Design And Architecture Awards 2016: Our Partners

Design And Architecture Awards 2016: Our Partners

120-newAbout Founding Partner: GROHE

GROHE is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings.

With its global GROHE brand, the company has relied on its brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability for decades to deliver “Pure Freude an Wasser”.

GROHE has a global workforce of around 6,000 people. There are about 2,400 employees working in Germany. GROHE runs three production plants in Germany as well as several plants in other markets.

GROHE India Pvt. Ltd. (GIPL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of GROHE AG and has completed ten years of direct operations in India. In this time, it has acquired a dominant position in the Indian market as one of the largest selling foreign brands. GROHE launched its first Indian ‘GROHELive! Centre’ in Mumbai in February 2012 and in 2015 unveiled a second state-of-the-art centre in Bengaluru. These centres are a great opportunity for people to come and experience the world of GROHE. Besides featuring the entire range of GROHE products, the Live! Centre also showcases the GROHE elements.

As an organisation, Grohe takes mutual responsibilities very seriously, examples of which can be seen with the successful launch of the Grohe Dual Tech at the Don Bosco Institute in Mumbai and Delhi. This academy trains underprivileged individuals to learn plumbing skills that can be utilised towards a lifelong vocation.

GROHE was taken over by the LIXIL Group and the Development Bank of Japan in January 2014.

The LIXIL Group is the global leader in the building materials and housing equipment industries. GROHE is led as an independent brand.


120-newAbout Associate Sponsor: Saint-Gobain Designs

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all.

They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation and infrastructure and in many industrial applications.

They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. Saint-Gobain pioneered several Product, Marketing, Manufacturing, Application, Sustainability and Human Resources Innovations that helped in the emergence of product differentiation, segmentation and knowledge / skill development in what was seen as a commodity industry.


120-newAbout Associate Sponsor: Nippon Paint

Nippon Paint, Asia’s No.1 paint company and one among the leading paint manufacturers of the world has over 136 years of experience in the paint industry. Nippon Paint produces high-quality paints and coats for decorative, automotive, and industrial sectors.

Over the years, Nippon Paint has perfected its products by means of breakthrough paint technology, with an emphasis on innovation and eco-friendliness. We are driven by the philosophy of enhancing life through innovations – to consistently deliver paint solutions that not only serve your needs, but also protect the world we live in.

After over ten years in the Indian market, Nippon Paint is steadily becoming a household name. Apart from a range of interior, exterior and enamel finishes, we have many specialty products that showcase its technological prowess.

120-newAbout Associate Sponsor: D&M Workspace Solutions

D&M is an industry leader in providing multi brand high-quality interior products, handpicked from across the globe for multiple industry segments. We pride ourselves as a collaborative Solution partner, for the modern Workspaces. We support these fine products with our extensive national footprint, rapid delivery system, and a host of value-added services that provide our customers with the most appropriate products and services, at the right time. D&M’s solutions include classic as well as the latest, addressing the needs of the modern Agile & Activity based Workspaces, focussed on Human Ergonomics, Sustainability and Efficiency. Our portfolio includes marquee Global brands across five product verticals. Partitions- JEB International, Maars LivingWalls, QB-Office; (Glazed, Solid, Movable, Operable walls; Media walls; Free-standing PODs); Furniture – WalterKnoll, Wilkhahn, Apostrofi (Executive, Lifestyle, Board room; Customised); Flooring – Tandus, Desso (Modular carpet tiles, Roll carpets); Wall finishes – WovenImage, Offecct, Lignotrend (Sustainable Acoustic finishes, for Walls and Ceilings); Lighting – Waldmann, Fagerhult (Task, Decorative, Architectural). The latest addition is the Shafer Toilet Cubicles from Europe, focusing on Hygiene and EHS.

About Advisory Board: C. N. Raghavendran

C. N. Raghavendran is a practising Architect and Managing Director of M/s. C. R. Narayana Rao (CRN), a family firm of Architects & Engineers based in Chennai. The firm takes its name after its founder and his father, late Mr. C. R. Narayana Rao. A Multi Disciplinary Design & Consultancy Firm established about 70 years ago, CRN provides comprehensive Consultancy Services including Architecture, Interiors, Master Planning, Structural & Civil Engineering, Electro-Mechanical Engineering and Construction Management. As one of the Partners of CRN since 1968 and currently the Managing Director, Mr.Raghavendran has provided leadership and is significantly responsible in making CRN one of the largest and most successful firms in India today.

Notable amongst his contributions to the field of Design in Architecture are:-

  • Introduction of Innovative Building Technology in Design & Construction, as evidenced in his pioneering work in use of Pre-cast & Pre-Stressed buildings such as in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadia at Chennai & Cochin which resulted in faster construction, reduction of building weight and construction waste, eventually saving structural materials by providing longer spans.
  • Long before the need for Climate Concerns & Resource Efficiencies was realized in Building Design,
    Mr. Raghavendran’s works reflected a commitment to these principles.
  • Incorporation of Passive Design features as Climate Responsive Design seen in a 450-seater auditorium built for Kalakshetra, a reputed institution of Performing Arts in Chennai (known for its warm & humid climate), during the early 1980s, with no electromechanical interventions except for the audio visual systems & stage lighting, is a standing example to date, of his design acumen in delivering sustainable, low energy buildings.
  • Environmental conscious approach to Design of High Performance Buildings, as seen in the use of Intelligent Design Features in TIDEL Park (Chennai’s first multi-tenanted IT Park) and the Ebene Cyber Tower in Mauritius have resulted in energy efficiency and reduced operating costs. The latter was awarded the ‘Intelligent Building of the Year – 2005’ by Intelligent Communities Forum, an independent Think-Tank based in New York, US, after evaluating over 200 international entries.

120-newAbout Advisory Board: CP Kukreja Architects

CP Kukreja Architects (CPKA) is a leading firm of Architectural and Engineering Consultants based in Delhi, India. The firm has extensive experience of over four decades in the design and planning of projects of varied nature. The firm has over 175 personnel in its employment and undertakes consultancy in the following disciplines in-house:-

· Master Planning
· Architecture and Urban Design
· Structural and Civil Engineering
· Plumbing and Sanitary Engineering
· Internal and External Electrical Works including design of Substation and D.G. Sets system
· Air-conditioning and FDV System
· Fire Fighting System
· Quantity Surveying and Estimating
· Interior Design
· Landscaping
· Project Management

The firm has been ranked by US based journal ‘World Architecture’ amongst the top 100 design firms in the world. The firm has also been selected as Best Architects in India on 3 occasions by GIREM, IDE and Economic Times in the year 2012.

CPKA has created landmarks in Housing, Hospitals, Hotels, Industries, Universities, Institutions, Offices, Leisure which no other Indian architects can boast of. From the largest to the tallest buildings in India, CPKA has them all in its portfolio.

120-newAbout Advisory Board: DSP Design Associates Pvt. Ltd.

DSP Design Associates Pvt. Ltd. is one of the largest & distinguished Architecture, Design & Master Planning firms in India. Founded in 1988, they have delivered more than 2000 projects in over 30 cities.

Providing professional services in verticals of Corporate Real Estate, Commercial Buildings, Residential Complexes, Hospitality Properties, IT Parks, and Townships etc; DSP is committed to continual research and development to deliver path breaking design solutions & relentlessly high standards of innovation.

As an integral part of their design philosophy, DSP is of firm belief in the fact that ‘one size does not fit all’. Every building should tell a story – it should convey its purpose of existence. An office should be a reflection of the ideologies of the company in shapes, forms and spaces, a constant reminder to the people that this is the direction where we are all going together.

For the year 2015 – 16, DSP won over 20 national and international design competitions in various categories. They also feature in the WA 100 2016, one of the most respected annual publications in the industry globally, and rank 80th in the list of world’s 100 largest architecture and design practices. Moving 2 notches higher from the 82nd rank in 2015, this is a testament of DSP’s strengthening foothold on Indian and global platform.

DSP’s partners and leadership share a combined experience of 250+ years amongst themselves with specialized expertise in their respective areas of practices. With 200+ professionals in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Gurgaon & Hyderabad, DSP continues to support Clients, from all over the world & various industries, in driving successful businesses & achieving strategic goals, time and again.

About Online Partner: Zingy Homes is India’s largest unifying online platform, a community for the interior design, architecture and building segment in India. The platform makes it easy for various stakeholders of the segment (architects, interior designers, consultants, contractors, product designers, interior product suppliers, building material manufacturers and property owners) to find each other, generate business leads and transact business.

It is the go-to place to:
a) find professionals namely architects, interior designers, contractors, consultants;
b) find products, nearest stores, detailed specs and usage info; find branded turnkey solutions; book orders;
c) access expert guidance, tips and info on latest trends, new launches;
d) access info on industry events.

About Student Partner: Ethos

Ethos was started by Gita Balakrishnan, as a response to a need. Having experienced the feeling of inadequacy when she graduated from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and completed her professional training from CMU, Pittsburgh, she felt the need to reach out and equip young minds to be agents of change, to lead and not just follow and to contribute positively and actively towards making a difference. Ethos focuses on creating an alternative learning platform for colleges of architecture and civil engineering in different parts of the country so students can have a platform or a forum to keep them in touch with what is happening in their field in and outside our country.

Ethos engages these young minds in some friendly competition as a means of achieving its aim. Archumen, launched thirteen years ago at the Town Hall in Kolkata, has now become India’s Biggest Architecture Quiz for students of architecture. Ethos also went on to challenge the creative prowess of these students through annual design competitions like “Transparence” and the “IGBC Green Design Competition” promoted by the Indian Green Building Council of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Ethos also organized a competition on water-efficient design “Water – safe, sustainable and for all” promoted by an NGO called Arghyam. These contests gave the students an opportunity to focus on issues that are current and assess themselves against the best in the country.

About Decor Partner: Elle Decor
ELLE DECOR India “Turning dreams into reality” is ELLE DECOR’s philosophy. Inspiring readers worldwide, giving them tantalising glimpses of the most original and beautiful ideas in homes, predicting and launching decor trends; we don’t just illustrate, we educate. Useful and informative, the pages of ELLE DECOR are packed with everything from tips to track down unusual items, to trends, architects and designers to know.

About Hospitality Partner: Taj Lands End, Mumbai
From the heart of Mumbai’s glamour district, Taj Lands End offers the legendary Taj Hospitality with mesmerizing views of the Arabian Sea, overlooking the Bandra Worli Sea Link.

Taj Lands End boasts of some of the city’s finest accommodation, dining experiences and elegant conferencing and banquet facilities. Its proximity to the airport, Bandra Kurla Complex, Andheri and Worli business districts, makes it an ideal choice for business as well as leisure travelers.

About Associate Sponsor: arttd’inox
arttd’inox is the first brand from the house of JSL Lifestyle Ltd.. It was launched with the objective of bringing about innovation in designs & forms in stainless steel – table ware & home décor. arttd’inox, meaning the art of stainless steel, is an amalgamation of design and functionality. Spear headed by Ms. Deepikaa Jindal, the core of the brand is to spread the awareness and design possibilities of stainless steel – kitchen shelves to the entire house and office.

As a brand arttd’inox takes cognizance of the changing sensibilities & aspirations of the consumer. Today arttd’inox is one of the few Indian brands, that stands for luxury in the lifestyle space.

Through its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Haryana, India, arttd’inox produces over six categories of designer stainless steel products viz. home décor, bar range, dining range, beverage range & office accessories. The brand has now introduced exclusive stainless steel modular kitchen space providing exquisite and ergonomically designed kitchens. In an industry where steel is considered durable & not aspirational, arttd’inox took up the challenge of creating exclusive designer stainless steel lifestyle products, which are synonymous with quality and functionality. The product range redefines the dimensions of traditional steel in India, by creatively combining ceramic, wood, acrylic and various other materials.

The in-house design studio bridges the gap between the real and surreal in the world of steel. With a team of professionally qualified designers dedicated to explore the challenging frontiers of design, arttd’inox is committed to deliver aesthetic delight in functional forms to consumers all over the world. In the lifestyle arena, especially austenitic steel segment, it is for the first time that synergies between steel and various materials has been explored to create an edge over traditionally available design.