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Mumbai architect wins award at World Architecture Festival in Barcelona

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Mumbai: Nov 17, 2010: Sanjay Puri Architects, the city-based firm headed by renowned architect Sanjay Puri, has won at the prestigious 'World Architecture Award' 2010 in the future projects--commercial category for his upcoming project "Offices 63" in Gurgaon.

Their project "Offices' 63" shortlisted along with entries by Will Alsop & RMJM from UK, Woha from Singapore, Henning Larsen Architects from Germany and others was adjudged the winner of the category, making it the World Future Project - Commercial Building of the Year at WAF'10

The World Architecture Festival is the largest attended architectural event globally with over 1500 architects attending it this year from 70 countries.

Sanjay Puri Architects were the sole winners from India amongst the 25 winners of various categories of the competition.

The commercial future projects were judged by Akihiko Hamada from Japan, Maxwell Hutchinson from UK & Mark Fenwick from Spain. The judges described "Offices'63" as "planned in a sustainable manner and took cognizance of the site orientation and prevalent climate while creating large open areas at the community and at the individual level and imbibed tradition in a contemporary way". The judges appreciated the architectural vocabulary of the project and the responsiveness of the building to its surroundings.

"Offices'63" designed for a location in Gurgaon, Delhi won against hotels, shopping centres and other office buildings designed in Germany, Portugal, China, Turkey, Spain & Singapore also shortlisted, creating a strong presence for India at the World Architectural Festival 2010. Offices ' 63 is a building that is designed in context of its surroundings, the city's climate and its heritage in a sculptural manifestation of form with individual identities to each space within.

Elated at winning the prestigious award at a global platform, Mr. Sanjay Puri said, "The award manifests the exemplary design methods used in our Gurgaon project. I am pleased to accept this prestigious award as it symbolizes the best in the world. Our strong focus on creativity and design in the context of the city's climate and on generating open spaces at community and individual levels has been recognized".

Known for exploring new territories of design, Sanjay Puri, has designed the Gurgaon project, giving it an individual identity with interior and exterior integration.

In the present scenario where Indian developers are making a beeline for international architectural firms & architects from across the globe, who are trying to win projects in India, it is noteworthy to see an Indian architectural firm win accolades internationally.

About Sanjay Puri: Sanjay Puri graduated from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai in 1988 and established his firm Sanjay Puri Architects in 1992.

Completing an extensive range of projects including townships, software parks, residential buildings, retail malls, hotels and entertainment centers, the firm strongly believes in exploring new territories of design.

Having already executed projects totaling over 40 million sq. ft., the firm is currently involved in over 200 projects totaling over 50 million sq.ft.

The current projects include Mumbai’s largest residential township, Rustomjee-Evershine Global City, with 15,000 residential apartments spread over 200 acres, TDI City, one of Delhi's largest residential townships spread over 1100 acres. Currently their projects span across 43 cities in India with a few projects in UAE.

Sanjay Puri Architects' win at the World Architectural Festival in Barcelona comes in succession after winning two commendations at the MIPIM Architectural Review Future projects Awards in Cannes, France and winning the Hospitality Design Award in New York earlier this year.

The firm won in the residential category as well as the offices category in March'10. In May'10 Sanjay Puri Architects won the Best Mid range hotel Award for 'Chrome', a hotel in Kolkata, at the Hospitality Design Awards, New York once again being the only Indian architects to win this award.

In the World Architectural Festival, Sanjay Puri was the only Indian architect included in the panel of 70 judges internationally from leading architectural firms & architectural media worldwide.