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Connect July 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 excited to share the completed images of our Bengaluru project - Pelican Grove. Designed with a lot of interesting elements and executed on site with equal passion & attention to detail by the developer team, this project of 36 units, truly does justice to its outstanding location on the lakeside. The focus of the project was to make best of this unique context and blur the boundaries between exteriors and interiors. While the firm is handling projects of much larger scales across typologies, it's very creatively satisfying and fulfilling to be able to work at all scales.

In the section - on the boards - we have included initial sketch designs for an affordable housing project that is being proposed in the fast developing suburb of thane. These thin, tall buildings do address the problem of urban density and efficiencies while the design response for us as designers is to seek innovative ways of making these work seamlessly with amenities and parking. Relevant to this same theme of dense Urban living environments - the essay in this edition talks about a Framework for Sustainable development proposed by international researchers and the key takeaways from the same.

In the news section we are happy to announce the launch of a couple of new projects. We have also included a couple of images from our celebration on completion of 30 years. That was a party to remember and an opportunity to acknowledge the goodwill of all our clients and staff members - both past and present.

Hope you enjoy the read. Do feel free to reach out to us for any feedback or suggestions on the content. We are always listening.

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Pelican Grove

Bengaluru

The MAIA Pelican Grove residential project, located in north Bengaluru, is an example of how nature can be integrated into the spatiality of a home, seamlessly. This unique piece of land sits on the banks of Jakkur Lake, whose views and natural biodiversity is carefully considered while designing all spaces.

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Essay

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Sustainability and Design Excellence

By Kiran Kapadia

The world today is facing broad and complex challenges that threaten every aspect of our lives. As the effects of climate change intensifies across the world, the architecture, engineering and building (AEC) industry is getting extremely aware of the looming crisis.

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On the Boards

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Lodha Crown

Thane

Lodha Crown is an affordable small format housing project in thane's thriving location at Kolshet Road. The luxury and premium apartments are available in the configurations of 1 and 2 BHK formats where attached decks are designed for 2 BHK residents. Conceived as a part of an overall mixed-use masterplan, the development truly promotes live and work.

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Kapadia Associates Completes 30 years

Kapadia associates completed 30 years in 2022 as a firm. We celebrated this event together, with all our staff from Mumbai & Pune offices at a fun event in Mini club at Mahalaxmi Race course, where we revisited some past milestones, cherished some old memories and reconnected with some of our ex-staff members and well-wishers. Long service awards in the form of a framed commemorative embossed certificate were given away to 39 staff members for completion of five, ten and fifteen years at the firm.

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Celebration Evening - KA@30

The 30 years event was not just all nostalgia. With an open bar, music and the DJ playing late into the night; everyone let their hair down on the dance floor and made it an evening to remember. The Pune and Mumbai Studio teams also got a chance to connect over food and drinks. At every opportunity, team KA works hard and parties harder!

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Casa Supremo, Mira Road

Design work is complete on 'Casa Supremo' at Mira Road - a fast growing suburb of Mumbai. This Residential project is set deep into the plot from the main road, to reduce noise levels, and is conceived as Twin Towers rising from a base of landscape and amenities. The units facing North have attached decks with views of the Vasai creek. Each compact unit is thoughtfully designed with an efficient plan, well-lit living spaces and built-in wardrobes placed to keep the space of the bedrooms clean. These wardrobes also help balance the window to wall ratios on the facade and reduce the extent of heat gain towards interiors. The parking is consolidated into a separate multi-level parking building with a Club on the ground that houses the party hall and gymnasium.

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Godrej Ascend, Thane - Project Launched

Work has commenced on Godrej Ascend. Designed by Kapadia associates, this is new residential community being planned on the rapidly expanding location of Kolshet in Thane. The Master plan spread across over 6 acres, offers housing choices across 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms with full set of landscaped gardens, club amenities and central greens. In the image here is an artist's illustration of the clubhouse & landscape.

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iDAC Expo 2022 - Mumbai

iDAC is a leading facilitator of Build Industry summits. At this year's iDAC Expo 2022 at Mumbai - Kiran Kapadia delivered a lecture on the theme of 'Sustainability & Design Excellence'. As the effects of climate change intensify across the world, the architecture, engineering and building (AEC) industry are getting extremely aware of the looming crisis and the presentation expounded on how we can learn from a framework developed by international researchers & scholars on - 'Ten Principles for Sustainable Design Excellence'.

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