Army Rowing Node / KSA Architects

© Nemish Shah

Architects: KSA Architects
Location: , Maharashtra, India
Architect In Charge: Nemish Shah, Kumarpal Kothari
Design Team: Pierre Michael, Mili Parekh
Area: 8000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nemish Shah

DupleXS / architectureRED

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Architects: architectureRED
Location: , Tamil Nadu, India
Design Team: Biju Kuriakose, Kishore Panikkar, Kani Pandian, Yasir Azami, Preetha John, Apoorva Madhusudan
Area: 17000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Prem, Rajan Gero

Triburg Headquarters / S.P.A Design

© Amit Pasrichha

Architects: S.P.A Design
Location: Sector 22A, Sector 22, Gurgaon, Haryana,
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Amit Pasrichha

Steven Holl Selected to Design New Wing for Mumbai City Museum

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Steven Holl Architects has been selected to design a new extension to one of ’s oldest museums, the City Museum, also known as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Selected over OMA, Studio Architecture, Zaha Hadid and four others, Holl is now the first architect ever to be chosen through an international competition to design a public building in .

Continue reading to learn more about Holl’s winning design. 

The Z Axis International Conference to Explore “Great City, Terrible Place” in India

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Curated by the Charles Correa Foundation, the Z Axis is an annual conference bringing together pioneers, thought leaders, influencers, professionals, and students in the fields of architecture and urban design to create an intellectual community focused on issues related to the context of and the developing world. Fifteen speakers will gather from across the globe to explore the theme of Great City…Terrible Place, including Charles CorreaDavid Adjaye of Urban Think Tank, Spain’s “guerrilla architect” Santiago Cirugeda, Simone Sfriso of Studio TAM Associati and more.

M – Auditorium / Planet 3 Studios Architecture

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Architects: Planet 3 Studios Architecture
Location: , Maharashtra, India
Design Team: Kalhan Mattoo, Santha Gour Mattoo, Shanky Jain, Dhiraj Narang and Amit Jadhav
Area: 6000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mrigank Sharma

House in Mohali / Charged Voids

© Purnesh Dev Photography

Architects: Charged Voids
Location: , Punjab,
Architect In Charge: Aman Aggarwal
Design Team: Swati Agarwal, Vijay Kumar
Builder: Sandeep Khullar
Area: 420.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Purnesh Dev Photography

The Digit / Anagram Architects

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Architects: Anagram Architects
Location: , Delhi, India
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: André J Fanthome, Ayush Prakash

The Urbane House / Hiren Patel Architects

© Sebastian Zachariah

Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
Area: 394.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Discovery Centre / Architecture Discipline

© Jeetin Sharma

Architects: Architecture Discipline
Location: , Karnataka, India
Architect In Charge: Akshat Bhatt
Project Lead: Nirmal C Gupta, Sameer Uddin
Area: 37000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeetin Sharma

APA Awards: James Ewing’s Matrimandir Photograph Places First for Architecture

The Matrimandir in , India designed by Roger Anger and Mirra Alfassa was constructed between 1971-2008. The inner chamber contains a meditation hall which houses the largest optically perfect glass sphere in the world. is an international peace community founded as a project of the Sri Aurobindo Society in 1968 with the endorsement of the Government of India and UNESCO.. Image © James Ewing

Brooklyn based architectural photographer James Ewing has placed first in the American Photographic Artists’ APA for architecture. The image, as Ewing describes, “was created to describe the verdant landscape that surrounds the Matrimandir and the community of Auroville.” 

“The land was in an advanced state of desertification when the Auroville project was started in the 1960s. Heavy erosion had removed most of the topsoil and left a barren scorched earth. Through many years of careful engineering and land management Auroville has created a lush, wooded, garden city. I sought out an elevated vantage point that allowed me to present the building in context with its landscape. The building without the landscape would only be half of the story. The cyclists in the foreground show scale and provide a contrast between the familiar low-fi technology of the bicycles and the fantastic sci-fi form of the Matrimandir itself.”

Bagrecha Residence / Cadence

© Anand Jaju

Architects: Cadence
Location: , Karnataka,
Architect In Charge: Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekar
Project Architects: Smitha Lukose, Komal Bhulani, Sangeetha Patrick, Aishani Nath
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Anand Jaju

SDM Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

© Bharath Ramamrutham

Architects: Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra,
Project Area: 528.0 m2
Photography: Bharath Ramamrutham

AD Interviews: Rahul Mehrotra / RMA Architects

On his recent visit to Santiago, Chile we caught up with Rahul Mehrotra, founder of Mumbai-based RMA Architects and a professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Mehrotra is known for his advocacy work in Mumbai and has carried out projects on a myriad of scales including interior design, architecture, urban design, conservation and planning. His projects include everything from a house on a tea plantation to a campus for NGO Magic Bus, the KMC Corporate Office in Hyderabad and housing for mahouts and their elephants. Mehrotra has also written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation and urban planning in Mumbai and .

“I think that the most important issue facing architects and architecture–generally, around the world–is the question of inequity,” Mehrotra told us. “I think architecture is a deadly instrument in hardening the boundaries between the communities in society. It hardens thresholds very easily; we don’t realize it.” In the full interview, Mehrotra speaks more on inequity, what architecture means to him and how his practice and teaching inform each other.

Emerging Practices in India: Anagram Architects

Brick screen wall: SAHRDC building. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architects

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 Anagram Architects, a based architectural firm.

Led by Madhav Raman and Vaibhav Dimri, Anagram Architects is a growing studio that works in architecture, installation, urban design and material innovation. The firm is often experimental in nature, and each project is developed with a distinct, independent framework. Beyond architecture, Anagram Architects has also designed objects and installations with a strong, cohesive sense of material, detail and execution. Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…

Vishranthi Office / KSM Architecture

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Architects: KSM Architecture
Location: 351, Lloyds Road, Padupet, Gopalapuram, , Tamil Nadu 600014, India
Design Team: Siddarth Money, Sriram Ganapathi, K.S Money, G. Theivanayagee, S.Seran, P.Mathivannan
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Vishranthi Homes

India’s Most Successful Architect: Improving India’s Slums or Exacerbating Social Gaps?

On what used to be a shantytown, Hafeez Contractor’s the Imperial Towers now loom over low-income apartments. Image © Mahesh Shantaram for The New York Times

“The Indian poor live in perpetual darkness, while the Indian rich live in perpetual light.” This fact is obviously embedded in Mumbai, where luxury condominiums rise in the middle of slums. Many of these extravagant buildings were designed by India’s most commercially successful architect, Hafeez Contractor, who believes his arrestive work is the beginning of slum redevelopment. Learn about his crusade and how he’s been criticized in this New York Times article by Daniel Brook.

Emerging Practices in India: Abin Design Studio

International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar: Library from the courtyard. Image Courtesy of

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘’ (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 ‘Abin Design Studio’, a -based architectural firm.

In a city that, though culturally rich, has remained fairly neglectful of contemporary architectural developments, Abin Design Studio’s dynamic philosophy attempts to trigger a ‘think revolution’ by challenging the conventional and recreating the city-scape of Kolkata. Abin Design Studio was founded in October 2005 by Abin Chaudhuri, who partnered with Jui Mallick in 2006. What started off as a small three-person firm is now a frontline organisation rendering complete design solutions from conceptualisation to realisation of space, object and visual.

The projects have a strong spatial quality which fuse lessons from past traditions with aspirations of the present in a sparkling coup of energy. Their passion to transform and nerve to challenge is almost incomparable. Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…