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January 2009. vol. 7. issue 9.




Deepak and Varsha Guggari are architects who believe that structures
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On The Cover
contentsjanuary 2009
The Varsha and
Deepak Guggari
residence in
“A Local
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49 Urban Monastery
Using monochromes and earthy materials architect Ashiesh
Shah designs a beachfront property in Mumbai which reflects
the sea theme but in an abstract manner.
57 A Local Flavour
Architects Varsha and Deepak Guggari design a 5,500 sq. ft.
house in Pune where the core emphasis is on the use of
natural materials and elements.
66 Eclectic Living
Inspired by Tadao Ando’s style and a few master strokes of
the likes of Mies Van De Rohe are evident in this eclectic
house designed by Matharoo Architects in Surat.
74 Cabin Class
Chilean architects Alvaro Ramirez and Clarisa Elton combine
architectural aesthetics with an environmental dialogue in their
cliff-top cabin in Buchupureo, Chile.
82 Blurred Boundaries
Architectural firm MO-OF and reputed fine artist Bose
Krishnamachari blend the best of art and architecture to
create a home that combines modern materials and art.
90 The Design of Peace
Architect Nitin Katwani of DCA architects designs a Zen-like
apartment in Versova which embodies the maxim ‘Less is
more’ to the T.
96 Myth meets Magnificence
Atlantis, Dubai’s newest resort with its exotic ambience and
96 unprecedented scale is set to break new ground.
108 A Spiritual Aura
Salient design studio creates an Italian restobar, Hussh, that
exudes a traditional Italian feel.
16 In The Know Design Diary.
19 Unbuilt Works Sameep Padora’s Cascade Court.
34 Retail Therapy Neil Bartett Flagship Store, Tokyo.
38 Cult Product Acoustic Panels.
44 Go Green Guanganmen Green Technology Exhibit, Beijing
104 Lost Architecture Stepwells, India.
10 Editor ’s Note
14 Our Readers Write Letters to our Editor
26 Bars, Spas & Restaurants New places with style
Send your views, suggestions and questions about this issue to
our editor and we’ll be happy to print the best
Festive Tips
Star Letter 1
Sustain to attain a better future
You hear of people wanting to
revamp their home all the time,
Over the years we have focused only on growth while ignoring the particularly in the festive seasons.
environment. This is not only an Indian phenomenon but happens Home Review should make an
in countries all around the world. Challenges of the environment informed choice with trends and
will grow incredibly in cities as India further urbanizes. Your article materials in home furniture and
on LPA Architects, who conceived the award winning house with decor. Special emphasis being
sustainability at the core of its design was remarkable and in the given to seating arrangements in
right direction. The features like low-VOC paints, recycled terrazzo the living area, dining area
floors and a solar array system make it a model to be imitated. settings, bedroom designs and
Architect Heinfield cannot be more correct when he says, “All outdoor furniture along with
Good Earth throws
open its flagship sustainable buildings are the marriage between time-honoured suggestions for apt furnishings for
store in Delhi design practices and the best of new technologies available each individual use.
designed by Lotus today. Sustainability is not a trend or fad. It’s a value decision.” SHRUTI HIRANI
“The Good Life” NOIDA
Page 57.
Editor’s Choice
Multiplicity House Kitchen Trends
Your feature in Home Review on the Y-house is outstanding. It depicts the Once again Home Review has
multi-disciplinary urban spatial experience by just absorbing the range of come out with a special and it
photographs illustrated in the pages. Although it was re-modelled in 2004 it has made planning and making
does not reflect that it was rebuilt. The most noteworthy in my opinion is the my kitchen a success. I am to-
kitchen with the eco-friendly bamboo that absorbs carbon dioxide better tally in agreement with you that
than trees and gives the space a unique, contemporary and hygienic finish. all household activity gravitates
However I wish you had featured this kitchen as one of your selections in in and around a kitchen. I was
kitchen special section. tempted to go for a modern
SHASHANK PANDEY kitchen but not as elaborate as
KOLKATA the ones depicted by you. After
Tumbling Economics which I went through the sug-
Indians are not used to housing busts. Since property seemed for so long to gested planning and implemen-
be a one-way bet, some still find it hard to grasp that prices can ever fall. tation tips. However a compro-
The markets have fallen and even discounts of “buy one get one free” are mise in the stovetop, ventilation
emerging. The scenario is that plenty of new homes are being finished, but and storage had to be done to
few are being started. You at Home Review could help by recommending suit the flat. The final result has
ways and means to furnish and design apartments in a more economical been beyond my expectations
way. After a long time homes seem to be just affordable and if interiors are so I thought a thank you would
also reasonable people like me may just about get a functional home. be in order.

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supply of exquisitely chosen imported veneers. The office furniture, study desks, dining tables, bar cabi-
company has also taken a giant leap forward by nets, bedroom and living room sets. The most cov-
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The most recent introduction by this multi-faceted Singapore have made their way to India thanks to
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Every professional practise, at some time or

the other, faces a dead-end situation where a
project does not see the light of day. The time,
energy, effort involved by the architect then
becomes an investment in his learning curve,
stashed away in the portfolio as a conceptual
accomplishment; yet another testament of
his professional prowess.

 In this new section, we feature some unrealised

projects that stand tall for their out-of-box concept ir-
respective of the nature of the built, or rather un-built
form. We premiere with Mumbai-based architect-n-
designer Sameep Padora's 'Cascade Court', a pro-
posed office building that could certainly have left its
mark in terms of vivifying interior-exterior correlations,
given its antithesis of a conventional office site-scape.
A few years back, a plot of 120,000 sq. ft was
earmarked for a
commercial building that THIS PAGE The overall
would house offices. A structure of the building
normal enough building was designed in a such
proposal one would say; a way that the 3 pro-
however, the added posed units were
bonus was that the positioned at an overlap-
premises would also ping tangent to the
house a business centre other, in a manner that
complete with conference not only dwarfed the 12
and meeting rooms, storeyed building but
cafeteria, gymnasium, also allows easy acces-
etc and associated sibility.



infrastructure viz., bank, banquet halls, and allied

commercial goings-on.
Breaking free of the conventional typology of an of-
fice building with its set elevator lobbies and stair-
wells as well as the clichéd corridor look, Sameep
Padora & Associates proposed a model that would
align the offices along non-linear axes and bring alive
every transitory space in the complex. The premise
was worked around a centrally positioned landscaped
area as the happening heart of the structure and sev-
eral bridges that would
form connecting arms, THIS PAGE Padora
wrapping the building breaks free of the
around the green space conventions with the
per se. landscaped pathway
Beginning with that substitutes the lifts
massing, the north side of and staircase, and the
the building was opened non-linear arrangement
up to accomplish of spaces. Here the
maximum natural light cross - sections of the
and ventilation. This was building show the
followed by chiselling a staggered office and
beautifully landscaped circulation spaces.



ramp that would slowly rise up from the

ground level, passing every floor to reach
the highest point of the building. The
proposed floor rise was 12 storeys. With
the building mass working around this
garden path, the form that began to be
programmed appeared to aggregate in
three strategic units; each positioned at
an overlapping tangent to the other. This
not only dwarfed the outward appearance
of the high rise structure but allowed easy
accessibility, so that one could easily
'walk' up the landscaped path to the
highest point
THIS PAGE Various without actu-
configurations of ally feeling it.
connecting arms or "In this FILMSTRIP The
bridges are worked project we gradual site devel-
upon, establishing addressed opment from the
contact amongst the issues of conceptual stage to
various areas in the context through the final design
interiors of the our attempts stage.
building. to activate



externalities that become operative and surfaces that

become performative", explains Padora. While the
exterior showed very few openings, interest was
created in the interior envelope. The landscaped path
was fitted with a retractable roof. Various configurations
of connecting arms were worked upon, establishing
contact amongst the various areas in the interiors and
the building began to look inwards to a more active
scale and beat. The vertical garden strips would imbibe
elements of light and air, whilst punctuating space and
choreographing form.
Addressing a smart overall program, the
construction was proposed in glass reinforced concrete
(GRC) that is known for its high versatility offering both
efficiency of manufacture and effectiveness in
Sadly, the proposed plot that housed an old factory
was riddled with union problems and site litigations
that forced the project to remain on paper. On a more
positive note, this intimidating façade with its staggered
interior floor rise and
intercepting floor plates THIS PAGE TOP
would have been a LEFT The cross internal
rewarding manifestation bridge connections.TOP
of the feedback between RIGHT The massing of
the multiple forces the building. BOTTOM
that affect program, use The roof plan of the
and space. building.


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Brick Awards 2008

Wienerberger, a world leader in the
manufacture of clay bricks and building
products, has instituted an award that
recognises exceptional brick architecture,
encouraging sustainable values with the use
of natural products.

 Wienerberger, one of the largest manufactures of

bricks in the world and the second largest producer
of clay roof tiles in Europe, endeavours to create
sustainable values with natural products. Since 2004,
Wienerberger has honoured creative brick structures
as well as their architects from all over the world
with their 'Brick Awards'. These awards are held
every two years in order to recognise the European
brick architecture.
On 3rd of April 2008, the Wienerberger Brick
Award was held in Vienna presenting 21,000 euros
(13 lakhs) as prize money. Thereby, Wienerberger Kolumba Museum,
through these awards acknowledged the undoubted Cologne By Architect Peter Zumthor
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building material.
Based on the building functionality, usage of comprised of renowned international architects,
materials and the external architectural design, the architectural critics such as Lipa Goldstein, Mark
best projects were recognised. The panel of judges Kalm, George Ferguson and Ryszard Jurkowski.
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Extension of Winery, Switzerland By

Architect Bearth & Deplazes



They gave more emphasis to eco-friendliness and extension of a winery in Fläsch in Switzerland. They
functionality of the building apart from clay usage made use of the speed of a robot and precision
and creative external architectural design. and the digital wall construction for this eccentric
In the award held this time, a total of 255 architecture. The project stylistically resembles a
projects from almost 19 countries were submitted wine estate, a wall that appears to penetrate from
by the architecture critics. From among the vast larger than life grapes.
number of projects, the three winners selected An architectural gem comprising of technologi-
belonged to Switzerland and Germany. Addition- cal beauty, the IT Building in Finland was the 3rd
ally, Netherlands and Finland were awarded winning project. Designed by architects Tuomo
special prizes. The winners also received an Siitonen and Esko Valkama, this building is built
illustrated architecture book called 'brick 08' along with red bricks and seeming contradictions with
with the award. This book featured 35 excellent its aesthetic atrium as an attraction grabber. This
brick buildings from all over the world apart from award winning building was constructed using the
award winning projects. Part of this collectors principles of sustainability that is very prominent in
tome was for the first time two articles from India, the architect's interior design and other work areas.
one an office building in Bangalore and the other The architect was successful in creating a user-
an endeavour in contemporary Indian brick friendly, eco-friendly and modern working environ-
architecture by architect Anand Prakash. ment which is artistic and lively at the same time.
Peter Zumthor, the Swiss architect was the first Lastly, the winners of the special category were
prize winner for the Kolumba Museum. This the residential building in Morcote, Switzerland
museum secures a modest place in the middle of (Architect Markus Wespi, Jérôme de Meuron
the city. The design is simply integrated in the Architekten BSA) and the Headquarters of the
building mass of a generic perimeter block. It's like Dutch WWF in the Netherlands (Architect T.M.
a key performer that is standing in the background. Rau). The residential building in Switzerland is
Through this project, the architect built a museum designed keeping harmony and the present time
that is home to a compilation of the archbishopric with the environment. This building is constructed
of Cologne. Peter Zumthor also allowed a house to of baked clay which is commonly used in tradi-
develop this art collection which is both sacred tional Ticinese architecture. Local traditions and
and traditional. landscape traces are evident in its interiors.
The second prize winners of 'Brick 08' were Architect Rau did complete justice to technol-
architects Bearth & Deplazes Architekten AG for the ogy and nature in every area of the Dutch WWF

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Residential Building, Switzerland

By Architect Markus Wespi, Jerome De Meuron



Headquarters of the WWF, Netherlands

By Architect T.M. RAU
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building. Carpet tiles fitted in the building were Krishna Rao Jaisim (Principal Architect, Jaisim
made from recycled jeans, gables of oregon pine Fountainhead), Architect Kamal Sagar (Principal
and bamboo balustrades. Concrete was used as a Architect, Shibani & Kamal Architects), Architects
granular material for this new building. With its Mr. Suneet Paul (Editor- in-Chief, A+D), Ms. Clare
'phoenix', Rau has implemented the WWF's Arni (Architectural Photographer), Architect V.
philosophy architecturally as a building which is Narasimhan (Managing Partner, Venkataramanan
fair to animals and nature, a unity between Associates), Architect Anand Prakash (Principal
aesthetics and ethics. Architect, Archi-Technics), Architect Sanath Kumar
Hence with great success, the 'Brick Award Shetty and Architect Edgar Demello. The
2008' was presided over by around 300 guests participation of Indian architects in this event also
from countries such as North America, Europe and indicated the growing importance of contemporary
India. The award ceremony saw a delegation of Indian architecture and the rapid improvement in
Indian architects present for the very first time in construction practices in the Indian subcontinent..
Vienna. The renowned Indian architects present at Contact
this ceremony included Architect Tom Thomas Email:
(Principal Architect, Thomas Associates), Architect Web: 
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Brick Awards 2008

First Prize: Kolumba Museum, Cologne -
Architect: Peter Zumthor
Second Prize: Extension of a winery in Fläsch,
Switzerland - Architects: Bearth & Deplazes
Architekten AG
Third Prize: IT building, Finland - Architects:
Tuomo Siitonen, Esko Valkama
Special Prize: Residential building in Morcote,
Switzerland - Architect: Markus Wespi, Jérôme
de Meuron Architekten BSA
Special prize: Headquarters of the Dutch WWF IT Building, Finland By Architects
in the Netherlands - Architect: T.M. Rau Tuomo Siitonen & Esko Valkama



A Bed Bar in Berlin

Bangaluu Club 
The Bangaluu Club along with its
restaurant 'Labor' is situated in
Berlin-Mitte and is housed behind
the historic edifice of the former
Post Ofice of East Berlin. If you
are looking for a chic and exclu-
sive nightspot, then the Bangaluu
is the place to be. The atmo-
sphere is glamour defined in a
unique style. The décor is pre-
dominantly pristine white, and
complemented by crystal
candleholders, white curtains and
pure white sofas.
Bangaluu is one of the capital's
leading nightclubs, known for its
one of a kind, spectacular party
concepts, which keep its clientele

The restaurant, 'Labor' on the
first floor of the Bangaluu club
symbolizes the new art of club
dining. The labaratory-like space
of the restaurant bears a distinctly
stylish design quotient. A culinary
journey, through delicacies from
all over the world is presented to
the guests. But this is not all. As
bite after bite, from excellently
decorated plates is enjoyed,
attention is also drawn to the
delightful floor show, and anyone
who cannot resist the urge to get
up and dance, after the meal is
encouraged to do so!
The cuisine is predominantly

fusion and molecular and the

guests can avail of premium
international fare on a pre-se-
lected menu. The unique aspect
of this place is that this culinary
phenomenon can be experienced
standing, seated or even lying
down! After dining, guests can
look forward to a free access to
the legendary parties in progress
at the Bangaluu club. The unisex
washroom is a pioneering feature,
which shares in the bold extravag
-ance of the establishment.
Bangaluu Club
Invalidenstraße 30, 10115,Berlin
Tel:+49 30 809693077

North and South

Indigo Cafe 
Rahul and Malini Akerkar, who
own and run South Mumbai's chic
gourmet destinations, Indigo and
Indigo Delicatessen, have now
opened their latest venture in
degustation, the Indigo Café.
Located in the bustling suburb
of Andheri, Mumbai, the 2,100
sq.ft. gourmet hub features an
exciting menu catering to diverse
tastes that opened to the public
on Sunday, August 10, 2008. The
menu features a complete range
of sandwiches and burgers along
with the most delectable Italian
food. Freshly baked breads and
pastries, desserts and much
more are also on the menu.

The Indigo Café is a concept

envisioned by deGustibus Hospi-
tality, aimed at breaking new
ground in the art of easy, hassle
free food. Designed by Samira
Rathod, who was also the
architect for the Indigo Delicates-
sen, this cafe truly spells class
with its easy going ambience and
chic vibe.
From the classic BLT to a truly
delicious roasted mushroom and
tofu burger, this menu has
something for everyone. It also
has an all day "Breakfast Menu".
Rahul Akerkar, Managing
Director of deGustibus Hospitality,
calls it, "casual dining without the

fuss". He avers that it is simple,

hearty food that is creative and
well executed in a space that is
warm and conducive to socializing
and sharing.
This all-day café promises to
have its own identity that is yet
very similar to the 'Indigo Delica-
tessen' in terms of the menu and
some other elements. Knowing
the management, the food is
expected to be very creative and
gourmet, already making the resto
a big hit in this trendy suburb.
Indigo Café,Plot No F/46,
S.No. 41 (pt.), Oshiwara Village ,
Off Link Road Andheri (West),
Mumbai 4000 053
Tel: (022) 2633 6262

White Paradise
Ikies Traditional Houses 
The Ikies Traditional Houses
complex is situated in the scenic
settlement of Oia (Ia), on the
northern tip of Santorini Island,
Greece. It offers a magnificent
view of the Aegean Sea and the
Caldera area, which is especially
impressive during sunset.
Ikies consists of eleven
maisonettes, studios and luxury
suites, all of which are carved
into the volcanic rock and are
designed according to the
Cycladic architectural style, in
shades of bright white, with
curves and arches.
The area is a favorite
destination of thousands of

holiday makers, due to its unique

architecture and stunning view of
the volcano, the Caldera and the
deep blue Aegean Sea.
Santorini Island in Greece is
considered by many people to be
the most impressive and
mesmerizing vacation destina-
tion. Its exquisite characteristics,
many of which cannot be found
anywhere else, keep beckoning
tourists from all parts of the
Ikies Traditional Houses
Oia (Ia), 84702, Santorini (Thira),
Cyclades Islands, Greece.
Tel. +30 22860 71311,


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HR I Q & A

bernd riechers
 A tete-a-tete with Mr Bernd Riechers,
Global Marketing Head, Hettich Group, who
was recently on a visit to India.

Offering a range of over 10,000 components,

Hettich has become one of the finest and
most trusted brands in the furniture fitting
industry in India. Hettich India Pvt. Ltd.
stands as one among the few companies in
the country which make available products
for all three segments-kitchen & bath,
residential and office.

Having started with your Indian operation

almost 7 years ago, how would you de-
scribe the success of Hettich in India and
what would you say has been the biggest
challenge here?
Being present in India for almost 7 years now,
Hettich has witnessed an average growth rate of up
to 60 percent year on year. We offer high quality
products with a lifetime warranty and give Mr. Bernd Riechers,
importance to style and comfort with economical CEO, Hettich Group
The biggest challenge faced by us has been to
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interface with the tradesmen in India in terms of products perfectly.
getting them accustomed to use our products.
What we have observed is that the carpenters in What would you say is the USP of
India are not as well trained in comparison to other Hettich's products? What plans do you
European countries. Hence, we are taking initiatives have to ensure better value for the Indian
to provide them with the necessary training and are consumer?
making all efforts to get them organised in terms of Ours is a production company that offers prod-
the skills required to work with good quality prod- ucts catering to all segments, right from the
ucts. In addition, we are also training the craftsmen kitchen and bath to the service industry, office
and contractors on how to install the desired industry and the research sector. This is the USP
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with a life time warranty.
To ensure better value for the Indian consumers,
we make available the products as per the taste
and requirement of our customers. We also offer
reasonable variations in the price range giving the
Indian consumers an opportunity to upgrade their
product choices.

In some categories, Hettich's products

are priced at a considerable premium
compared to those locally available.
Going forward can we expect any
rationalisation on the prize front?
We offer our customers with a variety of innova-
tive products compared to the ones locally
available. Hence, price is not a significant factor
if compared to the benefits Hettich's products
offer. Fulfilling the desires of our customers, we
offer the best quality, innovative products backed
by a lifetime warranty.


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HR I Q & A

There recently has been an announcement

that the company plans to set up Hettich
certified kitchen studios across the country,
could you elaborate on this initiative?
The Hettich Kitchen Studios initiated by us will encom-
pass high quality levels in its varying designs. In
addition, we would endorse the products with a
certification assuring its liability. To commence in 2009,
the studios will put on view a complete range of
kitchen solution under one roof. Offering a price range
that starts from Rupees fifty thousand onwards; the
Hettich Certified Kitchen Studios will provide the
consumers with a variety of choices as per their

In terms of manufacturing plans for India,

when can we expect to see Hettich products
locally made?
At the moment, the plan is still awaiting a final As on today, we position ourselves as the leaders
approval. It's in the process of negotiation and we are in the kitchen segment not only in India, but all
keeping ourselves open to all opportunities. However, over the world. We are also putting considerable
the final decision would be taken by the board. efforts to consolidate our position by increasing
our market share. Hettich has been well accepted
Looking 5 years down the line, what is your by the Indian market and in the future we will like
vision for Hettich as a company in India and to establish a place for ourselves in other
how do you see it placed today? segments as well.

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Designer Neil Barrett's flagship store in Tokyo,

is a contradictory yet stunning confluence of
the classic and the modern. Designed in part-
nership with Zaha Hadid and Patrik
Schumacher the store proclaims duality and
is open to multiple interpretation.

 If a store could actually duplicate the identity of the

brand it represented and the design ethics of the
products that it showcased, literally, then Neil Barrett's
Tokyo flagship comes amazingly close. Based on his
minimal aesthetic, that also runs through Barrett's
clothing, the store interiors are replications of various
design elements. Barrett, who had been planning to
open a new shop in Japan for a while decided to
debut in the Aoyama district in northern Tokyo, "If you
can make it in Japan then you can make it anywhere.
In fashion commerce it really is about Japan. The Japa-
nese are vastly fashion conscious - it's hard to
compare to anywhere else - and they pull off my
designs so well. It is the
perfect place to start be- THIS PAGE Furniture on
fore rolling out the the ground floor of the
designs to my other store is based on a
shops," believes Barrett. 'masculine and dynamic
The designer collabo- form', while the first floor
rated with world re- is more feminine, with
nowned architect, Zaha 'fluid contour lines'.
Hadid to create this Photo Courtesy Virgile
space. The duo teamed Simon Bertrand



up with Patrik Schumacher, a partner with Zaha Hadid

to create a shop that shifts between architecture and
sculpture, designed to parallel the same folding, pleat-
ing, cut-out and fixed-point design ethos utilized in the
brand's clothing.
"When we sat down to discuss what we were
going to do, Zaha came up with a concept in the first
ten minutes. She knew exactly what she wanted to
do, and I loved it. It's just like when I design my
collection - if I don't like the design right away then I
throw it out. If it is not eye-catching enough to get
someone's attention when walking past it on the racks
then it's garbage. The design of this shop was equally
instinctive - Zaha, Patrick and I were on the same page
of what the shop needed to be about," said Barrett in
an interview during the
opening of the store. THIS PAGE This
The original designs, interplay of the male and
once drafted were female theme is further
finalised and shaped by accentuated through
3D computer generated the contrast in colour
models. These were then and finish of the white
processed by the manu- matt Corian furniture
facturer using advanced finish against a black
software to thermoform  glossy floor.



the Corian sheets into the 3D designed surfaces.

According to Hadid, a series of these surfaces were
fabricated with joints, ready to be assembled into larger
sections on site to create the actual store. Using the
latest 3D modelling and CNC programming solutions,
the architects have tried to guarantee a very precise
and automatic translation of the design into the
built structure.
It may not come through in the first glance, but on
closer inspection and attention to finer details also
brings forth the concept of the store which plays with
the complementary characteristics and the related
dualism between male and female. The design does
not define a single room or space, instead the viewer
finds that it creates a circular passage and the
customer is allowed to experience the space in mul-
tiple ways and interpretations.
This is also echoed in the furniture design on both
floors especially through the formal language and tac-
tile quality of the materials used. The furniture is staged
in key points throughout the store to create the spatial
concept of a narrow enclosure changing to an open
condition. In two formal elements the design shifts
between architecture and sculpture, where a compact
mass of surface layers unravel and fold to form the
shelving display and seating. The emerging folds are
designed to showcase Barrett's accessory collection.
The furniture piece on the ground floor is designed
as a strong, masculine and dynamic form whilst the further accentuated through the contrast in colour and
piece on the first floor enunciates femininity through finish of the white matt furniture finish against a black
more fluid contour lines. The first floor is designed in a glossy floor.
more playful manner creating different zones that On the ground floor, towering, curved display racks
maintain the perspective view between them. This anchored in the center of the vast space have a
interplay between male and female is followed through mystifying air. By contrast, the upper floor houses
in the general aesthetic womens wear in a cozy space with lower ceilings, but
concept, setting the furni- THIS PAGE A compact an equally eclectic shelving system that folds and
ture piece with a white mass of surface layers curves to create a circular, continuing space.
smooth Corian finish unravel and fold to form According to Barrett, these architectural concepts
against the raw fair faced the shelving display for will be rolled out to all of the brand's upcoming flag-
concrete surface of the accessories and the ships worldwide to maintain the overall look of the store
rest of the space. This is seating space. that replicates clothing details. 



Acoustics often get treated as a requirement

to be taken care of and seldom as a
design element. Here, we feature acoustic
panels that efficiently combine functionality
and aesthetics.

 Materials like glass, concrete and wood represent

avant-garde architecture. Though these materials
succeed in emphasizing the form and massing of the
structure - typically around which the contemporary
design revolves, they fail in providing good acoustic
systems. Today, acoustic design is not just about
gypsum boards and foam, it has become an integral
part of space design.
What follows is a discussion on a few acoustic
solutions that perform as a design element by thor-
oughly enhancing the décor of any given space and
simultaneously serve the function of sound control.

Offecct Panels
Offect is a Swedish company that develops and manu-
factures easy chairs, sofas, tables and accessories
for meeting-places and home environments and lately,
it has also been focussing on designing acoustic pan-
els. Offect had given international designers the task
of designing their own personal panels to find a solu-
tion to the constant struggle with acoustics in interior
design work. The focus was heavily on design, that’s
both attractive and of high quality, while also reducing
noise levels in a functional way and enhancing the sur-
roundings, whether in public spaces or in the home.

And the two outstanding designs that came through

this exercise were Karim Rashid’s FLO and Marre
Moerel’s Skyline.
The panels are flexible, create artistic patterns and
have some of the best noise-reducing capabilities on
the market. FLO panels designed by Karim Rashid are
ripple-like lightweight sound absorbers in the upper
frequency range (500 Hz
and above). These panels THIS PAGE TOP
help reduce disturbing Karim Rashid designs a
reflections of environmen- ripple like acoustic panel
tal sounds. - FLO for Offect.
Karim Rashid says BOTTOM Marre Moerel
“When I created FLO I designs a patterned
was inspired by sound panel for Offect.
waves and digital data. The pattern of ‘Skyline’
People today live in a very offers the possibilty of
digital world mentally, and different configurations
we need to catch up for the wall.



with experiential design in the physical world to create

a balance. The FLO panels can be set continuously or
broken off in different ways. Placed horizontally the
pattern conveys a sense of water, and vertically it could
be described as light waves,” says Karim Rashid.
These panels are made from recyclable moulded
polyester fibre and are available in off-white, grey,
anthracite and fuchsia colours.
Skyline is another new design that offers a
completely different aesthetics than typical wall
ornamentation and still has the acoustic properties of
the others in the collection. Designed by Marre Moerel,
the mesh offers an asymmetrical shape which allows
for more variations of the installation. The wall panels
can be combined in different ways to meet the needs
of almost any room or environment. They can also be
used to improve privacy in an open work area such as
an office space or a restaurant.
Soundwave series is another of Offecct's creation
and is also made of recyclable moulded polyester fibre.
Soundwave series comprise of four panel types- Luna,
Scrunch, Swell and Swell Diffuser.
This series of sculptural wall panels combine
functionality and aesthetic
and is specifically de- THIS PAGE TOP The
signed to enhance the Airflake sound absorbing
acoustic properties of any screen by Abstracta.
interiors used for human BOTTOM Soundwave
communication and series by Offect.



social interaction. While most acoustic products are

concealed in the fabric of the interior, sound wave
resembles 3D wallpaper, making acoustic control a
visible dimension of design and easy to apply in
existing interiors.
Each panel in the Soundwave series is designed
for a specific acoustic purpose. Successful acoustic
design requires a good understanding of the acoustic
properties of each panel type and a correct analysis of
the needs of an interior and this series is designed
keeping in mind the different acoustic needs.

Airflake by Abstracta
Decorative and functional sound absorbing screens
called Airflake are a recent introduction by Abstracta.
The Airflake wall coverings are moulded fibre felt
panels that divide the space to add a more intimate
feel at the same time gives an artistic touch. Designed
by Stefan Borselius, this modular system is built around
the shape of a hexagon in a variety of designs and
colours, which can be freely combined to create the
screen. It can be fixed to aluminium rails for mounting
on walls or ceilings.
Airflake News is a further development of the Airflake
idea. Made from moulded polyester fibre, with
laminated textile it has pockets that have the same
sound absorbing function
but can also be used to THIS PAGE Airflake is
store magazines. Airflake modular sound absorb-
News can also be ing screen introduced by
combined with the Abstracta that acts as
ordinary Airflake an aesthetical feature in
module. a space.

Tides Restaurant, New York

 Acoustics play a major role in a community
space . New innovative ways and materials are spar-
ingly explored but LTL Architects have come-up with
an unique material to deal with the acoustics. Typi-
cally, in commercial fit-outs, ceilings often suffer
great disservice as the forgotten elevation. Services
coordination is easily overlooked, and materials rarely
deviate from dry lining. Smoke detectors, light-fit-
tings and sprinklers compete in misaligned unre-
solved grids, despite the fact that when seen through
brightly-lit shop windows, free of merchandise, peo-
ple and clutter, the ceiling is often the most promi-
nent surface.
Tides, a New York restaurant explores different
configurations of bamboo. The designers invested
a great deal of time in the consideration of the ceil-
ing, providing an inverted acoustic topography that
helps mediate what they considered to be an inap-
propriately proportioned space for a small intimate
restaurant. The ceiling constitutes over 120 000 bam-
boo skewers (cut into three standard lengths) em-
bedded into a back-lit acoustical ceiling.



Japanese firm Vector Architects have de-

signed a temporary, easy-to-dismantle and
environment-friendly house in Beijing that
would be disassembled after 3 years.

 Sustainability or green architecture is not just about

structures that don't perish, it is also about materials
that sustain wear and tear and can be reused for some
other function or structure. With diminishing resources,
re-cycling and re-use is one of the most favourable
solution in the construction sector. In case of tempo-
rary structures the scope of re-use is considerably large.
As against the general belief that temporary structures
are stringently functional and aesthetically mundane,
Vector Architects design a 500 square metre floating
garden in Bejing, China for the temporary Guanganmen
Green Technology Exhibit. This modern, sustainable
structure in Beijing is a
temporary showcase for THIS PAGE The
sustainable residential building features grass
design, wrapped in an panels and a green roof
eco-friendly envelope of with integrated irrigation
its own. The gorgeous systems. Vertical grass
green-roofed structure is walls enveloping the
situated in the central lawn steel structure help
of a residential project by maintain heat efficiency
China Resources Land while reducing heat gain
Limited. Listed on the or loss.



Hong Kong Stock Exchange in November of 1996, China

Resources Land Limited (CR land) is the real estate
flagship of the China Resources Group. Its major
business is development and management
of residential and investment properties in
mainland China.
The design firm Vector Architects was recently
established by partners with combined experiences
in architecture design practice and real estate
development. The firm pursues the fundamental
simplicity and logical clarity through the everyday
thinking and working process. It has a peculiar design
philosophy, its process entails "designing the question",
based on the consideration of the program and the
clients need, and the understanding of social, cultural,
historic, climate, and urban context of each project.
They envision the idea of sustainability not only for
the completed buildings in their operations, but also
as a guidance of the design and construction proc-
ess. In this temporary green technology exhibit the
designers were asked to factor in three things while
site selection: minimal impact of the designed land-
scape construction, minimal impact of planned pe-
destrian circulation and easy demolition and site
recovery after use. "The
idea is to develop the con- THIS PAGE TOP
cept of "temporary" from RIGHT The aerial view
a more meaningful per- of the Guanganmen
spective, to design a Green Technology
piece of floating "installa- Exhibit.TOP LEFT The
tion" in the garden, which oblong form of the
could be built, demol- temporary structure has
ished and recycled random cut - outs for the
through an easy and openings. BOTTOM
straightforward way with The aesthetic interiors of
the least impact to the the house add to the
planned site," the  overall appeal of the



designers explain.
The building features grass panels and a green roof
with integrated irrigation systems. Steel makes up the
main structure and is reusable, and it's prefabricated
so as to minimize site impact. The building will be
used for three years as one of the CR Land's Residen-
tial projects. Set for deconstruction in 2011, the steel
frames will be salvaged for future projects and the
grass panels will be moved to a home on an adjacent
fence at the residence compound after demolition. The
elevated structure results in a reduction of excavation
and foundation work; allowing easy demolition and site
recovery after the project is completed.
Vertical grass walls enveloping the steel structure
help maintain heat efficiency while reducing heat gain
or loss. This grass-panelling system that covers the
structure's walls and roof also reduces storm water
runoff and increases the green space in this urban
centre. It also visually harmonizes the temporary
structure with the existing garden.
The elevation appears as an oblong form with ran-
dom cut-outs along its
length. The interior of the THIS PAGE TOP The
structure is not neglected model of Guanganmen
and exudes its own charm Green Technology
as does the exterior. Af- Exhibit.
ter three years time, this BOTTOM LEFT Earthy
avant - garde marvel will colours are used for the
be dismantled as sched- contemporary interiors of
uled, but long after it's the house BOTTOM
gone the conservational RIGHT Close - up of the
principle behind its vertical grass panel that
conception will remain.  are used for the walls.

Project Profile
Location : Beijing.
Client : CR Land.
Architect: Design-partner-in-charge: Gong Dong.
Managing-partner-in-charge : Hongyu Zhang.
Project Architect : Shuo Li.
Architect : FLing Xiang, Chao Li.
Structure Engineer: Bo Song.
MEP Engineer: Jianjun Lv, Xiaohui
Zhong : C Kanglong Lian.
Steel Structure, Grass Panel with integrated
irrigation system
Building Area : 500m2


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colours of the art work
and the tones of the
yellow Jaisalmer flooring
are a rich contrast. The
home has several long,
narrow corridors ending
in nooks where the
bedrooms are located.

In a Mumbai beachfront property, architect-designer Ashiesh Shah

brings the sea theme into play in a rather subtle way. The monotone

palette and the simple materials used make it appear monastic rather

than a beachy hideaway.

umbai's famous beachfront, Juhu Beach was
once synonymous with old world bunga
lows. Now it has a rash of new buildings,
some rising even 30 floors and above. Amidst the
modern skyscrapers, however, stands a modest con-
temporary building belonging to one family. It has
replaced a bungalow but unlike the other towering
apartment blocks and buildings surrounding it, it's
two floors high and has a basement.
The home is located in an area known for fancy
homes owned by Mumbai's lotus eaters, particularly
the movie stars. In a clean break from the surround-
ings, however, designer
Ashiesh Shah has THIS PAGE The living
eschewed the 'put in room of the house is
whatever money can buy' fringed in by French
attitude and designed it windows that offer a
like a clean, minimal view of the sea.
urban monastery. Like BOTTOM The art
any monastery it's got the works, antiques and
art. It's also got timber sculptures all come from
furniture from Ladhakh the collection of the
a n d Por t u g u e s e - s t y l e owners who are avid
pieces from Goa. But the collectors and also have
lines are clean and linear, a home in Ladakh.
the colours are monotone grey and white, the materi-
als used are raw and earthy, and the emphasis is on
Shah came in at a stage when the inner spaces had
to be designed. Architecturally, it was all complete -
an empty shell with spaces clearly demarcated. The
home has several little hidden nooks and corners used
for creating seating. Long corridors and passageways
lead to rooms that are hidden from the eyes. There is
also an elevated outer space, a wooden deck
surrounded by neatly manicured lawns and swaying
palm trees, which opens
to the sea and is separated THIS PAGE Shah has
from the living room on subtly used the sea
the ground floor by sheer theme. There are several
curtains. There are shell accessories placed
several coconut trees in all over the house and
the compound of the sea shells have even
house and the wooden been embedded in the
deck is built in a way that walls in some parts.
it either skirts them or BOTTOM The home
revolves around them. has an elevated outer
The ground and first space, a wooden deck
level are connected with that opens up to a stone
a simple wood and glass platform and the sea.
stairway that has cantilevered steps. The owners enter
the home through the living room on the ground level.
On the top floor are the private spaces - bedrooms
and a guest room. Right below lies the
basement, where Shah has created a light-well. It's a
simple square space that's
topped by a skylight. THIS PAGE TOP The
Light streams in through colours used in the
this little intervention in home are muted and
the ceiling all through the soft so as not to take
day. Fringing the away from the stunning
light-well is a narrow beauty of the outside.
courtyard open to the There is a certain
sky. A symbol of fertility romantic quality to the
and prosperity drawn décor as is obvious from
from Hindu mythology the Goan four-poster
has been etched on the bed, the white curtains
courtyard ground. "I have and the old photograph
tried to incorporate placed on a table.
mythology within BOTTOM An ancient
design, without making side table from the
the space seem overtly family’s antique furniture
ethnic," says Shah.  collection.
THIS PAGE The dining
table is part of the living
room space. To bring
that feel of a tropical
home or beach house to
this corner, Shah has put
in a banana plant. The
table too is in the shape
of a banana leaf.
A glass pane separates the courtyard from the base-
ment light-well, where a collection of art and antiques
belonging to the family is on display. It makes for a
perfect retreat on a rainy day.
"The view is stupendous," says Shah, "so the easiest
thing would have been to
make it look like a beach THIS PAGE TOP
house. But it also had to Some of the walls have
look urban, like it be- been plastered with IPS
longed in Mumbai. There cement and appear
had to be an unfinished. The combi-
element of practicality: nation of raw grey walls
the doors needed to be and antique furniture
locked because we are in goes well with the
a city and not on some overall modern yet
island.The home had to ethnic theme of the
be kid-friendly, since the house. BOTTOM The
family has two." view of the courtyard
The easiest way to do which is open to the sky
that was by rounding off and fringes the base-
the edges of the custom- ment. The floor motif
made furniture. and brass urli represents
However, Shah has ex- peace and prosperity in
tended those rounded Hindu mythology.
basement below has a
glass wall that offers a
view of a narrow court-
yard topped by a
skylight through which
streams in natural light
all through the day.
edges to the walls as well. Where the wall meets the and shadow on the walls. The owners of the home
ceiling, you notice gently-rounded edges. The designer have a collection of contemporary art, including works
has subtly used the sea theme across the house - the by Navjot, Rekha Rodwittiya and Justin Ponmany,
master bathroom has shell accessories; sea shells have which is on display.
been embedded in the walls in some parts of the house Like any good home by the sea this Juhu bunga-
and in the master bedroom, a 19th century four-poster low too is elevated, which helps secure the house and
bed has been placed in front of large windows that keeps it from getting flooded when the monsoons are
offer a stunning sea-view. heavy, which is more often the case in Mumbai. Like a
The home reflects Shah's monastic concept through lot of well-designed beach houses, this one too has a
the use of materials and colours - wood, Crema - an front patio and large, floor-to-ceiling windows,
Italian marble with matt finish, yellow Jaisalmer stone affording a sea view from every part of the house.
and a grey-white colour palette makes it look, as he "Generally, I like to go beyond just designing
says, "art gallery-ish". The grey works well with the spaces," says Shah. "I like to pick up the accessories,
greyish-green colour tones of the Arabian Sea. Some furnishings, china and the tableware. But here I have
of the walls have been plastered with IPS cement and dipped into the art and antique collection of the fam-
appear raw or unfinished. ily, which spans several centuries and genres. There
Sunrays stream in THIS PAGE The oak were sculptures and paintings and ancient carpets to
through the expansive wood kitchen is rather pick from." Clever construction techniques make pos-
windows, especially in small but a cosy space sible a variety of private spaces that are hidden behind
the living room, creating located in a corner of the closed doors. An understated décor style keeps the stun-
a fascinating play of light lower floor. ning ambience at the core of the design.
local materials make the
floors and walls. Varsha
and Deepak Guggari try
to avoid the tendency to
adopt hi-tech, foreign
materials without really
trying to use what’s
available locally for
example there is an
extensive use of Basalt
stone and sleeper wood
in the house.

Pune based architects Varsha and Deepak Guggari of VDGA create an

architectural marvel built on a grid program, amalgamating inexpensive

locally available materials with innovative thinking.



t first sight of the Patil House, oxymorons
abound. Contemporary and classical. High-end
style, low-end specifications. And most
important, versatility. This house is an out-come of
permutations and combinations of spaces in sections.
There's a visual continuity between the spaces that
make the area look like it is interwoven, as a result,
the visual connect, causes the entire house to have a
seamless flow of space. Designed by Varsha and Deepak
Guggari, the 5,500 sq. ft. house stands in the Clover
Pinnacle Ridge area in Kondhwa, Pune.
"In any structure, or while building any house,
the materials are very important, but what's foremost
is the space on which the house will stand, the
surroundings and the overall ambience - this forms
the soul of the house that ultimately affects the
design," says architect Deepak Guggari.
Both Deepak and his wife Varsha, who started their
practice together some five years ago, are alumni of
Prince Shivaji College of Architecture in Kolhapur. The
Patil House, owned by Guggaris' close friends Pravin
and Pallavi Patil, was amongst their first projects. It
took about 18 months to be completed and the ap-
proximate cost of the project was around Rs. 1.5 crores.
As we enter the house, an alley with sleeper wood
imposing linear form of
the structure - there are
lawns adjoining the
house on all sides.
Another view of the outer
façade. BOTTOM A
mosaic wall adds an
element of interest and
reflects sunlight from
one of the balconies of
the Patil House.


pergolas filter in just the right amount of light casting
sciographies and exhibiting an interesting play of
shadows around our moving bodies, marking the main
entrance. The shadows, in fact, are a prominent
feature all through the house, caused mainly by the
interesting use of light. "Most places in India are
blessed with beautiful natural light and I wanted to
play with this free resource while creating this place,"
says Guggari. The house almost charts the time of day
and the changing seasons
through the play of light THIS PAGE The
and shadow on its walls. staircase leading to the
It is a space that adapts first level; like the rest of
and reinvents itself. The the interiors it’s kept
effect - an almost bare and in all-white
glamorously eerie feeling colour scheme not
of depth and light - breaking away from the
creates forms on the overall ambience.
otherwise bare walls BOTTOM The view
almost like moving from the dining room
paintings that respond to diplays the staircase
the inhabitants inside the that leads to the upper
house and change shape floor while the adjoining
with the changing pool casts beautiful
natural light outside, reflections.
thus compensating for any static art installation.
While walking through the alley, we get a view of
the Zen Buddha courtyard. Long bamboo shoots at
the entrance of this courtyard welcome us even as they
metaphorically tie up the vertical volume of the house.
Again, the shadows cast by their leaves make excellent
wall embellishments while their rustle adds
subtleness to the overall ambience.
Speaking about the obvious emphasis on natural
elements as eye-catching ornamentation Guggari
comments, "One of my biggest style philosophy is to
use as much natural material as possible. With
technological devel
opments worldwide, THIS PAGE To balance
there exists an easy the external, natural
tendency to go for hi-tech, elements that adorn the
foreign materials, often house, the interiors have
without really trying been kept minimal.
what's available locally. I BOTTOM Across the
am not adverse to living room, there is the
technology, but I do prayer-room, divided by
believe in exploring the a rectangular pool
full potential of the flanked by very inviting
materials that are available basalt steps on the
to me naturally and  sides.
locally, before using high-end international items. Not
only are the local options often cost-effective, but
there's a beauty is their simplicity that seems to be
overlooked." The fact that more architects go for the
former, also makes local items one-off, adding a
'different' look to the interiors.
Moving into the house, the ground floor has the
living room, flanked on two sides by beautiful
landscape creations. Across the living room, there is
the prayer-room, divided
by a rectangular pool THIS PAGE The view
flanked by very inviting of the entrance and Zen
basalt stone steps on the Buddha courtyard as
sides. Together, the prayer seen from the living
room and adjoining area:the sleeper wood
water body create a pergola casts an
feeling of sanctity in the interesting set of
otherwise modern setting shadows in the entrance
of the house. What's court. BOTTOM The
more, the house is con- water body in front of
structed such that most the Puja room crafts a
corners overlook this perfect ambience and
central water body. the black basalt stone
On the eastern side, steppers in the water
the dining area faces the body complete the look.
lawn. Another smaller pool adjoining the staircase
catches the reflections and as we travel up the
staircase to the next level, it becomes obvious how
natural elements have been used to their best
advantage in this house.
On the first level, the master bedroom includes a
court that opens up an interesting vista and
introduces a lot of freshness and natural light into the
room. This court is a prominent feature and negates
the need for any superficial adornment. There is an
abundant use of glass
throughout and the THIS PAGE Solid
toilet walls too are re- coloured furnishings
placed by glass that visu- complement the natural
ally open up the space. elements that play the
To balance the exter- feature role in the house.
nal natural elements, the BOTTOM A natural
interiors have been kept light well in the master
minimal and the bedroom not just makes
furniture simple, coupled this house eco-friendly,
with colourful fabrics for but also works well as a
soft furnishings that spec- design element because
tacularly set off the look, of the way it integrates
a concept that repeats in with the overall scheme
the entire house. of the house.


view of the courtyard -
there is a fascinating
emphasis on natural
elements and stunning
details. BOTTOM Floor
plans of the Patil House.

In the family room, on the first level, the

ambience changes to that of a darker variety - neces-
sary for the theatre that the room houses. In addition,
a table converted from an original camel-cart
accompanies lose cushions and beanbags that are spread
randomly across the wooden floor adding to the
cozy-casualness of the room.
Another interesting feature of the house is that all
the interior walls are devoid of any colour, which is
reflected in the house only through furnishings and
artifacts. Only one type of veneer is used which ac-
centuates the simplicity. The flooring has been adorned
with low-cost marble and rough hammer tone
cudappah complimenting the rest of the materials.
According to Guggari, the entire house has been
built on a grid (X-axis - 12ft; Y-axis - 8ft). "Since my
college days, I have been very fascinated about grids
and the way a concept can be developed on them.
Even a simple plan has a great potential and a good
grid guarantees a perfect final product," he says. He
also emphasizes that he does not prefer to follow any
particular style of architecture. "Doing so can kill my
own potential. I want to be flexible so I look at
different styles, but finally our own style is always an
amalgamation. Each project that Varsha and I take up
is like a first project and before delving into it, I
become a child who is looking at the entire gamut of
architecture and interiors for the first time."
Looking at the Patil House, Godspeed we say!
THIS PAGE Globally
overlapping interior
design touches reveal
themselves in this niche
leisure cum reading
room. Circa 1928 chairs
designed by Mies van
der Rohe occupying
place of pride in the
library. OPPOSITE
PAGE TOP The struc-
ture looks like a skewed
box that has emerged
from the use of compos-
ite materials like wood
and concrete.
BOTTOM An aerial
view of the courtyard
bound by a ramp, stairs
and a lift at its corners.

Matharoo Associates create a customized and contemporary residence

with a soul, drawing influences from the work of Japanese design guru

Tadao Ando.


hmedabad based Matharoo Associates were cho
sen by a successful diamond-cutter for his Surat
home because of their distinctive design
philosophy and ability to design and deliver amazing
geometrical curves, combining these with immense
functionality in private living areas. "The client wanted
‘the ultimate space’ created and that's what we
gave him," revealed Principal Architect,
Gurjit Singh Matharoo.
That their creativity is unrestricted by budget
largesse or limitations - and dependent on a client's
primary wishes and needs is made very clear by
Matharoo, who says at the very onset, "I always stick
to the brief - it is important to keep the client's likes
and dislikes in mind besides their needs, more so for a
residential project. Yes, I do have a definite contem-
porary style but functionality is never compromised
and neither is the beauty of the space."
The very structure of the stylish, modernist and
rather elitist Shah House in Surat, Gujarat, for 40-
year old Parag Shah and his 5 member family (a textile
designer wife, a college going son, an autistic son and
elderly parents) was defined by the migrant
businessman decisively wanting to block out the
typical Indian city sounds, smells and sights.
The last includes two of Parag Shah's pet peeves - a
low-slung, gray block and a multi-storied concrete
tower. Both these eyesores for the client caused him
to wish his home should be far-removed in 'design
sensibilities' that he believed most Indian home-
designers and buildings were seriously lacking in; these,
Parag felt, took a lot away from the advanced
aesthetics - he personally preferred to base his home
plan on his favourite architect, Tadao Ando (Japan), a
Pritzker prize winner's vision!
The story of the Shah house unfolds with the
discerning client's wish for converting his 3000 sq.mts,
odd-shaped plot in Surat into a personalized, highly
evolved and exclusive housing space that would
reflect refined, fresh, innovative and international
flavours that also absorb innately Indian family needs
for a small, social and highly cultured residential
group spanning three generations and their huge
collection of art!
The cross-border interior design touches to the
Shah house come courtesy varied influences for both
client and designer; there is clear evidence of heavy
inspiration having been derived from Ando's Japanese
genius for using light across smooth concrete
structures as well as his master strokes - including
nature into the house-plan, (which Matharoo
Associates have also emphasized upon for the Shah
house as our support graphics reveal).
Additionally, assorted European design
embellishments both Gurjit Matharoo and Parag Shah
jointly sourced from around the globe on various busi-
ness trips are also worth a look. Of special mention
from the stylish, stain-
less-steel cooking island
and the wood-clad
walls, the kirchen is
well-equipped with other
amenities like, ovens,
deep freezers and
microwaves, making it a
chef’s delight to work in!
sky-lit Jacuzzi in the
basement area of the
Shah House; additional
mood lighting provides
the intimate touch when
needed while a concrete
pillar dominates the rest
of the setting.
here, would be, that the home's 'style sourcing'
for furniture was pegged at over $100,000 (fixtures
and fittings)!
With both designer and client having business
interests spread across Europe, it proved easy enough
to combine trips for attending to these along with a
bit of home décor shopping. As a consequence, the
Rem Koolhaas dining table of glass and steel makes
for designer dinner times, with a Poul Henningsen
plastic PH Artichoke lamp well at home perched atop
it - indicating Danish design authority recognized by
a pair of young men with high style quotients - while
circa 1928 chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe claim
place of pride in the library (a floor above the dining
area). These eclectic home fashion ideas draw
attention to a subtle and urbane residential
atmosphere that is a point of coming together for chic
approaches of international origin fused in the Shah
home, as the German touch assuages earlier domina-
tion of Oriental or distinctly Indian influences here.
As far as the client's clear inclination towards
everything with a Tadao Ando touch is concerned, it
bedroom covered with
Burma teak gives a
warm touch to the cool
concrete slabs that
comprise the walls,
while Kadapah floors
absorb the restricted
sunlight that enters the
dressing area outside
the bathroom.
Clever use of both life-
size wall art and smaller
choices of oil paintings
displayed in the central
part of the Shah home.


is very obvious - albeit in a restrained manner - thanks in the outdoor pavilion area across and a double
to the convergence of essential Indian materials e.g. concrete skin encasing of the house (to ensure cool
the concrete pillar in the basement, the black stone interiors) make for other aspects of the Shah House's
(Kadapah) flooring and rough, red sandstone courtyard fundamental design concept - that of blending nature
(reminiscent of Rajasthani houses) with the vital into the sub-continentally situated space, which wears
technique of the famed Japanese architect e.g. its ancestral roots from Rajasthan (red sandstone
the Church of Light, Osaka, which is the understated open courtyard scheme that allows for free-flowing
muse for this Matharoo Associate's creation - the family gatherings in private, intimate and
Shah House! comfortable surroundings) well as it does its other
Light forms flit across vast areas of the home design highlights.
unhindered by tall, overpowering home décor accents. Bedrooms clad in Burma teak (5 in number) lend
Most of these are elegant in simplicity when they are the Shah home its share of natural warmth; light spill-
not making spiritually powerful statements. A sophis- ing into various parts of the house from the roof cheers
ticated, urbane and utilitarian stainless steel cooking up glass strips within especially delighting the boys,
island flanked by deep freezers, ovens and microwaves Siddharth 17, and Sumeet, 10, who have their
in the kitchen is most appreciated bedroom windows opening to the courtyard in the
by Meeta, the young wife. Lighter, elemental touches heart of the house from where the waving stalks of
wing across other connecting spaces of the Shah House, bamboo do the rest of the soul-speak - as intended!
such as the corridor where stalks of bamboo whisper If one hums a bar of two of 'Make the world go
low across narrow channels of water that mirror away' in the Shah House courtyard, it wouldn't be
the late afternoon sun's beams off polished black out of place considering that's exactly what the client
stone floors. brief desired and that's what was achieved by the
Italian travertine in the drawing room, almond trees design team. The Shah House's notional centre - its
courtyard and tree - is enclosed by vertical circulation successful one for both Matharoo and Shah.
elements like a ramp, stairway and even a lift that frees The courtyard is this core space in this home that
up a lot of space for a clean, green and a relaxed living has been rightly identified as its cosmic axis. This is so
environment for assorted family activities even as the because the lone tree in the courtyard serves as the
rough concrete shell around these inner areas serves as navel of all energy concentrations for residents - Parag's
a climatic and social buffer between the inside world mother may retire to the cosiness of her bedroom oc-
and the one outside. casionally, but returns to chat with her daughter right
As Mr. Matharoo says, "My design approach is not outside her room while her elderly spouse prefers to
based on fashion but on something more fundamen- watch the evening come upon him while sitting near
tal - the need to create environments that are custom- the lift where the warmth generated by its
ized for clients. I like to build less, build with nature heated shaft takes away some of the nip that
and create spaces, which will emote. These should be accompanies dusk.
spaces that are restrained so that they give a sense of Hence, the primary idea of all radiating site lines
discovery to those looking at them." His design converging into this lone tree in the courtyard is what
approach to the Shah House reiterates this essential has actually worked more
philosophy: with its 'wall to wall' Haveli home for bringing a harmoni- THIS PAGE A view of
construction style so visibly pointing to those built in ous confluence of indi- the courtyard from the
Northern Gujarat (from where the family originates), vidual private needs formal living room is
merging of distinct spaces that convene business within the Shah House ample evidence of the
meeting needs with family use functionality and the more than all the homage he has cre-
requirement for each resident here for their own critically acclaimed pieces atively managed to pay
private domain being catered to while also managing of furniture (outsourced to his favourite architect,
to overlap these with vital common areas. from the best design firms Tadao Ando. From
So, while site lines are irregular and angular to the from Italy and elsewhere) imaginative use of light
point of leaving rectangular margin areas, the design or even the customized blended with smooth
approach, as an attempt at generating a skewed box of essentials for doing up concrete to soft natural
wood-form finish reinforced concrete in a bid to ward their kitchen, gym, doors forms filling the open
off externally disturbing forces, has definitely been a and gates, we declare. courtyard.


A true-blue Rústico Retiro that allows its architect-owners

the quietude of a holiday home and a space to embrace the ocean.


or Chilean architects Alvaro Ramirez and Clarisa that reduces environmental impact through minimal
Elton, their personal needs for restorative holi excavation as the elevated arrangement allows for the
daying and professional inspiration for combin- free flow of water beneath the structure.
ing architectural aesthetics with environmental dia- The cabin plan combines 3 different living condi-
logue in a natural, contemporary yet minimal way tions into its compact and utilitarian form in a
proved to be the guiding force behind their contem- manner that promotes maximum functionality with
porary cliff-top cabin in Buchupureo, Chile. minimum fuss. At the fundamental level of design
Granting residents a breath-taking view of the Chil- planning, the Casa blueprint lay the firm grounding
ean coast, this rustic retreat is located on a secluded for the cabin to include a room with a bathroom, an
coastal strip in the central-south of Buchupureo, (VIII open space meeting the kitchen area and keeping the
región del Bío-Bío of the Northwest Territories). terrace in the middle to serve as the articulator of both
It has been designed in a manner that integrates these main spaces. All these sections within the cabin
both the local respect for indigenously available and afford a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
traditionally preferred materials although, these were The open space leading up the kitchen serves as a
given an unconventional twist. The roof design of the welcome zone for entertaining and interacting with
cabin is particularly significant in terms of traditonally extra 'guest spill-overs' while the hosts attend to
popular materials being used in an alternative way. kitchen chores; its modern residential design scheme
Lime stone is regarded as quite a protagonistic ele- intends fashion to occasionally take-over from func-
ment among local "architecture materials," it has only tionality but never deviates from utilitarian grounds
been used to build walls (a common style in Ireland, as the brightly coloured deck-chairs, the white foot
the designers reveal); never been used as a roof covering stools made from pine trees (designed by the archi-
as the Alvaro-Moletto team have reinvented it as being tect duo), the otherwise regular-looking dining chairs
useful for! (courtesy Home Depot) that were given a dash of red
The roofing was one of the many architecturally paint at their feet by the designers themselves - "just
salient features Alvaro and Clarisa achieved for their to perk them up a bit!" so clearly show.
rústico retiro; others include design concepts like the The architect-owners of the cabin have been
cabin being perched on exposed stilts (a feature that profesionals since 2002 and hail from Santiago, the
reduces the project's intervention into the soil), its capital of Chile, travelling often to this area "to enjoy
distinctive shape and its position (on a steep slope) the rustic life and the natural enviroment of this area,
THIS PAGE A view of the
pine-wood cabin from the
bottom of the cliff it is perched
Buchupureo’s aerial view
displaying the resourceful use
of locally available materials in
an alternate way as limestone
(Laja) restricted for building
walls finds itself serving as
roof covering.


just six hours away by car but favorable more as a week-
end getaway or summer vacations, since work-life at
the office is demanding, too," revealed Alvaro.
"The cabin is used seasonally, from late August to
beginning of May, but we occasionally use it in winter
too; it was designed more as a summer retreat. A tem-
perate climate, characterized by four clearly
demarcated seasons - lots of rain during winter, a
healthy mix of sun-and-rain in spring and plenty of
sun and wind during summers made us decide on the
cabin's northward orientation while the roofing
element of the cabin helps to maximize the sunglight
received all-day long. The limestone on the terrace
provides protection from the chill-factor of southern
winds during summer and we have included a simple,
yet effective heating system in the living area,"
elaborates Alvaro. (An old-style "wood cooker" stove
facilitates heating as well as cooking while the bedroom
has the classic wood stove).
The bathroom, done up in pure pine wood, is a
peaceful, private rejuvenating spot for the residents:
"Yeah, the bathroom is a special place for us. In all
our projects, we put some detail in material that gives
a unique "ambience", in this case we chose only wood
as the main covering material, the exception was the
tub area, which we covered with limestone. The 
THIS PAGE Mixed décor
accents fill up this cozy cabin
space and a part of the outside
environment seeps into the
warmth of the kitchen, dining
and lounge area via the glass
Clarisa absorbing the rejuve-
nating sights and sounds of
the ocean ahead and its
contextual dialogue with the
homely, yet unconventional
design of her cabin bound by
the expansive environment
enclosing it.


washbasin is actually a wood salad bowl hand-crafted it, it was a little and protected "corner" before the cliff
by men from the south of Chile; they worked this begins...a place that faces the north, which has a lot of
way with wood from the humid forest. It's still local vegetation too. These were important points to
working!" consider for conceptualizing the cabin design, espe-
The loyalty to the local touch is in evidence in the cially in the way that the cabin joins the slope; that's
couple's luxurious bedroom-ensuite as well, as Alvaro why we considered pillars as the main structure - so as
revealed, "We designed the bedspreads; they were pro- not to ruin the "flora" and ensure we are always
duced in a village close to Buchupureo and we speci- sourrounded by it. The other consideration was the
fied the black strips were to be alternated with raw panoramic view - being closer to the waves and ulti-
color." Clarisa's creative hobby-crafting occupies place mately, to the infinite ocean."
of pride in their private space and Alvaro underlines Thus, the project was implemented taking into
the fact that though a house is made of bricks, a home consideration the sportive (Alvaro is happy surfing in
is built up of many, small personal touches as he tells summer), the tranquil (Clarisa is content drinking in
us "Well, we bought the lamps - typical Japanese pa- the calm of the view from her cabin's sit-out) and the
per lamps...Clarissa made the macrame wall hanging." scenic possibilites (their guests confess to never get-
Though it is designed much along the lines of a ting enough of the renewing sounds and sights of the
modern country cabin, Alvaro and Clarisa's holiday vast ocean view) of living along a remote coastal trail
home allows them to stay connected with their ethnic where the tremendous surge of the ocean waves con-
roots much in part due to the fact that its location is ducts a contextual dialogue with the structural design
so unique, their green surroundings that are part of a of the cabin and the expansive environment enclosing
bio-reserve and also because of their personal beliefs: it. With such clear-cut design concepts governing the
"Our designs beliefs are that architecture has to be a minds of the creators, it was no wonder that the cabin
close dialogue with the enviroment. We try to print project was wrapped up in a mere 6 months of con-
this idea in all the designs we make." struction work starting on it - a fact that also enabled
Alvaro elucidates, " We were very clear about the the architect-owners to work up a fabulously afford-
position of the cabin before we had the budget to do able, functional and environmentally-friendly 
THIS PAGE A partial
view of the glass-
enclosed sit-out under-
lines the fact how the
natural timber of the
framework blends with
the colours of the cliff-
face in a innately per-
sonal manner, integrat-
ing the building into the
landscape elements and
its interiors. OPPOSITE
PAGE LEFT The close -
up of the Laja - clad
roof. RIGHT The com-
pact, peaceful ambience
of the softly-lit bathroom
at Casa Buchupureo that
is all it promises to be is
done up in pure pine
wood.Its highlight is the
wood salad bowl
washbasin, hand-crafted
by men from the south
of Chile.


THIS PAGE The local
stone Laja used to cover
roof, was thought of as
an element of both local
architecture and land-
scape elements blend-
ing the building into the
rocky shores below.
Conversely the view up
from the beach sees the
timber framework match
the colours of the cliff
face. BELOW The
section and the plan of
the cliff house - Casa

retreat in approximately USD 15,000 for the 55m2

Casa Buchupureo project.
Most of the structural elements of the cabin, in-
cluding external and interior cladding, are left open
to view and have been created from locally available
wood but treated according to the roles they have to
play. For example the pillar structures and beam pieces
have been treated differently so they provide
protection against moisture while the interior cladding
has been brushed and left un-treated as precipitation
is insignificant inside, but the external cladding has
been painted with carbolineum for maximum
resistance to natural elements.
Locally preferred materials like Laja stone and
wood that dominate architecture in the region (most
fences in the area are built with laja stone and mud
and many re-use old house floors for extra support
and to economize on construction values) have been
used innovatively for the roofing structure in Alvaro
and Clarisa's Buchupureo cabin, where the V-shaped
roof detaches itself from the wall designs towards the
front and rear of their home to let in light, warmth
and a considerable sense of spaciousness. While the
Laja stone serves as a protective cladding on the roof,
it is also a mark of cultural adaptation and natural
connectivity as it integrates the building to its rocky
beginnings and when viewed from the beach, the natu-
ral timber framework of the cabin blends in with the
colours of the cliff-face - a homecoming of all visual,
structural and emotive experiences! 
THIS PAGE The overall
scenario is that of a
dominant floor plane
with darker and heavier
materials, while the
pivoting/ rotating sur-
faces that reconfigure
spaces, are at different
times, based on the use
of lighter/ translucent
materials to create a
dialectic ambience.
fluoroscent green chair
in the living area comes
through as an element of
awe in an otherwise
neutralised setting.

Architectural firm MO-OF and reputed fine artist Bose Krishnamachari

blend the best of art and design to create a home that juxtaposes panache

with temperance.



hen two creatives merge their individualistic
sensibilities, the resultant 'work of art' either
follows a dominant-submissive line of
thought or converges at a point of harmonic synergy.
Reputed fine artist Bose Krishnamachari's residence
in suburban Mumbai is a fine example of the latter, as
his artistic nuances mingle with those of his architects
and designers Shantanu Poredi and Manisha Agarwal.
Refurbishing Bose' residence entailed connecting
two one-bedroom apartments to create a large two-
bedroom home with an open landscaped terrace.
Needless to say, the apartment was to be a projection
of his artistic leaning and lifestyle. Following a brief
that underlined minimum clutter as its foremost
requisite and envisaged a one-ness with nature, the
spaces are designed to flow into each other with a
conscientious juggling of essential partitions and the
apartment stylised in an unusual juxtaposition of form,
colour and texture.
Working on a premise that goes beyond the
physical plane, the designers and the artist establish a
dialogue that seeks to meet the aesthetic apparent of
both. An open-plan schematic is endorsed by the
homeowner's user patterns, and a flexibility of spaces
is achieved by shifting and sliding surfaces; folding
planes of enclosure to expand and combine spaces of
living based on their function and programmatic
specificity. Further, hinging and pivoting objects
(suspended T.V) and furniture (Murphy bed) allow
for enhanced flexibility as the design seeks to dissolve
the hermetic distinctions that are generic to a Mumbai
apartment format.
The home is announced via the characteristic and
charismatic bold strokes of a Bose painting on the
entrance door. The apartment then unfolds through
an amalgamation of audacious, commanding elements
viz., a parrot-green acrylic chair, large sculptural centre-
piece in natural fibre, yet another in black granite, a
quaint coat hanger… forming distinct pockets of
interest and interpretation. Individual vistas attract
and then merge into each other creating a holistic
inclusion; indoors become one with the outdoors as
large bay windows sustain awareness of the terrace
beyond. Form, colour, texture and materials vie for
attention, simultaneously, yet communicate restraint
in the viewer.
To capture the essence of Bose' work, the entire
home is treated with a backdrop of dull metallic hues
against which are juxtaposed vibrant shades of joie de
vivre and chiaroscuro elements that bathe the
apartment with a touch of whimsy. Creating a
dominant ground plane is the flooring in engineered-
wood and copper-finished metallic vitrified tiles, that
connects the entire house homogenously. A vibrant
use of colours that are so integral to Bose' art are the
next most significant element that catch the eye,
bouncing off with the play of natural and artificial
THIS PAGE The use of
bright and bold colours
is a clear reflection of
Bose’s influence in the
PAGE TOP An element
of awe in an otherwise
neutralised setting.
BOTTOM The kitchen
is conceptualised as a
semi-privy space and is
enclosed via a double-
layered brush-finished
stainless steel perfo-
rated screen that shifts
to allow for inclusion
rather than exclusion of


master bedroom has a
platform bed with a
ledge running on three

light creating varying hues. Likewise, silver leaf-work

on the wardrobe with back-lit translucent glass Project Profile
contrasts with rich colours, leading to an overall Project : Bose Residence
scenario that holds the dominant floor plane with Location : Borivili, Mumbai
darker and heavier materials, while the shifting/ Client : Radhika and Bose
pivoting/ opening/ rotating surfaces that reconfigure Krishnamachari
spaces, are at different times, based on the use of Architect : MO-OF, Shantanu
lighter/ translucent materials to create a dialectic Poredi and
ambience. Manisha Agarwal
Seamless and easy to maintain materials ensure Design Team : Mangala Shetty
functionally dedicated spaces whilst the major area Project Area : 1300 Sqft
is left roomy. The bay windows connecting living- Contractors : MO-Of Team
dining areas to the terrace account for an expansive Initiation of Project : January 2006
unified space ideal for a large gathering. Taking the Completion of Project : July 2006
inside-outside premise a step further, the simple
furniture is effectively added on to through a wide
seat in one of the bay windows. On a similar principle of spaces as desired.
of connectivity, the kitchen is conceptualised as a The concept of visually expanding the existing
semi-privy space and is enclosed via a siding shutter 1300 sq. ft. area of the apartment was initially to be
that opens up partially or completely to fulfil highlighted through canopied shutters for the terrace
situational demands. Incidentally, this shutter where the living room was to open into the terrace
extends to the master bedroom too providing it with via top-hung mechanized doors powered by
a ditto treatment. These double-layered brush- hydraulic pumps; regrettably, this did not prove very
finished stainless steel perforated screens shift and pragmatic. However, the resultant spatial
combine to allow for inclusion rather than exclusion configuration with the use of bright and bold colours
roomy living room
connects with the
terrace through large bay
windows. Select acces-
sories anoint the area. .
BOTTOM Another view
of the colourful living

is a clear reflection of Bose's influence in the space.

In fact, Bose helped determine the palette of colours
of each space and element. The client-designer
synergies were enhanced by Bose hand-picking small
fitments and fixtures and the designer integrating
them into a complete whole with the added expertise
on the kind and type of lighting, which is integral to
an effective intended ambience. As the architects say,
"Interior Urbanism is a vital feature of our practice -
it simply refers to an increasing interest in not only
creating interior spaces relative to the public realm
but also concerns the integrating of internal and
external environments". Thus emerges a home that
blurs boundaries.

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Nitin Khatwani conjures a mediatative haven wth a Zen-like aura in a city

apartment. The architect cleverly fuses a linear design program with a

minimalist aesthetic.


hen spiritualism is the way of living, what
better than a Zen-inspired design for your
home? DCA Architects' client Ninad
Pardesi wanted such a place for himself, wherein he
could proclaim his faith. He explicitly wished for a
minimalist approach with due stress on practicality.
And what Architect Nitin Khatwani created for him
was a home that has all the comforts of modern liv-
ing and an enhanced aura of divine presence in it.
The site was a two bedroom apartment that
opened both on the east and west fronts. Keeping in
mind the client's requirement for a meditative haven,
Khatwani designed the space on simplistic lines, with
a touch of Zen. The design created linear divisions
between the living area and the bedroom and prayer
room, divided by the service areas.
Khatwani has created a true Zen ambience, down
to the last detail. A Zen style calls for harmonious
interface of form and space, which results in a sooth-
ing and pleasing atmosphere. With the linear
division of space, the living area sits facing the
multitudinous expanse of the ocean in the west whilst
the bedroom faces the rising sun.
Following the diktat 'less is more', the designer
has pared down the use of furniture and other acces-
sories to a bare minimum. But nowhere will one find
a lack of comfort or absence of style due to the
minimalist approach. The living area comprises the
seating arrangement and the dining table. These two
spaces intermingle and yet are set apart due to the
use of a distinct style and of course functionality.
Drawn on simple clear lines, the furniture used


living area comprises
the seating arrangement
and the dining table. The
furniture with its simple
straight lines and warm
earthy hues is a perfect
balance to the white
colour palette bringin out
the desired Zen- effect.
BOTTOM The master
bedroom comes across
as a private haven as it
lies awash in white with
dark veneer furniture.
The bedroom has a
platform bed that
extends into a side


is completely uncluttered in look and feel. Khatwani dining area ends dramatically with two columns that
has effectively used warm earthy hues as well as stand as sentinels, with lights glowing behind them.
whites. He explains, "The living room is kept as open It is also important to note the peculiar layout of
as possible for the view and the colour. The sea, the furniture. The centre table is kept in line with
sun and sky contribute to the room space and the the dining table to emphasise the structural form of
free flow of these natural elements creates natural the room. The furniture is made with dark veneer
and beautiful effects of light, space and colour in that stands out against
the room." the white background. THIS PAGE TOP The
Most of the furniture has been made on site with The expansive bal- balcony dividing wall
variations introduced in the detailing to mark out cony runs parallel to the has been done away
its use. Furniture and accessories in a Zen style are living and dining areas. with and is replaced
known to be minimal and with a specific use. As Since the balcony has with a glass water body
seen in Khatwani's creation, the box-like sofa and clear glass balustrades, an which demarcates the
the low centre table come across as bare minimum onlooker gets an uninter- living area from the
necessities yet fulfill their highly functional role in rupted view of the sea balcony and also add to
the living room. Again the use of clear lines in the beyond. The balcony the aesthetic quotient of
furniture design falls in harmony with the structural walls have been done the apartment. OPPO-
layout of the apartment like the rectangular windows away with to be replaced SITE PAGE In a
in the background. with a fixed line of a glass peculiar attention to
The dining table is a successful experiment with water body, which de- detail the centre table is
minimalism. Resembling a block of wood, the din- marcates the living area kept in line with the
ing table camouflages three low backed chairs on one from the balcony. Pres- dining table in the
side and a long low settee on the other. These can be ence of a water body rectilinear space to
pulled out from under the table when required. Here adds another aesthetic emphasise the structural
again, addition of minute details brings forth the con- touch. The openness of form of the room bring-
tinuity of thought in the overall design. In the wake the balcony also invites ing forth the continuity of
of the rectilinear attitude of the living room, the din- lot of natural light and thought in the overall
ing table block is length-wise split into two. The keeps the room airy. design.


Stressing the minimalist ambience is the effective veneer furniture conspicuous in its elegance. The
use of lighting. During the day sunlight floods the bedroom has a platform bed that extends into a side
apartment, which can be muted with the drop of table, while the storage room is transformed into a
mat shades. By evening the apartment dons a walk-in wardrobe with a frosted glass door.
different look. As Khatwani puts it, "We have Khatwani's minimalist style comes to fore in
maintained indirect lighting in the apartment, the puja room, which is actually an enclosed
integrating the source within furniture or other balcony. The atmosphere in the puja room is serene
essentials of the house." and peaceful and the totally uncluttered look is very
Moving on to the functional areas of the appealing - making it a meditation space rather than
apartment, one notices the continuity in design. a ritual corner.
While revamping the kitchen, Khatwani regarded this True to the client's requirement, Khatwani has
flow of Zen design a more challenging factor than created an apartment
space constraints. "Since we were designing for that is highly personal THIS PAGE The dining
essentials, the challenge was to continue the same a n d table resembles a block
look in the kitchen too," he comments. A long introverted. He has of wood which is split
L-shaped counter offers lot of utility space, while the effectively combined the into two. The table
modular design keeps the kitchen unencumbered. uncomplicated archit camouflages three low
Similarly the bathroom too is made up of clean ecture of the backed chairs on one
lines and compact nooks. Khatwani has experimented entire apartment with side and a long low
with sandstone and earthy tones here. It is the very the Zen-inspired interi- settee on the other. The
simplicity of design that imparts a sense of class to ors. In simple terms, the dining area ends
this modern setup. apartment is a home dramatically with two
At the very first glance, the master bedroom comes that calls for thorough columns that stand as
across as a private haven; the milieu here is that of a relaxation, reflection and sentinels, with lights
meditative alcove. It lies awash in white with dark rejuvenation. glowing behind them.


Atlantis, The Palm - Dubai's newest resort creates an atmosphere of surprise,

intrigue and indulgence that’s is set to break new ground with its

unprecedented scale and beauty.


THIS PAGE The ornate

and royal grand lobby is
highlighted with nature
and art and has a wall of
windows that overlook
the azure blue waters.


THIS PAGE An ariel
view of the Atlantis, The
PAGE Dale Chihuly’s
stunning glass installa-
tion takes centre stage
in the Grand Lobby.

ubai is fast emerging as a world class travel To the side of the east tower is the Lost Chambers - a
destination combining facilities of the high maze of underwater halls and tunnels inhabiting over
est international standards with the charm 65,000 species of fish, Aquaventure, the water park
and adventure of Arabia. Apart from the seven star and The Avenues, a luxury destination for shopping
Burj Al Arab, that's now a landmark in itself, Dubai and dining. To the side of the west tower is the spa,
newest resort Atlantis, The Palm is all set to break fitness centre and the conference area.
new ground, and lure its guests into a dazzling world Arrival in the travertine marble floors of the Grand
of imagination, pleasure and luxury. Lobby presents a dazzling interplay of water, light and
This stunning 1,539 room resort opened on the sounds as a water wall cascades into a pool. Artist Dale
24th of September 08. With its enviable location atop Chihuly has created a 10 metre glass sculpture with
the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah, it encompasses a over 3,000 pieces of intensely coloured blown glass
46- hectare site with 17-hectares of water themed ranging from fiery oranges and reds to tranquil blues
amusement at Aquaventure, extensive fresh and and greens. The lobby's 19 metre high arched
salt-water pools and lagoon exhibits, an open-air ceilings feature eight hand painted murals on canvas
marine habitat, luxury boutiques, numerous dining by Spanish artist Albino Gonzalez highlighting
choices that include four celebrity chef restaurants, various constellations and planets and tell the story of
an exciting nightclub, a spa and fitness club, and the ancient mythological city of Atlantis.
5,600m² of meeting and function space. The 1,539 guest rooms designed by Wilson and
Accessed by a six-lane underwater tunnel, guests Associates boast of breathtaking views of the tranquil
may alternatively choose to board a monorail to be waters enjoyed by The Palm, Jumeirah. The designers
transported through the centre of The Palm Jumeirah have fashioned the interiors in an elegant yet
directly to Atlantis, The Palm. The structure appears understated contemporary style. The earth tones and
part Arabic part mythical with its moorish archways splashes of colour bring the beatific natural elements
which rise above the azure blue waters. indoors. The resort's three signature suites indulge on
The residences are divided into two towers the east a grand scale -The Bridge Suite revels in complete
and the west, in the centre of which is the grand lobby. opulence, including a dining room with a gold leaf
Master Chef Nobu
Matsuhisa’s newest
restaurant flanked by
frosted blue mirrors and
a wall encrusted with
metal work flowers.
dimensional woven
Abaca panels surround-
ing the dining area of
Nobu are punctuated
with a glowing
composition of custom
suspended pendants.


table that seats 18 and a large lounge area while the
two Lost Chambers Suites called Neptune and
Posiedon, each stretching over three floors are truly
extraordinary with floor-to-ceiling window walls
looking directly into the Ambassador Lagoon,
creating an illusion of being beneath the sea whilst
looking directly into the heart of Atlantis.
To showcase some of the world's most celebrated
cuisines, designers Jeffrey Beers, David Rockwell and
Adam Tihany have each brought their incomparable
style and design to the Arabian culinary scene. Sol
Kerzner challenged these designers to come up with
something that captured the essence of Atlantis and
truly paid homage to the wonder, the water and the
sense of discovery and yet is weaved together with
distinct Arabian elements.
For Rostang's a French restaurant, Beers designed
a traditional 836 square metre space with some
modern twists. Antique mirrors contrast with
modern design elements of exposed metal adding a
contemporary flair to the dining area. To create a
rustic yet stimulating environment for Ronda Locatelli,
Beers blended the charm of the Italian countryside
with the modernity of Dubai. Here a calming water
pond juxtaposed with a custom built fireplace greets
guests upon entering, while a central stone clad struc-
ture houses four pizza ovens and grounds the space.
The Rockwell Group collaborated again with
world-renowned Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to
create Nobu, the legendary chef's newest restaurant.
Using traditional and modern Japanese elements, it
features natural elements of ash, river stones, branches,
woven textiles and fishing
baskets juxtaposed with THIS PAGE A central
more man-made ideas of stone clad structure
light and composition to houses four pizza ovens
create a rich and in a restaurant that is
spectacular dining designed to imbibe an
experience. Adam D. Italian countryside
Tihany integrated bold flavour. BOTTOM
and contemporary design Sumptuous suites
for Saffron, the resort's appointed with walk in
modern, interactive wardrobes and jetted
buffet. Sleek and tubs boast of breathtak-
minimalist, the restau- ing views of the Arabian
rant has high, open Gulf.
Eight murals by Spanish
artist Albino Gonzalez
adorn the ceiling. They
depict the solar calen-
dar, its constellation and
planets that represent
the four seasons and
four elements of nature
(earth, wind, fire,
water). BOTTOM The
Leap of Faith water slide
at Aquaventure.

ceilings featuring strong red and orange colours in

metallic and glass. The Beers-designed Sanctuary
provides an indulgent end to any evening, as the
decadent dance club, lounge and outdoor terrace
welcomes guests with a modern baroque sensibility.
Large floral patterns, baroque details, custom pendants
and fixtures, as well as an interpretation of Arabian
architecture add drama and romance.
The magnificent new waterscape - Aquaventure at
Atlantis boast of never-before-seen water rides,
awe-inspiring water slides and non-stop water play.
The Ziggurat in the centre reaching 30 metres into
the sky features seven heart-pumping water slides.
Surrounding it is the river ride called Rapids, 2.3
kilometre river adventure. Dolphin Bay, a habitat for
dolphins with seven interconnected resident pools
spreads across an enormous 4.5 hectare lagoon.
Atlantis, The Palm is a man made wonder that's
not just dazzling in its magnificent scale and beauty,
it's a tribute to nature with its commitment to
marine life conservation, the ultimate gourmet
destination, a place to live your dreams amidst the
warm Arabian Sea.

Ancient India has been witness to some of

the most diverse and beautiful architecture.
But the lesser known and commonly ignored
feature of this treasure is the 'stepwell'.

 Stepwells, also called Bawdi, Baoli or Vav, were in

essence wells in which the water could be reached by
descending a set of steps or series of levels and were
one of the features that defined India’s splendid
architectural glory. Stepwell construction is known to
have gone on from at least 600 AD.
In Gujarat and Rajasthan - the arid western states
of India where water is considered the most sacred,
preserving the little amounts of water the area does
receive during the monsoon has been a long-standing
challenge. And hence the inception of the stepwells
came about.
The construction wasn't just utilitarian, but
sometimes included significant architectural
embellishments. Instead of simple wells, these
structures were almost always constructed as
magnificent meeting places, usually three to nine sto-
ries deep in the ground.
The underground facilities THIS PAGE TOP The
were used as sites for view from one of the
drinking, washing and corridors of the Adalaj
bathing as well as for col- Vav shows the intricately
ourful festivals and sacred carved structure - beam,
rituals. Some 3,000 slab and column of the
stepwells were built be- stepwell.
tween the fifth and 19th BOTTOM The view
centuries. Today, how- displays the complex
ever, these buildings are arrangment of steps in
among the least known Chand Baori of
or visited monuments Rajasthan.



in India.
All forms of the stepwell may be considered to be
particular examples of the many types of storage and
irrigation tanks that were developed in India, mainly to
cope with seasonal fluctuations in water availability. A
basic difference between stepwells on one hand, and
tanks and wells on the other, was to make it easier for
people to reach the ground water, and to maintain and
manage the well. In some related types of structure
(johara wells), ramps were built to allow cattle to reach
the water.
Ultimately, several thousand stepwells were built
in the towns and villages of western India. The grandest
period of stepwell construction spanned half a
millennium- from the late eleventh through the sixteenth
century- dotting the countryside with exquisitely
embellished public monuments.
Owing to its delightful qualities and lucid design,
the stone stepwell remained the state of the art in Indian
water management for more than a thousand years.
Yet with the onset of the British Raj in India in the
nineteenth century and with it, the installation of
pipes and taps for
drawing and distributing THIS PAGE TOP The
water stepwells fell on beautiful and intricate
hard times. carvings found inside a
In concept, the Indian stepwell.
stepwell is cunningly BOTTOM The corridor
simple. Monsoon rain is of Adalaj Vav of Gujarat
caught in a depression or displays traditional
behind a hand-built  carved stone arcades.



earthen dam. The rainwater percolates down through

fine silt, which screens out particulates, until the water
reaches an impermeable layer of compact clay that
keeps it from sinking deeper into the ground. In that
way the muddy runoff of the monsoon is stored near
the surface as a giant sheet of clear water: an
underground aquifer.
A long staircase, punctuated with landings, leads
down to the well at the bottom. At each landing there
was an open porch, supported by columns and
protected from exposure to the broiling sun. Vavs or
baolis (stepwells) consisted of two parts, a vertical
shaft from which water was drawn and the surrounding
it were the inclined subterranean passageways,
chambers and steps, which provided access to the
well. The galleries and chambers surrounding these
wells were carved generously, which became cool
retreats during summers.Walls of stepwells were lined
with blocks of stone, without mortar, and created stairs
leading up to the water.
While appreciating the carvings lets not forget the
science and engineering skills behind these stepwell.
So many pillars and
lintels are made to THIS PAGE TOP The
support the five or seven Rani ki Vav in Gujarat
storeys of the well and has stepped corridors
that too under the surface that progress upwards
of the earth.Stepwells upto 27m.
have also withstood the BOTTOM The much
earthquakes in the range simpler Islamic stepwell
of 7.6 on the Richter scale - Fatehpur Bawdi.

- the large flat stones joined superbly are hard to

move.The stepwells were constructed with calculated
precision.The heavy blocks of stone that were used for
construction were marked with hand-size, deeply
carved numbers and letters to indicate their intended
The most extravagant of stepwells is the Rani ki
Vav, at Patan and Adalaj Vav in Gujarat.

Rani ki Vav
Rani-ki-vav, the most magnificent step well in Gujarat
is said to have been constructed by Udaymati of
Solanki dynasty. The stepwell measuring about 64mts
long, 20mts wide & 27mts deep, is built up of bricks
faced with hewn stones.
It has stepped corridors beginning at the ground
level & leading down to the kund and possesses four
surviving parts which are the entrance staircase, the
side wall of the stepped corridors, mandapas or multi-
storied pillared pavilions, and the back walls of the
well. The pillars which support the roof have square
base decorated with Ghat-Pallav (vase and foliage)
motifs, quadruple brackets at the top, having four
armed kichakas.
The architectural brilliance and elegance of the vav,
is represented in its pristine glory in the ornamental
work. The beautifully proportioned sculptures, adorn



the walls flanking the staircase and within the walls of

the well, depicting rhythm, vigour, beauty and various
moods in stone.
The shaft of the well is highly ornamented with
intricate carvings. This wall projects the large vertical
brackets in pairs which supported the different galleries
of the well. The brackets are arranged in tiers.
The full size sculptures of the stepwell are taken
from the entire Hindu pantheon, for example, Vishnu,
Shiva and their various aspects appear with or without
their consorts.
The painstaking efforts of archaeological survey of
India exposed the hidden treasure of sculptural and
architectural wealth in its original dimension and
splendour. The minute and exquisite carving of this
largest and most sumptuous vav is one of the finest
specimens of its kind. Befitting its name, the Rani-Ki-
Vav is now considered to be the queen among step
wells of India.

Adalaj Vav
This step well at Adalaj is an architectural marvel. It is
really surprising that in absence of standard
engineering practices before around 500 years, how
such structures would have been created. The Adalaj rests on total 16 pillars. The eight pillars are situated
step well is on the North side and the entrance to this on the four corners and two pillars are located in front
well is on the south side. This has been the general of each main gate.
practice while making such step wells. This vav is open Numbers of surviving hydraulic monuments
octagonal surrounded by galleries on four levels with (stepwells) can be found in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi,
circular well at the bottom. It is the finest example of Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. Stepwells are the
the Muslim period. The finest example of visible architecture that gave access
total length of this step THIS PAGE TOP A to an invisible landscape of underground aquifers.
well is around 240 feet. It view of the Stepwell at The demise of the stepwell as a source of water,
has 3 entrances with three Jaipur and the Pushkarni as a gathering place, and as a focal point for many of
separate gates for each Stepwell atHampi. the deepest feelings of the local people has brought
entrance. There are five (below) BOTTOM The about a tangled mix of environmental, social, and
stories to this well. The famous Adalaj Vav of even religious consequences that continue to unfold
entire platform of the well Gujarat. to this day. 


In Hussh, Kolkata's Italian fine dine restaurant, Salient Design Studio plays

with two basic, contrasting colours - black and white. Despite the use of a

cold colour palette and materials like white china mosaic, the restobar looks

like a warm Italian home.



THIS PAGE The indoor
restaurant section has
an end-to-end terracotta-
tiled wall. That’s the only
splash colour in the
black and white colour
scheme. OPPOSITE
PAGE A day view of the
bar. It is crafted out of
glass, wood, wrought
iron and mosaic chips,
which reflect the
constantly changing
light in the nighttime.
The bar top is made of
Kudappa stone.

ushh, the Italian Resto Lounge and Bar is three sections - an indoor restaurant area that opens
located within Kolkata's new-age mall, City to a patio that holds the bar. There is a terrace section
Centre. It opened its door to the city's normally utilised for private parties and lavish
residents almost a year ago and shares space with Kobe, banquets. "It's designed to offer an authentic Italian
the popular sizzler restaurant. experience," says Rathore. "In some ways, it is designed
Designed by Salient Studio, a boutique design like an Italian home." Most homes in Italy, especially
group that's worked on several hospitality, office and in the countryside, have extensive outdoor spaces
residential properties, the restobar is done in stark and patios that are used to throw parties and
colours of black and white, a favourite contrast with entertain guests.
modern-day designers across the world. Hushh is Water fountains, date palm trees, big beds, AC
spread over 3,500 square feet and architect Vivek tents…the designers have resorted to every means
Rathore, who heads Salient, says "fits in perfectly with in the book to make Hushh look as if it's located
our design philosophy that's aimed at building envi- in a relaxed beach resort, rather than in a chaotic
ronments that are small in ecological foot print. The Indian metropolis.
restobar is designed to be a calm and soothing space". When Rathore and his team began work on the
There are intermittent splashes of red in the form of a restobar, it was merely an empty shell with four walls.
terracotta-tiled wall that runs end-to-end in its "The space had to house two restaurants belonging to
indoor restaurant section. the same owner - Hushh and Kobe," says the
Hussh is built over two levels and is divided into architect, "and that was quite a challenge. We had
to create two separate kitchens. Besides which, the
planning had to be in accordance with Vaastu Shastra."
Space constraint led them to come up with a unique
solution and they moved the bar to the semi-covered
patio, which fringes the restaurant. The architect has
used a metal mesh wall to enclose the bar space on
one side. On the other
side the tables are fringed TOP The bar is located
by yellow bamboo, in a semi-enclosed
which offers privacy to patio. The pathway is
their occupants. made of pebbles and
In the bar area the mosaic chips. The bar
floor is made out of white itself is crafted of
china mosaic tiles. The wrought iron and glass.
tables, crafted out of The colour combination
black kadappa stone, are in the bar keeps
topped by white umbrel- changing from warm
las. At night the mosaic red to psychedelic green
tiles shine in the soft to even cool blue, thanks
candlelight, the main to the 52 colour LED
source of lighting in the light fixture. BOTTOM
section. The pathways are Handmade wooden
made of loose stone grit, jaalis separate the
broken mosaic tiles and seating section from
pebbles, while the bar each other.
itself is made out of glass, wrought iron and mosaic
chips. Salient often uses high-end technology in its
projects, especially when it comes to lighting the space.
In the bar section, for instance, they have installed a
52-colour combination high-flux LED mood
refractor light, which changes colour and pattern
every few seconds. The décor makes you believe you
are seated in an outdoor café in a beachside resort rather
than in the middle of a
bustling city. TOP The terrace has
A glass door separates several air-conditioned
the outdoor bar from the tents like this one, which
indoor restaurant. Within are separated by sheer
the restaurant, the colours white cottons.
white, red and black Transparent Polyurethane
dominate. The upholstery envelops each tent.
and furnishings are all in BOTTOM The design
white. The wood fixtures, elements in the wall
including the flooring, niches behind the
have been treated till seating keep changing
their colour changed to regularly. Sometimes,
charcoal black. White- there are fresh seasonal
coloured fabric is draped flowers, sometimes
over wooden rafters on textured stones and
the ceiling and the  sometimes, bric-a-brac.
lights are hidden under the fabric. This makes the tures and even stones. This little décor detail
lighting in the restaurant mellow and diffused. Rathore constantly changes with the changing season.
has placed a floor-length mirror at the entrance, which The bar area also leads up to a black staircase, which
reflects the diners sitting on tables across it. The connects the terrace to the lower areas. This completely
mirror also makes the space look larger and outdoor space has an open seating section and large
less claustrophobic. air-conditioned tents made from mild steel. They are
Salient has been working with local Indian crafts- topped by transparent polyurethane canopy. White
men and constantly cotton sheers separate one tent from the next. The
improvising with their THIS PAGE Some of terrace also has a large 'de-stress section' - huge wood
traditional skills. The the benches in the and leather beds where you can get a foot or head
seating in the indoor area, terrace section are massage even as you sip on your drink.
for instance, is separated made out of pebbles, Hushh makes for a refreshing change: in contrast
by intricately carved much like the flooring. to the aseptic, ultra-shiny, modern restaurants that
wooden jaalis. Next to They look as if the have become the norm of late, Hushh Lounge and
the jaalis are lit-up niches flooring has been Restobar depends on rough and raw materials like burnt
in which the owners place continued to form a wood, terracotta tiles and black kadappa, interspersed
seasonal flowers, sculp- bench. by cold materials like white china mosaic and glass.
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World Architecture
Festival A Big Draw
Held in Barcelona, the World Architecture
Festival served as a perfect platform for
architects around the world to showcase
and review the latest design trends.

The World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF

Awards), held between the 22nd and 24th of Octo-
ber housed its debutant festival at the Centre
Convencions International, Barcelona. Organised by
Emap, it was one of the biggest architectural events Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard,
ever held. The festival highlighted the works of 722 Smithsonian Institution, USA By Foster + Partners
architects from over 60 countries. These works were
divided into 17 listed categories spanning from the
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'Building of the Year' category and the 'Private House'
category to more concerning issues such as the NK'Mip desert Canada, by Hosten
energy, waste and recycling category. Bakker Boniface Haden Architects
The WAF awards can be marked as a truly
significant festival. Among the most prominent jury
members were architects such as David Mackay-
Spain, Will Alsop-UK and Raj Rewal from India.
Commenting on the festival held, Mr.Paul Finch,
Editor of The Architectural Review and Programme
Director of the World Architecture Festival, said "The
World Architecture Festival was an unprecedented
gathering of the world's architectural community. The
calibre of both the awards entries and the speaker
line-up has undoubtedly stimulated the thousands of
architectural decision-makers and influencers that
attend the festival."
Held for a span of three days, the WAF awards

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Nordpark Cable railway, Austria,

by Zaha Hadid Architects


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were given the task of redesigning a brown field site

in Barcelona, within the period of 36 hours. British
Professor David Dunster of Liverpool University and
Barcelona architect David Mackay judged this event.
On the final day, the award function opened with
the first award category - 'Building of the Year.' The
winner of this category was Grafton Architects,
Ireland. One of the judges on the panel, Cecil
Balmond, Arup, said he admired, "…the 3D design
which took architecture, construction and design,
using it to create an urban weave. Its effortless
structural solution suspends offices over a subterra-
nean concourse." Next, the landscape restoration of a
controlled refuse tip located outside Barcelona,
designed by Spanish practice Batlle & Roig Archi-
tects, was awarded the winner in the energy, waste
and recycling category. The judges' comments on the
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nature back to life by converting rubbish into a
beautiful piece of landscape architecture."
While, UK based company, Zaha Hadid Archi-
tects, bagged the award in the transport category for
the Nordpark Cable Railway, Innsbruck, Austria. They
won against fierce competition from a shortlist of 14
entries. Following which, the Arlene Kogod Court-
yard, Smithsonian Institution, Wahington, USA won
the award in the New and Old category. The judge's
view on this entry was, "This technical and highly
sophisticated canopy not only creates a new ther-
mally conditioned urban room for Washington but
also excellent acoustics and new connectivity. The
theme 'New and Old' has been interpreted liberally to
include the conversion of the existing building, as
well as using them simply as a point of departure
Sports Hall Bale, Croatia, by 3LHD Architects and recycling industrial components."
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Sports Hall Bale, Croatia, by 3LHD Architects
offered the visitors an opportunity to listen to the 224
short listed candidates and learn the challenges
they faced in creating their
final vision. The guest also got an opportunity to
view all the award entries at the award entry gallery.
In addition to this, they got unlimited access to view
a separate product showcase, with selected
products specially chosen by the participating
architects themselves.
Catering as an informative trench, the WAF
addressed issues such as climate, cost, energy and
social conditions in relation to design, in their
'Height-Between Possibility and Responsibility'
exhibition and seminar. At this juncture, they mainly
examined the relationship between architecture and
the factors which influence the creation of tall
structures with regards to the environment.
However, the highlight of the festival was un-
doubtedly the student programme, where six
architectural schools from around the globe com-
peted at the WAF student charrette. With the aim to
select the 'starchitects' of the future, the schools 


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Lastly, Japanese company, Fujimoto Architect for

their final wooden house design, won the award for
the best house in the private house category. The
judges praised the scheme as a "captivating work in
which building fabric, structure, furniture and so on
merge in an ever changing landscape of inhabitation.
This is a difficult house but one which opens up the
way we might think about domestic space."
Moreover, in addition to the various seminars and
exhibits displayed, Emap also organised an architec-
tural city tour for those visitors who were keen on
viewing the architectural heritage that Barcelona had
to offer. Local experts from the Collegi d' Arquitectes
de Catalunya, Barcelona, guided the tours that were
specially organised for the visitors and participants
of the WAF Awards. Besides witnessing a one of its
kind gathering of prominent architects from across
the globe, the architects also got an opportunity to
expand their network and create noteworthy busi-
ness ties.
On a concluding note at the WAF Awards, Mr.
Finch, said: "We saw a huge response to these
Awards, which recognise and celebrate international
excellence. The quantity and quality of the entries
provides a real showcase of global architecture and
highlighted how architects change the way we think
about buildings."
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Final Wooden House, Japan

by Sou Fujimoto Architects


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Winners of the
various categories:
Health - Centre pour le Bien-être des
Femmes et la prévention des
mutilations génitales féminines
´G.Kambou, Burkina Faso, designed
by FARE studio, Italy.
Holiday - Nk´Mip Desert Cultural
Centre, Canada, designed by Hoston
Bakker Boniface Haden Architects,
Nature - Olympic Sculpture Park,
Seattle Art Museum, USA, designed
by Weiss/ Manfredi Architecture/
Landscape/ Urbanism, USA.
Civic - GZBICC - Guangzhou Baiyun
International Convention Center
designed by Buro II.
Culture - Oslo Operahouse, Norway,
designed by SNØHETTA, Norway.
Housing Development - Mountain
Dwellings, Denmark, designed by
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark.
Pleasure - Sheep Stable,
Exhibition and Automobile Netherlands, by 70F Architecture,
Delivery Center, Germany, by Coop Himmelb(I) au Netherlands.
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Exhibition and Automobile Delivery
Center, Germany, by Coop
Himmelb(l)au, Austria.
Religion & Contemplation -
Dornbusch Church, Germany by
Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten,
Sport - Sports Hall Bale, Croatia, by
3LHD Architects, Hungary.
Shopping - K:fem, Sweden by
Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden.
Office - Duoc Corporate Building,
Chile, by Sabbagh Arquitectos, Chile
Energy, Waste & recycling -
Landscape Restoration of the
Controlled Rubbish Dump "La Vall d'en
Joan", Spain , designed by Batlle &
Roig Architects, Landscape Architect
Learning - Universita Luigi Bocconi,
Italy , designed by Grafton Architects
New and Old - Robert and Arlene
Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian
Institution, USA, designed by Foster
+ Partners
Private House - Final Wooden
House, Japan designed by Sou
Fujimoto Architects
Transport - Nordpark Cable Railway,
Austria, designed by Zaha Hadid
K Fem, Sweden, by Wingardh Arkitektkontor AB Architects.


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in Global Spotlight
The Holcim Foundation promotes innovative
and sustainable approaches from the building

It has been the mission of Holcim Foundation to

select and support initiatives that combine sustainable
construction solutions with architectural excellence and
enhance the quality of life beyond technical solutions.
The Holcim Foundation therefore encourages sustain-
Brazil - Low-energy university
able responses to the technological, environmental, mediatheque, Rio de Janeiro
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and construction.
The primary objective of the Holcim Foundation is
the non-commercial promotion and development of In 2008, the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for
sustainable construction at national, regional, and Sustainable Construction conducted the USD 1.35
global levels. Utilising the global reach of the Holcim million regional phase of the 2nd Holcim Awards
Group, the Foundation accelerates progress towards and launched three publications and an online
sustainable construction, encouraging initiatives in events calendar. Encouraging best practice, the
support of sustainable approaches to the provision of Foundation aims at promoting the inspiring
housing and infrastructure in developing and architects, engineers and developers to adopt
industrialised nations alike. The Foundation also seeks sustainable parameters for their building projects.
to unite diverse global expertise and increase aware- The results of the global phase of the Holcim
ness of the critical role of the built environment in Awards competition will be rightly announced on
sustainability. May 8, 2009.

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Low-impact greenfield
university campus, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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The Foundation conducts the Holcim Awards

competition for projects and visions in sustainable
construction in parallel across five regions of the
world. Almost 5,000 projects from authors in 90
countries were submitted in the competition which
aims to promote sustainable responses from the
building and construction industry to technological,
environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues.
The 15 winners of the gold, silver and bronze prize
in each of the five regions automatically qualify for
the global phase of the competition where a total
of USD 650,000 in additional prize money is on
The global Holcim Awards finalists include
projects from Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia,
Hungary, India, Morocco, Slovenia, Switzerland,
UAE, Uganda, USA, and Vietnam, and involve

additional project teams from Japan and Spain.
Each of the teams would now prepare a more
extensive submission that will be evaluated by an
independent jury headed by acclaimed Indian
architect and planner Charles Correa and include
renowned representatives from architecture,
science, and business. The other members of the
global Holcim Awards jury are Peter Head (Civil
engineer, UK), Enrique Norten (Architect, Mexico),
Saskia Sassen (Social scientist/economist, USA),
Hans-Rudolf Schalcher (Civil engineer,
Switzerland - Autonomous alpine Switzerland,TCC), Rolf Soiron (Social scientist,
shelter, Monte Rosa hut Switzerland, Holcim) and Achim Steiner (Econo-
mist/administrator, Kenya).

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India - Energy-efficient office

complex, Hyderabad



USA - Self-contained day

labor station, San Francisco
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The jury is supported by the Technical Compe-

tence Center of the Holcim Foundation (ETH Zurich,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tongji
University) and will evaluate the projects according
to the 'target issues' for sustainable construction
developed by the Holcim Foundation in collaboration
with its partner universities.
The two new books launched by the foundation
are namely, Office Building In India and Community
Centre In South Africa. These books clearly
emphasise on sustainable construction in practice
as part of an ongoing monographic series. The
Holcim Foundation, in addition supported the launch
of a collection of essays from eminent thinkers on
the topic of sustainability and urban transformation
inspired by the international Holcim Forum 2007 held
in Shanghai. The 400 page publication considers
urban transformation from many perspectives: seen
through the eyes of more than 50 international
architects, urban planners, politicians, and artists
including Saskia Sassen, Robert Somol, Jean-
Philippe Vassal, Eyal Weizman, Teddy Cruz, Rahul
Mehrotra, and Enrique Peñalosa. Further, the Founda-
tion also launched a web-based events calendar to
Slovenia temporary urban extension in act as a networking tool, listing events related to
a former landfill, Maribor sustainable construction hosted by associations,
universities, NGOs, IGOs, corporations etc. world-
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wide. The database which boosts the interchange

of diverse global expertise in the field of sustainable
construction now features some 600 entries from
more than 30 countries.
The activities of the Holcim Foundation run in
cooperation with renowned partner universities:
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich),
Switzerland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), USA; Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico;
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil; the University of
the Witwatersrand, South Africa; and Tongji Univer-
sity, China. The Foundation is supported by Holcim
Ltd. and its Group companies in more than 70
countries, but is independent of its commercial
interests. Holcim is one of the world's leading
producers of cement and aggregates, and was
recently named 'Leader of the Industry' in the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth year in
Uganda - Low-cost school and home for HIV orphans, Rakai Contact email:
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Global Holcim Awards 2009 Finalists

Brazil: Low-energy university mediatheque, Rio de Main authors: Aziza Chaouni, architect, Extramuro
Janeiro LLP, Fez, Morocco and Takako Tajima, urban
Main author: Angelo Bucci, architect, SPBR planner, Los Angeles, USA
architects, São Paulo, Brazil Slovenia: Temporary urban extension in a former
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