First Word May 01, 2014
May 16th is certainly awaited with bated breath as the fate of the country will be declared and then defined by those that govern it. Hopefully, the economy will pick up, projects will move, work will get a fresh impetus and payments will come in! Our very own voting exercise is underway inhouse: for India's Innovative Architects, the results of which will be put to an illustrious jury, with winners being awarded in August at the CWAB Awards.
In keeping with the meetings we've had with many of you and the feedback we've received, you will see a change in the treatment and selection of projects. Please do share your experience. Also, we have consciously expanded our product offerings across various columns - Galleria, Product Parade and even the Feature Story - and number over forty each month. We've also introduced a new column - Material Central - where we highlight the use of a material, as the hero of a project. Our first find is the use of Corten steel showcased in Java+, Marriott's first coffee shop in India at Ahmedabad.
Delhi-based Punam Kalra, a specialist in furniture design, showcases her skill in the home designed by her through some stunning statement pieces and creative use of materials. For an office in Surat, exposed bricks and unfinished materials combined with elegantly designed wooden furniture, create an effective ambience for a steel company, designed by architect Tejas Mistry. The result: a 'raw' finished space. Another office in Oslo, Norway, by London-based Haptic Architecture refurbishes an old warehouse building inspired by eroded granite rock formations, found along the Norwegian coastline. Delhi, synonymous with good food, is bustling with new restaurants. Two interesting designs include those of The Dhaba and Chew. The Dhaba at Calridges at Cyber Hub Mall, recreates the rustic dhaba feel in the airconditioned confines of a mall, blending vernacular design with the contemporary. Chew in New Delhi on the other hand experiments with seating styles (you can actually sit on a swing and have your meal!) and plays with design, colours and materials to add an element of fun and quirkiness to the Pan Asian restaurant.
With increasing life spans and aspiring lifestyles, designing for senior living, needs to take into account a whole host of parameters. Indian and international architects share design tips for these spaces, while Architect Manish Kumat of Abhikalpan Architects shares his philosophy of combining age old wisdom with modern design.
Wall coverings - our feature will tell you who's contending and who is the fairest of them all. And look up to peruse the ceiling feature.
Next issue, let's hope India's celebrating fresh hope, renewed vigour and accelerated growth.