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  1. 1. Cover Story Estimate of developed residential projects completed: Kalpataru Limited along with its promoter and promoter group companies have developed 73 projects till date in cities like Mumbai, Thane Pune and Bangalore. City and state focus: The focus is on the development of premium residential, commercial, retail, integrated townships, lifestyle gated communities and redevelopment projects primarily in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Besides Mumbai, we also have projects in Thane and Pune. We are also undertaking projects in other key cities such as Hyderabad, Surat, Nagpur, Jaipur and Udaipur. The land reserves are 2,670.36 acres and it is the sum of all our land, including our ongoing projects, forthcoming projects, planned projects and land available for future development. Some of its unique and landmark projects: Kalpataru Square at Andheri: First building outside US and sixth building in the world to get Platinum certification under LEED (Core & Shell) v.2.0 by the renowned US Green Building Council. Kalpataru Horizon at Worli: Where the first residential floor starts at the 14th level so that every flat gets a sea view. Each tower sports a swimming pool at a higher level (26th floor). Swapnalok at Napeansea Road: First of its kind to have stepped row houses with private terraces. Taking the genesis of its name from Kalpavruksha - the mythological tree of wish fulfillment. Kalpataru embodies the tree's ability to fulfill every person's wish, a fulfillment that we would like to provide to each one of our customers. Competition brings out the best in one alpataru Limited, the flagship real estate company of the Kalpataru group of companies was established in 1969 by Mr. Mofatraj.P.Munot. The real estate business in those days was carried out in the traditional way as the business was on K comparatively smaller scale. Most of the projects did not have the luxury amenities like the ones that are offered today. Channel partners, international consultants were not a part of business then and most of the business was done by Promoters directly through references and traditional brokers. 016 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine
  2. 2. Cover Story Cover Story associated with the hotel. It is being designed by a globally renowned architectural firm in Seattle. Located in the heart of the city it promises to be a landmark development for Chennai. existing developers are offering various standards of projects that lead to growing competition in the industry. Competition brings out the best in one and growing competition has affected us in a positive way and only made the group better in offering to our customers. Kalpataru Group, homes are designed keeping in mind changing trends, lifestyles, consumer preferences, adapted as per the demand of the market.The focus is to provide quality living with high standards of facilities and customer satisfaction. It has a well-planned property development cycle to follow for strategic planning of development of projects such as land identification process, land acquisition and development arrangements, full-fledged project planning, quality control. Kalpataru Heights at Mumbai Central: One of the tallest contributions to construction in Mumbai. Kshitij: 33 storeyed building developed in 1974, was the tallest building in Mumbai, till we developed Kalpataru Heights in 1999. Views on the growing competition: The real estate market is highly competitive and fragmented. Considering increasing housing demand, many new developers have entered real estate market and many Nitesh Garden Enclave, Bangalore: US$ 25 million project from ITC Limited to build top- end condominiums in Jakkur, Bangalore. is the largest corporate housing project in the country till date. Planning: Also planning development in Goa,Kochi and Chennai. We have 4 million sq ft under execution and we plan to reach 13 million sq ft by end of this year. The total developable area under various stages of construction is 20 million sq-ft. KALPATARU GROUP’S KEY MILESTONES AND PROJECTS IN THE JOURNEY 1969 – 1974 Established in 1969 On the rise Between 1969 to 1974, premium residential developments in South Mumbai including: Kshitij, Nepeansea Road – the tallest building in Mumbai in 1974 Swapnalok, Nepeansea Road, Mumbai – Stepped Row houses, first of its kind 1974-1982 Innovative technological solutions does the group engage into: The group’s focus lies on to develop properties that are high quality in terms of their design, construction and environmental sustainability. As one of the earlier real estate developers in India the group extensively implements sustainable and environmentally responsible design concepts into our real estate projects with Kalpataru Square being the first building outside US and sixth building in the world to receive Platinum certification under LEED (C&S) v.2.0 by US Green Building Council. Four of our ongoing projects – Kalpataru Pinnacle, Kalpataru Hills, Kalpataru Riverside and Srishti have been pre-certified by Indian Green Building Council as green homes. The group has been an early adopter of construction systems like Mivan Formwork System and Doka Formwork System. Nitesh Mall, Bangalore: Located at Indiranagar, with 750,000 sq ft of retail outlets, The project is designed by renowned Seattle based architectural firm, Callison. Built on 5.3 acres of land, the project will also have 150 room service apartment complex to be operated by Marriott. One of the largest civil contracting firms in the Middle East (UAE, Yemen and Iraq) employing over 6,000 people Worked with leading international consulting firms including Bechtel, Halcrow, Alexander Gibbs, Khatib & Alami to construct five star hotels, hospitals, townships 1983 -1989 1983 onwards –Premium developments in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Bangalore and Jodhpur Founded in 2004, Nitesh Estates is a leading integrated property development company headquartered in Bangalore. The company provides world class products and services and has presence across 4 asset class, High End Homes, Hotels, Office buildings, and Retail Spaces across South India’s key cities. Ongoing projects in commercial sector: Nitesh Mall Rs 500 crore projects located at Indiranagar, spread over 1.4 million sq ft in the upscale retail hub and designed by Callison, top global retail firm. Nitesh Lexington Avenue is an upcoming state-of-art commercial-retail space, at Brigade Road, Bangalore. This 32,000 sq ft avant-garde edifice is equipped with the state of the art, latest desired amenities to facilitate offices and retail shops. 1984 –Expansion into the Pune and Bangalore markets 1985 –Launched 200 acre township Srishti at Mira Road 1986 –Redevelopment of Sind Seva Samiti, rehabilitating over 400 members 1990 – 1999 1992 –SBI Officers Quarters at Mahim, a built-to-suit development of three buildings 1996 – Completed Divya Swapna, 14 split level row houses and an apartment building, Chembur, Mumbai 1999 – Completed Kalpataru Heights, 39 storeys, Mumbai Central - tallest residential building in Mumbai; Completed Siddhachal Phase I & II, Thane, Mumbai 2000 till date 2002 – Completed Yugdharma-Malad, Tarangan-Thane & Kalpataru Point-Sion - Mumbai 2003 – Completed Kalpataru Residency, Sion, Mumbai - Premium award winning development, Siddhachal Phase III & IV, Thane-Mumbai, Kalpataru Enclave, Pune 2005 – Completed Kalpataru Gardens Phase-I, Kandivali, Mumbai; Kalpataru Royale, Sion, Mumbai; Siddhachal Phase-V, Thane, Mumbai 2006 –Moved to new corporate office, Kalpataru Synergy, Santacruz, Mumbai 2007 –Completed Kalpataru Horizon, Worli, Mumbai an international award winning development; Kamdhenu, Mulund, Mumbai 2008 –Kalpataru Square, Andheri, Mumbai - Asia’s first platinum rated green building certified by US LEED; Completed Landmark residential project, Kalpataru Estate, Andheri, Mumbai 2009 –Korum Mall, Thane, Mumbai - an international award winning development 018 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine MAKING A MARK itesh Estates Ltd is the flagship Company of Nitesh Shetty started in the year 2004 and rapidly took it to its high point in May, 2010 when it got listed as a public company on NSE and BSE. Nitesh Shetty started his entrepreneurial journey in the year 1997 at the age of 20 with a very modest investment of US$ 300. Today the companies are listed entities on BSE and NSE and they are poised for a sharp growth in the coming years. N Major focus of your company and type of properties: 85% residential includes middle-income as well as high end luxury apartments.Two Jewels in our crown – The Ritz Carlton and Nitesh Mall.And interesting varieties of project strategically located in Bangalore City and designed by global renowned design firms. PROJECTS IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR Nitesh City, Chennai: One million sq ft development which will include a luxury hotel run by one of the best hotel chains in the world. The property will be dotted with 100 residences 020 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Future plans: We are already doing interesting projects in Chennai, Kochi, Goa and Hyderabad. We are expanding our activities in other cities through our JV strategy.
  3. 3. Cover Story Trendsetter Cover Story bedroom Golf villas facing the golf course as well as the road; it also offers 3 bedroom premium apartments with garden coupled with distinctive architecture, efficient design, state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. CASA Rio: A grand residential development built over 134 acres that embraces nature. A mega city-centre is the heart of Casa Rio with world-class public spaces, from an open air café and riverside promenade to lifestyle club and sports pavilions. World One: World one will be located at Lodha Place, a landmark development on a 17 acre site, located in Upper Worli. The mixeduse development will include 3 residential towers, a high-end shopping avenue and a world-class office building. At over 1,450 ft tall, the tower will be the tallest residential development in the world and taller than some of the most iconic global landmarks. World one is a “by invitation” only project and price is on request. However, at launch the residences were priced at Rs 7.50 crore onwards (USD 1.5 million+). HDFC Sponsored Funds has made a PE investment of Rs 500 crore in World One. HDFC Sponsored Funds will acquire 10% equity stake in World One, a project with the total expected investment of Rs 2,000 crore. solutions that are contextual and sustainable and creating spaces that are exhilarating to experience while being functional form the essence of the firm’s design philosophy. Projects: Since its inception the architect has conceptualized many projects in retail, corporate, hospitality, residential, interiors space. Award winning project: OFFICES ’63 Located in a rapidly urbanising new commercial centre, the design of this project creates office spaces that are individual in identity with interior & exterior integration.Five wings of office spaces located next to each other along the southern side of the 6.05 acre plot gradually diminish in height from the south-west corner to the south-east corner.This positioning of the building within the site generates a 1.72 acre landscaped garden facing the north allowing it to be used throughout the year in a city where the southern sun during the summer months causes temperatures to soar as high as 40 degree Celsius. The office spaces within the building too face north avoiding direct glare from the harsh prevalent sun. The southern face of the building houses the service areas and is shielded by a perforated screen to minimize the heat gain into the building while alluding to the traditional Indian Jali and rendering the building contextual to the heritage of the city. The office spaces in varying cuboids move in and out along the depth of the building creating outdoor terrace spaces for each office on the northern side that can be used throughout the year since they are shielded from the sun. A linear retail space occupies the main road frontage shielding the Completed and ongoing projects and total land bank : We have 28 completed residential projects with saleable areas of approximately 9 mn sq ft. of futuristic projects ??? Since its establishment in the year 1992 today Sanjay Puri Architects has carved a distinct name in the industry. Known for out-of the-box designs this name today is synonymous with many national and international milestones. inning six international awards in 2010 including two MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards Commendations in Cannes, France and two Asia Pacific Property Awards for Architecture in Hongkong and the Hospitality Design Award for the Best Mid-range Hotel worldwide in New York, Sanjay Puri Architects have carved a niche internationally. Sanjay Puri Architects won the Future Projects Commercial Award for their project, ‘Offices’63’ at the 3rd World Architecture Festival held in Barcelona in November 2010. Sanjay Puri was the only Indian architect included in the judges’ panel at the World Architecture Festival 2010, Barcelona amongst 70 international judges. The architect is involved in the design of over 180 projects presently, having already completed over 400 projects of a diverse nature. Global City, Mumbai’s largest residential development with 15,000 apartments is amongst the several townships being designed by the firm. Their portfolio currently includes several hospitality, retail, commercial, entertainment and educational projects. The projects and designs by the architect are known for innovative design W 022 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Lodha Group continues to set new benchmarks for Indian real estate time and again. garden areas beyond from the noise and pollution generated by traffic along the road. offices '63 is a building that generates open spaces at both the community and at the individual level while being designed in context to its surroundings, the city's climate and its heritage in a sculptural manifestation of form with individual identities to each space within. Awards and accolades: 2010-Future Projects Commercial Award for ‘Offices’63’ at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona. Hospitality Design Awards for Best Mid range hotel - Chrome Hotel. Asia Pacific Commercial Property Awards (Leisure & Hospitality) Asia Pacific for Chrome Hotel. MIPIM Architectural Review Future Architecture Awards at Canes, France Commendation for River Front in Residential Category & Synergy in Office Category. Finalist in four categories for the World Architecture Festival, WAF '09 .Awards at Barcelona, Spain. odha developers continues to remain focused on providing high quality housing and office solutions in Mumbai. We believe that Mumbai is a market with significant unmet demand and as market leader, we will first focus on fulfilling this demand. The company continues to focus on innovation and bringing world-class products and practices to India. With the tallest residential tower in the world (world one) and the largest mid-income housing development in India (Dombivali), the company continues to set new benchmarks for Indian real estate. Total area of development of completed Lodha projects in the residential sector: We have 30 ongoing residential projects with an estimated saleable area of approximately 26 mn sq ft comprising 4 ‘By invitation only’ projects – Lodha Aristo, Lodha Bellezza, Lodha Bellissimo and World One. L Current developments residential: Lodha Golf Links: It is the first of its kind golf themed project. This exclusive township overlooks a 9-hole golf course and offers 4 024 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Focus on innovation and bringing world-class products and practices The projects: Lodha Chateau Paradis is a luxury residential apartment with saleable area of approximately 33,773 sq ft. It is located at Worli Seaface in Mumbai. Lodha Paradise (Phase I) is a residential township consisting of 1,500 apartments with saleable area of approximately 1,531,725 sq ft. It is located at Majiwade in Thane. Lodha Paradise is a fully integrated, self contained and planned residential development with a school, garden, place of worship and sports and recreational facilities. LAND BANK: COMMERCIAL SEGMENT iThink (Phase – I) at Kanjurmarg, Mumbai is being developed in two phases, Phase - I comprises approximately 545,185 sq ft of saleable area. This project benefits from facilities and amenities such as large floor plates, 100 percent DG power backup and many other amenities. Future plans :We believe that Mumbai is a market with significant unmet demand and as market leader; we will first focus on fulfilling this demand. The company continues to focus on innovation and bringing world-class products and practices to India. With the tallest residential tower in the world (world one) and the largest mid-income housing development in India (Dombivali.
  4. 4. Cover Story Cover Story We are also developing an “affordable SEZ” of over 40 Lakh sq ft in Nagpur. public spaces, which she has rebuilt and sometimes reinvented as pavements, parks and plazas. These include the Colaba Woods, Ganeshpuri Temple and a slew of pavements in South Mumbai and the reconstruction of an entire village in Kutch. Conserving the past and building the new are the core values of the firm. First, total numbers of projects pan India: Initially, we worked on a few small projects in Karad in 1986. Then we undertook projects in Pune (1988), Solapur (1990), Bangalore (1993), Mumbai (1995), and New Delhi. The company has built a loyal customer base with an industry exposure of 20 years. Sunil Mantri Realty Ltd. has over 150 completed projects spread over 15 mn sq ft of built-up area, consisting of over 600 masterpieces in Pune, Solapur, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Sangli, Aurangabad, Gwalior and Bangalore and more than 10,000 satisfied customers, including 1,000 NRIs. We also have plans to enter Northern market with projects in cities like Gwalior etc. Best three: All the projects, be it big or small have been and continue to be of equal importance. But still below three are special. Nalanda International School, Vadodara - Contemporary project St Thomas’s Cathedral, Mumbai - Conservation project Badhli Village, Bhuj - Community project Current and ongoing projects: We are designing an educational master planning project, a high-end holiday resort located on the steep mountain slopes of Northern India, a hitech IT campus in an urban setting and a tower of over a hundred storeys in the heart of Mumbai city. Poised to scale new heights Conserving the past and building the new With a 300 per cent growth recorded in the past three years, Sunil Mantri Realty is, one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in India. Being one of the first women in this profession Brinda Somaya is instrumental in building the foundations of the firm SOMAYA AND KALAPPA, a full service architectural firm offering each client a combination of imaginative design and decades of experience. New trends to be seen coming days: Glass and aluminum blocks are inevitable but must not become the sole architectural vocabulary of the future. We have to build outside the box (literally). We must evolve and use the basic elements taught by vernacular architecture, the genius of new materials and the ever changing environmental conditions that we live in to create the skyline of tomorrow. OMAYA AND KALAPPA (S&K) was founded by the architect and urban conservationist - Brinda Somaya. An architectural firm that has strived to produce work that is creative, practical and economical, while keeping in mind the social, economic, environmental and aesthetic issues relevant to each project. They believe, see architecture and interior design as overlapping and symbiotic areas of activity and continue to maintain the delicate balance of innovation and professionalism that is our hallmark. Strongly in keeping up with modern technology and integrating such systems into our work environment. ABOUT THE ARCHITECT: S The work: Brinda Somaya’s combined skills in architecture and interior design, coupled with the resources in engineering services has enabled to ensure that high quality, functional solutions are delivered on time and within budget. Over the last three decades her oeuvre has spanned corporate, industrial and institutional clients and also extends to townships, hotels and a exclusive selection of houses and apartments. Her oeuvre, spanning corporate, industrial and institutional clients extends to 026 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Ongoing and projects in pipeline: We have presence across 14 cities across India. We have about 70% residential and 30%commercial projects, which include IT and Retail. We have a total land bank of about 50mn sq ft. The major projects include Mantri Park which is situated at Goregaon (East). We have projects in Solapur called Waterfront, comprising of about 4 lakh Brinda Chinnappa Somaya, Architect and Urban Conservationist completed her Master of Arts degree from Smith College, USA after graduating from the Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. She believes that development and progress must proceed without straining the cultural and historic environment. Brinda Somaya has won numerous personal and professional awards throughout the years that include the 'Wienerberger Golden Architect Award for Lifetime Achievement awarded' by A+D and the Spectrum Foundation. But perhaps one of her most fulfilling involvement has been in Progressive Conservation - best exemplified in the restoration and renovation of her alma mater, the Cathedral and John Connon Schools, prime examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in the historic precinct of the Fort area, Mumbai. An example of how the future can be embraced without erasing the past, this conservation effort embodies, in microcosm, what other historic areas of the city might do to renew themselves and by extension, the city, through focused environment-conscious (and history-sensitive) architecture. unil Mantri Realty Ltd is all set on the cusp of rapid growth and expansion into newer territories using the latest technologies and innovation. The company is poised to diversify into hospitality and financial services sector in a significant way. From a presence in 2 cities, the group has grown miraculously to 14 cities in India and is venturing into Malaysia to build an ICT centre in Johor. Real-estate activities across the country: We have been in the real estate business for more than 20 years and have a land bank available of more than 50 mn sq ft. spread across 14 cities. Over the years we have developed 120 projects spanning over 15 million sq ft of development. We are here to provide high quality living and working spaces, with an aim to meet the aspirations of the common, middle class citizens. The growth in real estate in Tier-II and Tier-III cities is mainly due to increase in demand for organised realty and the availability of land at affordable prices in these cities. The group has about 70 percent residential and 30 percent commercial projects, which include IT and retail. Our residential projects includes:Mantri Park - Mumbai Waterfront – Solapur Mantri Premero – Bangalore Mantri Lavendula – Pune Mantri Royale – Bangalore Mantri Imperial – Gwalior Mantri City – Gwalior The Square – Solapur S 028 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine sq ft of residential-cum-commercial space. The Square in Solapur consists of 6 lakh sq ft of residential-cum-commercial space and we have two more projects in Pune which are Mantri Lavendula and Mantri Casa Bella which consists of about 6 Lakh sq. We have IT parks coming up in Kolhapur and Sangli. We have projects in Bangalore, namely Mantri Royale, a residential project consisting of 206 apartments. We are coming up with two residential projects in Hyderabad. In Gwalior we are coming up with the high end premium project namely Mantri Imperial consisting of about 1 lakhs sq ft. of space. We also are building a township in Gwalior named Mantri City. Plans for commercial property development for ongoing projects: Demand for office space in II tier cites, such as Pune & Bangalore is expected to increase at a faster pace, at about 17% and 22% respectively. Bangalore, National capital region (NCR) and Mumbai will generate demand for about 46% of the Indian office space over the next five years. We are also developing an affordable SEZ of over 40 lakh sq ft in Nagpur. Most landmark and challenging projects and what is the USP: Mantri Park, Mumbai, has been our most prominent landmark and challenging projects. Its USP is that it is situated in one of the most scenic areas of Mumbai, Goregaon East. The total area of development is 7 lakh sq ft. FUTURE PLANS OF THE COMPANY We are reaching out to the tier –II and Tier - III markets for our new projects. We have launched a signature project, Mantri Serene, in Goregaon East, Mumbai. Plans are also afloat for fresh projects in Pune and Gwalior as well.
  5. 5. Cover Story Cover Story amongst architecture project the attached Heritage Manesar hotel is personal favorite. Current and ongoing projects what is the USP: We are working on some interesting public buildings for Jaypee Greens in Noida and Greater Noida. The USP of these is the attention to creative design and contemporary functionality. Inspiration: Amongst the doyense of architecture I admire ‘Charles Correa’ the most for his simplistic and vibrant response to complex client briefs. Admired competitor’s work: The works of ‘Sanjay Puri’ and ‘Morphogenesis’ are most interesting. New trends to be seen coming days: Architecture will be the defining trend of this decade AVA is one stop architectural and interior design house with a penchant for creativity with over 300 projects under one belt. VA was instituted in 1996 though Vistasp. With an experience over 20 years in this line. AVA grows from a 5 person organisation to a 35 person design team today having two offices Architecture Studio & Interior Innovation Center in Delhi. A Core value and ethics of the firm: AVA believes in two words ‘Creativity Counts’ this has been the core mission statements and our fundamental believe is that every client brings with him / her own unique set of challenges which deserve a unique solution. As a result, no two projects are similar. Particular style or pattern of architecture: AVA follows an ideology that architecture must be an amalgamation of conceptualism, respect for energy and environment issue, contemporary paradigm, local arts and craft, responsible architecture. First project: The first major architecture project taken on was Zee Telefilms in Noida where a corporate office of 1, 00,000 sq ft was designed for both civil and interior works. Total number of projects done: We have over 450 projects out of which 90% are interior projects and balance are ongoing architecture projects. Best work done: Voguserve Building an interior is one of our best poject done to date due to a very eternal styling and functionality in both the architecture an interior design. Favorite project: Amongst interior project the corporate office for M/s Dhoot Developers is the personal favorite and 030 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Having just attended the National Convention of IIID at Jaipur it is my firm conviction that a return to art and craft in Architecture will be the defining trend of this decade as more and more people would reject an overt inclination towards modernistic architecture. THE ARCHITECT AVA was founded by Vistasp Bhagwagar, a double gold medalist from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi (1991) and a Masters Degree post graduate in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University in UK. In addition to being a Registered Member of The Council of Architecture, Vistasp is an associate member of the Indian Institute of Architects (AIIA), and an active member of the Institute of Indian Designers (IIID) Delhi Chapter. Examples of good Interior projects Toyota Kirloskar Motors, Mumbai Mr. Varun Gandhi’s Farm House At Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Corporate For Pepsico India, Gurgaon Zee Corporate Building, Film City, Noida The Heritage Village Resort Extension Block, Manesar Office Showroom, Hyundai Motors, Delhi. Office of Louis Vuitton, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi Office of Daikin Air Conditioning India Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon Dish TV Call Centre, Film City, Noida Mc Donald’s Outlet & Office, Noida Developing lifestyle homes Puravankara Projects Limited primarily focused on developing residential and commercial properties in south India also has a growing presence in other parts of the country and in select locations overseas. industry due to its commitment to developing high quality projects.These 35 years have been exciting and challenging and with the Indian Economy growing at 8%9%, we expect the environment to be even more challenging in the years to come. Vision: The vision of the promoter has always been to provide transparency with all stakeholders' of the organization and uravankara is a key player in the real estate industry for the last 35 years instrumental in developing lifestyle residences commercial properties for the customers majorly in South India. Puravankara Projects Limited is one of the leading real estate development companies in India with a focus on developing residential and commercial properties. Its projects are primarily based in south India and it has a growing presence in other parts of India and has a business presence in select locations overseas. The company's operations span all aspects of real estate development, from the identification and acquisition of land, to the planning and execution and marketing of its projects. It has established a strong brand image and a successful track record in the real estate P 032 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine has been Puravankara's primary objective of our growth. We have implemented systems and processes across the organization through technology and is effectively used in our decision making process. Being in the industry for the last 35 years has provided us with a wealth of learning across the Real Estate Development cycle and our ability to adapt to new market conditions through innovation has helped in Puravankara stand out in the market. Puravankara started its operations in Mumbai and had successfully completed 5 residential projects totaling 0.14 million square feet and is currently focusing on developments across cities of Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi totaling 20.25 million sq ft both under residential and commercial operations.Land being a state subject in India, Real Estate has always been dominated by players in the respective regions and hence the competition has always been city specific. The key players in Bengaluru apart from Puravankara are Sobha, Mantri, Brigade, Prestige, Nitesh and True Value Homes, Vijayshanthi Builders, Southern Investments in Chennai addressing the housing needs of the customers.
  6. 6. Cover Story Cover Story announced once our plans are firmed up. landscaping, Chennai of 1,500sq m. Private house, Ousteri lake area, Pondicherry 450 sq m. Private house, Moolakulam, Pondicherry 450 sq m. Apartment renovation and interiors, Bangalore 200 sq m. Heritage style restoration for private house, Pondicherry 300 sq m. Private house, Moolakulam, Pondicherry 250 sq m. LANDMARK PROJECTS Puravankara takes pride in delivering iconic and distinguished properties. Purva Park was the first project in Bangalore that was delivered with more than 400 apartments accompanied with world class amenities. It revolutionized the concept of community living. In 2008, we delivered Purva Fountainsquare which has competed for numerous titles at various award ceremonies. Recently it has been awarded the 'Luxury Project of the Year' at the Realty Plus Excellence Awards 2011, South. It also received the 'Best Diversifying: The strategy for expansion in newer markets have always been a key driver for the growth of the company and currently we are looking at addressing the housing needs in Tier II cities of Mangalore, Belgaum, Hubli in Karnataka; Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu; Surat, Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Thane in Maharashtra. Land bank and total projects:Currently the land bank held by Puravankara Projects Limited outside India is in Colombo representing a developable potential of 1.38 Million Square Feet. This land is located in the Central Business District of Colombo and the development will be a mixed use with Residential, Commercial and Retail Asset classes.Puravankara Projects Limited has completed and handed over 7.62 Million Square feet of Developable Area upto 31 March 2010, 98% of which is in Bengaluru and the balance in Mumbai and Chennai. PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT: Puravankara Group currently is developing 20.25 Million Square feet through 16 projects across Bengaluru, Kochi and Chennai. Of the above, Puravankara is developing 14.39 Million Square feet of Residential and Commercial developments and the balance of 5.69 Million Square feet is being developed by Provident Housing Limited under the Affordable Housing segment.All these The USP for all projects: Holistic approach towards design involving functionality, aesthetics and resource conservation. Sustainability and climate Giving a holistic approach responsive design form the basis of our work. Use of alternative, traditional and modern building technology as appropriate to the context and brief. C&M Architects since its inception in 2001 believes in giving holistic approach towards design involving functionality, aesthetics and resource conservation. ustainability and climate responsive design form the basis of the architectural firm by Castelino & Marchese Architects & Associates (C&M). The architectural practices use alternative, traditional and modern building technology as appropriate to the context and brief. Admirable work: Carlo Scarpa, Giuseppe Terragni, Aldo Rossi and Mario Botta. They are all very innovative and do not separate modernism and tradition but combine them in their design. S A PATTERN OF ARCHITECTURE projects are in advanced stages of completion and we are planning to hand over to the customers by end of June 2012. Plans: Puravankara group has completed 2 commercial projects upto 31 March 2010 at a total leasable area of 0.18 million square feet in Bengaluru. Currently we are developing a commercial project of 0.17 Million Square feet in Chennai which will be completed by end of June 2012. We are planning to increase our commercial exposure in the coming years and are currently evaluating opportunities to expand this vertical. Launches will be 034 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Landscape Award' in the residential category by the Mysore Horticulture Society and was a finalist in the CNBC awards for the 'Best Property in South India' last year. Growth plans: We have aggressive plans on growth and will be launching new projects across India in the next 12-15 months. In the next 3-4 months we will be launching residential projects of 8.4 million square feet in Bengaluru, Chennai and Coimbatore under Puravankara brand and 10 million square feet in Bengaluru under provident brand for premium affordable housing. The firm strongly believes in timeless architecture that is beyond ‘trends’ and doesn’t struggle to be ‘new’ or ‘inventive’ for the sake of it. The search is for ‘egoless’architecture in the present ego driven contemporary architectural trend the world over.We try to innovate each time and experiment with everything. With each project, our style evolves. First project undertaken: Private house in Douceur, guest rooms for quiet healing Centre both in Auroville. Total number of projects done under: Private houses: 13 Housing projects: 7 Industrial buildings: 8 Planning: 7 Public buildings: 12 Interior projects: 11 Landscape projects: 4 Competitor's work of mention: Paolo Portoghesi, Central mosque, Rome, Italy, 1974. Best work done so far and why: As Picasso puts it ‘always the next one’. New trends to be seen coming days: We believe that great architecture is impersonal and has no trends. Hopefully in future there is more concern towards environmental impact, sustainability, energy and appropriate design solutions. Best three projects: The architects: Timber Beach House, Srima Auroville done in the year 2007-2009. Growing Towards, Pillaichavady, Pondicherry in the year 2004-2006. Promenade Hotel Luxury Suites Pondicherry 2009. Favorite project: Maroma, storeroom in Douceur. Current and ongoing projects: Colonial house extension, renovation and 036 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Sheril Castelino graduated in Architecture from Bombay. She has also worked both in Bombay and Italy with architect Paolo Soleri in Arcosanti, prior to heading her firm in Auroville. Pino Marchese graduated in Architecture from University of Florence in 1990. He has worked for eight years in various studios of architecture in south Italy and Florence doing projects for housing, commercial and public buildings.
  7. 7. Cover Story Cover Story First to sell homes on carpet area providing highest carpet area. First to provide individual swimming pools for penthouses in Bangalore. First to give ACD for highest security measure. First to build Ultra Luxury homes with a 360 degree view . First to have a public-private partnership (PPP) to improve Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore. First to offer Home Concierge: on-call services at your doorstep . First to introduce tele-medicine for residential properties in India . Mantri Developers has become one of the first real estate companies to receive the certifications on Integrated Management Systems for its commitments towards international standard in four categories of product quality, environmental management, Occupational Health and Safety assessment systems and Social accountability. Development based on VALUES Mantri Developers Pvt Ltd is a leading developer of world class homes, IT parks and educational Institutions. ounded by Sushil Mantri in 1999 Mantri Developers in just 10 years, has delivered over 6,000 homes and built 18 projects. Today, Mantri Developers has to its credit over one crore sq ft under construction. Mantri Developers has a track record of delivering 1.4 homes per day since inception. The company plans to focus on the residential sector, retail, hospitality, IT Parks and educational institutions in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. Mantri Developers also has to its credit in building - the largest mall in India spread over 1.7 million sq ft having 252 retail outlets housing over 10,000 brands and 39 F&B outlets, creating a shopping experience unmatched in the country. Today, Mantri Developers has to its credit over 10 million sq ft of constructed area, over 30,000 satisfied residents and 10 million sq ft under various stages of construction. We developed the F largest retail of India in Bangalore. Project uniqueness: The success is based on a consumer centric approach with six key differentiators: - On time delivery, highest carpet area, home care, creating communities, award winning landscapes and attention to detail. The company stands apart from its competitors with a number of innovative firsts: 038 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Future plans of the company: We recently unveiled our new brand identity which is symbolic of our expanded strategic focus for the future .Over the next five years we plan to evolve from a realty brand to an aspirational luxury brand. We are today poised for the future as plan to embark onto new geographical destinations and enter new business verticals. space of 300 sq ft was made to look like a bigger and one of the most glamorous photography studios in the North of India. Third one would be another small 900 Sq ft apartment in Delhi (NCR) where technology has been used up to the max and each and every corner has been designed keeping its functional importance in mind. It is one of the most beautiful and appreciated house in terms of its aesthetic beauty, value for money and perfect space utilization. Favorite project: Another favorite would be three storied house done in Meerut, which has an old architecture of 1950’s but has been converted into a contemporary living space giving it a feel of modern times A touch of uniqueness PurplemindZ, an interior design company is equipped to provide consultancy as well as turnkey interior design solutions and consultancy solutions for numerous genre of projects. ince the inception of the firm in Oct 2009, Bangalore base PurplemindZ Design Studio offers full service interior design. The firm provides interior design consultancy as well as turnkey interior design solutions for residential (villas, flats, penthouse), hospitality (restaurants, hotels) retail (malls, boutique shops, beauty salon, shops and office spaces etc. Designing style: We believe in following customer’s requirement and thus each and every design is tailored made as per the requirement. We feel that by following any particular style or patter of design, we may confine the imagination and creativity of our organisation to a small space. First project: Our first project was a residential space in Delhi (NCR) and it would always remain as one of the best we have done till now. Total number of projects: We have done 18 projects since Oct 2009 in various segments like hospitality, residential, retail and offices. S Best work: Residential space in Delhi (NCR). This 4 bedroom 3,100 sq ft apartment at Forest by Unitech has different rooms on different themes from real life scenarios and this house is one good blend of traditional and contemporary designs with varied colors and ultra modern technology being used in all the possible aspects. SELECTED THREE PROJECTS First would the corporate office of a Construction company in Delhi (NCR) which has around 20,000 sq ft carpet area across 4 floors. It has been designed keeping in mind the opulence of the industry as such and special requirement from the customer where best of the stones, furnishings and fixtures have been used. Lot of technology gadgets have been used to make mundane activities easy and functionally intelligent. Second one would be a photography studio again near Delhi (NCR) where ‘Straight Line’ designs were incorporated quite creatively in furniture and other spaces. Best part was how skillfully the small 040 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine palace with high tech technology gadgets. Current and ongoing projects and the USP: Currently we are doing few important projects in Bangalore where 2 of them are residential i.e. a three bedroom 2,100 sq ft apartment at ‘Prestige Shantiniketan’ near Whitefield and other a 1,200 sq ft apartment in CV Raman Nagar. New trends: In coming times, lot new colors, materials ,finishes, and technology is going to play a major role in changing the definition of interior design. Innovations would change the meaning of design and lot of natural designs can be man made through such innovations making it affordable for many. ABOUT THE ARCHITECTS Richa Wadhwa, Principal Designer and founder of PurplemindZ Design Studio” is an Interior design graduate.Ankush Wadhwa, Co-Founder & Director ‘PurplemindZ Design Studio’ heads Business Development and Customer Relationship Management .
  8. 8. Cover Story Cover Story developed area is more than one lakh sq ft approx. RNA Complex has 2 lakh sq ft of development consisting 234 residential flats and 46 shops. Total land bank then and now: RNA Corp have completed 10 mn sq ft of residential and mixed-use developments in the Mumbai region. And now around 50 million sq ft of residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects under various stages of development in Mumbai. Ongoing projects in the residential sector: ‘RNA Continental’ at Chembur is the single largest residential development project spread across 11 acres that The most promising and prestigious project in the city: RNA Continental at Chembur which would transform the suburb of Chembur, given the inclusive nature of development involving the regeneration of old MHADA housing colony. A similar transformation is expected at Sewree. The resultant landscape would have an iconic mixed-use structure integrating a FEC concept and premium housing. The major focus: Our development focus would be premium residential housing segment. In addition, we also have mixed-use, commercial and few hospitality projects under development. Conceptualising and developing quality infrastructure RNA Corp a name know for delivering projects of superior quality, on budget and on time, maintaining high standards in customer relationship management, have been the metrics of its performance. NA Corp, earlier known as RNA Builders is one of India’s leading property development companies with over two decades of experience in offering solutions to individuals and corporate customers. With key focus on client requirements, the group has a bouquet of projects across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Over the last decade, the contribution to residential and mixed-use real estate in Mumbai is quantified by 10 million sq ft of completed developments, while a substantial development is already in the pipeline. R comprises an impressive seven floor 40,000 sq ft clubhouse offering premium lifestyle experience and 900 units of spacious apartments. Ongoing projects in commercial sector: RNA Corp is coming up with 2 commercial projects in Mumbai - RNA Petals and RNA Bizz. RNA Petal is centrally located in Goregoan with a leasable area of 100,000 sq ft. RNA Bizz is located on Westren Express Highway, close to Bandra Kurla Complex has a leasable area of about 200,000 Sq. ft. of premium office space. First project and its highlights: RNA Corp then known as RNA builders constructed 2 projects simultaneously in 1984 at Andheri West, Mumbai - RNA Arcade and RNA Complex. RNA Arcade is a residential project consisting 2 wings of 38 residential flats and 217 shops and 042 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine experiences that derive from a true understanding of consumers’ hopes, fears and aspirations. The influence we want to have—the legacy we want to leave—must be to deliver lasting, positive change. Something that makes a real difference to both the consumer and the brand, that delivers bottom-line benefits from top-line thinking. We create consumer experiences that fire the imagination, tap into hidden desires, heighten aspirations and give consumers control of the choices they make. For example TARA Jewellers, one of projects done by Fitch which they take a great pride talking about. A beautiful picturesque showroom in Mumbai . The FITCH process is both a series of checks and balances and a direction to We don’t do anything just for the sake of it We design real-world solutions and the big ideas by translating brand into consumer experience. It’s a collaborative process that takes us closer to your brand; closer to your consumers and focuses on the expertise from across our business believes David Blair, principal architect, Fitch. he consumer is always at the heart of everything we do. Everything we do is a product of bold thinking. Bold thinking—the confidence to challenge convention—is born of a profound understanding of both the brand and the consumer. T Our properties are targeted towards customers in the upper-mid and high income group, and hence designed with aesthetics and lifestyle elements. Our developments are accomplished through redevelopment or regeneration process in the island city of Mumbai, and construction on the land banks in suburban locations. We are working towards creating master plans for many such mixed-use developments that offer tremendous value in Mumbai. We are also involved in the market redevelopment initiative of MCGM (Corporation of Greater Mumbai) that shall see the resurgence of community market concept as against concentration of retail in malls. Future plans of the company: RNA Corp is amongst the leading real estate development company in Mumbai, and aim to be amongst the top 3 in the next 5 years. Design philosophy: With that depth and breadth of understanding, we’re able to read, write and speak the language of both brands and consumers. The fluency in this unique language is the key to effectively translating brand into consumer experience. Fitch’s quality of the work is a direct result of the authenticity of our insights and understanding, to the point where it becomes intuitive, how a brand looks, sounds and feels in any situation, we’re able to match brand expressions to consumer behaviours and create a real and lasting dialogue that doesn’t so much reflect as inform and influence consumer culture. airports, museums, shops, public spaces where at each and every touch point, where we are translating brand into experience and experience into compelling memories. We’ve broadened our thinking into a truly coordinated and joined-up approach that draws inspiration from the widest spectrum of cultures, behaviors and trends. Our philosophy is to use that influence responsibly—and that means creating brand The work: Fitch has an experience of work from in 044 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine follow—a direction that leads us to previously undiscovered truths about the brand and the consumer. Fitch is a global design consultancy, which means we face outwards, towards consumers. Wherever in the world you encounter Fitch, you’ll find an environment, culture and values that are optimised to foster focussed, intelligent creativity—Bold Thinking. To us, design is about making emotional, intellectual and physical connections. It’s not just about Photoshop. Fitch encourages people to understand the cultural and historical dynamics of design and, consequently, we know that we have a wider responsibility to take the discipline forward—to set new and higher standards and to encourage and develop emerging talent. We don’t impose our will, or indeed a house style, on any project. We don’t arrive at a brief with preconceptions or readymade ideas. We don’t do anything just for the sake of it.
  9. 9. Cover Story Cover Story A complete lifestyle real-estate destination The first project and total land bank then:Our first project was in Greater Noida. It is located on a 452 acres land and offers a range of luxurious residences which includes estate home, villas, town homes and apartments. Our total land bank for the first project was 452 acres. Jaypee Greens believes in creating self-sustained massive scale townships where nature connects to a recreation destinations, social activities and gracious living playing a key role in the nation building. Ongoing projects in the residential sector Greater Noida.The total area of development: We started our first project in Greater Noida where apartments are indeed a reflection of luxury living and contemporary lifestyles. Infact, the properties are surrounded by a 18 and 9 hole golf courses. There is also a Town Centre which meets the needs of the residents which includes a spa, a minitheatre, ATMs, fitness centers amongst many others. Jaypee Greens, Greater Noida is spread over 452 acres of which majority of the construction are completed. SPORTS CITY PROJECT AND MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS The Jaypee Greens Sports City spread over 2,500 acres is going to be a unique one-of-its-kind city in India. Located on the 165 Km Yamuna Expressway, Jaypee Greens Sports City is the first Sports themed city in India. At the Sports City, one can choose from the limited editions personal suites at Kassia, residential plots from Krowns, Country Homes with landscaped gardens or villas, town homes and mid to high rise apartments blocks at Lake District. Beside the social clubs, and the cricket stadium, it also has the Motor aypee Greens a premium 450acre golf-centric real estate development project situated in Greater Noida integrating homes with golf course, landscaped emerald spaces, resort living and commercial developments. Jaypee Greens builds a mix use development with different residential options and recreational facilities like golf, landscaping, play areas and parks. J Architecture at COLLABORATIVE goes beyond the generally prevailing notions of functional contingencies and simplistic approach of problem solving. ollaborative Architecture was established in the year 2002. The principals had their individual practices before merging in 2002 to create Collaborative Architecture. The firm always strived to create architecture and design at par with international standards, not just in design innovation, but in design delivery too. They strongly believe that the act of doing architecture is not a forced result of the brief, but a compulsive urge of the creative mind. The designs are more often not, not a result of a rational process, but, intuitive, often layered palimpsests of logical, irrational, bizarre, poetic, clarified and impossible thoughts. Particular style or pattern: No we do not follow any particular style…. The practice has been deeply involved in design research, and the discerning pattern if any are results of this overlapping explorations. At present we are developing the whole gamut of design- ladies fashion, ladies accessories, C Racing Track which will play host to the most awaited event in India – the F1race. We are coming up with the Yamuna Expressway on the eastern periphery of Sports City which is 165 kms long. PROJECT IN COMMERCIAL SECTOR Presently, we have not ventured into the commercial sector. However, our projects in the residential sector are very sought after and we are only pleased to give the best to our Jaypee Greens, we would like to be the ultimate lifestyle real-estate destination keeping in mind the Group's goal that is committed to strategic business development in infrastructure, as the key to nation building in the 21st century. 046 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Designing innovation URBAN TOTEM- a vertical sustainable tower Favourite: WEDGE – 1 and several Single Family houses we are building currently Current and ongoing projects and the USP: We are designing two educational buildings which are really out of the box. Our first major hospitality project is nearing completion, and the restaurant is a part of the project which we are really looking forward too, as the client couldn’t afford to do much in the guest rooms, which are basic. We are also working for a renowned Dubai based builder and hope to create some good works for them in future apart from these couple of single family residences we are doing in Kerala, which combines the contextual response with highly innovative design and some apartments we are designing in Mumbai. indoor lighting, lifestyle products etc taking some lateral inspirations from these researches. First project undertaken and in which discipline/category: Architect Lalita did a health club in Mumbai, which went on to win IIID national award and Architect Mujib did a informatics Centre for his almamatr in Calicut. Total number of projects done: Not ‘numbers’ by the so-called standards of architectural production…We are very particular in selecting our clientele and the kind of work we do. Most of the works have been featured internationally and won several awards. Best work done so far and why: Every project delves into some unexplored aspects of design, environmental, sociological facets of the research we do. But, yes if you ask us… WRAP Series of projects has propelled the firm in the international radar. Best Three: WRAP-3, WRAP-4 and 048 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Inspiration: Louise Kahn, Alvaro Alto, Peter Zumtor, David Chipperfield, Morphosis, Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma, and JH Meyer the list goes. New trends to be seen in coming days: There will be a clear shift towards active Industry integration in design and execution phase. Projects fall in a larger scheme of things, transforming them into critical explorations of ideas and visions for future. Mujib Ahmed completed his degree in architectural engineering from REC Calicut in the year 1993. In the year 2002 formed COLLABORATIVE ARCHITECTURE in Partnership with Lalita Tharani.
  10. 10. Cover Story Cover Story Oberoi Realty believes it has an established brand and a track record in the real estate industry of developing innovative projects through its strong emphasis on contemporary architecture, able and skilful project execution and quality construction. Oberoi Realty seeks to create ‘destination developments’ through its in mixed-use and single-segment developments. Hyderabad and intend to launch similarly projects in Indore, Ahmedabad and Goa this year. The underlying values Projects completed and ongoing: We have completed around 150 residential projects with more than 30 thousand units and total built up area in excess of 45 mn sq ft. At present we have around 30 projects in Pune out of which 2 are large township projects. Total area under development is around 20 mn sq.ft. There are various projects which would be completed in a phased manner in the next three years. The land bank of ongoing residential projects in Pune and other cities would be in excess of 40 mn sq ft. We are predominantly in residential segment and at the same time we are putting up 3 malls 3 multiplexes, 1 IT SEZ and a 4 star hotel all in excess of 3 million sq ft. International projects: We had an international experience when we developed a property in Melbourne with 70 independent units. The experience was a mixed one. The real-estate scene is completely changed today from being unorganised to getting more organised and corporatised, prioritising on the customers’ demands and needs Also in the real-estate industry corporate governance is also showing remarkable change. There is more transparency involved, and developers living up to their promises and getting in more and more national and international trends into India. Transparency in terms of the dealing, timely delivery, best architectural practices, international designs, trends and world class amenities, undying focus on quality in terms of design, aesthetics, design, construction, material consultants all these are living up to the given promises gives the customer sense of trust, feeling of being special giving value for each penny spent for that dream abode. The company’s unilateral focus on quality and execution has ensured that all its projects proceeding as scheduled. Adhering to these values the group has not only developed a loyal customer’s base and but also a trusted name in the real-estate Creating aspirational developments Since the group’s inception in the early 1980’s Oberoi Realty has evolved into a real estate developer focused on premium developments in the city. beroi Constructions re-branded as Oberoi Realty, has come a long way. With nearly 3 decades of experience at showcasing the best of design layouts and construction quality Oberoi Realty and Promoter Group have completed 32 projects covering approximately 4.979 mn sq ft of saleable area spread across the city of Mumbai. Headquartered in Mumbai, The Oberoi Realty Group currently manages a portfolio spanning across residential, office space, retail, hospitality and social Infrastructure properties. Further progressing the group intends to expand its geographic base through acquisitions of land and development rights focused on premium developments in the residential, office space, retail, hospitality and social infrastructure segments. Oberoi Realty is a debt-free company and has always been prudent in its’ financial management and land-buying. The company had raised Rs1, 028 crores during its’ recent IPO and proposes to use this cash to fund its’ existing construction activity and also to acquire land when the right opportunity comes its’ way at the right price. O Evolution of the brand: 050 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine industry. Today the group has a total of 33 completed projects aggregating approx 5 mn sq ft. Ongoing and upcoming projects by the company and its subsidiaries / JVs span across 24 projects totaling over 20.5 mn sq ft. Business highlights: Oberoi Mall - Contributed Rs 18.42 crores to the revenue for the Q3FY1. Commerz I Contributed Rs11.42 crores to the revenue for the Q3FY11. Development of properties: Oberoi Exquisite I at Goregaon (E): Out of total estimated saleable area of 1,448,040 sq ft, the group have sold 7,50,090 sq ft till date The company has crossed the 20% threshold level of project cost, excluding land cost and has commenced revenue recognition of the project. Oberoi Prisma – Launched the office space project at JVLR, Andheri (E). Worli Project: Construction activity going on as planned and in advanced talks with a leading international hotel chain and a leading international general contractor for this mixed-use luxury project. Creating real-estate opportunities Pune based developers Paranjape Schemes are committed in providing superior specifications, better amenities and world class lifestyle options to its customers. ith over 25,000 homes built across western Maharashtra, Paranjape Schemes offer premium quality residential projects - building world class homes with superior specifications, better amenities and creating contemporary lifestyles. With over 100 top-of-the-line projects completed in the past 20 years, and ownership of 15 million sq ft of FSI now the group is specially focused in creating homes and care facilities for the senior citizens through their project Athashri. Developments besides Pune: Lot of redevelopment projects in Mumbai having large number of developments in Thane, Nasik, Kolhapur and Chiplun and other major cities of Maharashtra. We also have projects for senior citizens in Pune, Bangalore and W 052 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine The most promising projects: We are developing namely Forest Trails in Bhugaon. Forest Trails is a lavish bungalow society set across 140 acres of sprawling hill land in Bhugaon! Independent twine and row houses with a choice of different styles and sizes of bungalows set in a backwoods ambience.
  11. 11. Cover Story Cover Story human aspiration and sensitivity, as a relevant, functioning organism within the great interconnected environmental totality. First project undertaken and total number of projects: St. Xavier's church, Kolhapur is the first project done and overall over 200 projects of different scales and categories. Best work: There are a number of works which I like - e.g. my own farmhouse, beach house & lake house, LaCONES (Laboratory for the conservation of endangered species), SDM Institute for management development, SDM Engineering college, Bharati Vidyapeeth guesthouse. In harmony with nature Ar Shirish Beri of Shirish Beri & Associates has designed number of campuses for national & regional level institutions for research, rehabilitation, health care and education, along with various other types of buildings. tarted practice with Beri Architects & Engineers in 1974. Since then’ it probes the multisensory and the immeasurable dimension of space while trying to evoke a reflective pause amidst today’s clutter and background noise. He feels that issues of sustainability can be aptly addressed only through the right attitudes and goals. His designs try to achieve an inherent sense of unity and harmony with various natural and man-made elements and forces. Architecture too, in its greater vision, is life itself thereby S communicating, responding and belonging to the fascinatingly interrelated web of life.a. It is our duty as architects to redefine and expand upon the brief given by the client so as to give him much more besides satisfying the functional requirements in terms of the design's environmental relevance, quality of space and jOY. DESIGN PHILOSOPHY A sensitively designed architectural space transcends itself to strike a note between the measurable and immeasurable a unifying experience. The flowing spaces in the designs tie up and unify the total perception. The divisive, analytical western approach is replaced by the Asian approach of synthesis and unification. Architecture as a shaper of space (Space as an important attribute of our lives) has been explored by me in various ways – as a symbolic metaphor, an agent of socio cultural change, as an interpreter of life’s values, as an expression and barometer of 054 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine driving continuous cash flows and new project acquisitions in order to fuel its growth story. ence, I would strongly say that we have made substantial achievement in the years. H Focus:Sunteck Realty strongly focuses on high end luxury residential segment. They have a development pipeline of more than 32 mn sft of which a significant chunk is within city centric locations. With a focus on developing residential properties, the group continues to expand within Mumbai with a belief that this has been and will continue to be a flexible market for for them. We do not cater in affordable, slum redevelopment or redevelopment of dilapidated buildings segment. We will continue to grow through steadily cash flows, with larger emphasis on exemplary design, execution, and sales volume by continuously improving our strategies. D Top three: LaCONES (Laboratory for the conservation of endangered species), Hyderabad, Lake house at Andur, Bharati Vidyapeeth guesthouse, Pune. Current and ongoing projects: Super specialty hospital, Dharwad. Kolhapur art centre.International institute for sustainable agriculture at Ovale, Pune. Dental hospital & college at Ras Al Khaima, UAE. Campus for residential school and human excellence institute for Ramakrishna Vivekananda ashram near Hubali. Medical college for Bharati Vidyapeeth at Navi Mumbai and many others. Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Tadao Ando, G Bawa, Hassan Fathy. The vernacular architecture of the people has also been a great source of inspiration. New trends to be seen coming days: Today's architectural trends seem to be very vision centric - concentrating on external visual form, colours and compositions rather than the quality of space. Our architecture of today and tomorrow needs to evoke a reflective silence, resolve and integrity. evelopment Pipeline: Sunteck has over 32 million square feet of development pipeline with about 3 million square feet projects launched in the high end luxury residential and commercial spaces, with plans to reach a cumulative about 11 mn sft of project launches by end FY 2011.Current projects include Sunteck's high end luxury residential projects at BKC- Signature Island, Signia Isles, Signia Pearl, and premier luxury residential projects Signia High (Borivali), Signia Oceans (Airoli, New Mumbai), Signia Skys (Nagpur) and its commercial projects including Sunteck Grandeur (Andheri W), and Sunteck Kanaka (Goa). It has plans to launch luxury residential townships at Signia City (Mulund) and Sunteck City (Goregaon W).Our projects are unique in the design and are predominantly targeted for high end segment. Majority of them are based on spacious living with high Creating high standard business spaces Sunteck Realty’s endeavors to grow on the back of sustained project launches, driving continuous cash flows and new project acquisitions in order to fuel its growth story. unteck Realty's vision is to meet the expectations of niche customers by offering high end residential spaces. The group entered into the real estate sector a decade ago in the year 2000. Sunteck Realty strives to have best practices for corporate governance. It follows the project completion method of accounting, thereby providing further transparency, which is in line with IFRS norms proposed for implementation in FY 2012 in India. The group is developing a diverse range of landmark residential projects with unit values between Rs 10 to 400 million with exquisite design and superior quality by adopting the highest standards of international living. We have carved a niche for ourselves in the luxury and super-luxury segment and intend to keep servicing the segment 'A' customers in each micro-market. All our sales are in this segment apart from Signature island (in BKC) which is a ultra-luxury residential offering.The Company continues in its endeavors to grow on the back of sustained project launches, S 056 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine end amenities. Our strength lies on timely delivery and quality and will continuously look to tap potential markets across consumer segments.The company continues to operate in this segment and we will continue to cater in the same. The group believes that there is demand in the luxury residential segment and hence all the projects are unique in the design and are predominantly targeted to the HNIs and upper middle class. They will largely be focused in the city limits thus enabling us to deliver on quality products catering to the discerning customer base of young upwardly professionals and business class looking for luxury living .
  12. 12. Cover Story Cover Story Carving a niche for itself beyond CC. We called in commencement certificate that has been withdrawn by Bombay municipal corporation, secondly partnership with MHADA we call it PP model which is a very unique model which is a joint partnership with MHADA where 1.75 FSI will be allowed to be developed by the developer and 0.75 FSI will be given to the government at a construction cost. So eventually MHADA will be able to distribute tenaments to the needy people will be a unique thing where ultimately they will be creating lot of middle income and low income group housing. There are couples of issues one more important decision that government took which is increase in FSI for the old and dialiapated buildings, the CM announced that this FSI will be 3 now instead of a CAP of 2.5. So we are really grateful that this will give a lot of boost to redevelopment of old and dialapated buildings which are major concern for the people who are staying in the city. achieving highly humanised and conducive environment and to create an ambience that would generate impetus for innovation, considering high density multidepartment office requirements. This facility has been strategically designed to be a future ready facility. The common spaces have been designed to rejuvenate occupants of the facility by providing a completely different and refreshing ambience by using a well balanced interplay of colours, materials, forms and volumes. Favorite project: 'Sankalpan One', the very first state - of - the - art IT Park of Sankalpan Group. It is nourished with finest design and facilities acquiring 'LEED GOLD Certified' building keeping in mind the environment consciousness. Current and ongoing projects- the Sankalpan has carved a niche since its foundation in the year1996 for providing end-toend solutions to its clients. ankalpan began small, with interiors of buildings rather than the building itself. Ever since its inception, Sankalpan has carved a niche for itself as a premier design firm providing a range of services in the fields of architecture, infrastructure and real estate. Sankalpan has designed and built over 700 + projects, measuring over 8.5 million sq ft for corporate. First project undertaken and discipline: Our first outbreak was to design a branch office for Times bank in Mumbai. Total number of projects done: Sankalpan has designed and built over 700 + projects, measuring over 8.5 mn sq ft for corporate, retail and hospitality sectors. Best three: Nirmal Lifestyle - Nirmal Lifestyle Mall, Mulund, Mumbai. Total area: 100,000.00 sq ft. Primary Design Brief was to conceptualise an office space that underlines arrival of Nirmal Lifestyles at Front end of quality realty scenario in Western Region of India, making customers feel welcomed, employees valued and management proud. The state - of - the - art 'Glass Atrium' is the most unique and functional feature of this office facility. Sensitively designed high volumes add to grandeur of spaces. Currently the real –estate sector is facing lot of heat pertaining certain pending issues such as the FSI and mainly the building material prices. How will it be addressed ? Yes, we have couple of challenges before us. The sand which was available in Rs 3,000 is now available at Rs 12,000. We have discussed these concerns before the government of Maharashtra and they have S This facility has been conceptualised through careful planning in which design decisions, material specifications are carefully evaluated in terms environmental sustainability Bayer Material Science, Greater Noida, Area - 28,650 sq ft- An integrated measure has been taken for increasing the environmental protection and dealing with the climatic changes. The aim of this energy efficient design is to meet the above requirements whilst keeping investment costs to a minimum. The uniqueness of this building lies in its concept of zeroemission making it one of the landmark green buildings in India today. One of the features of this building is the window openings that are designed to attain maximum natural light minimizing harmful ultra violet solar rays by leveraging various energy efficient products. The light energy is captured for radiating the inside of the building leading to minimal use of power and artificial energy. Morgan Stanley, Lower Parel, Area 66,000 sq ft. The concept was to have a non - cosmetic - minimalist approach towards 060 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine USP: Currently we are working on various projects like Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Standard Chartered, Patni Computers, etc. Inspiration: Hafeez Contractor is the architect I admire the most while Dhirubhai Ambani and Lakshmi Mittal have greatly influenced our outlook towards life and business. Their services to our nation lie in their actions more than anything else. Great things are not said but done and they have motivated all of us to accomplish our own goals and objectives through vision and passion. New trends to be seen coming days: The design industry will be highly expertise oriented. India may start looking at world class exposure, processes, and sector specific demands. With the large scale development of malls, IT parks, SEZ's, hotels, commercial complexes and multiplexes, and the future of this industry seems to be bright. Green products will be in most demand for office interiors in the future and considering the global warming issue, the usage of green products shall be made mandatory. A candid talk with Sunil Mantri, President, MCHI with Remona Divekar on the issues concering the realestate industry. Creating a budget houses is the need of the hour Being a governing body what is MCHI’s new agenda for the fiscal year? Tell us about your plans? Tell us about your meeting with the honorable CM of Maharashtra? Real estate is facing many challenges, lot of things have changed in Maharashtra with every chief minister has its own polices and style of working and he wanted to understand our style of working and new Chief Minister is very learned person and worked at the topmost position at the PM’s office. Whichever issues that were presented were addressed well. One was the BMC circular which was restricting the work 062 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine taken couple of steps with an assurance that where the supply can be resumed to normal rates. The labour has also become more expensive. Lot of new things like the provident fund where the PF is 25 percent and no labour wants to contribute in the PF so eventually the developers most of the time
  13. 13. Cover Story has to shell out the amount from his pocket or compensate the labor by paying extra. Again the shock or the development charges which were just Rs 250 a sq mt becomes almost Rs 25 a sq ft. It is going to become almost 2% of the ready reckoner value. This could be a huge burden adding to the voes exhorbitant fees, penalties, fines have increased drastically so it is cause of concern. The government should decide how much tax we can put to this industry. We have service tax @ 2.6 percent then we have excise, customs and so many things. The time has come where the government has to re think how much tax we can burden to this industry. If the taxes can be reviewed at least for the affordable housing or the budget housing a common man will get a great relief . Most of the builder’s lobby they view affordable housing is a myth in a city like Mumbai? Your views The land is very precious in Mumbai and there are various laws like urban land ceiling, environment, CRZ, high-rise restrictions and various laws have made the components more expensive, more precious than gold or platinum so then the problem is we have again the historical thought of limiting and restricting the FSI. Probably the government is not able out of box yet, they want to control the city of Mumbai with 1.33 FSI which is a very sad part. When on the other hand international destinations like Singapore, HongKong or Dubai has anything between 20-40 FSI. I think we need to rethink whether we like to restrict the FSI. We need to create an infrastructure by giving sale and additional infrastructure, government can levy the revenue, and government can collect more and more charges and utilise for the development of infrastructure of the city. Realty sector is been highly capital intensive business, the delays, the rise in the interest rate would really pinch the customer or the end-buyers. Your take on that? If the delay is going to cost some interest to the developer he is ultimately going to load to the consumer the developer may not pay from his pocket, ultimately they may be loaded to the common man or the consumer. The international countries or Cover Story like Singapore, Dubai the Municipal permissions are given within a month’s time. They have certain rules and norms and they are also fastest developing destination so we need to change our mindset. Why not we work it out all the NOC’s given on time. If building permission is cleared within 30 days time, the developer will be able to save substantial component by the interest which he will be able to pay the bank and ultimately the consumer will be benefited and production will be faster, supply will be more in the market rather than the government on the file or the municipal corporation sitting on the file for couple of months. Out of my experience with the various governments since the last 10 years is every government is trying to make the situations more complicated as they want to control everything. various laws have been brought into system and the whole real estate industry has made extremely complicated very difficult for us to sometimes understand how many, laws, committees, sub-committees, it is very complex procedures and government absolutely has not tried to bring down the procedural reform how the faster sanctions can be given. What kind of investment opportunities do you foresee in the real-estate sector? Besides our typical and commercial and residential projects which every developer is doing traditionally I could see various new opportunities going to come up one is PPP and I think the government is the largest land owner in this country and if they work it out a PPP model where they take certain built up area ratio they take it back and distribute to the needy people at the lower margin or at a cost price. PPP is the biggest opportunity. If the government relaxes development norms on the salt pan land in couple of areas then that could also prove bigger opportunities and by creating infrastructure and provide fast track roads or express ways to new areas I think huge land parcel will get opened up. How this fiscal year does looks like for the real-estate industry? I think it should be good because from what the statistics we have collected we are showing 30 percent growth to 2008 064 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine A 72 room resort- conceived as a castle with various towers, country tiled roofs, turrets and parapets and courts at different levels. The courts are dotted with curved pathways and stairways leading to the rooms above, thus giving each room its own sense of identity. The central pivot of the project is the circular restaurant, which has the pool adjoining it. Each of the rooms has its own unique balcony and is painted in bright hues with built in beds, seats, ledges, etc. The elaborate detailing has thus given the project the name- ‘Castle de Goa’. figure and 10 percent growth to 2009 and particularly 2010 figures. I think the trend should continue and we should able to grow 10-20 percent this year also without any difficulty. Only concern I have is the developer should keep the prices under control and should not increase the prices further as affordability is the key question for any common man or consumer who would want to buy the property. Would it reduce the transaction cost like the stamp duty and the developer’s set-off on the credits on the tax? Currently the government wants to collect every single penny on every transfer of the property and every transaction they say is the different one so the government is not willing to compromise whether it is state or central whether service tax, VAT or stamp duty, registration, revenue NAI think is cut down the fees I think they are only in the mood to increase. Deduction of 1.5 lakh is too less on the account of interest payment to the institution on the borrowed loan and I think this figure should be raised to Rs 5 lakh. Because Rs 1.5 lakh means you can only borrow up to Rs 15 lakh and it should be tax deducted able @10 percent. Cost of house is higher in metros is higher and up to Rs50 lakh or5 lakh should be given allowed to be deducted. Third is government needs to rethink on service tax which is killing to the common consumer @2.6 percent and states also have to rethink on VAT@1 percent presently in Maharashtra. If they try to cut down on taxes consumer might get relief by great extent. There are many industry issues also, presently the capital gain tax which is exempted after 36 month locking period need to be brought down to 12 months and presently the tax is 20 percent needs to be brought down to 10 percent. We have suggested to the government to introduce rental housing promotion schemes where the income tax on the rental housing is 10 percent and deduction of the self occupied property could be 50 percent which will help in creating large number of rental housing which typically happens in the international destinations so that the government needs to consider. Project Type: Residential Carvalho’s Year of completion: 2007 This modern house was designed for a family who couldn’t buy an old Goan house History for the future Elizabeth Kurian-Joseph, Principal Architect, Stonehenge Architects believes in making such projects that are energy efficient using ecologically sensitive construction materials and techniques adapting to the needs of the common man. tonehenge Architects since its inception in 1999 by Principal Architect Elizabeth Kurian-Joseph have worked on design projects that vary from residences, institutions, hotels and resorts, renovations to interior designing. Having the expertise in using natural materials and experimenting with different constructional methods gives the firm its own distinct identity. Having designed over 60 projects that cater to a clientele ranging from the lower middle class to the corporate, the focus is not on size or budgets, but on delivering a quality tailor-made project which in turn gives immense satisfaction to all involved. There has been no conscious need to advertise oneself- word of mouth, has done the needful. S but wanted to live in one! The house thus has details of a typical verandah with a wooden roof and pillars, Gothic arches. The plan was initially conceived with a double height, central courtyard, but this was covered eventually with a glass pyramidal roof. Old Goan furniture compliments the interiors in every area. Project Type: Restoration Year of completion: 2009 The clients had inherited this ‘not very grand old Goan house’ and wanted to renovate the same to a livable holiday home, yet retaining the soul of Aunty Maggie within. The house earlier was extended in STONEHENGE PROJECTS: Project Type: Hospitality Hotel Gautam Year of completion: 2001 066 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine parts, had roofs at odd angles, had no specific bedrooms & had different levels within The exercise thus was to rework the complete layout and thus was emerged a home with 3 bedrooms with attached toilets, double height dining, a lounge in the attic floor, all covered with wooden tiled roofs. The front verandah was centralized to create symmetry & a Goan styled rear verandah added too. First Project: Raman Resort Year of completion: 1998- 2006 The project is an attempt to keep the equilibrium of the site with the built formwhere the structures use local materials in geometrically developed forms, sited to integrate with the surrounding landscape. The project comprises of a set of units with varied styles - a single suite wooden cottage on the mound, an octagonal unit, a circular unit covered with a dome and a curved unit with 4 rooms at the far end. The resort has been given a rustic feel with the use of common elements of exposed laterite stone masonry, coconut wood rafters and roofs of country tiles. Though each unit is characterized individually, there is a continuity maintained right through the whole complex. The details include shell inlay windows, rough plank doors & wardrobes, china mosaic toilets and rough stone flooring. At the end, what satisfies the most is that a 'client' becomes a 'friend'. Where transparent and open interactions give insights thus evolves the spatial organization and characterisation.
  14. 14. Cover Story Creating cutting edge practices Cover Story Wadas, to single room tenements then graduating to redevelopments to ownership development till today to developing of world class prime properties in the major metro cities. Spearheaded by Lalitkumar Jain, Chairman and MD the company’s projects span across affordable, midsegment and luxury homes to commercial and retail complexes, apart from IT complexes and SEZ. Since restructuring of the company in 2006, they have completed 2.18 million sq ft. of developable area, including 10 residential (including one-redevelopment project) and 7 commercial projects. As on date, KUL has 14 ongoing projects across four cities with 3.91 million sq ft of estimated developable area and estimated saleable area of 3.42 million sq ft. In addition, the company has 50 forthcoming projects with 73.13 million sq ft of developable area and estimated 64.14 million sq. ft. of saleable area. The project, a part of the Jakarta Metropolitan area was the first and the only example in Indonesia of a Master Plan that integrates existing villages, Kampangs (slums), water-bodies and channels in the development.The Master Plan for ‘Kota Tigaraksa New Town and District Capital Development’ represents the first ever attempt in Indonesia to protect and integrate the existing traditional settlement’s natural attributes to advantage. Current and ongoing projects: Master Planning for Kota Tigaraksa – New Town Development Project, Tangerang District, Indonesia, 3200 acres for PT Panca Wiratama Sakti TBK (PWS). Kashmiri Gate Urban Development, Kashmere Gate – Tis Hazari Metro Corridor, 5 km stretch, Delhi Master Planning for Jaipur Greens Township, Jaipur, 180 acres for Completed projects and total land bank: We have delivered more than approx 8.5 million sq ft and approx 4.5 million is under construction and 70 million sq ft is the pipeline out of which around 9 million sq ft is city centric mainly in cities like Pune and Mumbai and we have retail, IT, gated communities and high rise, high end sky villas, mass housing affordable. We have flats from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 40 crore. Our completed projects primarily consist of typical residential projects comprised of apartment blocks accompanied by necessary modern amenities. Post consolidation some of our group entities in 2006, we have developed 7 commercial projects and 10 residential projects (including one redevelopment project) aggregating to a total of 2.18 million sq ft of developable area. KUL was incorporated in 1993 and pursuant to a restructuring of the entities in our group in 2006; we acquired majority interests in certain entities forming part of our group. These entities on a The firm SK Das Associated Architect strongly believes in creating an architecture that is finely textured, multilayered and granular. he Firm, SK Das Associated Architects (SKDAA), was established by SK Das in 1987. Headquartered in Delhi, with offices in Mumbai and Bhubaneswar, the firm specialises in Master Planning, architecture and landscape. Lead by SK Das, Chairman and Design Head and Chhabi Mishra, CEO and Design Principal, the work is inspired by the city and urbanism and promotes an aesthetic representing the cultural diversity of the community. The design philosophy of the firm is to create an architecture that touches the lives of people and is legible; an architecture that is responsive place, context and community specific; one that influences city making and is inspired by urbanism architecture that is finely textured, multilayered and granular. First project: Bird watching hides for World Wide Fund for Nature-India or WWF-India in Mumbai at the Mahim marshlands. The project was an elevated/stilted thatched bird watching hyeds tucked in the mangroves of Bandra. The project could be clubbed as a part of the educational and recreational category. Best work done so far: Andrews Gang Housing, Delhi promoted by the Ministry of Urban Development for senior civil servants. This is a project more in tune with the realism in India and rooted in cultural, social, climatic and urban context. The project is a ‘highdensity low-rise development’ which we believe should be the dominant aspect of urban form as far as housing is concerned. Celeste Towers, Noida, an apt example of vertical living that reiterates the fact that even a standalone project CAN represent the microcosm of the city. Kota Tigaraksa New Town and District Capital Development, Tangerang District, Indonesia - Urban Design and Master Planning. T 068 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Emaar MGF Pvt.Ltd Master Planning for Hi-tech city Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, 1,500 acres for Suncity Projects Pvt. Ltd Master Planning and regeneration of the existing part of C V Raman College of Engineering campus and various administrative and residential buildings and landscape master planning. Inspiration: Renzo Piano’s work is admirable because of its contextual nature and the depth of exploration in design right down to the details. We can relate to the nature of it works as it falls in the same category of search we engage in - never carried away by materiality but deeply rooted in place, context and culture. New trends to be seen coming days: We do not believe that architecture is fashion, though in the current times it seems that architecture is beginning to border on fashion. We are irked by this and would rather be multilayered and not be dominated by singular concern predominating everything else. People do green buildings but ignore urban contextual factors and the whole idea of ‘place making’ – the way the building fits in the immediate and wider context. The trend would be more towards inclusive growth and the energy costs in producing buildings and not merely use of buildings. Our USP - our work, a reflection of our commitment to innovation in design, sensitivity to the community and environment with a deep understanding of the social context. A great attention to detail, meticulous documentation and respect for our Clients' vision, budget and schedule define our work. culture. From traditional Wada’s to prime property developments Design, development, construction and marketing of residential and commercial complexes coupled with quality, environment, health and safety management system standards describes Kumar Urban Development. umar Urban development Limited (KUL) a real estate development and construction company focused on residential and commercial development in the cities Pune with presence in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Panchgani and Nagpur. K THE BEGINNING In 1966 with the modest beginning of the development of 070 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine cumulative basis prior to our acquisition have developed 3.30 million sq. ft. FUTURE PROJECTS Our Company has initiated the process for planning and commencing the development of 50 forthcoming projects across five cities, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Bengaluru aggregating to 73.13 million sq. ft. of Developable area and 64.14 million sq ft of Saleable Area. As part of our forthcoming Projects, we propose to develop 16 residential projects; eight townships; six commercial projects; one SEZ project; 17 redevelopment projects and two slum rehabilitation projects.In future from Kumar Properties one can get to see projects like SEZ of IT, retail malls, a million sq ft in one place and in around 6.5 lakh sq ft in Pune and Mumbai.Continuous technological up gradation helps the Group keep up with time.
  15. 15. Cover Story Enhancing the quality of living design DKA is a multi-disciplinary architectural and Interior design practice believes in adapting Indian traditional patterns to be used in our contemporary designs. KA (Dutta & Kannan Architects) a multi-disciplinary architectural and interior design practice established in 1984 by SK Dutta. Renamed in 1999 with studios in Bangalore and Kolkata. DKA is doing projects right from residential apartments, villas in gated communities, multiplexes, malls, hospitals, metro rail stations, luxury high-rises and commercial office spaces. Overall it constructed a space of 4 million sq ft in last 3.5 yrs. D Particular style or pattern of architecture: We adapt Indian traditional patterns and abstract them to be used in our contemporary designs. Total number of projects done under which categories: We have about 49 ongoing projects right from the Bangalore Metro rail, apartments, gated communities, office buildings, malls, hotels and resorts to hospitals, institutions and chosen single family residences. Noteworthy work: BMRCL - Namma Metro 11 stations BMRCL - HCC - underground metro rail station concept work/pre-bid. The Empyrean - fire capital - 210 acres Villa designs and club house design, Involvement right from Inception of project PS Group - Gaurav Dugar - Rajarhat Mixed use complex with Mall, Hotel and Apartments - 6 acres. SPA group - Prashant Kajaria - 27 acres, 24 villas - ultra luxury villa project sarjapura. Kirloskar - 24 storey luxury condominiums - Nagavara Lake Side. Kolte Patil / Ranka group - Horamavu 7.6 acres - 720 apt residential complex. SNN Constructions - Bannerghatta Road, NICE road - 6 acres - Villaments and Villas . Big Bazaar - (largest in Bangalore) - West of Chord road - 2.6 lac sft., 5 basement lvls. ( Aug 2010 completion). Bhandari Infratech - Clocktower project G+12 - Hyderabad. PMR dwellings - 20 acre affordable highrises in Kompally, Hyderabad. Aveda Spa and Resort, Kumarakom Valmark - 33 acres gated community bannerghatta, Bangalore. 072 » March – April 2011 » Construction And Architecture Magazine Kolte Patil / Ranka group - Horamavu 7.6 acres - 720 apt residential complex. Inspiration: Delugan Meissl Architects, Zaha Hadid and Charles Correa. Best three: Kirloskar Highrise luxury condominium, PMR house, Bangalore Metro Rail Stations. ABOUT THE ARCHITECTS Principal Architect: Indraneel Dutta holds a masters degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was nominated to the SOM (Skidmore Owings & Merrill) fellowship and won the Franklin R Smith award for Urban Design from the Architectural League of Chicago. He has worked in the Mid-west(Chicago), New York area and London before starting work in India. Senior Partner: Brinda Kannan holds a Masters degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago & University of Texas at Arlington. At UT Arlington Brinda won the Texas Architectural Foundation Award. In Chicago Brinda worked with CUPPA (College of Urban Policy and Planning Administration) on the Gary (Indiana) Riverfront Revival Project. Brinda was part of the HOK New York office where she planned competition winning hospital projects.