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Connect Jan 2022

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

In this issue, we are showcasing Lodha Seamont, a high end luxury apartment building in South Mumbai. This building was recently completed under challenging conditions and handed over to the occupants. This project demonstrates our passion for working on complex, high end residential buildings with tight site constraints. Lodha Seamont has a strong emphasis on the arrival experience, use of rich materials on the facade and efficient planning which exploits the stunning views from each apartment.

Also included in this issue are two large residential projects - Godrej Elements, Hinjewadi, Pune and Godrej Golf Meadows, Panvel. Both projects are for Godrej Properties Limited and will be completed in early 2022. There is also a small reflective essay on a new building typology "Parking Structures" that are emerging as critical components of larger projects. Their efficiency, circulation and aesthetics are becoming increasingly important design elements.

We are also extremely happy to announce that we have started physical operations from October 2021 and it's refreshing to see smiling faces in the office. We have had a healthy influx of new projects in the second half of 2021 and we continue to remain highly optimistic about the future. As we come to the end of this year we would sincerely like to thank our clients who have truly stood by us and continue to trust us with new challenging assignments.

Wishing you a Happy New Year. Stay safe and healthy.

Built Works - Hospitality

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Lodha Seamont

Walkeshwar, Mumbai

At the most exclusive strip of Malabar Hill, where the land meets the Sea, is Lodha Seamont overlooks the Walkeshwar promontory and the governor's residence- Raj Bhavan. This development offers a limited selection of 3 and 4 bedroom residences with stunning views of the Queen's Necklace and the Arabian Sea.

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Work in Progress

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Golf Meadows

Godrej City, Panvel

Golf meadows; is a project located within a larger 106 acres mixed use Masterplan of Golf City at Panvel, on the outskirts of Mumbai. Its topography along the slope of a gentle hill and the direction of the slope led the design to an interesting solution of two towers sited on different plinth levels and connected physically by the club and amenities.

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Godrej 24 & Godrej Elements

Hinjewadi, Pune

Hingewadi is Pune city's premier workspace hub. This project is conceived by the client as an Amenity rich Residential project located closest to this address. This development for 1300 families is built in two phases - called 24 & Elements respectively. Each Phase is independent in terms of landscape amenities, clubhouse and parking spaces.

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Essay

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Parking Structures: Factors that influence design

Over the past decade, the increased density and higher FAR in urban projects have led to huge design challenges in accommodating parking requirements for projects. While expensive parking basements are unavoidable in certain cases, incorporation of parking structures into proposed projects has become a major part of the architectural design solutions and in many cases, the primary driver for determining project feasibility.

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IIT Bombay - Student Hostel Design Competition

KA was part of an Invited competition proposed by the IIT-B Alumni association. Our design proposal attempted to achieve a high-performance building incorporating passive climatic response in every aspect. Conceptualized around three themes of Memories, Community & Sustainability - the campus program catered to 1080 students spread across 720 rooms in 3 hostel blocks. Ideas of identity, human scale, legibility and retaining maximum green cover led to an interesting design proposal.

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New Projects in Kandivali - Woods & Pune NIBM Road

KA has started work on two new projects for the Lodha Group. Woods is a residential project located in Kandivali east - Mumbai, designed around a large central courtyard and with views towards the national park. Another exciting project is located within Pune city in Khondwa on NIBM road. This is Lodha Groups first project within pune city. Both projects are likely to get completed in 2024.

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Primo, Parel - Tenant towers - Handed over

The two tenant towers at Parel project - "Primo" have been handed over to the occupants, and have been well received. The redevelopment component of the project, which is a part of the overall site plan, aimed at betterment in the quality of living for the old chawl buildings occupants and significant the quality of light and ventilation and amenities. The building facade has been designed to instill some individual identity and character for the buildings.

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Kiran earned the coveted Six Star Medal in Marathon running

Kiran Kapadia, our founder director completed the Boston Marathon on 11th October, 2021.
With the completion of Boston, Kiran earned the coveted Six Star Medal which is given to runners who have completed the World Marathon Majors which include Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. Only 7141 runners across the world have completed this quest.

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