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Connect January 2023

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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 Housing & Liveability focussed issue, we are showcasing Lodha Park - a uniquely designed high rise luxury condominium project in mid town Mumbai. Here, five out of the six high rise towers are completed along with a parking podium which is truly one of its kind. Designed in collaboration with WOHA architects , Lodha Park has a strong emphasis on the architectural form, facade expression, access to green, public realm and is a great case study in how to reimagine typically large car parking podiums as a visual asset. With an overall scale of 11 million sq ft, this project demonstrates our ability to handle large projects right down to the detailed execution stage.

Also included in this issue are two work in progress residential projects - one in Thane and another in Palava city. Both are of different scales and respond to unique briefs set out by the respective clients. In the Insights section - there is also a concise reflective essay about improving Liveability in dense housing projects and visuals explaining how it's adressed in some of our own built projects.

We are also extremely happy to announce that we have started physical operations from the new additional studio annexxe at our mumbai office. It's an important move in our growth plans, as we have a healthy influx of new projects across typologies and we remain highly optimistic about the future.

As we start this new year, we would sincerely like to thank our clients and a growing and extended network of former employees, who have truly stood by us and continue to trust us with great assignments and reccommend us for new challenging projects.

Built Works

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Lodha Park

Worli, Mumbai

Lodha Park is a high-rise housing project spread across 17 acres of land and includes premium residential development across sizes and luxury categories, retail stores, Club House, and exceptional amenities. The project includes 7 acres of green landscapes set on top of a 70 feet tall 'hill' which is Inspired by the urban parks around the world. The goal is in bringing nature back into the lives of city dwellers.

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Works in Progress

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Courtyard

Thane

Nestled amidst the lush green locality of Vasant Vihar, Thane, the 'Courtyard' is planned to be an extension of the greenery within the complex. Situated along the upcoming and high-end street, Pokhran Road number 2, the scheme will offer plenty of opportunities to its' residents to build connections: with people and with nature.

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Lakefront Development

Palava

Enhanced permeability and porosity in the urban form along with the expansion of the public and green domain for a higher livability quotient were the design challenges that we set for ourselves while undertaking the master planning and architectural design of the Lakefront parcel at Palava.

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Insights : Essay

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Liveability in residential housing projects

Indian cities today are facing similar urban issues; of rapid urbanisation, soaring real estate prices, population growth, high density packed living, restricted open spaces, eventually resulting into lesser connect to the ground and community. High-rise, high-density housing has become part of identities of cities across the country, often combined with a compromised liveability and lack of innovation.

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News

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New office Annexe at Mumbai Studio

November 2023 saw the inauguration of the new studio annexe at our Mumbai Office. This additional studio space has provided space for the much-needed expansion of the Mumbai studio. This new space is located across the corridor in the same building and houses workspaces for 28 seats, two conference rooms, breakout spaces, pantry, toilets and a creator lab for VR, Model making & 3D printing.

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Annual Office Party

The pre-diwali annual party at KA is a much loved event. The spirit of the people at KA is well captured and celebrated in this amazing evening. It's also a platform for the hidden and outstanding talents of the staff. This year's event was full of - amazing performances, parody awards, anecdotes, food & beverages and just outright fun. The following weekend the annual Diwali traditional day was also celebrated, where the entire office lined up for a group photo followed by fun games and snacks.

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Shapoorji Pallonji Vanaha-Yahavi , Pune - construction progress

Construction has reached level 20 at the Shapoorji Pallonji project located in Bavdhan, Pune. The project has three towers located at a hillside site overlooking the green valley of a golf course. 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. The projects consist of 3 Residential towers and multi-level car parking organically designed within the Site. There are 684 units of 1,2 and 3 BHK homes across three sizes, which are either facing the lush green hills or the mountain ranges on other side. The Project amenities include Retail, Clubhouse, jogging tracks and play courts. The facade of the tower is inspired by the surrounding nature and reflects natural forms, shapes and an earthen colour scheme. Laterite stone or terracotta is used as an accent in the Facade colour scheme.

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KA Advisory Board

The meeting of the newly constituted KA advisory board was held at the Mumbai office in November. This Non executive Advisory Board is a small group of seasoned professionals and mentors who meet twice a year with the KA leadership team and help it gain new insights on issues at hand and helps to explore new opportunities by stimulating robust, high-quality conversations. The board provides current knowledge on best practices, critical thinking for issues, forecasting for future-proofing the practice and helps provides a conceptual and strategic direction to the firm.
The current board consists of three members who have continued from the previous board (2016-2021) and a couple of new names as well. The Board members are - Anita Ramchandran (Cerebrus Consultants- Founder & CEO); Suresh Singervelu (Prestige Group -Executive Director); Varda Pendse (Independent HR Consultant); Sudhanshu Vats (Deputy Managing Director - Pidilite Industries Limited) & Meenakshi Menon (Futurologist - A & M Investments).

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Residential Training Centre for HDFC Bank at Palava City

Construction on RCC works till terrace level is complete at the Residential Training Centre for HDFC Bank at Palava City. Facade works and Interior fit-outs are likely to commence in early 2023.
The program for this institutional project includes - training rooms, classrooms, faculty areas, lobbies, dining facilities, guest rooms, auditorium, parking & landscaped terraces. With an overall construction area of 1'90,000 sft, the likely date of completion is end of 2023.

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