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AWA Newsflash: AWA Wins 2016 IES North America Award of Merit for FIFC Mumbai

IESNAAWA wins 2016 IES North America (IESNA) Award of Merit for the lighting design of First International Financial Center (FIFC) in Mumbai.

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view from across main road

PROJECT TEAM:

Client:     Earnest Tower Pvt. Ltd., The Chatterjee Group (TCG)

Architect:    Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) NY

Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers

Local Architect:    Gherzi EasternSomaya & Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

Facade Consultant:    Axis Facades
Location:    Mumbai

 

AWA Lighting Designers is pleased to share exciting project news about First International Financial Center (FIFC). The International Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) has presented AWA with a 2016 Award of Merit for our lighting design of the FIFC project. AWA is honored to receive this recognition of meritorious contribution to lighting design.

To see more images and read more about the project, please Click Here

AWA-FIFC-IESNA 2016 Award of Merit

view of ground floor entrance lobby

view of ground floor entrance lobby

Recent Awards

We are also pleased to share that two AWA Projects have won recognition from the
International Property Awards.
Click here to view all 2015 award winners. 

  • Best Commercial High-Rise Architecture India
    Floreal Towers
    ACPL Design Ltd. 
  • Architecture Multiple Residence India
    One Bangalore West
    Palladium Constructions Private Limited (A Phoenix Mills Group Co.

Recent Press

AWA Lighting Designers is pleased to share exciting project news about our Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn NY. ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architectural web site, has named Bushwick Inlet Park one of the Top 100 US projects ever. The project is among a diverse and exciting mix of projects nationwide, one of just six in New York City.

Congratulations to the entire team lead by Kiss + Cathcart Architects.

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AWA UPDATE: HERE’S TO A GREAT 2015!

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

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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)

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.

 

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NMMC

 

RMGL Fixture

RMGL Fixture

 

Sheraton Park Chennai

Sheraton Park Chennai

 

Lumen Festival Staten Island

Lumen Festival Staten Island

AWA Project Photography from Around the World

Below are a few photographs of some current AWA projects that have been recently completed or currently under construction. Please check other blog articles, our main website for more project images and information. And stay tuned for more images….

looking down onto Orion Mall Lake and the World Trade Center

looking down onto Orion Mall Lake and the World Trade Center (photo by Amit Nag)

looking up at the World Trade Center Bangalore

looking up at the World Trade Center Bangalore (photo by Amit Nag)

view from across BKC Road – First International Finance Center (on left)

view from across BKC Road – First International Finance Center [left] TCG Financial Centre [right] (photo by AWA)

DLF Cyber Hub Gurgaon- View from Neighboring Building

DLF Cyber Hub Gurgaon- View from Neighboring Building (photo by DLF)

Atrium Lobby at the Sheraton Park, Chennai

Atrium Lobby at the Sheraton Park, Chennai (photo by Adyar Gate Hotel Ltd.)

Chairman's Board Room at the Sheraton Park, Chennai

Chairman’s Board Room at the Sheraton Park, Chennai (photo by Adyar Gate Hotel Ltd.)

construction underway at the Singapore Chancery in New York City

construction near complete at the Singapore Chancery in New York City (photo by AWA)

Lighting Today Magazine Features AWA Project: FIFC

First International Finance Center

Project Team:

Client: Starwood Capital, Vornado, The Chatterjee Group (TCG), Urban Infrastructure Real Estate Fund
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates
Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team: Somaya & Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Gherzi Eastern
Photo Credits: AWA Lighting Designers

AWA Points of innovation:

1. Creating a custom detail into the buildings 100m long façade’s glass mullion system to create appearance of continuous line of light, terminated by “End Caps” that are lit.
2. Locating high-power uplights to precisely graze the fins on the north and south facades with light.
3. Creating an apron of light to uplight the vertical trellis on the south façade that highlights the trellis without impacting the visual comfort of the people in the building.
4. Highlighting the vertical surfaces of the lobby in a way to reduce the need for downlights and to accentuate the visual connection between the east and west entrances.
5. Recessing LED downlights within a slot to graze the lobby feature walls in order to highlight the depth and texture of the wall.

CLICK HERE to download full PDF Article

AWA Lighting Design Narrative:

After several discussions with the architect, the lighting concept arose from wanting to highlight the architectural elements and materiality of the project. By lighting these slots we were able to highlight the verticality of the building at night. The building’s “iconic” element on the West Façade is a “floating glass tube” that projects 8m from the building’s facade. We worked with the architect to integrate linear LED lighting into the horizontal mullions in the tubes mullion structure. The result of this integrated lighting detail is that the tube maintains its clean architectural appearance at during the day and then comes alive from within at night with light. The lighting heightens the sense of the “tube” floating over the building’s entrance. The lighting on the East Façade highlights the full height vertical trellis that acts as a shading structure for the glazing interior façade behind. Mockups were generated to study the trellis structure for the optimum lighting solution. We studied the lighting design options taking into account glare for both ground floor visitors looking up at structure, and workers within the building looking down at the beautiful landscape. The final design solution was to uplight the trellis from the base. Both the East and West Facades had vertical reveals which went from ground level to roof. We highlighted these architectural gestures with high power lighting downlights at the top and uplights at the bottom of each slot.
The North and South facades were conceptualized as the bookends for the building. These facades have glass fins with a metal interstitial layer that are placed at the intersection of the façade cladding members. We studied how to light the fins to create the designed effect. The final design uses focused high power very narrow beam in-ground uplight fixtures that have been located precisely on the ground floor level.

The site lighting design intent site was to keep all lighting at the pedestrian level. No tall poles or street lighting fixtures. This allowed for all lighting to interact with the visitors at their “level” while not blocking the view of any part of the building and its surroundings. We integrated lighting into benches and planter walls around the site. To mark the important vehicular entrances we integrated lighting into vertical slots in the 4m tall pylons that flank the entrances. This created safe and secure lighting for the entrance while also bringing attention to the architectural Pylons.

The lighting intent for the building’s lobby was to highlight the architectural elements of the lobby while maintaining the visual connection between East and West landscapes. To accentuate this visual connection, the lighting solution for the space focused on two elements, the side feature walls and the elevator cores in the center of the lobby. To light the feature walls we worked with the architect to create a continuous slot above the feature walls. Within this custom profile slot, we located on center LED downlights to graze the feature walls. The grazing light highlights the depth and pattern of the textured feature walls. The center of the lobby is penetrated by three large elevator cores. They appear to be monolithic stone columns that puncture the lobby from floor to ceiling. We used lighting to accentuate the monolithic feel for these cores at night. We located lighting within a slot in the floor that wrapped around the perimeter of the core at the ground level. We also located lighting within a slot in the ceiling that wrapped around the perimeter of the core at the 1st floor level. By providing this lighting solution for the lobbies double height space and mezzanine walkway, the lighting accentuated the architectural intent of weightlessness for the pedestrian bridge crossing the lobby at the mezzanine level. 

view from across BKC Road - First International Finance Center (on left)

view from across BKC Road – First International Finance Center (on left)

looking at southeast corner of facade from across service road

looking at southeast corner of facade from across service road

looking up at southeast corner of building facade

looking up at southeast corner of building facade

looking at vehicular entrance from across service road

looking at vehicular entrance from across service road

main lobby feature wall

main lobby feature wall

main lobby

main lobby

 

AWA Project Update: First International Finance Center, Mumbai

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,
We are excited to share with you our recently completed project- FIFC (First International Finance Center). Located in Mumbai, India, FIFC is a 14 floor office tower located in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. The 657,000 SFT office tower began construction in 2009.

AWA Lighting Designers was hired to provide the lighting design for all public spaces, landscape, and exterior facades.

As always, we value your feedback. Best wishes from the team at AWA.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal | CEO

FIFC PROJECT TEAM:
Client: Starwood Capital, Vornado, The Chatterjee Group (TCG), Urban Infrastructure Real Estate Fund
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates, New York NY
Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers, Brooklyn NY
Local Team: Somaya & Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Gherzi Eastern

West Facade from across BKC Road **

West Facade from across BKC Road **

West Facade Rendered Perspective *

West Facade Rendered Perspective *

Rendered Site Plan *

Rendered Site Plan *

AWA's 3D Modeling for Early Iteration of "Tube" Lighting Detail *

AWA’s 3D Modeling for Early Iteration of “Tube” Lighting Detail *

Looking Up at the West Facade **

Looking Up at the West Facade **

Building Under Construction in 2012 **

Building Under Construction in 2012 **

Main Lobby Prior to Opening Party **

Main Lobby Prior to Opening Party **

* FIFC renderings and details by KPF & AWA Lighting Designers
** FIFC photography by Marco Baldassari