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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.

View the full article here.

Open Air Star Shaped PIC Pavillion


Star Shaped Pavillion

The project comes from the conviction that the small budget allocated can actually build a large and notorious space in a central location of the Palau . The challenge is to consolidate and qualify an illuminated and waterproof space, with the minimum possible installation.The pavilion is basically a body made of air; a simple, transportable and reproducible very low cost system, located at the center of the garden of Palau Robert.These panels are builded up into a star shape; an open star, allowing an open relationship between inside and outside, within the different contents; the actual geometry invites visitors to cross this space, and occupy it. Each of these panels, printed directly on the support, contain the reasons for the award; through the opening, the visitor is aware of the environment. The shape of each of the panels pushes the perspective outward, seeking to grow in height, and expose the trees and the city as a backdrop.

Click HERE to read more about the Project

Article : From Archdaily

Photo by : © Sandra Pereznieto

Source : Archdaily

2015’s Most Exciting Building Projects

Mexicon Airport

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

AWA Lighting Designers Update – April 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling 'The Ark of Return'.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling ‘The Ark of Return’.

AWA Project ‘Ark of Return’ Unveiled at the UN Headquarters

On Wednesday March 25 2015, on the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade, the ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial was unveiled.

The ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial will be on permanent display at the visitors plaza of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial honors lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade.

AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon of Rodney Leon Architects.


Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee  

Architect: Rodney Leon Architects

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Niche within the Memorial that holds the human sculpture called 'The Trinity Figure'

Niche within the Memorial that holds the human sculpture called ‘The Trinity Figure’

AWA Project Singapore Chancery Inaugurated

The Singapore Chancery is located in the east side of midtown Manhattan, two blocks away from the UN Headquarters in NYC. This seven-storey building houses the diplomatic offices of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations.

The scope of our work included all areas of the building, while conforming to pertinent energy regulations and local NYC building codes. The lighting design for the facade was based on our analysis of the architectural intent- highlight dynamism while displaying clear solidity. We grazed the glass of the facade with a linear uplight, while the space behind was uplit with a cove, consistently on each floor.


Client: Republic of Singapore  

Architect: HOK NY

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Main Entrance at the Singapore Chancery, New York, NY

Main Entrance at the Singapore Chancery, New York, NY

View of Exterior Facade of the Singapore Chancery from across 48th Street, New York, NY

View of Exterior Facade of the Singapore Chancery from across 48th Street, New York, NY

Other News:

Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn
Bushwick Inlet Park has been certified LEED® Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
To see the USGBC score card, please Click Here

Recent Publications
– AWA is featured in Bright 2 ‘Architectural Illumination and Light Installations’.
To read more about the book, please Click Here

– AWA Project Cyber Hub is featured in Mondo Arc India Magazine.
To read the article, please Click Here

Abhay Wadhwa to speak at PLDC 2015
Abhay Wadhwa will speak at the 2015 Professional Lighting Designer Convention (PLDC) in Rome. He also spoke at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen. Stay tuned for more information about his talk.
To see the PLDC website, please Click Here

Did You Know?
– AWA is able to provide lighting design drawings and details on REVIT, as well as AutoCAD.

– AWA can design and detail custom light fixtures. Please Click Here to see some examples.

– AWA is an AIA Approved CES Provider. Currently, AWA offers 5 courses:

1. What Will 2020 Bring?
2. Light and Health
3. Impact of Culture & Climate
4. LED’s for Infrastructure
5. Light Masterplanning
For more information on these courses, please Click Here.

UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Two weeks ago today the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling “The Ark of Return”. The unveiling happened at the UN New York Headquarters where the permanent memorial sits as a memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. AWA was proud to be there for the unveiling as part of the design team.

Click HERE to read more about the unveiling

Photo courtesy of: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Source: UN News Centre

Water Discus Underwater Hotel By Deep Ocean Technology


The world’s First largest underwater hotel to be built in Dubai

The hotel will be made up of two main discs, one above the water and one below the surface, connected by five columns and a vertical shaft for the stairs and lift. Smaller circular volumes above the surface will contain additional facilities, with a helicopter landing pad mounted on one.

Click HERE to read more about the project

Article Written by: Emilie Chalcraft

Photo courtesy of: Deep Ocean Technology

Source: Dezeen

Miguel Chevalier’s digital arabesques adapt to visitors’ movements


Mathematical formulas and infrared-sensors control the floor

Miguel Chevalier was influenced by Moroccan culture when creating ‘digital arabesques 2015′, a generative and interactive installation shown in association with four french institutes in Morocco. The work recreates Moroccan artistic traditions with a digital medium, creating massive sensor-controlled carpets of light. Multicolored digital scenes compose patterns reminiscent to the art of zelliges, arabesques, mosaics, and the world of mashrabiya–latticework.

Click HERE to read more about the project.

Article Written by: Nick Brink

Photo courtesy of: Miguel Chevalier

Source: Designboom


Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends:

This is the time of year we show gratitude for the creative opportunities that we have enjoyed through the collaboration with our clients and the professionals. These are the people that connect us to our primary regions of global activity and inspiration, including the North American, Middle-Eastern, South Asian, and South-East Asian markets.

The members of the design team in our international studios strive focusedly to innovate within our industry and create evocative spaces. We also continue to explore new design paradigms such that we can make more meaningful contributions to our visual environment.

We hope you enjoy the updates described below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at abhay@awalightingdesigners.com, or by calling me directly on my cell phone +1.917.597.1600 or +91.98214.11196.

Best wishes from the team at AWA, and here is to a great 2015.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal

CLICK HERE to see Full Newsletter with Images

AWA NY Moves to a New Home:
We are moving our Design Studio in New York to a new space within the same building. We are moving from the 6th floor to the 3rd floor in Brooklyn’s legendary Pencil Factory. In the new space, creativity surrounds AWA Lighting Designers—literally. We share the building with some of the nation’s top photographers, music engineers, bloggers, typographers, film makers and more. The community spirit carries throughout the surrounding neighborhood of Greenpoint, into its many cafes, galleries and shops.

Our address as of January 14th:
61 Greenpoint Avenue Suite 306
Brooklyn NY 11222
(Phone number and emails remain the same)

New & Improved Website:
AWA has a new and improved website with a new user friendly interface. Along with the updated design, we have more information about all of our projects and research. Please visit our site to see more.

Screen Shot of Projects Section of the New Website

Screen Shot of Projects Section of the New Website

Recently Completed:
The following is a list of some of our recently completed projects :
1. Singapore Chancery, New York City
2. Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn
3. Cyber Hub, Gurgaon India
4. First International Financial Center, Mumbai India
5. TCG Financial Centre, Mumbai India
6. Royal Enfield, New Delhi India
7. Sheraton Park Hotel, Chennai India

AWA Projects Under Development:
The following is a list of some of our new projects under development:
1. Ark of Return (UN Memorial), United Nations in New York City
2. Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex (SQYC), Salalah Oman
3. South Dhahran Home Ownership Program, Dhahran Saudi Arabia
4. Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Lagos Nigeria
5. Aarvli Resort, Goa India
6. Raas Kangra Resort, Dharamshala India
7. Godrej Headquarters, Mumbai India
8. Two Horizon Center, Gurgaon India

Recent Press:
The following is a list of some of our recent press:

  1. AWA to be featured in upcoming book “Bright 2″ published by Frame Publishers (Feb 2015)
  2. Abhay Wadhwa interview featured in Design Trends Magazine (Dec 2014)
  3. AWA Project Bushwick Inlet Park wins honorable mention at AIANY COTE Proof + Beauty awards (Dec 2014)
  4. Abhay Wadhwa named a Honoree by Society of Indo-American Engineers & Architects in NYC (Nov 2014)
  5. AWA Project Bushwick Inlet Park featured in LD+A magazine article “Framing The Skyline” (Nov 2014)
  6. AWA Project Orion Mall wins Most Admired Shopping Centre of the Year (June 2014)
  7. AWA Project TCG Financial Tower featured in Architizer (April 2014)
  8. AWA Project Bushwick Inlet Park one of AIA’s “Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S.” (April 2014)
  9. AWA Project First International Finance Center featured in Lighting Today Magazine (March 2014)
  10. Abhay Wadhwa speaks at Indian Society of Landscape Architects 2014 Conference (March 2014)

Society of Indo-American Engineers & Architects (SIAEA) Names Abhay Wadhwa a 2014 Honoree

Abhay Wadhwa was recently named a 2014 Honoree by the Society of Indio-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA). The 34th Annual Gala was held at the Grand Hyatt, Grand Central Station, in New York City. Among the special guests was Honorable Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay the Consulate General if India, New York and the Honorable Bill De Blasio the Mayor of New York City. 


SIAEA 34th Annual Gala inviation

SIAEA 34th Annual Gala invitation

Artist Uses Gehry’s Concert Hall as Canvas in LA Philharmonic Concert Series

Refik Anadol

The first week of December marked the beginning of the LA Philharmonic’s in/SIGHT concert series. The multimedia series will incorporate video images playing in sync with the performance, creating an immersive new way to experience the music for concert-goers. The first of these performances was the collaborative work of conductor Esa-pekka Salonen and artist Refik Anadol in an audio-visual rendition of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques. Using audio analysis and Kinect motion capture software to record Salonen’s movements while conducting, Anadol has created a stunning set of moving images that capture the very spirit of Varèse’s work. Learn more about this fascinating project, after the break.

Click HERE to read more about the project.

Image provided by: Refik Anadol

Article Written by: Connor Walker

Source: ArchDaily

Visions of America: Amériques / LA Phil / Video Artist Cut from Refik Anadol on Vimeo.