Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The architecture of the amazing new International terminal, T2, at Mumbai by SUJITH.G.S

Recently I had the good fortune of travelling to Mumbai for the jury for the IIA National Awards for Excellence in Architecture 2015. I had always wanted to visit the new Internatinal Terminal designed by SOM and this was a lucky opportunity to do just that. 

Airport architecture in India is generally characterised by a pseudo-contemporary approach to design, an attempt to create an international language,one which would supposedly portray the global ambitions of the Indian cities. Though the inherent idea behind this approach is noteworthy, the end results leave much to be desired. An airport, as with any other space should respond to the local context even while espousing a contemporary vocabulary. This however, has not been achieved with most of the new airport designs, including the larger airports in the metros. The designs even though nice, are not something one would classify as jaw-dropping, and the response to the local context is totally missing. It is in this background that the design for the new airport in Mumbai gains significance.

The airport, at first glance is simply amazing. The thing that really stands out is the wonderful fractal inspired columns which seamlessly merge into the ceiling as a pattern of coffer slabs. The wonderful concept is detailed out well to create a unique pattern on the ceiling, which combined with the interesting lighting detail, creates a truly amazing space. Long slender spots radiate out from the column capital, creating a dynamic ceiling design. Thus the columns and ceiling create an enclosure which defines the entire space. There are strong references to the traditional stone work so common in Indian architecture, which provides conceptual framework rooting the design in the larger context.








The interiors are well detailed out, with attention paid to even minute things. This attention to detail creates a sense of exclusivity and luxury. The design is unapolegetically contemporary in essence, yet provides references to our past through patterns, materials and colours.

In spite of such a wonderful design, the main attraction for me was the amazing art collection which was featured on a long linear wall on the way to the boarding gates. There is an extensive display of art from across the country, which was painstakingly curated by Rajeev Sethi, right from traditional woodwork which displays the intricacy and refinement of our crafts to contemporary installations, all referencing the richness of our art and craft traditions. The linear wall rises to a height of over 3 levels, creating a scale for the display of such grandiose art works. The passengers can also have a much intimate experience of the smaller sculptures which dot each level. There is no better way than a well curated display of art, to portray and celebrate the vibrancy and richness of our culture and that too in such a terrific setting. Hats off the the GVK group for having the vision and supporting such a complex, diverse and expensive collection.










Ar.Sujith.G.S at the T2 Terminal in Mumbai, in front of the amazing art collection



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

PROGRESS PROFILES FOR FLOORS, WALLS AND A HOST OF OTHER APPLICATIONS!

PROGRESS PROFILES

Came across these fantastic profiles from Progress Profiles, an Italian company whose products are available in India. Beautiful profiles for a variety of applications, which are elegant and finely crafted. Profiles are available in materials like brushed steel, brass, stainless steel etc, which are classy. Do check out the below details –


PROFILES FOR WALLS

PROJOLLY SQUARE 



POLISHED, SUPER POLISHED and SATINED STAINLESS STEEL AISI 304/1.4301-V2A and POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL AISI 316L/1.4404-V4A 
 
PROJOLLY SQUARE is a square shaped as a right angle that is versatile and suitable for various laying solutions, both for floors and coverings. It is used as a staff angle for external corners of tile coverings. It facilitates laying and eliminates the brittle unpredictability of ceramic tiles. It is also used as a finishing square for finishing wall coverings, raised platforms, steps, and baths, and is used as an edge and a skirting board for parquet, natural stone, moquette and epoxy resin coverings. It guarantees flawless work done with care that is of great aesthetic merit. It strengthens tile edges with a square finish, protecting corners efficiently, avoiding chipping and breakages resulting from knocks. This is required by the new European regulations on safety and accident prevention in public and private places 


PROBORD 





POLISHED and SATINED STAINLESS STEEL AISI 304/1.4301-V2A 
 
PROBORD is a rounded angle corner guard in stainless steel AISI 304-1.4301 used to protect and cover the outside corners and edges of tiled walls. It is applied while laying the tiles, thereby ensuring a precise “flush” finish with the covering. Extremely attractive, it is recommended for premises open to the public, schools, hospitals, kitchens and food industries. It is in conformity with accident prevention and health and hygiene directives. Can be matched with PROLISTEL and PROSHELL AISI 304-1.4301 stainless steel profiles with polished or satin finish


PROTERMINAL INT 



ANODISED AND POLISHED ALUMINIUM 
 
PROTERMINAL INT is a profile cover protection for internal angles also to decorate inside corners of porcelain tiles, could be used to finish tiles connected to doors ,windows ,tables .Available in silver and titanium anodized aluminium, or polished chrome and titanium in different heights H:08-10-12,5mm. Two and three way corners or in development. Available from January 2016 

PROFILES FOR FLOORS

PROLEVIGAL 


NATURAL BRASS 
 
PROLEVIGAL BRASS are separating profiles used to create the technical joint in the special types of pavements such as marble- Venice- palladium ones, that must be smoothed after their laying process. The particular “L” shape with the cut/drilled base and 2,5 mm thick vertical edge consent the perfect smoothing and constant thickness as well. Available in natural aluminium and natural brass, various thickness, as well in outlined/bent PROLEVIGAL CURVES BRASS versions. 


PROSQUARE


NATURAL BRASS 
 
PROSQUARE is a range of profiles in natural solid brass with a square or rectangular section used to create a decorative joint between wood and tile coverings. It allows the wood surface to be sanded without ruining the tile surface. 

PROCANAL 


NATURAL, POLISHED and CHROMED BRASS NATURAL and ANODISED SILVER ALUMINIUM 
 
PROCANAL is a channel for joining floors and also for use as strips in wall coverings. This profile is made in natural, polished and chromed brass as well as natural or anodised silver aluminium. It is also used as a cable channel for the insertion of wires and conduits in all types of floor. 

PROELEGANT 


NATURAL, POLISHED and CHROMED BRASS 
 
PROELEGANT is a refined profile, with 6 mm visible surface, designed to cover the joint between two types of floor covering, tiles - parquet, marble or granite, bestowing a prestige aesthetic effect that is ideal for indoor and outdoor finishes, even when subject to considerable loads. PROELEGANT is available in polished, natural and chromed brass. It is available in various heights in order to satisfy all technical, practical and, in particular, decorative requirements. The chromed version may be used as a decorative strip in the wall covering.

PROFILES FOR LAMINATE, PARQUET AND CARPETED FLOORS

PROSTYLE GRIP ACC


SATINED AISI 304/1.4301 -V2A STAINLESS STEEL 
 
PROSTYLE GRIP ACC is a non-slip profile in AISI 304/1.4301–V2A satined stainless steel, consisting of a 40 or 60 mm horizontal top with a groove for the insertion of a non-slip carborundum stripe and a 20mm vertical flat side. The profile can be fixed with adhesive film or with screws. The particular design of this profile makes it an elegant and appreciated solution also for modern stairs


CURVE AND BENDABLE PROFILES

PROFINAL CURVE 



NATURAL BRASS CURVABLE 

PROFINAL CURVE are a range of edging and joining profiles that may be curved/shaped. They feature a special system of perforations allowing them to be bent easily so that particular geometric shapes may be easily obtained in situ. This allows decorative patterns to be created at will according to technical and aesthetic requirements and with a separation of 8 mm of sandable profile. The product is made in natural brass in 2.7 m bars and heights of 8, 10 and 12.5 mm. 


PROTERMINAL CURVE 


















STAINLESS STEEL AISI 304/1.4301-V2A CURVABLE 
 
PROTERMINAL CURVE are a range of edging and joining profiles that may be curved/shaped, with a special system of perforations allowing them to be bent so that particular geometric shapes may be easily obtained in situ. This allows decorative patterns to be created at will according to technical and aesthetic requirements and with a separation of 3 mm. The product is made in stainless steel AISI 304/1.4301-V2A in various heights (6, 8, 10 and 12,5 mm) in 2.7m bars



SKIRTING BOARDS



POLISHED and SATINED STAINLESS STEEL AISI 304/1.4301-V2A 
 
SKIRTING made in stainless steel AISI 304/1.4301-V2A in height 80 mm. Available with or without adhesive. Superior aesthetic quality, extremely strong and easy to lay, it is ideal for all public and private environments that require high standards of hygiene and image. Used increasingly more often in contrast combinations with wood, carpeted floors, etc. for an unmistakeable hi-tech effect. In order to facilitate and to perfect the laying process, internal and external angles, plugs and junctions are recommended


SKIRTING FOAMED VINYL RESIN



FOAMED VINYL RESIN 30 WOOD FINISHES, AND 3 IN SOLID COLOUR

SKIRTING 7016 is a vinyl resin foam profile with a height of 70 mm, available in 30 different wood - effect finishes and 3 finishes in solid colour that could be matched with the PROINSERT SYSTEM’s profiles. The profile, suitable like skirting for floating and glued wood floor, laminate and LVT, could be laid with suitable adhesive, nails, screws or using the pre-punched support fixed to the wall with screws every 50 cm. Its special section, that allows to cover a 16 mm perimetral joint, and wide range of finishes make it a very requested, elegant and econimic skirting board profile. 

CONTACT –

Jerry Cherian
Quality Architectural Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Plackattu Colony,
Cochin - 682017
M: +919633422922
M: +919900585588
E:
 jerry@weareqas.com


FOR MORE INFORMATION – http://www.progressprofiles.com/





Tuesday, March 1, 2016

'Cattiva' - mobile blood bank designed by Ar.Gurjit Singh Matharoo

By SUJITH.G.S

Came across these old pictures of 'Cattiva', the mobile blood bank, which was designed by Ar.Gurjit Singh Matharoo. It was a tremendous experience to work on this project when I did my training with Gurjit, learning to work with the fabricators to transform the drawings into such a beautiful, futuristic vehicle, to be constantly at 'site' fine tuning and tweaking the design to make it perfect. I still remember driving down from Ahmedabad to Chennai for delivering the vehicle to the client and being greeted by shocked looks from the people on the way, who had never seen anything quite like it!!!






Sunday, February 7, 2016

Architecture in Kerala - Winding road in Calicut

By SUJITH.G.S

We have created this beautiful winding road to access one of the mixed use developments done by Stapati, in Calicut, Kerala. The road has been designed taking into account the existing contours of the site, to keep the cutting and filling to a bare minimum. We have also used Geo-grid in place of retaining walls on one side. These are then filled with soil and compacted. Grass is grown on top of these, creating beautiful green slopes.

This project is a good example of Architecture and infrastructure development in Kerala, done in a sensible manner to balance both development as well as environmental concerns.




Saturday, February 6, 2016

Timeless Resorts - Stapati, by Sujith.G.S

It is really an honour to present 'Timeless Resorts', a coffee table book on the resort projects done by Stapati, based in Calicut, Kerala. Founded by Ar.Tony Joseph in 1989, Stapati has grow into one of the leading architectural consultancies in the country.

Being part of this wonderful team is a really great experience. So it was an honour when I was asked to  create the content for this coffee table book, which is published by ORO Editions based in San Francisco. It was a great experience for me to visit the various resorts to photoshoot them, to experience the spaces in person. You really get to understand the importance of good design in creating a wonderful hospitality experience, right from the design of spaces to the selection of the right materials to the textures and colour schemes.

The projects are spread across India and Seychelles, but my favourites are the projects in Kerala as they are a good example of how to create good architecture in Kerala, with its unique context. One of my personal favourite is the Spice Harbour in Fort Kochi, which is an adaptive reuse of an old godown. This was done to create a very rustic yet contemporary aesthetic, which was inherently Indian, yet one which exuded an international appeal.

Timeless resorts would be a good addition to both the architect as well as the common man, with the projects captured in some stunning photographs. There are sketches and drawings to show the design  and its evolution, and there is write up about each project, which explains the design and the context it responds to. So go ahead and grab your copy now!!!

Timeless Resorts
Stapati

Author  - Sujith.G.S
Editor.  - Abraham Tharakan
Design - Sandhya Kurushingal







Monday, September 21, 2015

Fundermax wall cladding panels

By SUJITH.G.S

REAR VENTILATED EXTERNAL WALL CLADDING –

Rear-ventilated exterior wall claddings serve to improve the weather protection, the external appearance and the thermal insulation of buildings. The wide colour choice of MAX EXTERIOR and the various installation forms of suspended facades, offer the owner and the planner maximum design possibilities. MAX EXTERIOR can be installed on many conventional metal and wooden sub constructions from the various manufacturers.
MAX EXTERIOR is a high-quality building product, which is used as a large-format, flat panel specially for long-lasting balcony and facade claddings.MAX EXTERIOR panels are duromer high-pressure laminates


(HPL) conforming to EN 438 Type CGF with additional, extremely effective, weather protection. They are produced in lamination presses at great pressure and high temperature from lengths of natural fibre which have been impregnated with synthetic resin. As a result of the described production process - which has no negative effects on the environment - MAX EXTERIOR panels have the following excellent properties:
High weather resistance

 Optimal light-fastness

 Scratchproof

 Even better solvent resistance

 Impact resistant

 Resistant to adverse environmental influences (acid rain)

 High mechanical strength (no risk of breaking)

 Self-supporting

 Bending resistant

 Impact proof

 Vandal proof

 Decorative

 Resistant to contamination by animals (urine resistant)

 Easy to clean (e.g. spray graffiti)

 Resistant to water and steam

 Non-corroding and durable




ALL IMAGES COURTESY - FUNDERMAX

Monday, August 24, 2015

Architecture in Kerala - Fort Kochi Metamorphosis - A Photoessay

By SUJITH.G.S


Fort Kochi has been evolving constantly, right from the glorious old days of the thriving spice trade to subsequent conquest by various colonial forces. Today, Fort Kochi is witnessing another kind of change - one, that is driven by the increasing tourism potential of the area. The old alleyways and godowns, where one can still feel the lingering essence of the spice trade are giving way to boutique restaurants and resorts. Most of these new spaces are housed in adaptively restored building of old, where modern architectural sensibilities and aesthetics are balanced with the history of the place, with the old building carefully preserved and reused. This photo-essay is an attempt to capture the present state of this evolution. 





































Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ARCHITECTURAL TRAINING IN KERALA

BY SUJITH.G.S

Kerala has a very strong vernacular tradition in architecture which has guided the evolution of modern architectural practices in the state. This traditional influence is visible in a lot of the works that have emerged from the state over the years. However, there are a few emerging practices that are exploring newer directions, making a lot of exciting architecture.  Read on to find out the best architectural offices for training in Kerala.

Stapati - Calicut & Cochin

Stapati is one of the most professional and creative offices in Kerala. It is a large firm with branches in Calicut, Cochin, Bangalore and Chennai. Training in Stapati is a highly enriching experience where the students are given an opportunity to broaden their overall perspective, which is not restricted to architecture alone. The advantage for students is that they get to interact directly with Ar.Tony Joseph almost on a daily basis as he is highly passionate about imparting knowledge.


Stapati Calicut –
Tel : +91 495 4076000, 2771102


Stapati Cochin
Tel : +91 484 2317409, 2293135


SpaceA.R.T, Calicut

Founded by architects Vinod Cyriac and Anita Choudhuri, the firm is a great place for internship - a balance of good architecture and fun.  Their characteristic style is of exposed brick structures with which they fashion beautiful and earthy spaces. Do check out their works at   before applying.

‘5 reasons to work at SpaceART’, in their own words –

·         We offer unlimited potential for growth
·         SpaceART recognizes individual contribution
·         All employees are empowered with responsibility and authority
·         SpaceART follow international standards and best practices
·         We offer career advancement opportunities across multiple sectors

You can upload your portfolios at - http://spaceart.org.in/?page_id=43

Contact –
Phone: 0091 – 495 – 2370290


JCJR Partnership– Architect Jayakrishnan & Chitra Nair, Trivandrum

Based in Trivandrum, JCJR partnership is one practice which has matured tremendously over the years and is presently producing some really good works. This husband and wife duo forms a great team and a student can definitely get inspired by the beautiful sketches that Jayakrishnan draws, to document the various places he travels to.

You can send your resume to - info@jcjrpartnership.com
Phone: +91 471 2720323, 2720657
Email: info@jcjrpartnership.com


Chandramohan Associates, Trivandrum

Architect Chandramohan is one of the senior practitioners in Kerala and is producing some really good work.

Contact –
Phone: +91 471 2721200, 2310291
Email: chandramohanassociates@gmail.com

Fahed Architects, Cochin

Architect Fahed Abdul Majeed is one of the most exciting young architect exploring new horizons in the built environment of Kerala. Very interesting details, usage of interesting materials and unique design solutions characterize his works.

Phone: 0484 240 9888

Design Combine, Cochin
Yet another place where some really interesting work is happening.
Phone: +91-484-2421731/32/33

BSA Architects, Manjeri

Architect Brijesh Shaijal’s unique practice is a great place to learn about the practical and innovative aspects of the profession

Email: mail@bsarchitect.com

De Earth, Calicut

Architects Vivek PP and Nishan’s works are very interesting for their exploration of various typologies and material qualities

Phone: +91 495 2741782, +91 495 2741622, +91 495 271922
Mobile: +91 9947493333


Lijo.Reny architects, Thrissur

Lijo’s and Reny’s practice is one of the most interesting practices in Kerala, known for their unabashedly contemporary language and immaculate attention to detail.

Phone:  0487 2388633
Mobile: +91 98470 16689, +91 94469 40633

Email: lijo.reny@gmail.com