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October, 2014


The CWAB Awards were applauded as much for the process, theme, our fabulous winners who were there in full strength, as they were for the content. The platforms uniqueness in felicitating both architects and builders drew admiration and allowed for real industry dialogue to ensue.

Enthused and motivated, this issue responds with a special vibe. Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban“s project, the Aspen Museum is stunning. Surrounded and inspired by ski mountains, the building with its woven facade and descending concept allows both, those within and those looking in, to appreciate and enjoy the architecture. Another trendsetting project is the SDM house by Mexican Architects Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop where a sculptural staircase is the central element of the house and influences the entire design. It“s inviting, undulating shape almost makes you want to slide down the banister. Inspired by the staircase, we“ve explored many more - across projects - designed by architects both in India and abroad.

Interacting with industry leaders, our Roundtable on Hospitality Trends threw up interesting viewpoints on smart design and integration, for the sector that is poised for growth. And in our focus story we cover six new trending restaurants in the country. In Mumbai we have PDT, a secret bar where you have to dial in from a phone booth to gain entry; Terttulia, a quaint space reminiscent of French cafes; Francesco“s, a cosy pizzeria with an inviting laidback ambience; and Colaba Social, a rustic cafe cum bar with upcycled products. From Delhi we have Dramz, a whisky bar and from Kolkata there is the Bikers Cafe, the interiors of which are made with bike parts!

The JLT office epitomises corporate chic, designed by ANA Designs; Baroda based Graphite SDS design a stunning home with Moroccan design elements; and Architect Arun Nalapat from Bengaluru shares his views on the architecture of his city. And our lead feature displays modern bathrooms in their many avatars.....

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