with a niche and spot lights on
small metal objects in contrast to the cosy white leathered sofas
in the front. Carefully selected artefacts and light fixtures add to
the drama of the glittering passage between the bedrooms.

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Client: Mrs R Umaraja I Design team (Interiors): Prasanna Parvatikar, Roopashree Parvatikar I Built-up area: 7120sq ft I Cost of project: Rs 90 lakh
I Year of completion: 2013

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Category: Institutional Architecture Award

Jury Comments

Jur y Panel

The jury congratulates all participants for the diversity of projects and attitudes to design. The spirit of adventure, passion and
commitment is evident in most projects while the symbolic representation of contents which is a primary quality in an
institution is not evenly present.
The jury has recognised the design merits even of small, less complex projects for the message they communicate.
Happily, many projects reinterpreted traditional sustainable practices.

Tanuja Kanvinde

Kirit Bhatt

Principal Awardee: Manish Gulati, M:OFA Studios


Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
Project: National Institute of Fashion Technology,
Campus at Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Lillian Tay

Karan Grover

KT Ravindran
(Moderator)

Commendation
Awardee: Sanjay Puri, Sanjay Puri Architects, Mumbai
Project: A Pavilion, Surat

Special Mentions
Awardee: Hiren Patel, Hiren Patel Architects, Ahmedabad
Project: A Community Centre, Ahmedabad
Awardee: Rajesh Shivaram, Technoarchitecture Inc, Bangalore
Project: Technoarchitecture Office Extension, Bangalore

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Awardee: Anupam Bansal, ABRD Architects Pvt Ltd, New Delhi


Project: New Development at National Centre for Biological Sciences,
Bangalore

Category: Institutional Architecture Award


Principal Awardee

Manish Gulati

he project was commissioned to the architects as a winning


entry during a National Level Competition in 2009. The
entire masterplan as a zero discharge 'Green' campus was
to be constructed on a steep hilly terrain within the existing old
banyan, mango and silver oak trees.

Awardee: M:OFA Studios Pvt Ltd, New Delhi


Project: National Institute of Fashion Technology,
Campus at Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

courts were distributed organically around the trees not only in


plan but also in sections connected with circulation corridors also
within the same modules, reminiscent of the organic streets of
the villages of Kangra. The streets with their changing levels,
winding around trees, continuing like a labrynith created a
mysterious story that has multiple beginnings and endings, ever
inspiring the students of design to never have constant rigid ideas
but a fluid flow of thought during their entire stay. Extreme care
was taken during the construction to not only protect the trees
through a series of retaining walls but at times, the design of the
rooms altered and adapted in order to accommodate the spread
of the banyan and the mango tree branches. Within the multiple
verandahs and terraces, the design students would be able to
work with nature surrounding them. It has been designed as a
green building.
Photo credits: Manish Gulati, Abhinav Chaudhary, Kamal Sidhu, Shiv Ashok Singh

The concept began with the understanding of fashion design


as an art form, expressed through a combination of visual graphic
with textural quality. The architects chose to weave the building
with the surrounding context; a visual graphic of agricultural fields
rich in textural depth and variations, as a natural growth, where
paths in the forests grew into the streets of a future urban fabric
and the fields translated into urban footprints.
The knitting threads drawn from the existing agricultural
terraces were woven together to make a uniformly flowing pattern
of many intersecting functional cuboids. The pattern closely
followed the site contours, and the design then developed
vertically as an abstraction of the way the Himalayas developed;
layers of matter folding onto each other, twisting with sudden
forces, leaving in between gaps or cracks in the process, that
become the passages and places of various kinds of interactions.
As a respect to the existing trees on site, the architects took up
a challenge of designing 150 rooms for the girls hostel without
cutting a single tree. Designed through a cellular growth of cubes
over the existing contoured topography, the girls hostel was
designed as a play of rooms conceived as positive spaces
intersticed with light courts, concieved as negative spaces. These

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PLAN OF ACADEMIC BLOCK

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Client: Ministry of Textiles, Government of India I Design team (architecture &
interiors): Manish Gulati (Principal Architect), Tanushree Gulati (Principal Planner),
Abhinav Chaudhary, Shuchita Jain, Aakriti Sood, Sargam Tondon, Rohit Garg,
Abhinandan Mandal, Fawaz Thenglin I Built-up area: 2,50,000sq m
I Year of completion: 2012 (Phase-1 hostels)

PLAN OF HOSTEL BLOCK

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Category: Institutional Architecture Award


Commendation

Sanjay Puri

series of linear trapezoidal volumes skirt the southern


periphery of a site located in Surat, forming an open
court facing the north. Housing a development sales
office, this ground floor building opens all the internal spaces
towards the focal landscaped court created between the
enclosed volumes. The office spaces oriented towards the court
by their layout echo this focus sectionally too with higher
heights fronting the north side and the courtyard becoming
lower on the south and the periphery.

Awardee: Sanjay Puri Architects, Mumbai


Project: A Pavilion, Surat

Designed in response to the clients functional needs and


the extreme summer climate of its location, the entire office is
north oriented to derive indirect light and reduce the heat gain
into the building with glass fronting the northern sides and the
courtyard while the southern side is solid constituted of
galvalume coated sheets with insulation and minimal openings.
The support mullions for the glazing along the courtyard carry
the weight of the roof structure making the entire roof appear
as a floating cantilevered canopy opening the internal spaces to

one to traverse along the landscaped space whilst moving


within the office.
The building whilst being a single level structure creates a
sculptural presence that is designed in response to the climate of
its location, creating indoor spaces that integrate with the external
landscaped garden.

the landscaped court. Angular mounds of grass echo the built


form creating a shallow reflecting pool along the uninterrupted
glazed front of the office spaces. The circulation spine skirts this
open threshold between the exterior and the interior allowing

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Client: Happy Homes Corporation

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I Design team (architecture & interiors): Sanjay Puri & Nimish Shah
I Built-up area: 3930sq ft I Cost of project: Rs 2,25,00,000

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1. ENTRANCE PLAZA
2. ENTRANCE FOYER
3. RECEPTION
4. WAITING
5. SALES OFFICE
6. DIRECTORS CABIN

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7. PANTRY
8. LUNCH ROOM
9. STAFF TOILETS
10. GUEST TOILETS
11. WATER BODY
12. LANDSCAPED COURT

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Category: Institutional Architecture Award


Special Mention

Hiren Patel

Awardee: Hiren Patel Architects, Ahmedabad


Project: Community Centre, Ahmedabad

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his is a community centre in an underprivileged urban area.


Usually such a place in urban areas is unhygienic and
unclean. There are a few public spaces in which such
developments become negative areas. The concept was to find
such a place and use it positively by reforming and restructuring
the place. In this complex, the existing structures were modified
keeping in mind that they were religious structures made by
locals. The architects added a few more structures in this complex
to create a community-learning place for children. The idea was
to create a world-class community space with all local constrains,
educate the locals to build the place and run classes for children.
The baseline for the architects was, Child does not know
poverty, rather he should not. This very concept made it clear
that they shall not create poor design and buildings with cheap
material for children but provide facilities any other urban child
would deserve. This came out as the most powerful and
promising idea to build the international class of architecture,
which also merges with its surrounding neighbourhood.
While designing and conceptualising the entire complex, one
thing became clear that the architecture itself should become the
text book for children who will be using the community centre.
The design is focused with good space planning, use of materials,
and use of recycled materials to teach the aspect of sustainability.
The houses in the neighbourhood are quite sustainable due to
their constraint of finance and space. The firm faced the same
constraints while designing, but technology helped them.

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2. MOSQUE
3. TEMPLE

4. ROOM
5. DISPENSARY
6. UGWT

Made of exposed brick and RCC work, CEPT, NID and IIM
became inspiration of the firm. In order to create same worldclass impression, the same material palette was used. To go
further in terms of maturity and material sensitivity, recycled glass
bottles and bamboo for screen windows were used. The existing
buildings were kept as it is with slight modifications wherever
required, and the new structures were designed in such a way
that both the new and old development respect and complement
each other. This saved half the cost as compared to creating new
buildings. Local and cost-effective materials were used which
resulted in considerable amount of energy savings.
The entire complex became a sense of pride in the
community, which was once a neglected area. There are two
religious structures in the compound and the new development
was designed surrounding these structures without disturbing
them. Thus, the whole compound has become a symbol of
religious harmony.
Photo credit: Sebastian Zachariah

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Client: Anonymous I Design team: Hiren Patel & HPA Design Team
I Built-up area: 120.36sq m I Year of completion: 2013

Category: Institutional Architecture Award


Special Mention

Anupam Bansal

he National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), located


in Bangalore, is a part of Tata Institute of Fundamental
Research, under the Department of Atomic Energy. The
institutes research focus is the frontier areas of biology. The new
buildings were conceived as a bridge between the disparate
components of the programme the residential and the
academic. The built environment encourages a strong relationship
between the central green by providing the metaphor of a lake or
a water body where the buildings were envisioned as stepped
ghats viewing the spectacle of natural landscape.

Awardee: ABRD Architects Pvt Ltd, New Delhi


Project: New Development at National Centre for
Biological Sciences, Bangalore

The proposal celebrates and enhances the maidan or the


central green space as the focal space of the campus towards
which all buildings and activities are oriented. The new built mass
was sited and organised to minimise disruption to the existing
system of built/open spaces and circulation networks.
The laboratory complex was located on an area with minimal
trees and good connectivity to services infrastructure and
vehicular access. This also ensured favourable north-south
orientation of building facades. The sports and community centre
was located near the existing water body to further activate the
area and provide conducive open space for informal activities.
Laboratory spaces are double height and consist of the work
stations for students overlooking the atrium. Lab benches are in
the middle and equipment rooms on the rear south side. This
ensures an easy work flow from lab bench to work stations or lab
bench to equipment room. The double height glazed facades of
the labs ensure daylight into the spaces and at the same time,

provided in all labs where MEPF supply and return networks are
provided. These service networks drop down from the service
floor to the lab benches and equipment rooms through the
service risers.

facilitate display and convey a sense of openness about the


scientific endeavour. All research teams work together here
without any physical division to create a sense of shared space.
In order to provide flexibility and modularity to the ever
changing requirements of research, interstitial service floors are

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Client: National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research
I Design team (architecture & interiors): ABRD Architects Pvt Ltd I Built-up area:
24750sq m I Cost of project: Rs 75 crore I Year of completion: 2011

PLAN OF LAB BUILDING

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Special Mention

Rajesh Shivaram

Awardee: Technoarchitecture Inc, Bangalore


Project: Technoarchitecture Office Extension, Bangalore

echno literally translates all about technology related design


solutions in old and new forms of design and building
technology. The old technology deals with all the different
aspects of tried and tested concepts, whereas the new
technology deals with the futuristic aspects of design elements.
Since the office is nestled in a 100 year old building (1913),
the same old atmosphere was recreated without having to break
or alter the existing setting. Thus, the rustic and ethnic
concepts were evolved keeping in mind the old technology.
Until recently, an extension of 400sq ft has been added to the
existing structure based on more new technology with
extensive use of glass and steel.
The entire structure is a system of portals of varying heights
supported by four twin columns. Each twin column is composed
of two L-sections separated by a required gap. This makes each
column appear lighter than if it had been designed as a single
section. The flanges/web has been alternated for structural
reasons. The beams and columns have been designed to form a
rigid continuous structural system.

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The skin is not merely an aesthetic element, but is essentially


a structural element. The periphery of the extended cantilevered
space is lined by steel rods placed staggered and a layer of glass
behind the rods. A row of steel rods when staggered makes the
view through it more dynamic and interesting than if the rods
were not staggered. Instead of a wall or column in this system, it
is the line of steel rods connected to form a rigid element which
can support the roof. The entire rods (new technology) are placed
vertically to produce the same effect as in like the palm trees
which existed in the site.
The roof is designed as a 4mm thick cold rolled steel (CRS)
sheet fixed to the existing structure on one end and supported on
the other by steel rods that run along the periphery of the entire
cantilevered mass. From the inside, office space seems to extend
out into the exterior with the play of reflection and refraction on
the glass bringing a sense of space, light and order. The entire
flooring is dealt with PVC wooden finish material. It helps in
faster execution and also it is very light on the structure. The
internal split levels are finished with exposed concrete so as to
blend in the concept with the new interiors.

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Client: Rajesh Shivaram I Design team (architecture & interiors): Rajesh Shivaram
(Principal Architect), Sooraj CM (Senior Architect), B L Manjunath (Structural)
I Built-up area: 2900sq ft I Cost of project: Rs 6,00,000 (inclusive of interiors)

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I Year of completion: 2013

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guests settled down to a charming and hilarious
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few female comediennes in the country. From
jokes about driving in Haryana to peculiar Indian
idiosyncrasies, she spoofed lots of communities
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of the soiree. This was followed by a detailed
and informative talk-cum-presentation on winetasting and etiquette by Simon Kujjur of Fratelli
wines. He took the guests through the elaborate
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all the guests savouring the award-winning wines
from Fratelli with an extensive cheese platter
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wasenjoyed by all.

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Category: Students Thesis Project Medals 2014

Mrignaynee Bhagat

Awardee: Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh


Project: Extension of Punjab and Haryana High Court,
Capitol Complex, Chandigarh

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building, the Palace of Assembly, the High Court and other
monuments placed within the 1200x1200m Capitol Complex
area, in general and in particular for those thousands of people
who throng everyday to Le Corbusiers High Court edifice. The
extension of Chandigarh High Court (which is a live project
proposed by the Government of Chandigarh) was taken up as a
challenge to create a dialogue between the existing structures
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bar rooms amongst a host of other requirements, to end the
existing chaos of people and traffic which Le Corbusier could not
predict at the time of completion of the High Court in 1955, and
to create elements that will not be in competition with the existing
heritage buildings.
The major focus was on the addition of new buildings with
sensitivity to the existing built environment, zoning, traffic flow,
pedestrian-friendly campus, visual integration with the rest of the
Capitol Complex and respecting the hierarchy of spaces as
envisaged by Le Corbusier.

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Category: Students Thesis Project Medals 2014

There are more pits all over, a poxed-land


pockmarked with craters

n abandoned mine is a highly complex socio-economic


and environmental challenge. Resurrection of a goaf deals
with rejuvenating the dead brownfield land left behind
after exhaustive mining. The project idea is to create awareness
through ecotourism. Kudremukh, an abandoned iron mine that
spans over an area of 500ha, is located amidst a wildlife
sanctuary. The master plan aims at a trail that is 8.7km long. It is
evolved by layers of ideas that help in creating awareness about
mining as a process, impacts of mining and its adverse effects on
the environment.

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Manushi A Jain

Awardee: School of Architecture and Planning,


Anna University, Chennai
Project: Resurrection of a Goaf Mine No More,
Kudremukh, Karnataka

SITE PLAN OF MINE MUSEUM

The three important points on the trail conveying the design


ideas are:
Man exploits nature Mine Museum: The built form is
inspired by the brutalism in the process of mining and its after
effects. Its a gallery space with live exhibits and displays about
mining.
Man depends on nature Man and Nature: The next built
form on the trail is inspired by mans dependency on land and
water. The building comprises a water storage tank and nursery
with multiple terraces.
Man and nature in harmony Lookout Tower: The climax of
the trail, located at the summit which overlooks the entire mine
is the viewing tower. The pavilion and tower is a construct of
recycled materials from the existing site.
The proposed trail will be the first-of-its-kind in India. The
design brings to light the magnitude and scale of a mining
context. In addition to this, it resolves social, labour, political and
environmental issues pertaining to the context.

Category: Students Thesis Project Medals 2014

Ruhi Ranjan

his is a project proposed by LIDA (Lucknow Industrial


Development Authority) for building the first IT park of
Lucknow, which will act as a landmark building, adjacent
to Lucknow-Kanpur NH-25. The city of Lucknow is known for its

Awardee: Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Jharkhand


Project: Green IT Park, Lucknow

rich past The City of Nawabs. The idea of form, thus evolved
from the elements and features of past, merged with the
technologies of present. The twin IT towers evolved from the
basic form of dome standing on a raised plinth flanked by the
Nawabi Charbagh gardens at the entrance.
The site consisted of three basic zones public, semi-public
and private, based on the distance from the approach road.
Plazas (interaction spaces) acted as the buffer space between
these zones. In the rear plaza, the reflecting pool and the
feature wall is merged with the amphitheatre creating an
informal sitting for the employees. The retail outlets are
provided at the ground floor, and the offices above. The
receding floor plate of the IT tower leads to the central service

cores serving the office floors. Parking is provided at the


basement for 760 four-wheelers and 600 two-wheelers.
An approach towards sustainability is achieved through
passive methods of design, providing break out terraces also
acting as horizontal shades and creating a buffer zone with the
planter box to minimise the heat gain of the building, northsouth orientation, with shaded plaza areas, providing
comfortable exterior and minimising the HVAC load. The clear
height acts as the light tunnel decreasing the use of artificial
lighting. These passive systems combined with active systems
of BIPV module fulfilling the lighting and equipment energy
requirements and compliance to LEED approach create a green
IT zone.

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