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Connect August 2023

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In this issue of KA Connect, a quarterly snapshot of our practice, we are pleased to share two projects which are close to our ethos & ideals. In our built works, we are sharing a landmark project at Shapoorji Pallonji Infocity in Pune. As a part of this upcoming IT Park, our recently finished building- Avanza, responds to the ambition of the client to provide a spacious, landscape-centric, lively working environment. It is a premium Grade A office complex which is integrated into its surrounding and projects a distinct identity through the articulation of its form and facade.

On the boards features a commercial building which is going to be the new headquarters for Bassein Co-operative Catholic Bank. BCCB started in 1918 as a modest financial institution deeply rooted in the local community at Vasai and over a century, has grown into a financial organization of scale and repute. Reflecting on this growth path, our approach has been sensitive to its ancestry and aspirations. Their new offices are focused on interconnected spaces fostering collaboration, liveability, sustainability, and a crisp contemporary language infused with contextual references.

Our news section reflects how active this part of the year has been! Firstly, we are thrilled to share our new website- with a fresh clean look providing a glimpse of the projects and the people behind those projects at KA. Additionally, we would also like to share some of our internal sessions, visits, deliberations, and celebrations! We hope you enjoy reading about it!

On the Boards

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BCCB Headquarters

Vasai

Situated in the northern suburb of Vasai, the Bassein Catholic Cooperative Bank is a historic institution founded in 1918. The name Bassein comes from the British era, after undergoing many variations before. Vasai has a proud heritage including a magnificent fort which lends a strong sense of association to its roots & culture.

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Avanza, SP Infocity

Pune

The latest addition to the SP Infocity ITES office park, Building 11, now christened as Avanza is a high-spec IGBC Platinum Certified Building, boasting an expansive 1.2 million sft of built-up area. Avanza attempts to blend innovation, sustainability, and excellence. Designed to inspire and elevate businesses, it offers best in class infrastructure facilities and premium spaces, creating an environment where creativity and collaboration thrive.

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Essay | Compact Office Spaces

Pune

The Covid times brought into sharp focus the nature of 'work', work methods and works spaces. Organisations around the world started re-evaluating some well established and well accepted norms around the nature of a workplace and the need for one. The concept of remote working gained wider currency and the idea of a decentralised workforce became acceptable.

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Design Post Crit | Lodha Clariant

At KA, we believe that strategic thinking begins with critical analysis. This month we took the opportunity to spend a day at Lodha Clariant at Thane. We were a group of 30 ranging from junior architects to directors, analysing one of our celebrated projects and scrutinizing the impact of design on actual functioning. It proved to be an engaging learning experience with the evening culminating with a vivid exchange of observations over a cup of coffee.

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KArnival

We felt it was about time that we allowed the creative minds at KA to display their hidden talents. And so was conceived the idea of Karnival. A flea market and day of festivities at KA with family and friends where the creative minds of KA put up stalls with their wares on display and for purchase.

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Kiran Kapadia speaks at FOAID

With his extensive experience in high-rise urban developments, Kiran Kapadia was an invited speaker at this year's FOAID conclave in Mumbai where he moderated a session on Sustainability in High Rise Age.

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KRVIA Bridge Studio

With a desire to engage constructively with the student community and academia, Kapadia Associates has collaborated with Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Sciences (KRVIA) to conduct the 5th year Design Studio on the subject of high-density housing in an urban context. The KA team helmed by Kiran Kapadia, includes Puneet Anand and Ebrahim Sitabkhan. The trio have been on campus twice a week since June, interacting with and guiding the students on the fundamentals and nuances of housing and mixed-use development. The studio has crossed the halfway mark and will conclude in the first week of October.

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New Website

http://www.kapl.in/

We are pleased to inform that our new KA website is now live. Showcasing from our project portfolio, over 70 projects across 9 categories, the new website is not only a celebration of the Projects, but also the People and the Process behind the projects. It is a peek and a small window into the life and work at KA. Hope you like it.

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News_Sustainability SmallTalk

Focusing on Sustainability, we had invited Aun Abdullah from Lodha Group, to address the office and share Lodha's inspiring sustainability strategies and collaboration efforts with RMI. Aun presented their groundbreaking studies on our very own office project, 'Palava.' It was an enlightening experience to witness their ambitious plans to achieve net-zero emissions at Lodha. To further boost this discussion, we exhibited panels of our projects with studies & sketches conducted by our dedicated sustainability consultants, as well as our in-house research. By bringing together architects, clients, and sustainability enthusiasts, we aimed to foster a meaningful dialogue around our shared cause.

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