Ravi SaranganThe Conscious Designers
Founded in 1988, Edifice Consultants lead by Sanjay Srinivasan and Ravi Sarangan, prides itself in being a futuristic practise. The firm was established with the aim to foster collaborative design with some of the best designers in the country. As the name suggests, the foundations of Edifice are deeply rooted in its roots. Moving beyond traditional concepts and standards of the industry, the practice focuses on staying true to the original structure. Over 1200 projects later, spanning 25 years, the founding values have only matured. Their sensitive design has propelled growth stories of organisations such as Infosys, JSW, Reliance, Syntel, among others. A likeminded team functions out of eight centres nationally. With the three-pronged concept of reduce, reuse and recycle in all of their projects, the firm ensures utmost sustainable practices in all of their projects beyond just criteria to earn green certifications. Following the design stage, the firm seeks to improve not only the structure but also the immediate environment of the project. Sanjay Srinivasan and Ravi Sarangan started Edifice with a desire to practice architecture in a manner which was a departure from the then prevalent traditional firms. They saw Edifice as a creative hotspot which encouraged collaboration and contribution, and questioned tradition. They handle projects across scales, from urban design to architecture to interior design. Edifice has offices in eight cities in India namely, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kochi.
The Syntel Global Software Development Campus in Chennai uses dynamic curvilinear built forms rather than a regular gridiron planning approach. Planned around an oval open-aired landscaped court, the design supports and improves the micro climate. The design incorporated traditional Indian courtyard styles for all the development centres, as they are suitable for the hot and humid climate of the city.
Monte Carlo’s corporate office based in Ahmedabad takes design inspiration from the local kite festival. The quilted appearance of the façade resembles the patchwork of the city. The form of the façade resembles the cut of a diamond, further representing the primary occupation of the city.