The Central Public Works Department, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has this year installed the new dynamic façade lighting system at Rashtrapati Bhawan (North Block and South Block), monumental heritage building of international importance. Earlier façade lighting was done through conventional lights i.e. GLS/metal halide/sodium vapour whose light efficacy was very poor in comparison to present LED light fixtures.

This LED fixture has around 1 lakh burning hours whereas earlier light fixtures had around 10,000 burning hours. The new lighting system has computerized control having unified power and data cable for easy installation and maintenance with automation in the selection of colour combination schemes using opti-bin technology, selection of timing, facility of dimming, switching on/off facility, individual/ combined control of light fittings, etc. through Ethernet-based controller.

This lighting system has got features to produce multicolour combinations, enhancing the architectural features of the buildings. This system is energy-efficient as well as cost-effective.

Meanwhile, dynamic facade lighting having 130 narrow and wide beam energy efficient LED fittings with 16 million colour combinations was installed recently at India Gate. The lighting system will save 75 percent energy saving compared to conventional light fittings.

Lingel Opens Its First Showroom In Mumbai

Germany-based Lingel Windows & Doors Technologies Pvt Ltd has opened its first showroom in a prominent area in Mumbai. The showroom is one of its kind situated in the heart of the city. It is a significant move for Lingel to roll out a new showroom after its flagship showroom in Delhi.

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Lingel Showroom, Mumbai

The showroom was inaugurated by Mario Schmidt, Managing Director of Lingel, along with the presence of other members of the company from Belgaum, Goa and Pune. After the inauguration, Schmidt said, “This showroom is a very vital move for us in Mumbai as it will help create a trust factor with our customers. Our customers will have an easy access now to take a look at the products that are displayed and make a choice easily. We are hoping that this will boost sales and our new line of products will be appreciated. We are eagerly waiting to welcome our clients to our showroom.”

The company’s initiative to open a showroom in the most happening city of the country demonstrates its expansion plans of the company. However, the company has already created a niche in the door and window space with its presence in 22 cities across India.

Lingel is one of the leading manufacturers of uPVC doors and windows and has been in India since 2006. Having a sound background in building/construction projects, Lingel also provides cutting-edge technologies and services.

CMC Launches An Exclusive Collection Of Natural Stone ‘9TH Avenue’

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Amit Shah (Managing Director)

Classic Marble Company (CMC), one of the leading stone companies in India, has announced the launch of a new exclusive collection titled ‘9th Avenue’. The collection comprises the rarest and most exquisite natural stones with limited editions. The company said that the first choice of materials will be showcased at CMC’s boutique gallery in Silvassa and will be eventually also made available at the exclusive showroom in Bhandup, Mumbai. The products are handpicked varieties of choicest stones sourced from across the world by a highly experienced team of stonologists.

Amit Shah, Managing Director of CMC, said, “The product range offered through 9th Avenue will be a limited edition of natural stones targeted at an elite audience. Accessorizing the space with 9th Avenue products will add an extra glamour quotient to your prestige. It is a collection of limited edition semi-precious and exotic stones and a stroll through the 9th Avenue gallery will boggle one’s mind with the breathtaking, incomprehensible beauty of the stones.” CMC will arrange helicopters for their priority customers to facilitate their travel from Mumbai to the opulent gallery in Silvassa.

Presently, the company offers over 500 varieties of imported natural stones including marble, granite, travertine and onyx, among others. With vast experience in the domain of stones, a dedicated team of stonologists will source the products. The stones will be merited based on various characteristics including their chemical composition, age, consistency in colour and strength among other factors that determine their uniqueness and pedigree. The products are versatile and can be used for all kinds of applications. The resulting installation promises to give a sense of art to the applied space.

Facade Lighting 9th Avenue CMC, India

Ottimo Introduces L7Doors From Lualdi

Ottimo recently introduced a new collection called “L7doors from Lualdi” from Italy-based designer Piero Lissoni in India. The collection features a contemporary clean and sober design with the lightness of aluminium and the transparency of glass. Available in sliding and hinged versions, the collection enhances the architectural quality of the space.

The sliding version of L7 creates a perfect solution for both domestic and work spaces. The system comprises an aluminium frame with a thickness of 41 mm and tempered glass with a thickness of 6 mm. The system comes with fixed and sliding panels. The hinged L7 version is available in two models, both in glass and metal. With its steel profile and white back-painted glass, the sleek design of L7 in the hinged version exudes lightness on the surrounding space. It has a built-in casing and a white-painted 65mm jamb. The surface is of double-frosted glass with a steel handle.

Facade Lighting Doors L7 Doors from Lualdi

DSP Wins Accolades For Bengaluru Convention Centre Design

DSP Design Associates is one of the design partners to The Ministry of Social Welfare and Justice, Govt. of Karnataka for an upcoming convention centre in Bengaluru. One of DSP Design Associates concepts (The Möbitorium) was merited with “The Most Well Designed Convention Facility Award” at the 10th Annual Estate Awards, 2018 held on January 27 in Delhi, India. The Möbitorium is an inspiration from the seamlessness of a Möbius strip translated into an architecturally planned auditorium.


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Mobitorium by DSP Design Associates

“It’s a culmination of interesting interlinked volumes to naturally create self-shading surfaces. The proposal is made with a vision that this building becomes an icon which goes beyond function and becomes a sculptural element contributing to the richness, adding a vibrant streak to the built environment of the city of Bengaluru,” said Yatin Patel, Director, DSP Design Associates.

Planet 3 Studios Sets To Revamp Mumbai Cruise Terminal

Mumbai-based architectural firm Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt Ltd has been appointed to revamp and design the new international cruise terminal project at the Ballard Pier, Mumbai. Initiated by the Mumbai Port Trust, the design of the project features an allocation of well-defined space for cargo, cruise and public space. The public space will spread across an area of around 2 lakh sqft, 25,000 sqft for passenger amenities and 5 lakh sqft for the cruise terminal. Designed with an aim to raise the bar of the port as per internationally acclaimed transportation hubs, the public space will comprise retail stores, business centres, restaurants, multiplexes, convention centres, etc.

Nitin Gatkari
Nitin Gatkari, Shipping Minister

The project was conceived with inspiration from its surroundings, which is reflected in the undulating form of the structure – the rise and fall of the waves. Concerning the project, the firm stated that it is a test case for the revamp of other cruise terminals in India. Based on this model, similar initiatives will be undertaken for other facilities in various parts of the country.

The façade of the structure will have its distinctive character with the incorporation of the façade enhancing lighting design. The carefully curated materials suggested in the project include reinforced concrete, glass, tensile fabric and double-glazed glass. The project is scheduled to be completed by March 2019.

Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis laid the foundation stone of an international cruise terminal at the Mumbai port on January 11. Slated to cost Rs 300 crore, the proposed terminal will have facilities like arrival and departure lounges and cater to around 700,000 tourists annually. It is expected to be ready by December 2019.

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