Asia Pacific Award 2010 (Mixed Use), India
Archi Design- Architect of the Year
Over the years engaged in architectural practice, I have sorely felt the need to create a habitat and a meeting place for designers from architecture, interiors, engineering disciplines and fine arts. Such a center would encourage a dialogue between these major disciplines and lead to a deeper understanding of each others thoughts and as a consequence lead to a more integrated approach to the design process.
Further, a number of colleagues in the profession have been crying out for an integrated product display and design center that show-cases products that cover the entire gamut of the building and interiors industry. To have both of the above in one single site would lead to a tremendous synergy and result in a ground breaking project, the first of its genre, in India.
This is how the seeds of "Ishanya" (the integrated design and development & display center) were sown.
The project was conceptualized as a series of 'humane' spaces, the 'main street', the 'courtyards', the 'kund' all woven together into a tapestry that echoes the timelessness of the thought and philosophy of India. I wanted the environment to speak the language of tranquility and serenity that is so essential to any form of creative thought.
The project also speaks of a hierarchy of spaces: the intimate human scale of the 'street', the intermediate scale of the courts and secondary spaces and the almost industrial scale of the tertiary display spaces.
Above all the design addresses the duality of a dedicated environment for designers and the parallel need for commerce in a manner that these two strains of thought do not continue as parallel or divergent lines, but instead inter-twine and fuse together.