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"Kalhan Mattoo & Santha Gaur Mattoo"
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is a design & build studio where creativity, skill and knowledge are essentials and everybody is encouraged to bring an intellectual and creative mind-set to work. A firm in which experienced architects, interior designers, project management professionals work in a non hierarchical, communized environment, discussing and sharing insights very informally. The creative energy, skill and dedication of our team is next to none. |
For a studio that is eight years old and with less than twenty designers at any point in time, we have already won numerous international and national awards and secured many design intensive hospitality, institutional, adaptive re-use, corporate, retail, and residential projects across different categories. From institutional facilities to product design and everything in between. The reason we do not restrict ourselves to any particular segment of design opportunity is because we get energized with new challenges. We love cross fertilization of ideas, where insights from hospitality situation are applied in corporate situation and in turn in design of healthcare facilities!
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The essence of our way is to address the fundamentals through intense programming, offer solutions that balance wit and wisdom, keep it fresh and never lose the visual appeal. We believe that it is possible to be profound and light hearted at the same time. We do not burden ourselves with ‘isms’ and focus on the context, the client and the realities of budget and time. We seek to define the design determinants by inhabiting and experiencing the client’s business, requirement (stated and unstated) and processes. Architects from our studio dig deep through research and by physical experience to understand and formulate the design program. Out of this exhaustive process, we collect useful data and mine it for nuggets of insight and points of inspiration. Our design never happens in vacuum. It is rooted in context.
The stylistic representation of the concepts or ideas is again what is best suited for the situation. Also, importantly for us, for any design to succeed, a clearly articulated line of thought should bind it all together. The three dimensional interpretation has to be consistent and careful. Added to that, an element of gentle surprise, a conceptual departure, that, in hindsight would appear almost intuitive. Our most recent work typifies the coming of age of Indian architectural design. It remains forward looking, contemporary and global in its substance and yet draws deeply from local context.
In a developing country like India, access to affordable construction skills and technology is always a concern. Many of our initial projects did not come up to our expectations. We realized that our commitment does not end with only design. For some selective projects, we accept the enhanced responsibility of construction as well. As designers and constructors we become singularly answerable for our creations. Our master-builder initiative is our way of putting up our hand and saying that we ‘know what we are talking about’ and that it can be built in time, within budget and at the quality desired with no recourse to excuses. It also allows us to improvise in real-time on sites. We enjoy the flexibility, control and deeper satisfaction that these projects bring. Also, importantly, we find it eminently ethical.
Within our studio, there is a mantra: Talk less, build more. We ensure that our concepts are rapidly implemented. Almost all of our studio work has converted into built projects. We keep pushing the envelope incrementally, but we remain insistent. Our design perspective is anchored in constructability. If it can’t be built, it is an academic exercise and we are not an academic institution. We design well and ensure that it is built proper. Period.
About Kalhan & Santha: Graduated from Sir JJ college of Architecture in 1996 and founded Planet 3 Studios in late 1998. Kalhan and Santha are invited to speak at various industry forums and regularly contribute articles and opinions to leading industry journals. Working closely with the academic community, they have organized workshops, field trips and lectures for students and faculty at various colleges. Advocates of work-life balance, they make time for outdoor adventure and encourage friends, family and studio to participate.
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Please tell us the Inspiration/Motivation behind starting Planet 3 Studios?
Which of your projects or designs has given you great satisfaction? Please explain them in brief.
How many Architectural and interior design projects have you designed? Please tell us about different sectors in which your architectural works can be found.
What are major aspects you focus on while building up an architectural and interior design project?
You have sought advice of behavioral psychologists, MBA experts and sociologists for a number of their projects .How helpful has it been in your works?
What are the various challenges you have faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
Driving force behind your success.
Future plan of Planet 3 Studios.
Please share your work mantra with the readers, especially with the aspiring architects and entrepreneurs.
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