Sanjay Puri, Principal Architect, Sanjay Puri Architects
A master craftsman, Sanjay Puri's name draws instant respect among the building fraternity. His firm has won him 32 international architecture awards, including the 2013 haul of three MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards in Cannes and the A+Architizer Award in New York. With 100 projects in 40 Indian cities and countries like Spain, Montenegro, Mauritius and the UAE under his belt, Puri is a trendsetter in his own right!
What does innovation in architecture mean to you?
Innovation in the architectural sense is evolving a dialogue of spaces. Spaces that transcend the ordinary in the way they are perceived while resolving the functional aspects in a more conducive way than ways explored earlier, and simultaneously forming volumes sculpturally.
The most innovative and flexible material you have come across and why...
Glass, although discovered many many years ago, is still the most innovative material since it is the only one that encloses and yet opens every space.
The most innovative piece of architecture you have come across and why...
The island of Sveti Stefan in Montenegro, which is a 600 year old village, is now a hotel. With its stone structures, numerous levels and organic spaces, it is a delight to experience and explore.
An innovation in architecture you look forward to...
Evolving an architectural language that imbibes the heritage of India while exploring spaces in a new way.