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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.

Please click the link below to watch the Bushwick Inlet Park film on AWA’s Light In Context Channel: on Vimeo and YouTube


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Biophilia Essays: Tote

Biophilia means “love of living things” and is a term coined by German psychologist Erich Fromm in his book The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973). It was subsequently made popular in Edward O. Wilson’s Biophilia (1984), in which Wilson proposed that humans’ fixation with living systems has its basis in biology, as well as in later literature. Of course, neither Fromm nor Wilson was the first to suggest such an affinity or even that it was an essential part of human nature; however, under the name of “biophilia” the idea would go on to spark a series of cultural movements, from conservation efforts to stylistic philosophies of architecture and design.

Biophilic Design

“Biophilic design” can refer to several trends in modern “green” design, but in most uses it indicates a design principle that goes beyond merely minimizing the impact of the built environment to create actual close contact between users and the “natural” world. By inviting nature into the design, whether through biomimicry, green curtain walls, extensive natural lighting (or simulations thereof), multi-species accessibility, or the like, a design reengages occupants with the environmental elements that, according to Wilson, are inherently intertwined with our genetic predispositions.

Featured Project: Tote

In seeking a germ of inspiration that could guide a coherent lighting solution, through numerous design discussions, AWA and the project architects arrived at the image of “day light filtering through dense foliage.” This seed was nurtured systematically: from special rasterizations of photographs of tree canopies, the designers were able to extract a simple pattern of light and branches to implement in the physical space of the building. White metal columns mimic trees branching into the ceiling of the banqueting and indoor restaurant spaces.Tote_1

More than mere sculptural additions, these column elements are lit by “pockets of light” that, through organic placement and recessing of the fixtures, recall sunlight filtering in dappled patterns through foliage.Tote_3

Even in the secluded, dimly lit bar, directional light on the faceted, double-height wooden wall panels suggests shafts of daylight.
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WE ARE HIRING

We are seeking bright stars to join our Mumbai studio. If you are a creative, intelligent, and sincere lighting design professional with an architectural, interior design, electrical or theater background, we will like to hear from you.

Please email your resume and portfolio of sample work to mumbai@awalightingdesigners.com. Please make sure you have the required skills & disposition for this job before you send in your resume.

WE ARE HIRING

We are seeking bright stars to join our Mumbai studio. If you are a creative, intelligent, and sincere lighting design professional with an architectural, interior design, electrical or theater background, we will like to hear from you.

Please email your resume and portfolio of sample work to mumbai@awalightingdesigners.com. Please make sure you have the required skills & disposition for this job before you send in your resume.

WE ARE HIRING

We are seeking bright stars to join our Mumbai studio. If you are a creative, intelligent, and sincere lighting design professional with an architectural, interior design, electrical or theater background, we will like to hear from you.

Please email your resume and portfolio of sample work to mumbai@awalightingdesigners.com. Please make sure you have the required skills & disposition for this job before you send in your resume.

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

Trends Magazine Features Interview with Abhay Wadhwa

AWA Design Principal recently sat down with Home & Design Trends Magazine to talk about lighting, and how it is not merely a form of illumination but a tool for story telling.

The following is an except from the interview. CLICK HERE to download full PDF Article

You were initially pursuing architecture. What made you suddenly venture into light design?
As a young boy, I loved to create and had a knack for making things and that was the prime reason why I enrolled for architecture at the JJ School of Architecture in 1987. While I was in college, I was not a very focused student and was involved in organizing college shows and fests. There was this one particular students conference of architecture that I was organizing, Which had musicians coming and playing. Just before we were about to begin the man who was in-charge for the light and music needed some help and I volunteered to help him out to set the stage. So I climbed up on the catwalk and was setting up the lights and the moment I finished and the lights went on, I knew I wanted to venture into light design. In those few seconds I knew this is what I wanted to do. It was almost like an instant realization. Now when I look back, I still get goose bumps because I did not realize I was going to stick with it for this long but even back then I knew that I loved it.

What would you call as the turning point in your career?
The turning point would have to be my time at the Lighting Research Center at RPI in upstate New York. I moved to it after my time at University of Southern California. I had one year at USC and that was fun but this was real, a serious boot camp and I was working as a research assistant for my stipend and I was doing an unfunded thesis that was published in technical papers. This is what I wanted to do, I wanted to learn light design right down to the last bit, so that I could really craft it. Mark Rea, the director of my centre who is still a great friend, told me something very special once I finished the programme. He said, “When you came in, you were all over the place and we straightened you out.” Frankly, I don’t disagree with that. I was all over the place. They channelized me. From being a crazy kid who was doing everything, they straightened me out and I have no problem in accepting that because he was and still is one of the best vision scientists in the world. He once said, “If you are a good scientist then you need to design and if you are a good designer you need to know how the technical stuff works. You see that realization, left side, right side of the brain, that’s rubbish. I think both sides of the brain have to work with what I do. In architecture also it’s not about one side of the brain, the left side of the brain. If you’re really creating architecture, you can’t really do it without knowing the technical side. So in that it’s kind of bauhausian, like the Bauhaus School, that you need to know your craft. I have always been fascinated by the German and Japanese system of being apprentices in order to learn your craft.

What parameters do you take into consideration while executing your light design?
When I look at a space one of the first few things one would take into consideration would be of how one would approach it, where the poetry lies, where is the emotional connect and where is the science. Functionality is another important aspect. Also there needs to be a connect with the architecture and how to augment the light with it. So after the initial analysis, we start looking at is the focal points of a project. Light is not merely an illumination. It is a storytelling and an illustrative medium.

 

– Interview with Kamna Malik

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

 

Spring Equinox Newsletter from AWA

AWA wishes our friends celebrating their New Year yesterday a very Happy Nowruz!

Studio News
March 21 2014

Singapore Chancery, NYC
Construction continues in full swing on the Singapore Chancery New York City. Expected Completion- 2Q 2014

Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
The Times of India features an article on another AWA Project. The article is titled “Cyber Hub turns itself into leisure hotspot”
To read the full article
please Click Here

Abhay Wadhwa at ISOLA 2014
On Saturday March 1 2014, Abhay Wadhwa spoke at the Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) 9th Annual National Conference 2014. Abhay’s lecture was on the “Impact of Culture and Climate on Lighting Systems in Creating a Sense of Place”.
To see the ISOLA website, please Click Here

Click HERE to read the full Newsletter with Images

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