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Sanjay Puri wins MIPIM AR Future Project Awards for Mumbai’s Sky Courts

CANNES/FRANCE, March 25, 2014 - Sanjay Puri has triumphed as the Overall Winner at the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2014, scooping the prize for Mumbai’s Sky Courts apartment tower.The award was announced at a special awards ceremony and gala dinner in Cannes, France, where all category winners and highly commended projects were also recognised.Sanjay Puri had already triumphed in the Residential category this year.  

The project, which is currently on the drawing board and has been designed for Tanash Environments,  is intended to create distinctive housing with large, open plan spaces and open rooms in a location with high density, high rise residential and commercial buildings.

Organic in character, the high rise structure has been designed to contrast with the repetitive nature of nearby building designs.  The project forms a rectilinear block which rises to create a four level parking podium and garden before transforming into a monolithic vertical mass with deep punctuations.  Meanwhile, the building’s garden is elevated higher than a nearby flyover and arterial road, and the rooftop features landscaped and community spaces.

Future Projects overal and residential winner Sky Courts Sanyai Puri

Future Projects Overal and Residential Winner Sky Courts Sanyai Puri. | photo: FTI Consulting

Meanwhile, the design concept of the apartments is intended to echo a traditional Indian courtyard, with each featuring a series of courts and connecting rooms which are all cross ventilated, benefiting from the natural ventilation of the prevalent South-West breeze for energy efficiency.  

The award judges liked the relatively modest scale of the midrise tower, which is surrounded by taller but less elegant neighbours. In the judges’ view, “the principal objectives of providing both amenity and fresh air have been achieved successfully, where the clever resolution of the design, in both plan and section, has resulted in a building of architectural distinction”.

Last year, Sanjay Puri was awarded the Leisure category prize for the D hotel in Lucknow.  

Now in their 12th year, the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards  are the only competition focusing exclusively on future projects. They celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects spanning across twelve categories. With a strong focus on creativity, the awards are a chance to showcase projects that are examples of fine architecture, but have also responded to the client’s development brief, and considered the way in which they will impact and contribute to the community around them.

This year’s international jury was chaired by Paul Finch, Editorial Director, The Architectural Review & The Architects’ Journal, and  included Nabil Gholam, Principal, Nabil Gholam Architects; Dr Sutherland Lyall, Author and critic, former Buildings Editor of the Architects’ Journal; Lee Polisano, President, PLP Architecture; Christina Seilern, Principal, Studio Seilern Architects; Peter Stewart, Architect and planning consultant, Principal, Peter Stewart Consultancy; and Roger Zogolovitch, Architect and client, chairman of Solidspace.  

The complete list of winners are:

Overall Winner
    Sky Courts in Mumbai, India by Sanjay Puri for Tanash Environments (on drawing board). 

Big Urban Projects
    Paojiang Lake in Shaoxing, China by Paul Lukez Architecture with CRJA Landscape Architects and Green Design Union for Shaoxing Planning Bureau (on drawing board). 

Cultural Regeneration
    Place Lalla Yeddouna in Fez, Morocco by UK based mossessian & partners / Yassir Khalil Studio for The Government of The Kingdom of Morocco (under construction). 

Mixed Use
    Vanke Jiugong in Beijing, China by SPARK for Vanke Group (under construction).

    Flick Gocke Schaumburg campus in Dusseldorf, Germany by Eller + Eller Architekten for FGS Flick Gocke Schaumburg (on drawing board).

Old & New
    Project to transform Social Houses into Sociable Homes in S.Polo, Brescia, Italy by Luca Peralta Studio for Ordine ingegneri Provincia di Brescia (on drawing board). 

Regeneration & Masterplanning
    Eiland Veur Lent in Nijmegen, Netherlands by UK based Baca Architects for GEM Waalsprong Beheer BV (under construction).

    Sky Courts in Mumbai, India by Sanjay Puri for Tanash Environments (on drawing board). 

Retail & Leisure
    Sultangazi Market Hall & Car Park in Istanbul, Turkey by Suyabatmaz Demirel Architects for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (on drawing board).

Sport & Stadiums
    Alfriston Pool in Beaconsfield, United Kingdom by Duggan Morris Architects for Alfriston School (under construction).

Tall Buildings
    One Wood Wharf, London Docklands by Herzog and de Meuron for Canary Wharf Group (on drawing board).

    Next Generation Container Port by Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates (on drawing board).  Project was entered in the Big Urban Projects category. 

All award entries are also included in the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards catalogue, which is distributed to all delegates attending MIPIM (around 20,000).