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India Abroad | November 2013

The Indian Dream

Sanjay Puri Architects weaves its magic on a global platform.

Sanjay Puri, Founder, Sanjay Puri Architects, is a leading architect in the country today. His name is widely respected not just in India but also overseas. Reversing the trend of foreign architects being called to India to design projects, Sanjay Puri is being sought out to lend his design expertise abroad. His avant-garde architectural style is truly unique and a true expression of his creativity. The essence of Puri´s design theory is creating innovative design spaces that are contextual as well as sustainable.

After having won the prestigious 3 MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards in Cannes in 2013 and the A+Architizer Award in New York, also in 2013, Sanjay Puri Architects´ tally to date has now gone up to 32 international architecture awards.

Tell us about some of your current projects overseas?
We have won two large township projects in Spain and Montenegro; they are yet to begin, but we have commenced projects in Mauritius and Montenegro and finished few in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

How was your experience working abroad as compared to working in India?
Abroad, once the projects are detailed, submitted and approved, not a single deviation is permissible. It is followed by commencement of the construction on site. In India, we start off with submitting drawings followed by drawings of construction, making it a lengthy process. Inter-¡national firms are very organised with skilled manpower, better quality and are faster compared to Indian counterparts.

What is your design perspective in the Indian scenario?
It´s constantly evolving. However, commercial projects outweigh few of the genuine architectural spaces and it is definitely regrettable. India is witnessing rapid urban growth with tremendous opportunities to create interesting architecture but most projects, unfortunately, are being designed for commercial purpose with little thought given to climate, context and tradition.

Do your designs draw inspiration from India in any way? Each design is contextual to its location and consequently is not always inspired by India.

What are your influences for Indian projects?
With regards to Indian projects, references to the Indian context are an integral part of the design.

Do you have projects in India that are inspired by traditional Indian architecture?
We have designed 72 Screens in Jaipur inspired by the local jail and The Courtyards House in Beawar inspired by the traditional Indian courtyard. We are currently designing two hotels, one in adobe, influenced by mud houses in villages and another in bamboo, infused with our traditional construction methods.

And one ultimate dream project that you are currently aspiring for?
It would have to be a large public space or a mixed-use development, since these projects allow me to truly create a space that can be experienced by a large number of people.

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