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Hafele-TFOD Profile Of The Week: Khosla Associates

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on May 14, 2015 at 12:21 AM

Bangalore-based Khosla Associates is one of India’s most successful and best known design studios. Over the past twenty years since Sandeep Khosla established the firm in 1995, the firm has grown into a powerful brand, and its signature style has received international acclaim. Today the firm is headed by Sandeep along with Amaresh Anand, who joined him in 1998. The Future Of Design celebrates the unique design semantics of the firm, and bestows it with the honour of the Hafele - TFOD Profile Of The Week!

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'Faultless' is the first word that comes to mind at the mention of Sandeep Khosla’s architecture! Serene, sincere, sensitive, sensible and sustainable – the trademark aesthetic of Khosla Associates manifests itself subtly but firmly, in all the design output from the firm, over the past two decades. Effortlessly asserting its stylistic simplicity, the firm has gathered several awards and accolades, and their work is widely published, in leading architecture and design publications from across the world!

Pics 1, 2, 3: DPS Kindergarten School, Bangalore

Being at Pratt (to study architecture) and away from India for six years, Sandeep considers as his most important phase of learning – when he imbibed strong concepts and ideas about the architectonics of space. On his return, he worked for a year with Ar. Charles Correa and then set up his own practice in 1995, plunging headlong into projects and learning the ropes along the way. The time away also helped him appreciate Indian culture and context a lot better… and his unique stamp – with reinterpretations and adaptations of traditional Indian elements over an essentially international design vocabulary – started taking shape.

Pics 4, 5: Shiro and Pic 6: Hard Rock Cafe

Amaresh Anand studied architecture at the BMS College of Engineering, Bnagalore and joined Khosla Associates in 1998, after interning with a few good architectural studios in the city. Since then, he has played a crucial role in several projects. He has been integral in helping the firm evolve into its present identity, and in the year 2000, he became an Associate and has now joined Sandeep at the helm of Khosla Associates as its Principal. Amaresh’s eye for detail and expertise in construction technologies has enabled them to explore their design vocabulary in innovative ways. 

Pics: 7, 8. 9: High Ultra Lounge

A versatile body of work ranging from architecture and interiors of residences and corporate offices to retail and hospitality spaces embellishes the studio’s portfolio. With a remarkable body of work in the hospitality sector, and very famously associated with the hospitality brands Shiro and Hard Rock Café, their clients range from individual home owners to companies such as Biocon, the Park hotels, Nike, and MTV to educational institutions like Delhi Public School and the Doon School.

Pics 10, 11 & Cover Pic: Water Villas at Jumeirah

Sandeep Khosla & Amaresh Anand – the heads of the firm, believe in architecture that uses local materials and concepts, but reinterprets them with a unique and contemporary design sensibility. Their understanding and awareness of global/local trends in fashion, lifestyle and design reflects in all their work – across all sectors of architectural design and mainly manifests in the firm’s hospitality projects. Their design credos are inspired by local and global trends, lifestyle, fashion and contemporary art. Extensive travel hones their design thinking, and a Modern Indian sensibility has firmly affirmed itself in their trademark style and creations.

Pics 12, 13: Glimpses of Residential Architecture from Khosla Associates' portfolio

But ‘trademark style’ in Khosla’s case, does not mean repetitive! In each project, there is an apparent sensitivity to the site, the climate and the context. Each project emphasizes the evolution of a design solution that satisfies many parameters of good design, as well as the client’s brief! The reinterpretation of material and structure to create meaningful architecture is what can be identified as the trademark of the firm.

Pic: 14. Ar. Sandeep Khosla & Ar. Amaresh Anand, Khosla Associates, Bangalore

In terms of a distinctive style, Khosla Associates’ work is characterized by a lack of needless frivolity. It is holistic, engaging the indoors and the outdoors in a dialogue that is at once inclusive and permeable. The approach to design is etched with romanticism; enhancing their ideology of being respectful to nature, tradition, history, climate and context, and yet being innovative and contemporary. Their designs reflect an innate understanding of the spirit of the place – and capturing that essence makes their work special; results in a dramatic experience of the space. Even in typically youthful spaces like bars and pubs where most designers tend to cross over into the line of kitschy under the pretense of being wild and wacky, Khosla’s work retains its deep-rooted sensitivity and seriousness of approach!  




We, at The Future Of Design, enjoy the architects' design style and are glad to see their faith in TFOD. Their recurring visits to update their Profile on TFOD, and add new photos are much appreciated!

Designer : Khosla Associates
Photography :Courtesy the architects

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