We are thrilled to announce Shefali Javeri, Sudarshan Venkatraman, Kunal Sharma and Sakshi Ghulati as our newest associates. They join Principals Aparna Dhareshwar and Vami Koticha in leadership positions at the studio. Sakshi as an Associate will be studio head in-charge of Talent. Sudarshan is Associate and studio head Internal Resources. Kunal is an Associate and studio head on special projects. Shefali is Associate Principal heading interior projects.
Temple of Steps
In 2020 Sameep Padora & Associates completed the design of the Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh. A stepped temple for the residents of villages around Nandyal that marries the socio-cultural expectations with the ecological framework and dynamics of the site.
Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021
Temple of Steps: The shortlist for the Wallpaper* Design Award for Best New Public Building 2021 includes world-leading culture, community and infrastructure spaces
Sienna Apartment at Hyderabad
The site for a small apartment building located in the Jubilee Hills checkpost area of Hyderabad city offered vantage views of the city and of the adjoining park. Hyderabad is one of the early movers amongst cities in India that used form based coding to structure the construction of new buildings. The client approached us to work on the building post obtaining municipal approvals for the extent of the building envelope.
A storybook of Mumbai’s form told through the history of its building code
Maya Somaya Library at Kopargaon
The site chosen for this small addition of a children’s library within a school in rural Maharashtra, was a sliver between existing buildings and the school boundary, a site that almost implied a linear building footprint to adjust the program for the chosen site.
Maya Somaya Library at Kopargaon Shortlisted for ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD 2021
Invited to participate in the Collective City themed Seoul Biennale SBau 2019 by DIRECTOR Francisco Sanin and CURATOR: Beth Hughes, we curated a mini-section of Indian Practices for the Cities Section as well as installed the studio's research and architectural work within the Thematic Section in the main hall at the Zaha Hadid Architects designed DDP building.
Founder of Mumbai-based studio sP+a joins Manuel Aries Mateus from Portugal on the jury for the 2020 AR Emerging Architecture awards
Born in Chamba, Northern India, Sameep Padora established his Mumbai based practice in 2007 after graduating from the GSD, Harvard University.
Sameep Padora talks about lessons we can learn from Bombay's historic buildings and how these lessons can help re-imagine the future of Mumbai's architecture with the aim of creating a healthier living environment for its residents.
The Café Pavilion a partially open dining space, is an addition/extension to an existing indoor cafeteria at the K.J. Somaiya Institute on their Sion campus in Northern Mumbai. The pavilion was designed to accommodate the dining space as well as create a physical link between these two existing buildings with a brick amphitheatre as the central pivot.
The Lattice house is located in a new suburb on the outskirts of Jammu city in north-western India.
In India, the torrential rains come once a year and can cause catastrophic flooding. And these floods are only going to get worse: A 2017 study found that the monsoon in northern and central India has steadily strengthened over the last 15 years, at least partially due to rising land and sea temperatures. At one metal parts factory in Mumbai, located near a body of water that forms during the rainy season, the architect Sameep Padora has designed a clever solution for when the monsoon flows and the area floods.
Hindsight is 2020, and looking back I probably learnt more from failures (and there have been a few) than I did from success. However, if there is just one thing I would recommend to a young student architect, it would be to inculcate doubt. For as long as I can remember, doubt has been the only consistent part of my process. It would not be wrong to say that negotiating this singular condition is the pivotal design operation for almost every project I’ve worked on.
A campus by definition is, at a purely facilitative level, an armature of infrastructure and open space. Its real potential however lies in its role as a network of event spaces that create the potential of interaction, where the collision of disparate realms of knowledge inspires creativity.