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Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘Practices of Consequence’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘Hundredhands’, a Bengaluru-based architectural firm. 

Patient and purposeful, the work of Hundredhands responds to fundamental concerns of form and space, material integrity, economy and efficiency with a strong efficacy with respect to function and relevance. With a team of architects and architecture trainees directed by Bijoy Ramachandran and Sunitha Kondur, Hundredhands has a significant investment in the conceptual development of their work and architectural discourse as an extension. 

Pragmatic and grounded in ‘doing’, the built work of Hundredhands is developed through an analytical process of drawing, physical and virtual model-making, detailing and a control on the process of building. Their buildings have a sense of clarity that comes through methodical process and elimination of the unnecessary. They use contemporary building technology and materials responsibly and with due regard to available skill. Their architecture is enriched through selection and restraint.  

Indian Architect & Builder's interview with the founders, after the break…

Raja ra Mane: Drawing. Image © Bijoy Ramachandran Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock NUA in Bengaluru. Image © Mallikarjun Katakol IME Sketches and drawings. Image © Bijoy Ramachandran

Rice Office / SALT

  • Architects: SALT
  • Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Design Partner: Amit Sinha, Jassu Singh, Animesh Nayak
  • Design Team: Mishal Shah, Ankit Berry, Rahul Deb
  • Area: 10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Amol Chakraborty

© Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty © Amol Chakraborty

Construction Begins on 3XN’s “Grove Towers” in Mumbai

Street View. Image © 3XN
Street View. Image © 3XN

Construction has begun on 3XN’s first project in India. Aesthetically inspired by local foliage, the 136-meter “Grove Towers” are designed to interweave at their base, much like the roots of the native mangrove trees. These lower, “interwoven” floors will house retail establishments, while the upper floors will be given over to residential units. 

Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India

Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure. 

These shopping "embassies" will be grouped along the mall axis in a manner resembling a traditional European neighborhood. At the same time, the roofs of the shops will be utilized as restaurant space, and will be connected to each other by elevated footbridges. This is intended to create a unique, multi-level promenade which the architects describe as "an exterior landscape that is air-conditioned and unified beneath the glass canopy of the mall."

The Library House / Khosla Associates

  • Architects: Khosla Associates
  • Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Principal Designers : Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shamanth Patil J.

© Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J.

Wilson Garden House / Architecture Paradigm

  • Architects: Architecture Paradigm
  • Location: Wilson Garden, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Design Team: Sandeep J, Vimal Jain, Manoj Ladhad, Savitha
  • Area: 7000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Anand Jaju

© Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju

Myra – School Of Business / Architecture Paradigm

  • Architects: Architecture Paradigm
  • Location: Mysore, Karnataka, India
  • Design Team: Manoj Ladhad, Vimal Jain, Sandeep J, Prajwal M Krishna, Supriya A G
  • Area: 45000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Anand Jaju

© Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju © Anand Jaju

Mana Ranakpur / Architecture Discipline

  • Architects: Architecture Discipline
  • Location: Ranakpur, Rajasthan 306702, India
  • Principal Architect: Akshat Bhatt
  • Design Team: Sneha Gurjar, Nidhi Khosla, Stuti Sahni, Debbayoti Dey
  • Area: 65000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Akshat Bhatt

© Akshat Bhatt © Akshat Bhatt © Akshat Bhatt © Akshat Bhatt

Birdsong Cafe / Studio Eight Twentythree

  • Architects: Studio Eight Twentythree
  • Location: Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Architects In Charge: Samir Raut, Amit Mayekar
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree

Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport - Terminal 2 / SOM

  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Location: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), सहार रोड, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Area, मुंबई, महाराष्ट्र 400099, India
  • Design Partner: Roger Duffy
  • Senior Design Architect: Scott Duncan
  • Design Architect : Peter Lefkovits
  • Technical Architect: Narin Gobindranauth
  • Senior Aviation Planner: Derek Moore
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Robert Polidori, SOM

© SOM © Robert Polidori © Robert Polidori © Robert Polidori

Loft 38 / Khosla Associates

  • Architects: Khosla Associates
  • Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Shamath Patil J.

© Shamath Patil J. © Shamath Patil J. © Shamath Patil J. © Shamath Patil J.

Monsoon Retreat / Abraham John ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: Abraham John ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Khandala, Maharashtra, India
  • Design Team: Abraham John, Alan Abraham, Anca Florescu, Bhavika Chauhan, Niranjan Fulsunder, Amey Mhatre
  • Area: 777.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alan Abraham

© Alan Abraham © Alan Abraham © Alan Abraham © Alan Abraham

Crematorium Charity Trust / Mancini Enterprises

  • Architects: Mancini Enterprises
  • Location: Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Design Team: Niels Schoenfelder, J.T. Arima, Bharath Ram K, Ganesh V, Priyanka Rao, Sridharan A, Rijesh K, Divya K.N.
  • Area: 4856.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Mancini Enterprises

Courtesy of Mancini Enterprises Courtesy of Mancini Enterprises Courtesy of Mancini Enterprises Courtesy of Mancini Enterprises

Suzlon One Earth Global Corporate Headquarters / Christopher Benninger

  • Architects: Christopher Benninger
  • Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: A. Ramprasad Naidu

© A. Ramprasad Naidu © A. Ramprasad Naidu © A. Ramprasad Naidu © A. Ramprasad Naidu

Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree

Orproject, a London-based architecture practice, completed a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy titled, 'Vana,' for the India Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi.

Read what the architects' had to say after the break...

© Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject © Sumedh Prasad / Orproject

361° Conference 2014: Architecture and Identity

The 361° Conference, an initiative by Indian Architect & Builder to create a relevant platform for dialogue on architecture in India, will take place on February 19th to the 21st in Mumbai. This year's edition, based on the theme of "Architecture and Identity," will include renowned speakers, including Steven Holl and Dr. B V Doshi. More details, after the break...

AD Classics: Mill Owners' Association Building / Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier was commissioned by the president of the Mill Owners’ Association to design the organization’s headquarters in Ahmedabad, a city historically active in India’s textile trade. The building is a physical manifesto representing Le Corbusier’s proposal for a modern Indian architecture. Constructed in 1954, the Mill Owners’ Association Building is considered the first of four completed commissions in Ahmedabad. 

Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon / WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

  • Architects: WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
  • Location: Arya Samaj Road, Sector 44, Gurgaon, Haryana 122003, India
  • Design Team: Mr. Wong Chiu Man, James Tan, Juan Andres, Michelle Salvador
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design