ANA Design Studio, led by Amin Nayyar, started as a one-person venture. Slowly but steadily, the firm has managed to carve its niche. They gradually progressed from private residential projects in 1996 to large-scale projects like Kashmir University. ANA Design Studio works tirelessly towards bridging the gap between the aesthetics of a design and the technical aspects of the project. They firmly believe that the true success of a project is achieved when form and function work hand-in-hand. It is one of the reasons why they offer multiple services such as design, construction, and engineering under one roof.
Industrial buildings are often reduced to boxy structures that do not require creative design interventions. The New Plasser India Railway Equipment Manufacturing Facility in Karjan, Vadodara, Gujarat, by ANA Design Studio, shows that there can be more to these large, column-free spaces.
Amin Nayyar elaborates, “With the advent of conscious architecture and engineering designs, we’re shifting towards design consciousness focused on the thermal comfort of workers, indoor air quality, waste management, harnessing of renewable energy resources, durability and safety of building materials and construction, and ultimately the return on investment for an industry owner over a sufficiently long time.”
ANA Design Studio has consequently made thoughtful design interventions in the New Plasser India Railway Equipment Manufacturing facility considering the hot climatic conditions of South Gujarat. Innovative techniques such as using radiant floors and ceilings and laying geothermal earth tubes within the foundation pits have helped reduce energy consumption by 50% and proved to be 90% more efficient than traditional systems.
Another example of ANA Design Studio’s competence is the Reliance Technology Group Research Facility at Navi Mumbai. The facility is one-of-a-kind in the country; this is not simply due to its massive size but also the equipment and services it houses. It was ANA Design Studio’s rigorous experience specializing in the field of laboratory projects like SPL Diagnostics that helped them achieve it. The curved glass facade and RIBCORE technology from RIBS are the most noteworthy features of this project.
The curved glass facade and the RIBCORE technology from RIBS are the most noteworthy features of Reliance Technology Group Research Facility, Navi Mumbai.
Their versatile portfolio also sports retail and commercial projects such as Reliance Retail Hypermall in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, and Decathlon Stores in Delhi and Jaipur. Upon being asked what matters more in a commercial design – its USP or its contextual relevance, the Managing Director articulates, “Retail development disconnected from other facilities and functions seldom works out well for the investor or developer. As designers, it is crucial to understand the feasibility within a particular context first and then propose solutions to create a chain of activities to promote retail spaces as a part of larger-scaled mixed-use development.
Uniqueness in offering a diverse experience raises the value of retail development by setting the place apart from conventional shopping malls and the prevalent online shopping habit. Therefore, it is our duty as designers to evoke a unique character within a retail space to attract potential customers within the precinct. We can strive to achieve a sense of place and ‘hook’ anchor by articulating a building’s form and aesthetics to offer it a landmark identity. By designing the entire journey of the visitor from its entry to the circulation within the complex to the exit; and by creating a hierarchy of open public/semi-public spaces for gatherings to reinforce a sense of ownership, we can achieve this goal.
Lastly, a visionary approach is necessary for commercial development in appealing to a landowner, developer, or investor. Let’s say a project we design today for the current needs of local buyers and sellers does a pretty decent job. Now, as our generation has experienced it first hand, the world and our lifestyles can be impacted heavily by small interventions in our surroundings. The pandemic transformed the way we were accustomed to living our lives. Such large-scale transformation cannot be predicted, however, as space designers, we ought to integrate the scope of expansion in our space planning, accommodation of advanced technologies, and building engineering systems without scraping off the built, transformation of building functions without disrupting the construct, and comfortable handling of peak human/vehicle traffic conditions and emergencies such as fire and chemical hazards and natural calamities.”
The firm is one of the few establishments that provide architectural and engineering solutions under one roof. While it may seem like a mammoth task to cater to both branches at once, it makes the establishment unique and successful like it is today. Having all participants of a project together in one place ultimately heightens client satisfaction. Constant and convenient checking, re-rechecking, and coordination help avoid miscommunication among sectors, speeds up the processes, and consequently save time and money.
Apart from the above, since the beginning, ANA Design Studio remains conscious of the quality that they provide their clients. “Not just from the standpoint of work, technology, and precision but also importantly their experience with us. Our qualities of being approachable, communicative, polite, with a degree of humility in the way we work, believe that goes a long way in giving our clients comfort to continue working with us”, concludes Amin Nayyar.
With the advent of conscious architecture and engineering designs, we’re shifting towards design consciousness focused on the thermal comfort of workers, indoor air quality, waste management, harnessing of renewable energy resources, durability and safety of building materials and construction, and ultimately the return on investment for an industry owner over a sufficiently long time.
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