AD100 2021: The definitive list of the 100 most influential architects and interior designers in India (part 1)
ABHA NARAIN LAMBAH ASSOCIATES
Recent Projects: The new Durbar Hall and Secretariat buildings at Raj Bhavan, sections of the Willingdon Sports Club, the restoration of the Maharashtra State Police Headquarters—all in Mumbai; Lal Bagh Palace in Indore.
Sustainability in Action: “The restoration and adaptive reuse of historic or existing buildings is sustainable not only for preserving history, but it also offers lessons in energy efficiency.”
ABHIMANYU DALAL ARCHITECTS
Recent Projects: Residences and farmhouses in New Delhi, Raipur and Kolkata; restoration of Mayo College, Ajmer; a collaboration with sculptor Ayesha Singh for Shrine Empire Gallery, Delhi.
Craft Initiatives: Stonework and Indo-Saracenic detailing in the Mayo College buildings using local materials, and Kashmiri pinjra kari wooden screens, created in collaboration with Amrita Guha of Untitled Design Consultants, for a residential project.
ABIN DESIGN STUDIO
Abin Chaudhuri | Kolkata
Project in Focus: A two-bedroom weekend retreat set within a guava orchard on the outskirts of Kolkata, Macha (below) is elevated nine feet above the ground to provide uninterrupted views all around.
Sustainability in Action: “We incorporate contextual solutions to make our projects as sustainable as possible, taking cues from historic buildings and reinterpreting indigenous techniques through a modern lens.”
Alfaz and Aahana Miller | Mumbai
Sourcing Haunts: “On my last trip to Goa, someone recommended visiting Sotohaus, a furniture and lighting store near Candolim; it is now one of my favourites,” says Miller.
Favourite Space: Charles and Ray Eames’s studio in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood of Los Angeles, designed by the pair, and seen in the documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter.abmarchitects.com
ABRAHAM JOHN ARCHITECTS
Abraham John and Alan Abraham | Mumbai
Recent Projects: An outdoor restaurant in New York; a chalet in Switzerland; residences in Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Raipur, Goa, and Himachal Pradesh.