Sanjay Puri – 4 Philosophies for Designing in the Modern Era

Sanjay Puri is an architect who has reenvisioned and redefined modern architecture and given his unique spin and twist to the style. With an avant-garde approach to projects, he has stayed relevant to the times and provided a fresh perspective on design and architecture.

Inspired by Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” and his stint with Hafeez Contractor, Puri’s architectural style is like a fresh breath of air, with something new to offer in every project.

4 Characteristics of Sanjay Puri’s Designs

  1. An Abstract Approach
  2. Organic Spaces
  3. Sustainable Design
  4. Maximum Use of Daylight and Natural Ventilation

Principles Followed By Sanjay Puri 

Puri’s design mantra is- to not repeat any design. His projects are exemplary of this mantra, with their unique designs.

1. Spatial Relationships

Puri firmly believes that the design of any building and its spaces should be such that each user experiences something new and exciting.

Naman Office, Mumbai by Sanjay Puri Architects
Naman Office, Mumbai by Sanjay Puri Architects

Naman Ofiice in Mumbai is an interesting example, where the material treatment, the graphics, and focal elements such as the reception desk, combined with the lighting, textures, and color, can attribute to the aesthetics while not diminishing the functionality.

The office space will be experienced differently by each user, providing a conducive environment for working.

2. Respond to Site Context

Sanjay Puri places a good deal of importance on ensuring his projects conform to the site context and take inspiration from it.

La Serenita, Pune by Sanjay Puri Architects
La Serenita, Pune by Sanjay Puri Architects

La Serenita is a resort project in Pune, designed around Mulshi Lake. The project has taken the site contours, local materials, and the climate and has designed to optimize these features. Thereby, a relaxing and comfortable natural environment surrounded by nature is created.

3. Sustainability and Energy-Efficiency

Puri has used innovative techniques to design sustainably and ensure energy is used efficiently.

The Courtyards House, Rajasthan by Sanjay Puri Architects
The Courtyards House, Rajasthan by Sanjay Puri Architects

The Courtyards House in Rajasthan was designed keeping in mind the harsh heat that prevails in Rajasthan. Thus, courtyards were introduced to naturally ventilate the house. Furthermore, the house is located near a cement plant, and this cement was primarily used for construction, reducing transportation.

4. Materiality

Puri architects make the most use of the materials available and showcase them in all their glory.

The Trios Mall, Lonawala by Sanjay Puri Architects
The Trios Mall, Lonawala by Sanjay Puri Architects

The Trios Mall in Lonavala has a folded concrete skin structure. The interesting volumes create open frames that overlook the open courtyard. The innovative use of shell concrete makes for designing focal elements that draw the crowd.

Accolades and Achievements

Sanjay Puri Architects have won over 360 awards and have been listed in the top 138 architecture firms by Architizer New York, with Puri himself featured in the top 100 architects worldwide.

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