1. Technologies

Christopher Charles Benninger Architects is a laboratory of exploration and experimentation. We search and research solutions for our clients design problems and aspirations. We analyse the parameters and factors that define physical products, which are affordable, durable, functional, ecological and beautiful.

The firm has always functioned as a studio, only taking up projects involving study, analysis and exploration of visual, spatial, formal, social and technological ideas and concepts related to architecture, urbanism and human settlements.As architects we bring to the context more than just these utilitarian goalswe seek the poetry in the place, the lyricism in the built-forms and vibrancy in the inhabitants lives.

As an internationally known design house Christopher Charles Benninger Architects creates products ranging from capital cities and new towns; educational campuses and corporate headquarters; housing estates and complexes; hotels and resorts; down to the design of individual chairs and art works. The entire range of materiality plays a role in our search for beauty. In the end, it is not the things that we design, but the transcendental experience of the people using them, looking at them, or just being in them, which is the essence. For our studio, the good life exists just a step outside of materiality, in a mystic twilight zone, which we call architecture.

Our endeavor is to create environments, ambiances and milieus, which enrich our clients lives and make living a meaningful experience.

2. Services

Having successfully designed and built in challenging site conditions, difficult terrain, extreme climatic conditions and strict timelines, clients as our patrons having more than one project have retained us for all of their other projects! Over the years, CCBA has built this enormous pool of knowledge, experience and trust which makes it a unique firm to engage with. The firm is directly engaged by patrons and many projects have won as entries at national level competitions.

The firm believes in having state-of-the art electronic and computer equipment and work with latest software to deliver the best in design and drawing. The architects undergo continual training to keep abreast with the latest in technology. They are both, technically as well as intellectually, at par with the best in the world.

The studio provides comprehensive professional services, including site analyses, site planning, campus planning, architectural design, structural design, services design (water, sewerage, electrical, storm-water drainage, fire fighting, PA systems, security systems, elevators and air conditioning), working drawings, specifications, quantities, tender documents, contractor short listing, architectural site supervision along with a host of other services that go into a building right from its conception to occupation.

What we can offer is:

  • A national reputation for design excellence.
  • Experience in constructing projects on tight schedules.
  • Familiarity with local development authorities, town planning departments, Urban and rural planning bureaus.
  • Knowledge of Indias construction industry and appropriate contractors.
  • A group of subsidiary consultants and engineers who are professional and efficient. in campus planning. Experience in designing on various land terrains such as mountainous regions, arid terrains,
  • coastal areas, and high altitude areas.
  • Ability to co-ordinate and synthesize teams of diverse consultants.
  • Transparency in expressing our professional opinions in the interest of the work.
  • 3. Awards

    2017
    Suryadatta National Awards
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    2016
    Kohler Bold Design Award
    John Michael Kohler Lifetime Achievement Award
    2016
    Saint Gobain and The Economic Times Award
    Smart Green Living Spaces Work Campus Forbes Marshall Green Field Campus, Industrial Campus
    2016
    Estrade Real Estate Awards Singapore
    Architect for Sustainable Design Forbes Marshall Green Field Campus, Industrial Campus
    2016
    CWAB Awards Noteworthy Projects
    Commercial Category Forbes Marshall Green Field Campus, Pune
    2016
    CWAB Awards - 11th CW Architects & Builders Awards
    India's Top 10 Architects Awards
    2015
    BERG Awards for Real Estate
    Lifetime Achievement Award in the Field of Architecture
    2014
    ArchiDesign Architecture Awards
    Best Higher Education Institutions Bajaj Science Center, Wardha
    2014
    ArchiDesign Architecture Awards
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    2014
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Hospital Big category Lifecare Multi-Specialty Hospital, Udgir
    2014
    NDTV-GROHE Design & Architecture Awards
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    2014
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Hospital Big category Lifecare Multi-Specialty Hospital, Udgir
    2014
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Civic & Community Big category Royal Supreme Court Complex, Bhutan
    2014
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Industrial Big category Forbes Marshal Green Field Project
    2014
    Indian Institute of Architects Award
    Industrial category Forbes Marshal Green Field Project, Pune
    2014
    Re-thinking The Future Sustainability Awards
    Honorable Mention Institutional Category for COEP Women's Hostel
    2014
    Re-thinking The Future Sustainability Awards
    Second Award Commercial Built Suzlon One Earth
    2014
    CWAB Awards 9th CW Architects & Builders Awards
    India's Most Admired Architects Award
    2013
    H & R Johnson Society Interiors Design Award
    Outstanding Contribution to Architecture
    2013
    Indian Institute of Architects Award
    Green Architecture Suzlon One Earth, Pune
    2013
    CWAB Awards 8th CW Architects & Builders Awards
    India's Top 10 Architects Awards
    2012
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Civic & Community Big Space Royal Supreme Court Complex, Bhutan
    2012
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Architecture Cultural Innovation National Ceremonial Plaza, Bhutan
    2012
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Infrastructure Aesthetic Excellence Bridge, Indian Institute of Management Kolkata
    2012
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Educational Category Bajaj Science Center, Wardha
    2012
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Cultural Big Spaces Category National Ceremonial Plaza, Bhutan
    2012
    Artists in Concrete Awards Asia
    Commercial Space Suzlon One Earth, Pune
    2012
    CWAB Awards 7th CW Architects & Builders Awards
    India's Top 10 Architects Awards
    2012
    Birla Super Award for the outstanding Concrete Structure
    Commercial Category Suzlon One Earth, Pune
    2012
    ArchiDesign Awards
    Best Written Works Letters To A Young Architect
    2012
    Builder Information Bureau Awards
    Leadership Award in the Category of Architecture
    2011
    CWAB Awards 6th CW Architects & Builders Awards
    India's Top 10 Architects Awards
    2011
    A Celebration of Architecture The Inside Outside
    Best Architecture Awards Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala
    2011
    Construction Source India (CSI ) Architect and Design Excellence
    Best Architectural Firm of the Year Award
    2011
    Architecture + Design & Spectrum Foundation Architecture Awards
    Special mention The Institutional Architecture Award for Design Development of Institutional / Office Buildings Suzlon One Earth
    2011
    Architecture + Design & Spectrum Foundation Architecture Awards
    Commendation The Recreational Architecture Award National Ceremonial Plaza, Thimphu Bhutan
    2011
    Architecture + Design & Spectrum Foundation Architecture Awards
    Special mention Award for Meaningful Architecture Mahindra United World College of India
    2011
    CNBC Awaaz CRISIL- CREDAI Real Estate Awards
    Best Corporate Architecture Suzlon One Earth
    2011
    Infrastructure Excellence Awards CNBC TV 18
    Design Project of the Year Suzlon One Earth
    2011
    Durian Society Interiors Design Award
    Society Interiors Award Outstanding contribution to Architecture
    2010
    EPC World Awards
    Outstanding contribution in Architectural & Structural Sector (Commercial) Suzlon One Earth, Pune
    2010
    The Economic Times Awards
    Most Outstanding Project in Commercial Sector Suzlon One Earth, Pune
    2010
    Architecture and Interiors
    Best sustainable project Award and Runner Up Commercial Architecture Suzlon One Earth, Pune
    2010
    World Architecture Community
    Citation for Nabha House, Haryana Cultural Centre
    2010
    AESA Award
    Best Corporate Building Suzlon One Earth, Pune
    2010
    ArchiDesign Awards
    Architect of the Decade Award
    2009
    ArchiDesign Awards
    Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala
    2009
    World Architecture Festival Award, Barcelona Spain
    Community Category Finalist National Ceremonial Plaza, Thimphu Bhutan
    2009
    World Architecture Festival Award, Barcelona Spain
    Educational Category Finalist Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala
    2009
    J. K. Cement Awards
    Best Educational Institute Award Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala
    2009
    Institute of Steel Development & Growth (INSDAG)
    Runner's up for Best Steel Structure in India Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala
    2009
    Architecture + Design & Spectrum Foundation Architecture Awards
    Special Prize for Recreational Architecture Award National Ceremonial Plaza, Thimphu Bhutan
    2008
    Indian Institute of Architects Award
    Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala
    2008
    Great Master Architect Award by J.K. Cement
    The most prestigious award given to 6 other master architects
    2007
    Construction World
    Top Ten Architects of the Year Award
    2007
    ArchiDesign Award for Architecture
    Best Institutional Building Centre for Life Sciences, Health and Medicine, Pune
    2006
    The Golden Architect of the Year instituted by A+D magazine
    The Life Time contribution to the field of Architecture
    2006
    Indian Institute of Architects Award
    Best Institutional Building YMCA International Camp Site
    2006
    Archidesign Award for Architecture
    Institutional Building YMCA International Camp Site
    2006
    Recognition for Excellence in Design (RED)
    UK Lifetime Achievement
    2004
    IA&B Awards
    Designing Corporate Cultures for Corporate Building Kochi Refineries Limited Kerala, India
    2002
    The World Architecture Awards
    The World Architecture Awards, Berlin, Finalist Mahindra United World College India
    2001
    The Aga Khan Award for Architecture
    The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Geneva, Finalist for 8th Cycle Mahindra United World College India
    2000
    American Institutes of Architects
    The Business Week Architectural Record Awards of AIA, USA Mahindra United World College India
    2000
    Indian Institute of Architects
    Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects Anchor Award for Public Buildings Mahindra United World College India
    1999
    J. K. Cement
    Architect of the Year Commendation Award for Public Building Mahindra United World College India
    1998
    Inside-Outside
    Designer of the Year Award Mahindra United World College India

    4. Publications

    News:
    • Prof. Benninger will be the Jury Advisor at the forthcoming 2012-13 National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA), convention to be held in Sonepat, Haryana,  in January 2013.

    • Prof. Benninger gave a presentation on his "Principals of Intelligent Urbanism" at the Bombay Chapter of the global TEDxCity2.0 event held on 13 October 2012 in Mumbai. A recorded version is uploaded below.

    2017
    From the pen of an architects architect

    2017
    Bajaj Institute of Technology, Wardha

    2016
    KOHLER BOLD DESIGN AWARDS

    2016
    Convocation Ceremony at School of Planning and Architecture,Delhi

    2016
    Buildings today are deadening, negative, bland

    2016
    Built in India

    2016
    Book on Architecture for Modern India released in Pune

    2016
    Book on Architecture for Modern India released in Hyderabad

    2016
    Good cities with basic facilities

    2016
    Architecture Expo

    2016
    Fumikho Maki to design government buildings in Amaravati

    2016
    Japanese design for Amaravati

    2016
    Japanese Designs for Assembly, Amaravati

    2016
    Japan designs for Amaravati

    2016
    It will be blue and green capital city

    2016
    Amaravati: The new capital of Vijayawada

    2016
    Amaravati: The new capital of Vijayawada Masterplan

    2016
    Christopher Benninger at school of Architecture in Andhra Pradesh

    2016
    Amaravati: The new capital of Vijayawada

    2016
    Amaravati: The new capital of Vijayawada

    2016
    Amaravati: The new capital of Vijayawada

    2016
    Amaravati: The new capital of Vijayawada

    2015
    Celebrity architect roped in to restore Pune railway station

    2015
    City in need of hope

    2013
    IIMC Weaves Grand Campus Dreams

    2012
    Living Architecture

    2011
    Letters to Young Architect Book launch in Ahmedabad

    2011
    An Architect of the Word

    2011
    Sensitive Architecture

    2011
    Ahmedabad is like a gharana of architecture

    2011
    Timeless Inspiration

    2011
    Architect Benninger raps politicians for city woes

    2010
    A Tale Of Two Cities

    2010
    AESA honour for Benninger

    2010
    A Nalanda in Sarjapur

    2010
    Patil calls for green building architecture

    2009
    You cant attract hi-tech investment to acity that runs on castle class

    2010
    City to have revised master plan

    2009
    Pune architect wins Great Master award

    2008
    COEP has Rs 350-cr facelift plan

    2008
    Master of concrete dreams

    2007
    Thimpu town planner to re-do Punes oldest engg.college

    2007
    Benninger at Inauguration

    2006
    Designed for victory

    2006
    Art of An Architect

    2006
    Calcuttas new architectural wonder to have a Pune touch

    2006
    I learn from villagers

    2005
    One must be empty to praise and criticism and knoe oneself

    2004
    Critique of Critical Regionalism

    2004
    Pune has its designs on Ladakh

    2004
    Architects dont want to be used as touts

    2003
    Benninger to convert todays Bhutan into tomorrows Switzerland

    2002
    Balancing nature with human endeavour

    2002
    Architect finds Delhi vertically challenged

    2001
    Local architect wins award

    2001
    We live by his Rules

    1999
    American architect wins Indian Design award

    1999
    Benninger favours designs with material in its natural form

    1998
    Gandhivadi

    1998
    You dont need architects to build buildings.You need them to create poetry
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