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Zara Swings Record Lease Deal in Fort

Mumbai: A heritage building in the Hutatma Chowk area in south Mumbai will soon be the largest retail space in a high street for a foreign brand in the country.

In a deal touted as the biggest transaction of its kind in this segment, Zara, the Spanish clothing and accessories retailer, has taken on lease 50,000 sq ft carpet in Ismail building. Zara will pay around Rs 2.5 crore a month as lease rental to the building’s owner, Supariwala Exports. The deal works out to over Rs 450 a sq ft per month.

The four-storey Ismail building is near the ornamental Flora Fountain in the heritage Fort area. It earlier housed an office-cum-business centre. Now, the entire building will house the new Zara store.

Market sources said this is the largest high street retail space take up by an international brand ever in India.

The deal was brokered by global commercial real estate services firm, CBRE India. It refused to comment on the deal.

“This deal shows that there is a shortage of quality retail space in the country,” said market sources. “In Mumbai too there is a shortage of such space in malls,” they added.

A recent CBRE report said growing online sales will not deter retailers’ physical store expansion plans in 2016.

A study of over 150 major international brands based in Americas, Asia Pacific showed that while European countries dominate the target destinations this year, China is the top target market in Asia-Pacific region and the fourth most popular globally, with 27% of retailers looking to expand there.

Reference: The Times of India

Architecture Spotlight: Abhay Wadhwa

-By Ben Hinson-

Abhay Wadhwa, aka “The Poet of Light” is a very interesting personality in the world of architecture and design. His formative years in the 70s and 80s were spent in India, and if you had told him then that today he would be heading up his own successful architectural lighting firm in New York City, chances are he would not have believed you. But yet here he is, his firm, AWA Lighting Designers firmly established in Brooklyn. And this specialist has certainly made a name for himself: his work has been featured across India, New York City, Dubai, New Jersey, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. Check out the below pictures that offer a sample of his achievements to date:

Brigade gateway – bangalore india


Holland tunnel – New Jersey


Nets go @ seoul plaza – south korea

icici bank – india

Trained as an architect, he discovered his passion for lighting design while working part-time at a theater gig during his sophomore year in architecture school. He founded AWA Lighting Designers in 2002, and since then has transformed his startup into a respected global brand. Abhay likes to focus on projects with high design content, projects that are challenging, projects that can make people happier and use lighting to influence moods. His economic approach to lighting design is to be cost effective and energy efficient. His aesthetic approach is a poetic one, that involves enhancing specific focus points and revealing subtle architectural details and rhythms. And his eclectic nature is evident even in conversation. When I spoke with Abhay for this article, we discussed topics ranging from the intricacies of lighting design (lighting levels, lighting litigation, lighting across different cultures) to history, anthropology and economics across Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. He is quite a unique character, and I appreciated that about him. If I was a contractor/builder evaluating an architectural service provider, besides having a Big Picture, intimate understanding of the project, I would also want someone who took into serious consideration the market, cultural and social forces; past and present, at play, and for that Mr. Abhay Wadhwa has my salute. Talking with him was definitely a treat. Be sure to check out his firm, AWA Lighting Designers for more samples of their work. I’ll leave you with the below video of Abhay speaking at the 2015 Professional Lighting Designers Conference. Enjoy.

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AWA Lighting Designers Launch “Contextualizing Light,” The AWA Movie Channel

AWA Lighting Designers are pleased to share our work with our friends and well-wishers through “Contextualizing Light,” the AWA Movie Channel on YouTube and Vimeo.

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2015’s Most Exciting Building Projects

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Artist’s Rendering for the most sustainable airport in the world Mexico City International Airport

This year will see construction begin on the new Mexico City International Airport, boasting to be the most sustainable airport in the world. The airport will have just one terminal, measuring 470,000-square-meters, which will eventually serve six runways. The entire terminal is enclosed within a continuous lightweight gridshell, embracing walls and roof in a single, flowing form, evocative of flight. The design ensures short walking distances and few level changes, it is easy to navigate, and passengers will not have to use internal trains or underground tunnels – it is a celebration of space and light.

Click HERE to read more about the other Projects.

Article Written by : Matthew Ponsford

Photo by : Artist Rendering

Source : edition.cnn

Top Middle East projects proposed in 2015

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Dream Island a manmade island in Ras Al Khaimah, which is being billed as a “mini Ibiza”,

With only three months into 2015, regional projects have already started to pick up up numerous large-scale developments planned for the Gulf, as well as the rest of the Arab world. Egypt is taking the lead with its announcement of a masterplan for a new capital city designed by SOM as well as a much talked about pyramid skyscraper.

Click HERE to read more about the Projects.

Article Written by: Aidan Imanova

Photo : From designMENA

Source: designMENA.

Spiralling underwater cities could make oceans inhabitable by 2030

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Underwater cities with infrastructure networks

Underwater cities with infrastructure networks spiralling down into the depths of the oceans could be a reality as soon as 2030. Micro-organisms could be used to turn carbon-dioxide into methane according to a Tokyo-based company. This would fuel power generators along the spiral, which would also take advantage of differences in seawater temperature to create additional energy.The concept was developed in partnership with Tokyo University and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (Jamstec)

Click HERE to read more about the project.

Article Written by: Amy Frearson.

Photo courtesy of: Shimizu Corp.

Source: Dezeen

AWA Project Update 2014: Part 2 of 2

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July 31st 2014
Vol. 12.2
Dear Friends,

We hope you enjoyed reading our newsletter sent out two weeks ago. A heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes received from many of you.

Here is Part 2 of 2 of our project update series. This past year has been busy with several project completions and new project kick-offs, and we are sharing a few highlights.

At AWA, we are all looking forward to another wonderful year of opportunities, creativity, innovation, and happiness. Thank you for your support and patronage.

Sincerely,

Abhay Wadhwa
AWA Lighting Designers

Click HERE to read the full update.

Fairmont Jaipur

Fairmont Jaipur

 

Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield

 

Orion Mall

Orion Mall

AWA Project Update 2014: Part 1 of 2

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July 17th 2014
Vol. 12.1

Dear Friends,

It was 12 years ago this month at our first studio in SoHo, NY that a journey started, with a simple plan- do great work with integrity, innovate, be happy, and pay your bills. It has been an eventful 12 years with very few regrets. We have been fortunate to work across the globe in 22 countries and counting, with great clients and designers on inspiring projects.

At AWA, we are inspired by the following quote from Woodrow Wilson (1919):
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.”

Our heartfelt gratitude to all our friends for their support and continuing patronage over the years.

Stay tuned for another exciting project update in two weeks.

Sincerely,

Abhay Wadhwa
AWA Lighting Designers

Click HERE to read the full update.

 

NMMC

NMMC

 

RMGL Fixture

RMGL Fixture

 

Sheraton Park Chennai

Sheraton Park Chennai

 

Lumen Festival Staten Island

Lumen Festival Staten Island

Cyber Hub [AWA Project] featured by Architizer

The site is long and linear with multiple entrances and viewing points. In our analyses, it was critical to create definite visual nodes for visitor orientation and collection, that would then be connected by a lighting tapestry, creating a visually clean and crisp environment at night. The excitement of the store fronts will then lend an organic growth pattern to the site- combining the rigor of a well-planned night-time urban environment with the flavors of a local souk or bazaar- and resulting in a great architectural project that augments the sense of community and civic pride.

Archizer Features Cyber Hub

 

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Source: Architizer

Cyber Hub (AWA project) turns itself into leisure hotspot

Good architecture tends to be both a product of and a monument to the society as it exists in a given frame of time. The buildings of Cyber City, intricate steel and glass constructions, are exceptions to this rule. They seem to exist outside time, representing a distant future, and have little to do with contemporary Gurgaon. You get this out-of-Gurgaon feeling in its most striking form at the new corporate leisure centre called the Cyber Hub.

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Source: Times of India