“Great airports have the ability to create a sense of excitement, anticipation and spirit of flight, even from a distance. Approaching the new terminal from Vadodara, passengers will see the terminal’s iconic aerodynamic volume levitating above the landscape. Incoming vehicles follow the internal roadway loop surrounded by green trees. Passengers arrive at the curb protected by a large overhang that is punctuated with clear circular openings to provide natural light and induce natural ventilation,” say Schwartz Architects.
Oh Yes! You heard it right – that is the concept of the new Vadodara International Airport designed by Ar. Frederic Schwartz; in collaboration with Gensler and India-based Creative Group. The airport design proposal from the studio of Schwartz Architects bagged the project; after being invited to participate in an international competition in 2008. After a few years of delay, finally, on the 22nd of October 2016, Indian Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new Vadodara International Airport – theoretically Gujarat’s second international airport! What’s more – it will be only the second operational ‘green’ airport in India after Chandigarh, and the first of its kind in Gujarat!
The euphoria around the new terminal though is currently muffled by the debate that been sparked around its naming! A petition has been drawn up and presented to the PMO, to Shri. Narendra Modi and the Civil Aviation Ministry; that the airport be named "Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad International Airport" after late visionary king Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III, who ruled the erstwhile princely state of Baroda from 1875 to 1939. And why not!? Indeed, the city owes a lot to its illustrious ruler!
Anyway, here’s a bit more about the design and infrastructure aspects of Vadodara’s swanky new terminal…
Divya Ethirajan and Pramod Jaiswal founded BetweenSpaces, their Bangalore based architecture and design firm in 2010. In its young life so far, the firm has caught the attention of patrons and media alike, essentially for an engaging freshness and clarity found in all its works. BetweenSpaces has received several national awards for the design of their own studio and Ethirajan House, which was shortlisted on The Merit List published by Matter (Charles Correa Foundation). They were runners up for the IIID Anchor zonal awards 2015 for Jonathan’s Kitchen and Komatose Club. Approaching design with youthful enthusiasm and an intrepid spirit of exploration and experimentation, they deliver solutions which, in addition to being functionally fulfilling, technically cutting edge and aesthetically well nuanced, have an element of surprise and simplicity in their denouement. As its name suggests, the firm’s architecture is about, more than just the spaces, the conversations that unfold between these spaces.
Creating spaces and structures, and often even the custom-designed furniture, that are acutely aligned to their context rather than to any stylistic framework, BetweenSpaces uses a wealth of traditional and indigenous techniques and materials to enhance its quintessentially contemporary creations. Here’s wishing Divya, Pramod and their team a long oeuvre of fulfilling and exiting ventures between spaces.
One of the latest Bollywood stars who’s got herself a swanky new pad in Juhu is Alia Bhatt! Hooking up with interior designer Richa Bahl for professional assistance, Alia’s home now has a stunning décor – that complements the talented actress’s personality and style.
Architects Shilpa Gore-Shah and Pinkish Shah are the founders and partners of S+PS Architects, an acclaimed design practice based out of Mumbai. Established in 1997, the firm believes that good design is produced from careful study and research, combined with technical knowledge and artistic judgment. Profound design thinking is the founding ideology of the practice - influenced by their interest in History, Pedagogy, Travel and Common Sense. The S+PS Studio claims this week’s TFOD Profile Of The Week!
No matter how much we talk about the progress of our metropolitan cities, undeniably, the heart and soul of India resides in its villages. A country where 65 percent of the people live in villages, development of these villages is crucial. It is unfortunate that despite of offering so much to us like culture, greenery, peace and in some cases memories, they are still considered as backward. We have a notion regarding villages – poverty, lack of education, amenities, orthodox minds etc. But here is a list of exemplary villages that will force you to break away from these notions and look at the brighter side of Indian villages. Some of these villages have it better than the cities too! We have all heard and seen the Indian tourism campaign – Incredible India. But today we look at some of the Incredible Villages of Incredible India!
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