Window & Facades

Buildings, as the largest users of energy, are also our greatest opportunity for energy conservation and protection of the environment. The rapidly growing energy needs have raised global concerns over continued depletion of energy resources and their negative impact on the environment. The façade is one of the most significant contributors to the energy conservation and comfort parameters of any building. Strategies and technologies that allow us to maintain our satisfaction with the interior environment while consuming fewer of the resources have always been the major objectives for contemporary façade design. A well designed façade can effectively control the physical environmental factors such as heat, light and sound, thus improve the occupant comfort within a building. The location and climate are crucial factors in selecting appropriate façade materials and deciding on the design strategies for sustainable facades. The cover story of this edition focuses on the various approaches for designing sustainable facades for the future, which are high performing, comfortable, safe, at the same time aesthetic. It also discusses emerging façade technologies, and advanced, smart materials for facades, describing their properties and …

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For many of us, running a bath is a sure-fire way to set aside your cares of the day. Imagine, then, coming home to one of the following tempting tubs. Many are elegantly-positioned in front of a remarkable view; while others bring the elements inside; or set a grandeur scene, which is usually reserved for the bedroom. What could be more inviting than that? All that’s left to do is unwind, relax and rejuvenate…

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MUMBAI: Oberoi Realty launched two luxury residential projects in suburban Mulund area of the city.

Both the projects — Eternia and Enigma — are spread across nine acres and will have apartments of 3 and 4 BHK sizes. Eternia will have over 1,100 units while Enigma will have around 600, the company said in a statement.

It has appointed Singapore-based architect HB Design for the design development.

The company has so far developed over 36 projects ..




Marvel EDGE, Pune An Eco-friendly Architecture

Marvel Realtors, one of India,s most widely recognized names in real estate circles for creating premium lifestyle apartments, in its endeavors to make superior offering to its customers, collaborated with Singapore based architectural firm H.B Design Pvt Ltd to create world-class project in the country. Recently, the group has won the best energy conservation project for its ‘Marvel Edge, in Pune by MEDA (Maharashtra Energy Development Agency) in the architects and builders category. Designed by Architect Hans Brouwer, the project scored 84.5 points out of 100 on an assessment based on energy efficient design, design procedure, scientific methods adopted in construction and design.

The Mega-structure

Located at Viman Nagar, Pune, Marvel Edge is a 40m high mixed used office building, being created with a combination of graceful lines, dramatic spaces, exceptional architecture with intelligent planning and maximum flexibility. The project features some of the most unique and innovative design and construction procedures that result in higher energy efficiency. From state-of-the-art infrastructure to environmentally sustainable designs, management systems that controls advanced automation and security systems, natural lighting, breakout spaces, exceptional architecture and maximum flexibility, Marvel Edge truly is the workplace of the future.

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MGS Architecture India

Ar. Hans Brouwer has started HB Design Pte Ltd in 2004 as a single-man practice, has today, grown to a 40 man practice with projects in 9 countries. The firm, strongly feels that the real foundations of design lie in the combination of vision, sound problem-solving structure and the ability to create exceptional spatial experiences. The key thing, it believes, is to have the right intention – that is to try to be as responsible and efficient with its resources and the way its structures are used. “We entered into the Indian periphery in 2008 and since then worked on number of projects here. We see this country as a long-term growth market and are keen to be involved with visionary clients with intentions of creating exceptional architecture,” saysAr. Hans Brouwer, Founder, HB Design Pte Ltd in an interview with Maria R.

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Mumbai October 28,2013:
Sheth-Transcon launching its ultra luxury residential project ‘Auris Serenity’  in Oct’13. Project is located on Malad Link Road & spread over 8 acres with 4 ultra luxury towers of 54 storey. Project is offering all modern amenities with 2 BHK, 3 BHK & 4 BHK apartments’ opening from three sides.

Auris Serenity spread over a sprawling landscaped area of more than 4 acres. This project is designed by HB Design Pte Ltd, Singapore & DSP Design Associates Pvt Ltd, Pune. Distinctively designed the project re-establishes an ambience to match a world class resort. Auris Serenity stands tall above street retails & eight podium levels with an Eco-Deck level offering grand clubhouses, swimming pools & multi-purpose gymnasium that host international technologies and a splendid podium recreational area.

Sheth Creators embarks a Landmark project by scintillating view of the Malad Marve coastline and the shimmering sea beyond.

According to Mr. Mayank Jain, Deputy General Manager, Sheth Creators is gratified to announce Auris Serenity, a super luxurious project which is one of the most serene & strategically located on link road in the vicinity of schools, hospitals, shopping malls & lifestyle centers. He further adds, “With the commencement of this project, we believe Malad would get its first-of-its-kind residential development which will spell true luxury. It is a perfectly crafted blend of tranquil, opulence and comfort for connoisseurs of fine living.”CCI Newswire

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Interview: Hans Brouwer, leading architect

“Architecture is a tough profession. The economics are getting tougher and the markets that are currently really active, the BRICS [the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa], are extremely competitive.”

That’s the opening gambit from one of Asia’s leading architects, 52-year-old Hans Brouwer. However, despite the fairly jaundiced outlook, and the fact that this is a man who has experienced the hell of bankruptcy, he appears happy and relaxed when we meet.

Last year, one of his designs, The River, a 265-metre-high masterpiece, won Best Luxury Condo development at the Thailand Property Awards, and in the last 10 years Hans has been steadily racking up the plaudits. His work has graced the front cover of Wallpaper magazine, and his company, HB Design, now has three offices in Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket. They have 20 skyscrapers under construction or due to begin imminently in India, totalling over 13 million square feet of saleable area.

No wonder he’s happy and relaxed, then; despite a hectic schedule, Hans’s company is going from strength to strength.

Fruitful beginnings

Born to a Thai mother and a Dutch father living in Hong Kong, Hans was schooled in Switzerland and opted to begin his university years there. He then transferred to the University of Southern California for the remainder of his degree

“Architecture just seemed the most interesting thing to do. I was really good at geometry, maths and physics, especially 3D geometry,” he tells me.

“After almost dropping out in my first year, I needed to catch up. I learnt that …

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From the initial concept, President Place has been designed to create an exceptional balance between work, life and the environment. Pursuing LEED Certification, this eco-friendly, boutique and modern work space has been designed to the highest specification and with uninterrupted views of inner city parklands and a wide range of amenities on your doorstep; this development truly has a Grade A location. President Place is now Ho Chi Minh City’s must-have address.

This project has been awarded a LEED Gold Certification. It’s the only project in Ho Chi Minh City to have garnered this prestigious green award.

Materials used during the construction phase have been chosen for their sustainable qualities, minimizing the impact they have on the environment. These materials consist of a high ratio of recycled content, reducing negative environmental impacts arising from the extraction and processing of virgin materials. We have also consciously sourced building materials and products that have been extracted or manufactured within 805 km of the project site. As well as helping to support indigenous resources this significantly decreases environmental impacts resulting from transportation. President Place is proud to pioneer this new way of developing and we hope to set …

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