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RSP Design Consultants (India) Pvt Ltd

Contemporary Work That Reflects Diversity

When Arunjot Singh Bhalla was a young boy, he got hooked on to Pakistani show Teesra Kinara and that inspired him to become an architect. The show is based on Russian-American author Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead whose protagonist is an intransigent architect. “Once I read the book, there was no looking back,” says Bhalla, who has over 26 years of architectural experience.

Bhalla is a founding member and managing director of global multidisciplinary design company RSP Design Consultants’ India office, which was established in Bengaluru in 1996. “RSP embarked on its journey in India with a vision to address the demand for design to international standards, available at a consistent quality,” says Bhalla.

The company has expanded with offices in Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi-NCR and Mumbai, and has a 400-strong team that works across disciplines and various typologies. “Our design philosophy illustrates our commitment to understanding the diverse imperatives of design against a backdrop of changing parameters and economic realities,” says Bhalla. “Our extensive portfolio reflects our understanding of contemporary work and living spaces to integrate conceptual diversity.”

The Microsoft campus in Hyderabad and The Oberoi, Gurgaon are some of the firm’s prominent projects. Its ongoing projects include the Infosys campus in Noida.

Over the years, the firm has adopted green building guidelines and sustainable principles. “The Hexaware Campus in Pune, which is set in a context of rocky terrain, is designed around a series of shaded courtyards coupled with a water body and is cognisant of the local microclimate,” says Bhalla.

Going forward, Bhalla feels designs should address occupant health and wellness, and be more resilient built spaces. “Sentient buildings focusing on digital transformation and built spaces addressing diversity, inclusiveness and equality are the driving principles of the future,” says Bhalla.

By Darielle Britto

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