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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

16 final shortlists from India at the WAF & INSIDE Festivals 2019!

IAnD Exclusive

Compiled by Team IAnD
Info & Images: Courtesy Caro Communications
Read Time: 3 mins 30 secs
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In a global scenario, where “glocal” (global; yet, local) firmly anchors its fundamental place, Indian architecture is all set to grab eyeballs and leave its mark. 

Considered as the world’s largest and most influential architectural competition, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and its sister concern, the INSIDE Festival receive a whopping number of entries each year. In 2019, India has been riding big on the competition with 36 entries, out of which 50% - 16 to be precise, have made it to the final shortlist. 

With 534 award finalists from 70 countries; 33 award categories from WAF and 9 from INSIDE besides 7 special awards, the WAF will see live presentations by each of the finalists during its three-day sojourn at Amsterdam in December 2019, where the finale will announce the winners.   

Team IAnD visits the final shortlist from India: 

“Think Design Bangalore Shibanee & Kamal Architects WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
 Think Design, Bangalore by Shibanee & Kamal Architects 

Category: Completed Buildings: Display
Architectural Firm: Shibanee & Kamal Architects
Project Title: Think Design
Location: Bangalore, India
Highlight: Minimal anchoring conveniences assembly of large column-free spaces.

“Bhau Institute of Innovation Entrepreneurship & Leadership Pune Shibanee & Kamal Architects WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
Bhau Institute of Innovation Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Pune by Shibanee & Kamal Architects 

Category: Completed Buildings: Higher Education and Research
Architectural Firm: Shibanee & Kamal Architects
Project Title: Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership
Location: Pune, India
Highlight: Congested site conditions turn the project on its head, constituting its strengths.

“18 screens Lucknow Sanjay Puri Architects WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
 18 Screens, Lucknow by Sanjay Puri Architects 

Category: Completed Buildings: House
Architectural Firm:  Sanjay Puri Architects
Project Title: 18 Screens
Location: Lucknow, India
Highlight: Traditional Indian courtyard typology, varying volumetric proportions and differing sectional spaces contextualise this contemporary home.

“Student hostel for Chandigarh group of colleges Charged Voids WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
Student Hostel for Chandigarh Group of Colleges by Charged Voids 

Category: Completed Buildings: Housing
Architectural Firm:  Charged Voids
Project Title: Student hostel for Chandigarh group of colleges
Location: Mohali, India
Highlight: Emphasis on the quality of living spaces. 

“The magic Faraway Tree Bangalore Shibanee & Kamal Architects WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
The Magic Faraway Tree, Bangalore by Shibanee & Kamal Architects 

Category: Completed Buildings: Housing
Architectural Firm:  Shibanee & Kamal Architects
Project Title: The Magic Faraway Tree
Location: Bangalore, India
Highlight: The built form pairs with nature mitigating woes of metropolitan lifestyles.

“Office 543 Mohali Charged Voids WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
Office 543, Mohali by Charged Voids 

Category: Completed Buildings: Office
Architectural Firm:  Charged Voids
Project Title: Office 543
Location: Mohali, India
Highlight: Strong and clear geometry elucidates the bare essential number of elements with each element achieving its maximum efficacy. 

“Krushi bhavan Bhubaneshwar Studio Lotus WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
Krushi Bhavan, Bhubaneshwar by Studio Lotus 

Category: Completed Buildings: Office
Architectural Firm:  Studio Lotus
Project Title: Krushi Bhavan
Location: Bhubaneshwar, India
Highlight: Contextually rooted, the state-of-the-art architectural vocabulary represents the geographical diversity of the region and the cultural identity of its people.

“the drift house Mulshi Shonan Purie Trehan LABwerk WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
The Drift House, Mulshi by Shonan Purie Trehan LABwerk 

Category: Completed Buildings: Villa
Architectural Firm:  Shonan Purie Trehan, Language.Architecture.Body
Project Title: The DRIFT House on The little MUCH farm
Location: Mulshi, India
Highlight: Layered, connected, scalar planning with an element of intrigue and discovery.

“Amaltas Vadodara Squareworks LLP WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
 Amaltas, Vadodara by Squareworks LLP 

Category: Completed Buildings: Villa
Architectural Firm:  Squareworks LLP
Project Title: Amaltas
Location: Vadodara, India
Highlight: Distinct spatial formations, despite circulatory interconnections.

“Prestige University Indore Sanjay Puri Architects WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
Prestige University, Indore, by Sanjay Puri Architects  

Category: Future Project: Education
Architectural Firm:  Sanjay Puri Architects
Project Title: Prestige University
Location: Indore, India
Highlight: Climate-sensitised architecture, driven by traditional and regional leanings; simultaneously embraces modern societal stipulates.

“Residence 91 Panchkula Charged Voids WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
Residence 91 in Panchkula by Charged Voids  

Category: Future Project: House
Architectural Firm:  Charged Voids
Project Title: Residence 91
Location: Panchkula, India
Highlight: Inward-looking architecture, where the varied scale of public and private spaces and their different interactions with the exterior constitutes the central idea of the project.

“Highway 27 Gujarat Sanjay Puri Architects WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
Highway 27, Gujarat by Sanjay Puri Architects  

Category: Future Project: Infrastructure
Architectural Firm:  Sanjay Puri Architects
Project Title: Highway 27
Location: Gujarat, India
Highlight: Contextually driven, climatically sensitive vernacular architecture that gives impetus to building sustainably and reviving age-old methods of construction in the Indian subcontinent. 

“Ulsoor Lake Bangalore Arup WAF 2019 indiaartndesign”
Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore by Arup

Category: Future Project: Masterplanning
Architectural Firm:  Arup
Project Title: Ulsoor Lake
Location: Bangalore, India
Highlight: A holistic, staged approach that informs community engagement and citizen responsibility through a period of cultural and behavioural change to resuscitate an icon.

“preschool Gurugram PAL Design Group WAF INSIDE 2019 indiaartndesign”
Preschool in Gurugram by PAL Design Group  

Category: INSIDE: Health & Education
Architectural Firm:  PAL Design Group
Project Title: Preschool 
Location: Gurugram, India
Highlight: Minimalistic child-friendly design with lighting as a significant contributor to early child development.

“atharva bungalow mumbai Sandeep Shikre Associates Architects WAF INSIDE 2019 indiaartndesign”
Atharva Bungalow, Mumbai by Sandeep Shikre & Associates Architects  

Category: INSIDE: Residential
Architectural Firm:  Sandeep Shikre & Associates Architects 
Project Title: Atharva Bungalow 
Location: Mumbai, India
Highlight: Traditional craftsmanship meets contemporary design brilliance in an engaging narrative.

“Tianu revival project Mumbai studio PKA WAF INSIDE 2019 indiaartndesign”
Tianu - the revival project, Mumbai by Studio PKA 

Category: INSIDE: Retail
Architectural Firm:  Studio PKA 
Project Title: Tianu - The Revival Project
Location: Mumbai, India
Highlight: Subtle interventions respect and encourage a revival mindset.

Speaking to Ar. Sanjay Puri, one of the two jury members from India (the other being Ar. Sonali Rastogi from Morphogenesis), we garner that the top three criteria for judging included: contextuality, path-breaking aspects of the project, and sustainability. With India in full form as a global participant, we keep our fingers crossed now as we wait with bated breath for the winners to be announced this December 2019. Will India make a mark as any of the big three – World Building of the Year; World Interior of the Year and World Future Building of the Year?? Stay tuned…

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