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Taamaesek Engineering Consortium

Global Practices For Smart Architecture

Long before making a name for himself as an architect, Vijayanandan Somurao was designing small residences at the age of 15. “I generally had a great affinity towards this profession,” says Somurao. “I believe our work is going to fill a large part of our life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”

Somurao, who has been in the industry for 25 years, established Chennai-based architectural firm Taamaesek Engineering Consortium in 2001. The company, which has an annual turnover of approximately `3.5-4 crore, provides a wide range of services—architecture, project management, quantity surveying, and mechanical and engineering services. It is known for its innovative and cost-effective designs across India, including cities such as Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Coimbatore.

The company has also entered into joint venture agreements to collaborate on global projects with companies such as Japan’s Fujita and Yamashita Sekkei, and Singapore’s I Buildings and Dr Yee.

While the firm has worked on many housing projects, commercial estates, bio parks, hotels, and information technology parks, the Ticel Bio Park in Chennai remains one of the most memorable projects for Somurao. “We gave high floor efficiency and flexibility in the design for the end user without compromising their carpet area,” says Somurao. “Effective usage space in bio labs is generally 40-45 percent, but in this project we achieved up to 70 percent,” says Somurao. The Chennai Trade Centre, Tidel IT Park in Pattabiram and Bannari IT space are some of the firm’s ongoing projects.

Taamaesek strives to implement international architectural practices in Indian projects and takes natural resources into careful consideration during every stage of a project. “We produce smart designs and use available technologies to ensure that structures generate minimal harmful effects to the ecosystem and the communities,” says Somurao.

Vijaynandan Somurao‘s firm has joint ventures with companies in Japan and Singapore for global projects.

By Darielle Britto

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