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AWA Project Update – Cyber Hub – India’s New Hot Spot


Client:    DLF

Landscape Architect:    M. Paul Friedberg and Partners

Architect:    Architect Hafeez Contractor

Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers

Wayfinding + Signage:    Russell Design

Photographer:    DLF & AWA Lighting Designers

Cyber Hub Website:    http://dlfcyberhub.com/


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.

Stay tuned for more updates and images on this project. We will send out another newsletter in April after all tenants have completed their fit-outs.

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View of the Pedestrian Promenade at DuskStairs leading up to 1st Floor RestaurantsKiosks and Pedestrian NodesMetal “Trees”- LED pixels as fireflies frozen in timeWest Drop-off Cafe Canopy

Showcase: Tote

Tote is one of Mumbai’s hottest new restaurant, bar and banquet destinations, adapting a heritage building to the needs of five-star hospitality.

In the middle of one of Mumbai’s most beautiful open spaces, an old shell has been given a new interior. The conservation guidelines call for the preservation of the roof profile for three-quarters of the buildings and full conservation for the remaining one-quarter. Through the design, the colonial facade of the Tote building gives way to a thoroughly modern adaptation.

The restaurant is split into three areas—lounge seating on a veranda enclosed by glass panels; an indoor dining room sandwiched in between, and an alfresco space with the foliage of lush rain trees latticing the sky. This open-air section houses pits for a grill, tandoor and wood-fired ovens and tables sheltered by umbrellas.

When designing the lighting for Tote, we had numerous design discussions with the architects, and while looking for an inspirational benchmark, we found an image of day light filtering through dense foliage.

Once the vision was clear, we had the creative courage to carry it through the entire process, refining and tweaking as we developed the design. In the banqueting and indoor restaurant areas, white metal tree-mimicking pillars branch to the ceiling. Lighting is installed at the points where these branches meet the ceiling.

The lighting strategy in this space is to use the architectural pockets of light to mimic light piercing through the foliage of “trees” into the space. The bar area lighting strategy uses the double height space to highlight the faceted wood panels with shafts of daylight.

The false ceiling is a complex arrangement of three lighting systems built up in plasterboard and plywood coves. They offer the client flexibility to alter the lighting effects based on event type.

The Tote won The 2010 Restaurant Bar Design Awards in category International Bar and Best Bar design award.