28 winners and 300 industry stalwarts gathered at the grand event in Mumbai.
Projects across India awarded under the new category – Noteworthy Projects.
The most glamorous and unique awards in the building and design world – CONSTRUCTION WORLD ARCHITECT AND BUILDER (CWAB) AWARDS recently unveiled its 11th edition in Mumbai! Held on August 11, 2016, at Hotel Four Seasons, CWAB 2.0 (denoting the second decade) witnessed winning architects and builders, and top-notch consulates, municipal commissioners, and the who’s who of the construction material industry, among others.
Like every year, India’s Top Builders and Top Architects walked the ramp, as they were honoured for their excellence. Adding to the special second decade of the awards was the introduction of the new category – Noteworthy Projects. Here best projects from across the country were awarded under the residential, commercial, hospitality, institutional, interiors and retail segments. The awards also felicitated the eminent jury panel who played a major role in recognising the winners. It was a glamorous evening where winners from across the country came together to celebrate excellence.
The event began with the welcome address by Pratap Padode, Founder-Director, Smart Cities Council India. He emphasised on how traffic is creating a major problem in cities today as almost 7.7 million people out of the total billions of population are urban residents. “The three mega cities coming up are Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata,” he pointed out highlighting that basic amenities need to be defined, capacity expansion of infrastructure need to be made, and as architects say, cities need to grow vertically. “The Prime Minister is dreaming of 2.0, and we welcome and dream the same.” This set the perfect tone for the evening.
Further, all eyes were on keynote speaker Dr Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment as she delivered an enthralling address with thought provoking ideas, giving the architects and builders a lot of food for thought.
Dr Narain shared, “More than 70 per cent buildings that will stand in India in 2030 are yet to be built. The question is if we will get them right?” She further added that Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)-compliant buildings are expected to use 40-60 per cent less energy than conventional buildings; but nobody knows if they do. And, some of her recommendations were – The rating systems must get government patronage and incentives, but then we need transparency, accountability, stringent compliance and monitoring along with penalty. We need to ensure that not just design but working of building is also energy-resource efficient. We need to minimise to maximise, and use renewable energy for minimised energy demand. We need to define smart cities as liveable and equitable cities.”
Unveiling India’s Top Architects 2016
Architect Hafeez Contractor; Christopher Charles Benninger Architects; CR Narayana Rao; Edifice Architects; Morphogenesis; PG Patki Architects; Sanjay Puri Architects; STUP Consultants; Talati and Panthaky Associated; and Venkataramanan Associates.
Unveiling India’s Top Builders 2016
Brigade Group; Hiranandani Developers; K Raheja Corp; Kalpataru Ltd; Mahindra Lifespace Developers; Prestige Group; Rustomjee; and Sobha Ltd.
Unveiling India’s Noteworthy Projects
For Residential-Buildings: Balador Athena (Phase 1), Pune; and Capital Greens, Surat
For Residential-Independent Homes: Linear House, Anand
For Commercial: Amalgamation of Styles, Mumbai; and Forbes Marshall Green Field Campus, Pune
For Interiors: Patil’s House, Pune, and The Shards, Mumbai
For Hospitality: Welcom Hotel, Jodhpur
For Institutional: HPCC & CCCR at IITM, Pune
For Retail: HiLite Mall, Calicut
The perfect winning frame of the evening was when all the winners posed for a group photograph, raising their trophies high up in pride and in true spirit to continue building India to match up to global standards.