The story of Bombay House is quite interesting. The ancient building dates back to 1921 and the plans were conceived by Scottish architect. George Wittet, the designer of the city’s iconic Gateway of India. Originally, the building had four businesses functioning within — textiles, hotels, steel and power. It has been refurbished and redesigned by Ar. Brinda Somaya, the founder of Somaya and Kalappa Consultants.
The new Bombay House is a three-story standalone heritage office with high tech facilities and agile workspaces of the leading Tata group of companies. The space reflects leadership, integrity and ethics of Tata Sons, each floor depicting the chronology of the Tata group – its “Evolution, Reflection and Metamorphosis.”
In order to ensure sensitive restoration of a Grade II heritage structure, it was vital for SNK consultants to understand the type, condition and true nature of the materials, prior to finalising the conservation plan. Mock-ups for all typologies of façade restoration works were carried out prior to execution. Specialised methods that included both dry and wet cleaning, depending upon the requirements, were used for the malad stone façade. The paper poultice method was applied to clean other façade stone details and deep cornices. External lighting added in the façade highlighted the neoclassical elements.
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Luxury Penthouse: Nesting Nature
Penthouse Pfekuto is a pied-à-terre for a family to facilitate their frequent visits to the city. Designed by Conarch Architects, New Delhi, this is a lively and a dynamic project - a multi-level penthouse with 8000 sq ft of indoor area and 6000 sq ft of outdoor space spreading across three levels. The design vision is centred on transforming generic apartment units into a functional, versatile and inspiring living space that honours the clients’ needs and reflects their lifestyle.
Pot Pourri Event
The evening hosted two very successful Architects – Shivani Gaur, Studio Director, Gensler, and Sabina Reddy, Director, M Moser Associates.
Achyut Palav On His Calligraphy Calling
Expressively using the Devanagari and English scripts in his works, which span across a spectrum of canvases, ace calligrapher Achyut Palav has carved a niche for himself in the realm of calligraphy. Here is a narrative of his journey while passionately striving to engage himself with calligraphy not just as an art or skill but most importantly, as a culture.
Context-Rich Weekend Homes
Sidharth Khatri Mitali Kedia Delhi Collective, a young multi-disciplinary firm designs two weekend homes in North India, which strongly respond to the climatic conditions and the context.
A Tale Of Two Houses
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A Richly Fabricated Residence
Designed in collaboration by Rust and Even, this apartment for a couturier of bridal attire, reflects the owner’s personality, through the use of various kinds of fabrics and prints.
Architecture That Breathes
Urban Alchemy 9, set amidst the verdant scenery of south Goa blends, the traditions of tropical architecture and local culture with contemporary design aesthetics to create a sense of living in a tropical paradise.
A Contemporary Take On The Traditional Idea Of Multigenerational Household
A contemporary take on the traditional idea of multigenerational household, Villa 430, designed by Hyderabad based Moriq Interiors & Design Consultants, balances the rustic with luxury, built with unbuilt, and the old with the new.
Smart Urban Design Statement
Imagine an abode premeditated for a family of three generations (and a probable fourth in the near future). ‘Never-Apart-ment’ is located in a dense layout of the new development engulfing the city of Hyderabad. The architects of this project Baba Sashank and Vindhya Guduru, the founders of Spaceficition Studio, masterminded the primary outcome of the concept that will be overcoming the drawbacks of a vertical settlement. The sole aim behind this ‘home-sweet-home’ was to keep the social interaction between the family members alive. The form generated is a direct consequence of this, the context and the brief.
A Blend Of Nature And Luxury
Designed by Shroffleon, Apartment 701 in Mumbai, challenges the conventional apartment by having a balcony which extends to the terrace, and myriad custom-designed bespoke elements.
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It's not easy being green
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Fatal dive boat fire attributed to operator's oversight failures
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A circumnavigator's favorite ocean films
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TEENS TUTOR PEERS ONLINE TO FILL NEED DURING PANDEMIC
When her suburban Dallas high school was forced to move online last spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, Charvi Goyal realized that the schoolmates she’d been informally tutoring between classes would still need extra help but wouldn’t necessarily be able to get it. So she took her tutoring online, as well.
HIGH-TECH INDOOR FARMER APPHARVEST STARTS SHIPPING TOMATOES
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US BLACKLISTS XIAOMI, CNOOC, SKYRIZON, RAISING HEAT ON CHINA
The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump’s last week in office.