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SJK Architects

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“Designing environments rooted to the earth “

A firm of Architects, Interior Designers, and Urban Planners based in Mumbai, India since 1990, SJK Architects is an award-winning firm that has accrued considerable Indian and International acclaim. It is a multi-disciplinary practice encompassing master planning, architecture, and interior design. The nature of the practice has been to use the sun and the wind to our advantage to craft environments that are ecologically sound and naturally beautiful. They have worked across India in education, hospitality, corporate offices, and cultural buildings, developing unique identities based on the historical legacy of the area and the climatic situation. This translates, to buildings that sit naturally in their environments rather than mechanized boxes that alienate people and their culture.

Their use of contemporary innovations that draw from Indian traditions has won them the World Architecture Festival Prize in 2012, the Futurarc Green Leadership Award (Singapore), the E+D C & Tucker awards (USA), the ArcVision Award (Italy), Prix Versailles Award (for Architecture & Interiors) in 2016, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design in 2016 and several National awards from the Indian Institute of Architects, as well as Indian Institute of Interior Designers. The Principal Architect Shimul Javeri Kadri leads the design process along with Design Directors, Vaishali Shankar, Sarika Shetty, and Roshni Kshirsagar.

Their work:

  • Hotel at Bodhgaya (Gaya, Bihar)- The hotel gently uses the vocabulary of brick details from the Buddhist trail – vaults to corbelled arches to stepped jambs that soften the edges of buildings and make them welcoming and timeless.
  • The Dasavatara Hotel – Located in the serene suburbs of Tirupati in the foothills of the Saptagiri range, the Dasavatara Hotel is one of the very few projects in the country that strikingly takes after the Hindu Temple design in organization and experience. 
  • Automobile Design Studio (Mumbai, Maharashtra)- The play of light and shadow and minute steel details, along with the challenge of working with an undocumented existing structure that refused to take any loads has led to a deceptively light and nuanced design.

A firm of Architects, Interior Designers & Urban Planners who believe insensitive, ecologically friendly environments, providing local solutions for global issues. They think out of the box and retain a contemporary outlook while nurturing the Indian context. SJK Architects is a firm that has spent the last thirty-one years designing environments that are rooted in the earth – using the sun, the wind, and nature to create spaces that are suffused with light and contemporary innovations that draw from Indian traditions and spiritual metaphors.

Website- https://www.sjkarchitect.com/

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