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Connect July 2021

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KA Connect is a quarterly snapshot of our practice which includes recently completed projects, to ideas emerging from the studio, to critical issues on the built environment that concern us.

In this third issue, we are showcasing two mixed use urban projects which focus on hospitality. Both projects have a branded hotel with a component of retail and offices. This is increasingly becoming a trend driven by programmatic and commercial exigencies. Both projects demonstrate our ability to work on large scale complex programs in which clarity of circulation, function and services is of paramount importance. Also included in this issue are three projects across different typologies which are in the process of design development and showcase the diversity of our portfolio. There is also a small essay on our insights on the impact of the pandemic on architectural design

Coming to terms with a hybrid model of working, we continue to explore and leverage new technologies to support interaction and improve the qualitative aspect of design and documentation. As we come to the end of the first quarter of the new financial year we are highly optimistic about the future and would like to thank our clients who have truly stood by us and continue to trust us with new assignments.

We would appreciate any feedback and words of encouragement as we move forward on this journey. Hope you enjoy this issue.

Built Works - Hospitality

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Crowne Plaza

Ahmedabad

This Project is situated on the bustling and growing Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway. This is one of the tallest hotel buildings in the city and is designed as a mixed use development with a 5 star Hotel and Commercial Tower -comprising of Premium office spaces.

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JW Marriott

Sahar, Mumbai

Located adjacent to the new International Airport Terminal T2, this five star luxury, 575 keys hotel aims to service the business as well as leisure traveler to Mumbai.

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Work in Progress

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Club C

Palava, Mumbai

The project is prominently located off Taloja road at the entry node of the Eastern cluster of Palava. The Club is designed as a series of pavilions. The central pavilion houses the Entrance & Cafe space, the Party halls are located in the eastern pavilion, while the western portion houses the Gym & Indoor Games room overlooking the pool.

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SPRE Vanaha-Yahavi

Bavdhan, Pune

SPRE Vanaha is an upcoming Residential Township at Bavdhan, Pune with an immediate access from the Western Express Highway. The plot is spread across 6 acres of land, located in the heart of one of the largest townships in India which boasts of over 90 acres of open spaces and is surrounded by abundant greenery.

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Wadhwa group - Mixed use project

Chembur, Mumbai

The Project is located centrally in the busy suburb of Chembur along the Eastern Freeway. It is a Mixed-Use development with a Residential Tower sitting next to a Commercial tower comprising of small offices. These towers sit on a Podium which houses the parking and double-level Retail along the road frontage.

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Essay

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Covid : Impact on Architectural Design

While there are many lessons learnt over the past 15 months , on the disaster management aspects of the covid crisis, we as professionals are also questioning its impact on spatial design and possible solutions to make our physical environments more resilient and flexible in response to a crisis like this.

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News

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Continuing Education : Kiran Kapadia completes online course from Ideo University

As a part of continued learning initiative , Kiran Kapadia has completed the five-week course in design thinking called "Leading for Creativity" conducted by Tim Brown - CEO & President of IDEO. This five week course touched upon IDEO's methods to scale creativity within your organization. And approaches to guide teams through process of experimentation, converting bold vision into actionable challenges and impacting organizations culture by designing rituals that support creativity.

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Residential Township for JSW steel

Kapadia associates has commenced design work on a new masterplan and Architectural design of a staff Residential township design project for JSW steel. Located near one of the steel conglomerates mega plants in Maharashtra, the Masterplan will have a strong community character and a humane scaled buildings for residential walkup units, executive hostels, and recreational facilities. KA is commissioned for Full design scope across architecture, structure and mep design.

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Small talk : Julian Lipscombe of Bennets Associates

In this inspiring talk, Architect Julian Lipscombe of Bennets Associates- London, gave an insight into the philosophy of "People : Place : Planet" which is central to everything their practice does, and how it lead to some superbly designed & celebrated projects over the years, leading up to the current collaboration with KA, on an ongoing design project in southern india. Small talk is a internal lecture series that is organized at the last friday evening of every month.

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