The CW Architect Survey for the year 2011 is done! Thousands of mails and hundreds of responses later, we have 20 shortlisted winners who will be finally selected by an elite jury. The 10 winners will be disclosed and felicitated at the CW Architect Awards, to be held on 19th August, which as always, will be the most looked forward to event in the industry's calendar.
Exclusivity and excellence have been the hallmarks of our offerings. A case in point is the Taj Falaknuma in Hyderabad, which we featured exclusively in December last year. This issue, we bring you an exclusive on the breathtaking design of the Leela Palace in New Delhi designed by stalwarts from across the world, who have redefined luxury in every aspect of design. The total cost of this project is said to be Rs 1,800 crore; the art collection alone is valued at a whopping US$5 million!
The industry's trendsetter, the Milan Fair, got mixed reactions from visiting designers; we picked out the best at the fair, just for you. Our other global offering, will give you much to ponder about. Advertising agency JWT's French headquarters are trendy, quirky and unpredictable – recycled paper is used to designed cavern-like structures for meeting rooms!
Acoustics is serious business, for both designers and clients. In our lead feature, we focus on the role of acoustics across spaces, where design and acoustics are essential components of an effective design. These fundamental principles are also reflected in two projects we bring you – Canvas, a new lounge restaurant in Mumbai and Paridisio, a private viewing theatre in Paris. Canvas – the newest addition to the eating out scene in Mumbai, with its live music offering, is designed for maximum effect by Delhi-based design firm Lotus Design Services; while for Paridisio, Paris-based designer India Mahdavi has beautifully woven in a jungle theme for the theatre, the cushioned walls of the space ensuring sound insulation.
The Khan's beautiful Mumbai home showcases Paresh Brahmbhatt's artful design; while the bright and cheerful office of Capgemini designed by Bengaluru-based RC Architecture, makes for a great work environment.
As a material, while bamboo is not unique, using it extensively and exclusively across projects, definitely is. Bengaluru-based firm vdesign.purple's projects in bamboo, led by Gaurav Sharma, demonstrate the versatility of a material that seems otherwise forgotten.
And if it's more exclusivity that you want, wait till next month…..