Mypaperclip Flagship Store – Stationery Experience Center at Gurgaon, by Sync Design Studio

Mypaperclip Flagship Store – Stationery Experience Center at Gurgaon, by Sync Design Studio 3

Mypaperclip Flagship Store – Stationery Experience Center at Gurgaon, by Sync Design Studio 5Located on Golf Course Road, Gurgaon, myPaperclip was conceived as an experiential flagship store, a space to experience the products and explore the opportunities of their corporate clients with an office. The biggest challenge with the project was 22ft X 16ft X 30ft site, to tackle which the planning of the space has been done volumetrically to create an extraordinary experience.

It consists of retail space on the ground floor and a design studio on the mezzanine level. Both the spaces are connected with a mid-level transition bridge which acts like a discussion cum display area. From a compact 300 sq ft space, the levelled planning was able to extract approximately 850 sqft area spread across 2.5 levels. The double-height entrance and the visual interaction between the mid mezzanine and retail area add to the unique experience of the space.

The brand identity echoes throughout the design language of the experience centre, where each speck and corner reflects chic and minimalism. The fresh and vibrant colours of the stationery products enjoy more than just a glance as they sit against the muted backdrop of white, beige and grey furnishings and furniture. Exposed metal structure, staircase and railing with a solid wood flooring cohesively bring the space together to create a mindful experience, one that shuts off the mindless noise, the auto-pilot of the routine.

The aim was to create a young and friendly semblance to customers and creating an identity that lingers on. Attribute it to the unusual proportions and design geometry or the warmth of material palette and muted tones, the store commands more than just a glimpse.

Project Facts

Location – Phase 1 Rapid Metro Station, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Completion Date – 30-12-2018
Category – Retail
Site Area – 352 Sqft
Built up Area – 850 sqft
Design Team – Bhavuk Jain, Sandeep Singh Sagoo, Neha Singhal, Aman Lamba
Clients Name – Mr. Ajay Batra
Photographer – Mr. Rohan Dayal

Interior Design – Unlocked Cafe, 32nd Milestone, Gurgaon by Renesa Architecture Design Interiors

Unlocked Cafe - 32nd Milestone -The Geometrication - Renesa Architecture Design Interiors

Unlocked Cafe - 32nd Milestone -The Geometrication - Renesa Architecture Design Interiors

Unlocked Cafe, 32nd Milestone, Gurgaon by Renesa Architecture Design Interiors

Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio took cues from the original deconstructive architecture to create a spatial experience filled with volumetric galleries and partitioned masses.

Located at the newly renovated 32nd avenue, the space plays host to a restaurant and an escape room unlocking a variable experience that includes the visitor from the very start. The restaurant is accessed through a door fronted with simple glass panels hinting at the hues of spaces that follow inside.

Upon entering, the visitor is instantly transported to an uncertain realm, characterized by geometric shapes that reflect a modern intake on traditional Indian architecture. The consistency in applying successive regular geometries on different scales of design collaborates with a clear color palette of warm and vibrant materials.

The core idea is an amalgamation of principles that takes its aesthetic inspiration from elements of Jantar Mantar in Delhi and Jaipur as well as from an indie puzzle game- monument valley. The concept was to manipulate the space in order to create multiple pockets that arise from an array of lines and shapes. The result of which is a design that entails arched openings accentuated by the different tonal values and the purity of shapes used.

Evoking the sensation of being on a journey the visitors get an idea of being connected but remain fragmented for intimacy creating a “dynamic yet cosy atmosphere”.

The variation in color and materiality forms these partitioned masses that govern the grouping of distinct but interconnected volumes, each with a particular function. These colored partitions are offset against exposed concrete walls. One of the main walls also feature niches in the shape of semicircular and pointed arches.

Providing a pleasant meeting and social interaction area, each dining area is defined and unified with exposed concrete flooring highlighting either the geometry or the mix of heterogeneous colors.

A playfulness continues in the surfaces, fixtures and furniture across the restaurant. Distinct sculptural lighting design chosen for the project serves to distinguish the different volumes- cove lights light the walls of the cafe, while pendant lights and floor lamps in a rose gold scheme further add to the character and cast interesting shadows in the space. Thus, the interiors have been deliberately altered in order to match the mood of the place.

These elements are born out of an interest in creating a distinctive design through a simple language that puts this restaurant as a unique addition to this area. A part of a loose, cross-referential design and in collaboration with the branding team, Studio Renesa aimed at a strategy from a design standpoint where the architecture does the work.

Project Facts:

Unlocked Cafe , 32nd Milestone.
Gurgaon, Haryana , India.
(Hospitality Category – 2019-2020)

Project area – 2000 sq. ft.

Photographer – Niveditaa Gupta

Clients – Ms.Sanjali Nirwani , Unlocked Cafe.

Design Team
Renesa Architecture Design Interiors , NEW DELHI,INDIA.
• Sanjay Arora – Founder| Principal Architect
• Sanchit Arora – Studio Head Architect| Concept Design Head/Sketches/Graphics.
• Vandana Arora – Interior Designer| Decor Head
• Virender Singh- Studio Technical Head.
• Akarsh Varma – Architect.
• Jagdish Bangari – Architect / Graphics.
• Aayush Misra – Architect
• Prarthna Misra – Architect / Graphics
• Tanushi Goyal – Architecture Intern.
• Navdisha Kukreja – Interior Designer Intern.
• Ayushi Gupta -Architecture Intern.
• Anushka Arora -Architecture Intern // Text
• Contractor – Mr.Ajay Kumar // Design Realm Studio.
• Lighting Consultants – White Lighting Solutions // IndiHaus Design Lighting , Nikita Jain.




The requirement of three nuclear families living together in one house with few common spaces was met by understanding the cultural background of the families, their family composition, living habits and their aspiration and providing a solution that balances out the complex Architectural requirement of spaces, bye-laws and services yet providing every space a separate identity for the Inhabitants personalization.

The major challenge was to break away from the apparent elevation of three independent floors to a single family residence; which was achieved by staggering elements of the façade, having different railing styles yet unifying the entire look of the house.

In the Interiors, similar spaces on each floor were given different treatment but utilizing similar materials, elements & textures; for giving inhabitants a feeling of individuality and personalization and at the same time imparting harmony in the design across all floors.

Basement a common space for all the families is well lit with a sunken courtyard at the rear and houses a formal drawing room, bar and a home-theatre along with three separate rooms utilized as separate storage spaces for each family.

Ground, First and the Second floor each, houses a master bedroom and kids/guest bedrooms that occupy the external front and rear spaces and a central courtyard imparts natural light and ventilation to Kitchen-dining and lobby. All the spaces are interconnected with a L-shaped lobby which is accessed from entrance foyer at each floor. A level difference at each floor physically segregates the formal and the in-formal areas. Terraces houses two Servant’s Apartment and an open terrace at two levels to be used primarily for social gatherings and parties.

The spaces constraint and the ambitious requirements of client pushed the designers to try some unconventional designs that satisfied the space requirement and addressed well to the requirements of the inhabitants. The kid’s room in this house exemplifies this aptly; where the beds were pushed embracing the walls and arranging storage, wardrobe and study units in a wrapping around manner leaving the centre space for kids to utilize as per their whims. Kids could perform dance, or play music or have small gatherings with friends in the same room that is otherwise used primarily for only sleeping purposes.

Project Facts
Project Name:  Staggered House
Location: Gurgaon
Name of the firm: MC+CF Architects
Category: Small Residential Project
Project Status: Completed
Principle Architect: Sunny Thakur, Shashank Arun

Philtre- The Bistro at Gurgaon by Creative Designer Architects

Philtre- The Bistro at Gurgaon by Creative Designer Architects

Philtre- The Bistro at Gurgaon by Creative Designer Architects

With the city going dotty over Gurgaon’s brewery frenzy, Philtre-‘the bistro’ couldn’t just have been a yet another addition to the line up of sector 29. Philtre [French] connotes a place of mystic love potion where people would tend to develop fondness amongst themselves as well as the distinctive experience on offer. The eccentric exterior instantly draws attention, sketching the classical European balconies with falling planters and boozing folks, juxtaposed with a post modern illustration of fresh beer spilling down the facade from a barrel.

A signature European street ride parked at the ground level marks the entrance, followed by a quirky ‘selfie wall’ which captivates and pull in the crowd. As we  ascend through the stairways, The transcendental potion profiles elevate upto the first floor entrance where an extravagant, flowing bar display wraps around the walls and the ceiling, making the most prominent statement possible. The bistro speaks more of an outdoor street experience collocated with classical European spirit. The smoking area on the left with high-bar sitting opens to the exterior, overlooking the magnificent view of the area. The massive brewery equipments caged in a glass box with steel honeycombs, rests in the opposite corner, leaving the guests gazing into it -‘Beer-lust’. The chequered black and white flooring stripe extending along the length of the cafe floor speaks of the European ambience which is again juxtaposed with rustic wooden flooring and slatted pergola ceiling, swathed in dense greenery. This is further complimented by faintly lit fairy lights which almost brings the outdoor inside.

 The existing columns are profusely blended in with the theme by spiralling them with lovely scintillating lights, making the experience even more zestful. The walls are adorned with exposed bricks and rustic textures and are articulated with expressive graffiti and stimulating props. A small booth with invigorating lights and popping-out gramophones, houses the DJ in the rightmost corner. the dynamicity of the theme led to the creation of a number of flexible spaces in the bistro where the sitting area doubles up as dynamic performance spaces where artists could bring in their crazy equipment and take the crowd for a roll.

As we climb up the terrace, the guests are exhilarated by overpowering greenery with two vigorous trees on either side of the terrace and lush green planters strapped on to the walls creating a green, cosy stockade. The pleasant lounge seating in the open is again made flexible with a motorised retractable roof above, administering against the ambiguities of weather. The woody, countryside bar supplements the supply of potion, keeping the guests amused. Holistically,  it is the mystic aura of the space that crusades to create a lasting impression.


Project Facts
Project Name: Philtre- The Bistro
Project Architect– Shreya Gera, Ravideep Singh
Area: 4600 Sq. feet (First floor +Terrace)
Graffiti: Gunjit Purswani [Graffiti Inkorp]

Text by-Ravideep Singh
Clients: Sandeep Gera, Neeraj Sharma, Aman Dua

Jain Residence at Gurgaon by Forum Architecture

Jain Residence at Gurgaon by Forum Architecture

Jain Residence at Gurgaon by Forum Architecture

Jain residence was designed as a house for a multigenerational family in a plotted neighbourhood in Gurgaon. The architectural intent was to create an array of comfortable living spaces where each room is supplemented with a semi open adjacent space that is worked into the elevation of the building.

Built in a neighbourhood of plotted developments the house follows strict bye-laws and works around them to create an array of interesting spaces, covered as well as semi covered while at the same time maintaining FAR and height contstraints. The elevation and the massing are designed to disguise the stepped mass morphology that results from the bye-laws in Gurgaon.

The design lays emphasis on a play of volumes that are highlighted by a cantilevered mass clad in yellow sandstone. Strip windows as well as a corner slit in the yellow mass further accentuate the volume bringing together its semi-open as well as built character. An MS trellis binds the remaining building creating the secondary volumetric gesture despite being a  2 dimensional facade element. On the terrace level the trellis envelops the roof of the 2nd floor party hall, a puncture through it leading to the rear of the terrace garden.

The internal staircase is designed as an MS structure with open treads supported on the surrounding walls. The staircase which runs from basement up 3 floors feels light and creates a simple and elegant vertical transition.

All spaces in the house are lit naturally. A rear sunken court brings light to the basement and adds a  hint of green to the basement. The residence comprises of a basement office and hall, home theater, living/dining spaces, kitchen, 4 bedrooms and a recreational space and spa on the second floor with a terrace garden.


Project Fact File:

 Project name: Jain Residence
Architects’ Firm: Forum Architecture
Lead Architects:  Suparna Ghosh, Jensil John
Project Team: Abhishek Khanna
Structure Design – Agroa Consultants
MEP – MEP Design Point
Execution – Aarohi Apartments Pvt. Ltd.
Completion Year: 2015
Gross Built Area: 8000 sq.ft


Institute of Rural Research And Development at Gurgaon by Ashok B Lall

Institute of Rural Research And Development at Gurgaon by Ashok B Lall
Institute of Rural Research And Development at Gurgaon by Ashok B Lall
Architect Mr. Ashok Lall, who specializes in sustainable design of buildings, says that this project has many “firsts “that are path breaking.

The building and its outdoor environment are designed as active lessons in sustainable construction which will be self-evident to any visitor or user of the building.

The appearance and aesthetic quality of the building is derived from the principles of sustainable design – the use of natural materials, little glass and interesting shading devices, integration of sheltered courtyard spaces makes for its unique aesthetic and a comforting and graceful feel, wherever you may be in and around the building.

In fact a special feature of the building is deriving beauty from waste. The entrance lobby and boardroom and the central atrium use waste plywood wooden crating planks, broken tiles and glass demonstrate how waste can be converted into a beautiful resource.

The 35kw solar photovoltaic installation on the roof of the building proves an important point. For the first time we see that it is possible for institutional buildings to meet 100 percent of their basic electricity needs- computers, lighting, fans, and mechanical ventilation, directly from solar energy. This is a significant contribution to the State electricity supply system, and if this installation were to be integrated with state electricity supply grid it can give up to 35kw electricity supply to the grid on non-working days too.

This is the first office building in which the earth that came out from the basement excavation has been used as compressed stabilized earth block in the masonry of the building, and in making its landscape garden slopes.

Another special feature of the building is the plants and trees that have been planted, selected by Mr. Fred Durr a bio-diversity conservationist, many of the trees planted are indigenous species that need protection and propagation.

This is the first office building in gurgoan that is designed to minimize the ecological foot print and carbon dioxide emissions due to the type of material used. For instance wood is used instead of aluminum for doors and windows and the use of burnt brick is minimized. No imported stones are used. This gives about 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the kind of buildings that are generally prevalent today.

The building uses a combination of passive and active strategies to reduce consumption and then provide for the reduced demand with renewable and energy efficient systems. This principle has been applied to building design and construction wherever possible.

Reducing Demand;


Lighting; internal courts are introduced in the built mass to let daylight into the interiors during working hours – saving energy in lighting.
Windows are designed to minimize glare and let in light for effective use.
Thermal Control; the building is insulated from the external environment helping reduce the cooling demands in the peak of summer.
The windows are shaded from the outside, the shading devices are designed to allow daylight into the space and views out of the building, but do not allow solar heat gain through the glazed area.
The PV installation on the roof also acts like a shade for the roof itself (which is also insulated) reducing heat gain from the southern sun.
The use of internal courtyard is another way of introducing diffused daylight into the building, avoiding unwanted glare and heat gain from incident sunlight.
The roof is also finished with a high albedo/ reflectance material further reducing heat gain.
An important point not to be missed is the effect of Landscape on the external thermal conditions. The site uses high reflectance paving material wherever it is not supporting vegetation- this itself reduces the formation of heat island effect in the vicinity of the building and goes toward reduced cooling loads.
Finally the Air-Conditioning system is chosen for its low energy use compared to other systems on the market.

All of these measures reduce the amount of electricity/ oil that would normally be used to provide for lighting and thermal comfort within the building.


The sanitary fittings used in the building are water saving.
All water that is used is recycled and the treated water is used for flushing, irrigation of the landscaped area on site hence reducing water demand from government supply or from the ground source.

Meeting Reduced Demand


Renewable Energy is generated onsite by Solar PV panels installed on the roof. At present the building generates enough power to give back to the grid on non working days.


The building and its surrounding area are effective rain water harvesters; recharging the ground water table and storing water for use in the air conditioning system chosen for the building.

Projest Facts:
Category: Office Building
Cost: 170000000  INR
Area: 5112 SQ.M
Client / Owner: Institute of Rural Research And Development
Project status: Completed
Materials Used: Natural Stone
Climate: Moderate

Boys Hostel Block, at St. Andrews Institute of Technology and Management, at Gurugram, by ZED Lab

St. Andrews Institute Of Technology and Management - Boys Hostel Block

St. Andrews Institute Of Technology and Management - Boys Hostel BlockThe boys hostel designed by ZED Lab houses 338 students with recreational and mess facilities. The building structure accommodates and cherishes student life.

The ramp also supports informal interaction between the students, and creates an atmosphere comfortable enough to sustain long conversations and interactions, amongst the students. The dynamic stub columns that embank the sides of the building create visual interest and provide an intuitive closure to the volume that they contain.

The mess halls are articulated with color and bright sunlight that spreads positivity. The central atrium of the building also caries forward the color themes. The floor to ceiling windows of the mess hall creates visual permeability across the building. These windows also open up to the landscape that abuts the building.

Specific focus is put on the outdoor living that coincides with the indoor spaces. The relationship between the inside and outside is blurred and visual character of the building is dynamic from the perspective of both the person outside and the person inside. A terrace on the first floor celebrates and incubates the student energies with an open and extrovert character. The indoor recreational halls are also located on the first floor, thus creating an active and high footfall zone that allows for maximum interaction amongst the students. The terrace overlooks the playing field and establishes a visual dialogue with the overall context of the campus greens and other buildings.

St. Andrews Institute Of Technology and Management - Boys Hostel Block

The form and dynamics of the brick computed through accordance to minimize solar radiations and thermal heat gain.

The brick jail creates a screen on the façade of the structure; one that allows for thermal insulation and light permeability. The jail also creates a unique character of light and shadow that renders a separate and truly different imagery for each of the rooms, used by the students.

The boys’ hostel is supposed to house 320 students with recreational and mess facilities. The building structure accommodates and cherishes student life.

The entrance ramp of the building is a transitional buffer; it allows for recreation and also provides a shaded area for temperature of the students’ body to be accustomed to the temperatures inside.

A terrace on the first floor celebrates and incubates the student energies with an open and extrovert character. The mess halls are articulated with colour and bright sunlight that spreads positivity, the central atrium of the building also caries forward the colour themes.

The building design started as a linear block which was then modified to minimise to solar heat gain by shading the southern façade. The twist in the form of the structure created the opportunity to accommodate multiple congregation spots, which are analytically planned as per climatic considerations. The entrance ramp on the southern façade acts as a transitional space that forms the summer court and on the northern façade the terrace forms a winter court for the students to unwind at the end of the day.

Climate sensitivity has been an important parameter in our process, which followed, analysis of solar radiation and air movement to develop a second skin on the façade that allows for thermal insulation and light permeability at all time.

St. Andrews Institute Of Technology and Management - Boys Hostel Block

The jali also created a unique character of light and shadow that renders a separate and a truly different imagery for each of the rooms used by the students. The second skin accommodates balconies (4’ wide) which acts as a buffer zone designed to remain at mean temperatures between the inside and outside throughout the year.

Design Strategy

St. Andrews Institute Of Technology and Management - Boys Hostel Block
Floor Plans

Using Rhino, Grasshopper and Ladybug a parametric script was written to analyse level of direct and diffused radiation on the primary façade. The radiation value of each grid cell on the primary façade then became the input for the rotation angles of the brick in front of it. By doing this, direct and diffused radiations were reduced by 70% on the principle façade. Hence, reducing heat gain on the principle habitable spaces behind the jali wall. Day lighting levels in the living units were also constantly checked to ensure that the jali does not reduce it beyond 250 lux.

Construction Methodology

21 feet high, 1” thick steel bars were fixed on the R.C.C beams using Hilti chemicals. Bricks were specially manufactured with single holes so that they can be stacked one on top of each other by inserting a single piece steel bar through the single whole. Based on the grasshopper script the brick were individually rotated on a specific angle to reduce solar radiation, provide adequate daylight and ventilation to the living units behind the skin. No cement mortar was used to construct the jail spanning 21 feet in height and 250 feet in length.

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Project Facts:

Location : Khurrampur, Farrukh Nagar, HailyMandi Road, Gurgaon, Haryana 122506
Site Area: 17.2 acres
Built up area: 60,000 sq.ft
Cost: Rs 1400/sq.ft
Duration: 18 months

TATA Primanti, Gurgaon – Landscape Design by NMP Design Private Limited

TATA--PRIMANTI - NMP Design Pvt. Ltd.

TATA--PRIMANTI - NMP Design Pvt. Ltd.Tata Primanti is situated on the Southern Peripheral Road in Sector 72, Gurgaon. It is a residential development spreading over an area of 36 acres- luxuriously designed towers surrounded by tree-lined boulevards.

Primanti is designed around a series of interconnected orchards, meadows and gardens that span sinuously across the development. The rich flora forms dramatic patterns with stone structures and water features, inspired by Delhi’s Mughal gardens.

Through interconnected open spaces, verdant mature tree canopies, playful use of water and land, the landscape design balances the needs of functionality, maintenance and circulation with those of aesthetics, tranquility and landscape engagement with a sensitive integrated landscape approach.

With more than four thousand number of trees and water features at intervals, the microclimate experiences a great difference as compared to the dry areas of Gurugram region. It is, thus already awarded with Gold Pre Certificate by the IGBC.

TATA--PRIMANTI - NMP Design Pvt. Ltd.

Ensconced within this garden estate are premium apartments and duplexes, with courtyards, open terraces and private gardens. Green spaces meander from residential areas through manicured lawns to the luxurious clubhouse and spa, inviting residents to spend more time outdoors.

One can enjoy various recreational and sporting facilities at state-of-the-art clubhouse and sporting zone featuring swimming pool, gym, entertainment room, sauna and steam, aqua gym, squash and badminton courts. Kids’ Play Areas, water bodies, Volley ball Court, Basketball Court and central Garden fulfills the requirements of spaces for recreation, sports and contemplation.

All landscaped areas on virgin ground are at a level slightly lower than the adjacent walkways. As a result rain and storm water percolates into the ground, in the larger open spaces. This sensitive landscape engineering ensures that disposal of the surface runoff and structured solutions are kept to a minimal.

The planting strategy was largely focused on selection of a plant palette which is drought resistant and can do well with desert conditions of sandy soil and dry environment. The challenge to compensate the heavy built mass on the site was overcome by using by close spacing of trees with umbrella shaped foliage that cuts the views of the towers, that also results in a low carbon footprint. Closely spaced tall columnar trees were used as buffer. The simplified plant palette avoids the clutter of multispecies compositions providing a sense of calm and serenity.

Project Facts:

Area : 36 acres
Completion : 2018
Images : NMP Design

SOTI – Workspace for Innovation, at Gurgaon, by Basics Architects

SOTI, Gurgaon, Basics Architects


The new office of SOTI Inc at Gurgaon serves as its headquarters for the Asia Region. The 51,000 Sqft office space with capacity to seat 450 plus employees has been designed to create a workplace which not only inculcates creativity but also promotes a fun and learning environment. The Design Strategy attempts an alternative approach to Workplace Interiors.

SOTI, Gurgaon, Basics Architects
Reception and Waiting

The office has been planned to maximize natural light and views surrounding the building. The spaces with high usage have been placed around zones where maximum natural daylight is available. The existing floor plate was awkwardly split into two separate zones. The challenge was overcome by creating a central reception and introducing a free-flowing corridor around it. The corridor not only connects the two disjointed spaces but also enhances the reception as an island. A casual lounge and a small Café were also further carved out along the corridor to create an exciting visual experience around the island. The board room and training room are also placed on this corridor and connected with the reception. The lounge has been visually integrated with the reception to create a larger-than-life reception. The corridors then seamlessly flow into the main open office through a well-defined circulation plan.

SOTI, Gurgaon, Basics Architects

The main work hall has been divided into separate zones by placing enclosed intermediate bays of Office Cabins, Meeting Rooms and Collaborative spaces. This not only allows natural light to penetrate deep into the office but also ensures that these facilities are near the general workstations. The bays also fragment the large hall into smaller scalable working spaces allowing effective interaction and collaboration amongst teams.

Each of the spaces offer a lot of variety in terms of their design and material usage. The reception has been contrasted between a dynamic stone pattern, vibrant colours and rustic finishes to enhance the island affect. The customised metal ceiling with full height curved glass wall further enhances the space. The workstation pits with exposed RCC roofs are interspersed with floating acoustic ceiling panels. Expansive full height glass partition system has been evolved specifically for the project. Customised metal ceilings line the corridors to highlight the circulations spaces. The cabins, meeting rooms and collaborative spaces also have fully exposed RCC roofs emphasised with exposed air-conditioning ducts and electrical conduits. The Cafeteria, Gymnasium and Recreational spaces are informal in their character.

“Workspace for Innovation” has been the driving force behind the overall design evolution. Collaboration is a great way of generating ideas. This has been reinforced by ensuring a good mix of collaborative spaces and break out areas throughout the office space. Maximum natural light has been provided in the office to boost creativity and energy levels. Vibrant colours have been used in the office not only to strategically contrast with the overall grey scheme but also stimulate creativity and productivity. The aesthetics of the overall office allows exposure and openness to new experiences and stimulation. The overall interiors of the workspace offer a lot of variety and each space is tailor made for the purpose it is intended to be used. The built environment reflects not only the seriousness of a workspace but also signals to potential clients and employees – the innovative culture of the company.

Project Facts

Project Name: SOTI – “Workspace for Innovation”
Client: Soti Inc. Canada
Architects: Basics Architects
Completion Year: 2017
Area: 51,00 Sqft.
Location: Gurgaon, India
Design Team: Vinod Singhi, Ranju Singhi, Abhishek Aggarwal, Nishant Kumar

Corporate Head Office for Asmara Apparels, Gurgaon, by ABRD Architects

Asmara Gurgaon - ABRD Architects

Asmara Apparels is a global fashion company based in Gurgaon. Characterized by a team of creative, young and passionate people, they have grown into an Indian Multinational operating out of eight countries. The Corporate office at Gurgaon is their first self-owned and self-built office. The promoters sought to showcase the ethos of the company without being ostentatious and pompous.

The project site of 1000 Sq. m. is located in the industrial sector of Gurgaon. The neighborhood is characterized either by utilitarian Industrial Sheds or the newly constructed glass and alucobond edifices. Baring a few notable examples, nothing of much architectural value exists around the site.

Asmara Gurgaon - ABRD Architects

The new office building was conceived with the objective to insert a creative and ingenious building in this banal urban milieu. The project was conceived with the objective to create the perception of a vast expanse of space within a constrained and small site. The double height lounges provided on all floors along the staircase, allows the Asmara Team to connect visually and physically. The resultant continuous space thus fosters dialogue, interaction and constant unanticipated meetings amongst the Asmara family.

Asmara Gurgaon - ABRD ArchitectsViewed momentarily while driving on the road, the front façade openings and jalis are skewed to be visible and noticeable in the short span of passing by. The building facades are constructed with Exposed Brick on edge – jaali for openings and rat-trap bond masonry for opaque walls. The jaali and walls are interjected with stone/concrete band to provide a break in the brick facades and also act as a tie band for the delicate brick on edge jaalis. The jaalis are corresponding with the double height space and allow for diffused light but cut off visibility from the neighboring plots.

Extending the theme further the interiors are imagined as complementary and enhancing the architecture of the building. Majority of areas are left open and uninterrupted to maintain continuity of vision and space. Themed as ‘refined industrial’, the services are left exposed and bare, ceilings in exposed RCC. All the partitioned spaces, cabins, meeting rooms are situated in the shorter structural grid along the parti wall, while open offices, lounges, reception are spread in the larger structural grid to provide the feeling of large uninterrupted space. The cafeteria and the recreation lounge are provided on the top floor abutting the terrace garden.

Asmara Gurgaon - ABRD Architects

The work environment is conceived keeping well-being of employee as the most important determinant of design. Possibilities of variety of spaces and variety of postures are available for inhabitants to explore and use. Hierarchy of spaces range from Individual Space, Shared Spaces, Collaborative Space, Retreat Space and Social Space thus giving opportunity to use depending upon an individual’s emotional state and well being.

Design Team:

Architects – ABRD Architects
Structure – Save Techno Engineers
MEP – Save Techno Engineers
Building Contract – Saakar Constructions Ltd.
Interiors – Build Kraft

PRIMERA, Residence at Gurgaon, by R+D Studio

Primera Residence - r+d studio
Fact File:
PRIMERA RESIDENCE at Gurgaon by r+d Studio, practice based in Delhi NCR
Interiors: Shivan & Narresh Homes
Architecture Team: Shikha Doogar, Shridhar Rao, Rachita Malhotra, Sanchit Arora
Interior Team: Shivan Bhatiya, Narresh Kukreja & Siddhartth Mahajan
Program: Private Residence
Area: 4,500 sqft.
Completion: 2015
Photography: Niveditaa Gupta

Primera Residence - r+d studioThe architecture of the house explores a play of volumes, materials and stark play of light & shadow. The volume blocking is strong & rigid with a further accentuation through contrasting materials – the stunning corten steel with stark whites. Corten steel is used prominently on the façade with seamless joining techniques following a strict geometry. The monotony of white blocks is broken with sharp block patterns created through aluminum grooves.

The house performs multi-functional role to suit the lifestyle of the clients – metamorphosing it’s spaces in a live-work-play system. From a cozy family den, to a design studio to spaces to exhibit their love for art and a space for hosting soirees for large group of guests – the house was to serve a multitude of purposes leading to a smart segregation of functions for privacy as well as creating transformational spaces to suit a variety of situations.

Primera Residence - r+d studio
Axonometric View

The interiors take a minimalist route with clean walls featuring art collections of the owners. The challenge of the interiors lay in translating the fashion philosophy of the brand into a spatial story. This involved taking the most recognizable facet of the brand, that is Color-blocking, and exploring interiors through that. Hence, the usage of color blocked carpets, surfaces clad in teak to create stark contrasts with the white walls. The main living room features an eclectic brass chandelier composed of saxophones, reminiscing the brand’s love for retro eras. Brass highlights have been featured in furniture to infuse minimalist glamour.

While the ground floor follows a more formal tone to spaces & interiors, the first floor houses a private suite in the form of linear spaces that join & split to move from public to private. From an entry through the middle into the bar lounge, the space takes a loft-like approach through a pergola sun roof allowing natural light, sliding industrial doors and striped marble. This section houses a bar lounge for entertainment which opens into a linear open air exhibition space, a design studio, and bedroom attached to a lyrically monochromatic bathroom.

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Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen at Gurgaon, by Studio Lotus

Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen by Studio Lotus

Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen by Studio LotusLemp Brewpub and Kitchen at Gurgaon, by Studio Lotus

Design brief:

To create a space which houses a brew bar, a restaurant which functions during the day as well as night, a lounge, a dance floor and a performance stage under one roof. Space to be cool and contemporary and provide varied experiences for people of various age groups.
The Site:
Around 5300 sq ft of space in a mall in Gurgaon. Additional 1500 sq ft mezzanine created for the brewery Design results: We created multiple experiences in one venue. A series of installation like spaces made using low cost, recycled/ recyclable materials like paper tubes, old bottles, stained glass and chain mail. The shell clad with stained fire brick, use of quilted leather and sheer fabric curtains to bring in the element of luxury.



Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen by Studio Lotus
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Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen by Studio Lotus

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Design Team: Ambrish Arora (Design Principal), Sidhartha Talwar (Principal Architect), Pankhuri Goel (Project designer), Arun Kullu (Furniture Designer), Vijendra Sharma (Assistant Architect), Navin Jha (Graphic Production)




Farm House at Delhi, by AUM Architects

Farm House - AUM Architects

Farm House - AUM Architects

The Client brief was to create an oasis, which erases memory of the busy and chaotic city, leaving only a pleasant atmosphere of peace within the home. The farmhouse is therefore spatially organized such, that the building blocks emerge from green open spaces. All these blocks have openings to these green spaces, and the sensory demand for the foliage to be visual from every living space of the house is met. This is treated more like a space of total Transformation upon entering, especially after the concrete jungle outside.

The client wanted the house to be designed keeping the Vastu principles in mind. Thus, it was a challenging experience to find the perfect equilibrium between Vastu, aesthetics. The orientation is perfectly east facing, which helped in it being aligned with Vastu specifications. Similarly, the master bedroom is placed in the south-west corner. This deprived it of all the pleasant views of the front lawn. Hence, the provision of green spaces in the mass of the house provided green visuals to such rooms. In the roofing system the left edge of the valley roof is the highest point, as the south side of a house should be the highest according to Vastu principles.

The koi pool in the central open area of the house wraps around it on three sides. The site plan has a wall dividing into two areas the overall land parcel, with the closed (living) space on the west, and the open lawn party area on the east. This wall is continuous, to emphasize its form. The wall has four visual punctures in it to create breaks; a continuous lily pool runs along its front to preserve the sanctity of the wall. The upper floor is constructed at an offset to the wall too. The construction took place in two phases. The first phase consisted of only the ground floor while the second phase, which took place after a gap of 2 years, consisted of the first floor and some other vastu driven changes on the ground floor.

The entire space is divided into four wings. The two wings on the ground floor consist of the common living spaces and the other has the master suite. The two on the upper floor are suits for both the sons with their respective bedrooms, storage, dressers, baths etc. The two wings on any floor are connected by a centre circulatory spine. The steel staircase clad in wood is the vertical circulation, linking the spine on both the floors. It is adjacent to the central open green area. The roof system is a composition of flat roofs, lean-to roofs and valley roofs. For the second phase of construction the entire material of the roof was changed to steel. Because firstly, it speeds up construction (which was a good thing since the house was inhabited during phase two of construction); secondly it cuts down labor and thirdly, unlike RCC construction methods where water would?ve seeped to the false ceiling of the lower floor, it was hassle free. The house has a wooden deck that straddles the swimming pool. It is used for live performances during musical soirees hosted here. The connectivity of the pool, gym, and the bar creates easy access defined by proximity. There is a sculpture room for one of the sons in close proximity of his suite. A mix of earthy tones and white set a warm mood in the house.

Club House, Gurgaon-by AUM Architects, Nirmal Kulkarni and Neha Kulkarni

Club House Gurgaon - AUM Architects

Club House, Gurgaon-by AUM Architects, Nirmal Kulkarni and Neha Kulkarni 94

Designed to house the cultural events, meetings, and recreational needs of a dense condominium gated complex, the Clubhouse is a three-storey building with a multi-layered rectangular plan that evolves around a double-height of the entrance atrium. To make a contrast with the busy building exterior and surroundings, we decided to make the interior and exterior palette monochromatic, making everything singular to remove the sense of weight and complexities of multiplicity of geometries. However, within this single color palette, we introduced a vivid variety of materiality and texture to express variation in space and atmosphere. Each room has a unique function, and each is given a different texture and pattern. We carefully cataloged multiple material options for all surfaces – floor, wall, ceiling, furniture – and coordinated them while considering the various scales and functions of each room. Designed for fostering community interactions, the clubhouse is a relaxed luxury space with a rich and distinctly ?Uptown? feel. The 30,000 sqft Clubhouse is bounded on two sides by multistoried towers of commercial and residential typologies making it imperative to shade these structures and their dominating and interfering views. With a direct view facing other villas, the clubhouse thus only responds to the low-rise urbanity of its own exclusive environment. The design builds around the double-heighted entrance area, which is the heart of the facility, through which guests move in a rhythmic flow, to the many amenities that are spatially organized in a functionally optimum manner throughout the building.

Common area interiors match the high energy of club life by using the vibrancy of layered geometrical patterns in varied materiality. Schemes with a palette of natural shadings are used in the backdrops. Technological features such as flat-screen televisions, wireless internet and wireless surround-sound speakers meet the expectations of today?s high-tech generation. Sustainable elements like cork flooring are utilized, and dropped ceiling features with contemporary light fixtures add architectural interest to all the spaces. The selected materials, furnishings and appointments are high-quality, maintenance-friendly and durable. We also aimed to minimize the energy and plant required for mechanical ventilation, emphasizing a sense of place and using the air cooled ambient air for temperature and movement. Extensive overhangs protect louvered and stacking doors whilst providing ample natural light and connection to the exterior. Key initiatives: Passive/Low energy ventilation strategy ? mixed mode ventilation utilizing a plenum air delivery system to tempered air to level one Restaurant and Bar, supplemented by fans, and fully opening doors and windows to allow for natural ventilation and improve occupant thermal comfort whilst minimizing the use of air conditioning Shading devices and roof overhangs to ground, first & second floor glazing to minimize glare and solar gain Rainwater harvesting tank for the special use of the Clubhouse. Low use water fixtures to reduce the amount of potable water used. High efficiency lighting, and controls including an intelligent lighting control system, day lighting and occupancy sensors. Responsibly resourced materials including imported WPC timber members. Internal paint finishes and products with low VOC and formaldehyde content. Landscape ? all plant species are contextual and locally sourced.



  • Area :3000 Sq.M. SQ.M
  • Client / Owner :Orchid Petals Condominium

Campus for AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana – Sanjay Prakash – SHiFt

Agilent technologies - Sanjay Prakash
Agilent technologies - Sanjay Prakash - SHiFt
Photograph: Mayank

Agilent Technologies a leading life sciences organisation ,chose to set up a corporate hub in Manesar thus housing all its various offices at a central location. Crafted for the ultimate office experience, this building imparts a distinctive character to enhance productivity while maintaining the sanctity of a quiet work environment. Integrating various standalone features with energy efficiency, the project serves as an international model in ecologically appropriate office architecture in continental tropical climates.

One of the central roles of the Agilent building is to set an example of innovative design and construction that would inspire a change, and conceptually re-orient existing practices in the building industry. Agilent is not an only a symbol of green design, but has also taken into account all aspects of meaningful design by considering the holistic effect of embodied energy of materials used, energy efficiency in envelope, life cycle cost of equipment and systems, and is a real performer towards sustainable design. A real example of sustainable design.

The east approach within the campus is characterized by a large cantilevered office section with distinctive tensile structures which mark the staff entrance. This side lets the morning light filter in from certain portions. Elsewhere, the interplay of small square glass windows and local sandstone respond to the need to block the sun from the west and east. Despite this, the largely glazed (but protected) north and south façade instigate a feeling of the ‘modern’ glass office from inside without paying the attendant price of extra heat gain.

Agilent technologies - Sanjay Prakash

The northwest formal entrance, under a triple height space, integrates a water body and a concrete shear wall. This entrance leads to a grand atrium with a tree which is the connecting element of all the spaces within the complex.

Intermediate spaces have been provided for repose from the intense work environment in the form of a roof top cafeteria, gardens, terraces and the atrium itself. Intermittent provision of internal and external courtyards also ensures enhanced indoor air quality. Meeting rooms project outwards, as distinct entities offering magnificent views of the building and outwards.

Personalized work environments utilize a hybrid under-floor air conditioning system based on the principle of cooling the user (not the space) while efficient variable air volume systems work even for the increased ceiling height of 3.2 meters. The extra height, as well as the limited floor plate depth of 25 m, allows much of the office to operate in natural light.

Agilent technologies - Sanjay Prakash

The building currently utilizes only about a quarter of the permissible floor area, allowing for future expansion to full coverage in the future. For now, this land (at the south) not only serves to create valuable outdoor spaces for recreation, but also enhances biodiversity by stepping the landscape, cutting dust and noise.



Project facts

Client : Agilent Technologies
Year of Completion: 2009
Architect : SHiFt (earlier Sanjay Prakash & Associates)
Construction Management: SHiFt (earlier Sanjay Prakash & Associates)
Project Management : JCI
Location : Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana
Approx. cost : Rs. 1,75,00 lacs
Built up Area : 50,000 sqm
Site Area : 10 acres

Contractors : Ahluwalia Contractors Limited (Main), MAS (Electrical), JCI (BMS), Bluestar (HVAC), Sidco (Interior), DSA (Plumbing), QCC (Landscape)


Structural : Dr. Maqsud (NNC Consultants)
Electrical, lighting: Linus Lopez (Lirio Lopez)
HVAC, plumbing, fire fighting, BMS: Gian Modgil (Sterling)
Environment optimization : Tanmay Tathagat (Environmental Design Solutions)
Landscape : Mohan Rao (Integrated Design)
Interior : Anand Krishnamurthy (Firm Terra)