The Building Project When referring to architecture; a concept is an idea, thought or notion that forms the backbone and foundation of a design project and one that drives it forward. This building is essentially a redevelopment project built on a linear strip of land. The building was originally an existing property of G+4 – mostly in a dilapidated condition. Since the building was near the airport, there were certain height restrictions that were to be followed. Due to the constraints of open space in urban Mumbai and the site being a linear plot--there were restrictions related to the floor plate as well. So the building couldn’t be designed to go taller, deeper and wider. There is a public park on one side of the plot and sprawling greens on the other side. The parking provisions included a basement that was 3-levels lower along with stilt stack parking. Since, the floor levels, width and the underground levels of the building could not be increased beyond a certain extent-- it posed a challenge in accommodating and fulfilling the FAR requirement for the project. Only 14 habitable levels were available in the newly redeveloped 15-storey building. it was further necessary to fulfil the FAR requirement. There were two bedroom hall kitchen apartments which had a carpet area of 650 sqft and a built-up area of 750sqft. Considering the nature of the project, it was imperative to rehabilitate the existing tenants in the new structure. Hence, the entire execution and designing were done in phases. The building was divided into three parts- A, B and C wing. While the A - wing was used for housing the existing tenants, B and C wings were being simultaneously completed. The facade was designed using L-shaped lights in a zig zag pattern to create dynamism on the exterior of the building. It was also to give a parametric look to the design of the building. To further enhance it, ACP cladding with metal grid of white and grey colour was used alternatively. The terrace was used for amenities, along with providing interactive spaces in form of sky decks. Overall, the project being a redevelopment– is quite enormous in its scale and fulfils the requirements and design brief even with the presence of widely limiting restrictions. The interiors of the apartments were kept to the designing with the necessary chic look with the use styling techniques. The building adds to the beauty of the skyline of the city and has become a prominent landmark of the region.
KNS Architects is a multi-disciplinary, national & international award-winning design firm, established with objective of creating contextual, artistic & bespoke design solutions. We believe in looking at each project with a fresh new perspective,a fact that finds resonance in our belief in creating vibrant, out-of-the-box solutions that strike the right note between practicality and aesthetics; constraints and aspirations
A vision of Ar. Kanhai Gandhi, Ar. Neemesh Shah and Ar. Shresht Kashyap; who came together in 1997 to set up the Design practice. Since its inception the firm has undertaken wide spectrum of projects.
In addition to projects in India, have successfully concluded projects globally as well, like the MAHEC-Restaurant & Lounge in Dubai and a few others in Singapore and the United Kingdom. We are currently designing a Private Villa in Washington, USA and Mombasa, Kenya as well as an Indian Seafood fine-dine restaurant in Milan, Italy.