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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.

AWA Featured in Bright 2

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to share that AWA was featured in Bright 2, a recent publication on architectural illumination and light installations. This publication by the Frame Group, Netherlands, showcases the work of forty-four design studios around the world. AWA is one out of four design studios from the United States to be featured in this book. Earlier in 2007, AWA had also been featured in Bright (1).

The editors at Frame chose to feature AWA’s Brigade Gateway Complex, for its intent to create a paradigm shift in the lighting of public spaces and mixed-use environments. This book also highlights three additional AWA Projects: Cyber Hub, Singapore Chancery, and FIFC.

If you would like to read more about Bright 2 and Frame, please click HERE.

If you would like to discuss our lighting philosophy and approach, please feel free to contact me directly. I can be reached at abhay@awalightingdesigners.com, or by calling me directly on my cell phone at +1.917.597.1600.

Best wishes from the team at AWA.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal l CEO
AWA Lighting Designers


Cover of Bright 2 and opening page from AWA section of book

Cover of Bright 2 and opening page from AWA section of book

Brigade Gateway Complex

“AWA Lighting Designers sought to create a paradigm shift for lighting of public spaces and mixed-use environments when designing the Brigade Gateway Complex, an integrated lifestyle enclave located in Bangalore, India. The project’s broad scope enabled the team to create diverse solutions and compelling compositions with landscape and facade elements.”

The Brigade Gateway is an integrated lifestyle enclave located in Bangalore, India. The project is situated on a 40 acre site and comprises of the following areas:
• World Trade Center: 29 floors, 2 basements, Ground floor
• Orion Mall: 1.1 million sqft
• Artificial lake
• Residential Podium: 13 Towers – 625,000 sqft
• Club House
• Brigade School: Nursery to Std 8
• Multi-Level Car Park: 2000 cars
• Children’s Park
• Columbia Asia Hospital
• Sheraton Hotel*
The World Trade Center is the first fully privately owned installation of a WTC in India and is the tallest commercial building in the city of Bangalore. The city of Bangalore produces a large percentage of the software exports from India as well as other public sector heavy industries and is proud to see its growth manifested in this new building and complex.

*Sheraton Hotel: AWA scope was landscape lighting only


Client: Brigade Group  

Architect: HOK, VA, DSP, Michael Foley Design

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Areal view of WTC and Brigade Gateway Complex

Areal view of WTC and Brigade Gateway Complex

View of WTC and Orion Mall from across the lake at Residential Tower

View of WTC and Orion Mall from across the lake at Residential Tower

WTC is Bangalore's tallest building

WTC is Bangalore’s tallest building

For more images and information about the Brigade Gateway Complex, please visit our website HERE.

Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain


Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

Barcelona’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form. The Spanish gastronomy reputation, based on the balanced combination of tradition and innovation, makes it a global reference on international markets. This fact has a relevant role on the generation of the pavilion, creating two separated areas – and applying different tectonics to them according to this duality described the architects.

Click HERE to read more about the Project

Article Written by : Rosenfield Karissa

Photo by : © b720 Arquitectos

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.

Spiralling underwater cities could make oceans inhabitable by 2030


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


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)

Daan Roosegaarde’s glowing Van Gogh cycle path to open in the Netherlands


This stunning illuminated bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands was just unveiled tonight by Studio Roosegaarde, an innovative social design lab that has risen to prominence for their explorations at the intersection of people, art, public space, and technology; most notably their research with Smart Highways that could potentially charge moving cars or intelligently alert drivers to hazards. The swirling patterns used on the kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path were inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh (who lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885), and is lit at night by both special paint that charges in daylight and embedded LEDs that are powered by a nearby solar array.

Click HERE to see more images of the project.

Article Written by: Christopher Jobson

Source: Colossal

You can also read the Dezeen article about the path design HERE

“Framing The Skyline” Bushwick Inlet Park in LD+A Magazine

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Sustainability was the top priority when designing the new Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, Aesthetics, however, were not sacrificed for the cause.  We working with Kiss + Cathcart Architects to use wayfinding, patterns and rhythms of light, and pronounced geometric highlighting to illuminate the contemporary 6.2-acre park, community center and large wooden canopy. Integrated LED’s, steplights and concrete-encased downlights define the site, creating a nighttime display that can be seen all the way from Manhattan.


Client:    NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect:    Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team:    Starr Whitehouse Landscape ArchitectsRobert Silman AssociatesLangan Engineering
Photographer:    Paul Warchol

CLICK HERE to download full PDF Article

Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million “Pier 55″ Park Off Manhattan’s Hudson River Shoreline

Pier 55 from the esplanade looking west. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio

Pier 55 from the esplanade looking west. Image © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio

Billionaire Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp and former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, has commissioned Thomas Heatherwick to design a $170 million “futuristic park” on Manhattan’s lower west side. Replacing the deteriorated Pier 54, the new “Pier55” will be a lush undulating landscape, raised atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns placed 186 feet off of the Hudson River shoreline, that will host outdoor performances, act as a marine sanctuary for striped bass and guard the city against storms. Heatherwick will be collaborating with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen.

“New York City’s waterfront provides tremendous opportunities for everything from tourism to outdoor recreation, and Pier55 is the perfect example of how we can tap into that resource to build a more enjoyable city for all,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “Building this new pier will greatly improve the Hudson River Parkland, and I thank the Diller – von Furstenberg family for their generosity and vision in the pursuit of a better New York.”

Click HERE to read the full article.

Image Courtesy of: © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio

Article Written by: Karissa Rosenfield

Source: ArchDaily

You can also read the NY Times article about the Pier design HERE