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Top Architects | September 2014

Innovisionary Architects - Rahul Kadri

Rahul Kadri, Partner, IM Kadri Architects

Inspired by nature, Rahul Kadri is the Director of the firm founded by his father in 1960. He believes in innovation with a natural context...

Mumbai-based IM Kadri Architects has branches in Bengaluru and Muscat. The team has designed the building for the Supreme Court of India, besides various townships for the Tata’s, Jindal’s and Reliance as well as hotels for Taj Group and Club Mahindra.

Views & Beyond
Define innovation in architecture.
Innovation in architecture is defining a seemingly impossible goal to benefit all stakeholders in a project. It is finding a very creative solution to people issues.

Which is your most innovative project and why?
The Towncentre at the Ensaara Township. It is frugal, responds brilliantly to climate and has urban spaces for residents to unwind.

Name an innovative iconic structure and explain your choice.
The Masdar City in Abu Dabi, which focuses on community life, has magical lighting and is sustainable.

Tell us about a yet unaccomplished dream project.
Our ongoing project of a township for JSW steel, near Bellary. With a charm of an Italian town, the project has elevations, streets and open spaces.

What is your vision for the future of Indian architecture?
Creating a network of developers, consultants and architects who together can deliver a fantastic quality of built environments.

MCA Block, Sona College of Technology, Salem, Tamil Nadu, Completion - May 2014 The MCA block has glare-free natural light for all classrooms in the north, making artificial light redundant. Its two-stage evaporative cooling and efficient lighting fixtures and pumps help save about 55.75 per cent in annual energy consumption as compared to a conventionally designed building. There are photovoltaic panels that manage 30 per cent of power usage for indoor lighting and 100 per cent for external lighting.

Ensaara Townsquare - Residential Township, Nagpur, Completion - December 2015 The buildings of the Townsquare are oriented to mutually shade each other, funnel the breezes and minimise heat gain. It has a beacon-like clock tower too.

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