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Top Architects | September 2014

Innovisionary Architects - Shekhar P Patki

Shekhar P Patki, Proprietor, PG Patki Architects

Landmark architect Shekhar Patki took over the reins of the firm established by his father in 2001...

"The firm’s kitty boasts of landmark projects such as the Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, Godrej Palm Grove, Chennai, Leela Luxury Residential complex, Pune Marriott, and in Mumbai, the Trident Towers, Inorbit Mall, Market City and Godrej Solitare."

Views & Beyond

Define innovation in architecture
In a contemporary world of dense cities, if there is way architecture needs to stand out, it has to be through innovation. It can be achieved by a bespoke design with least environmental impact. Spaces that create social and communal harmony also call for novel thoughts. There has to be intelligent use of materials that harmonise design and provide relief from harsh elements.

Which is your most innovative project and why?
It is the massive Osho International Commune, Pune. It was a challenge to tactically fit the elaborate programme into a linear, narrow and constrained plot. With the help of meticulous master planning and minutely detailed building design, we achieved the form it flaunts today.

Name one innovative iconic structure in the world.
The Shard - at over 1000 feet, this 87-storey skyscraper is the tallest building in the European Union. With a glass clad pyramid rising of 72 floors, the building boasts of a viewing gallery on the top floor. The planning of this structure began in 1998 when a London-based entrepreneur Irvine Sellar decided to redevelop Southwark Towers. Designed to be energy efficient, The Shard is fitted with a combined heat and power plant, operating on natural gas from the national grid.

Tell us about a yet unaccomplished dream project.
1. Many Sports Stadium and Centre
2. Museums / Aquariums
3. Disney Land, India
4. Underground Ecosystem - multi-level metro interchange, with public spaces, amenities and multi-tenanted offices spaces.

What is your vision for the future of architecture in India?
The architecture of tomorrow should complement this lifestyle with a touch of panache. Concern towards environmental sensitivity and community living as a whole should be the focal point.

Palladium Hotel, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Completion: September 2013

To maintain the many floors of parking space, a unique top-down construction was implemented, wherein the basement was excavated and constructed after the ground slab had been casted. With a unique concept for designing sky lobbies, the hotel starts above the mall and parking levels with public areas at the 9th and 10th level as well as the 37th and 38th floors, while the guest rooms are sandwiched within, all with panoramic views.

Godrej Gold County (residential), Bengaluru, Completion: Ongoing

The hub of the entire project is the central park of 1.5 acre - the key attraction that has been built on the metaphor of the forest. The villas are a celebration of natural light and openness. High ceilings and broad windows allow natural light to stream in and enable effective cross-ventilation. The micro eco-system has been created with a diverse variety of local species of plants and trees.

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