Saturday, August 31, 2019

Interiors: Orchestrating elements to bring grace to life

DA emphasizes creativity, craftsmanship and design management. "The use of artful elements to enhance our Brand image across offices in India, without wasteful expenditure has helped create Value through your design of spaces," reviews one of the company's satisfied client.

Design Atelier believes that the building crafts are the founding premise of all artistry and design activity. The designers at the company engage with the variety of related professions to develop more holistic and inclusive solutions for the formation of more humane design that responds to a future society. Design should bring grace to life and that matters! 

The team of designers at DA work hard to break down the segregation of inside, outside, building and landscape, and interpret our knowledge of the modern world to translate building elements into something new and intrinsically meaningful. Design Atelier's concerns in design are therefore a subtle blend of modernity and tradition, East and West, formal and picturesque.

Design Atelier
B-4, Pamposh Enclave,
New Delhi - 110048,
Tel.: +91 11 4100 9927-28

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Restaurant Design: Creating memorable experiences for guests

Restaurant design sets the stage for visitors and guests’ dining experience. And for this reason, not only good food and great customer service are important for the business business but the ambiance of a restaurant is also very crucial. For your customers to feel comfortable and enjoy food, the interior environment sets the stage.

At DA, Restaurant design is driven by meticulous planning and artful eye. The company's innovative design teams together with the clients, carefully orchestrate architectural elements, finishes, furnishings, accessories, lighting and art to create style, image and an inviting ambiance again and again.

The company's participatory approach have helped in clients' satisfaction. Here is how Director of the one of the leading chain expressed his experience, "We appreciate your principal's availability throughout the process and your willingness to really listen to our needs. We value your flexibility during the process of our projects in New Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh."

Partnerships and expert inputs is the key to the DA design approach.

Design Atelier
B-4, Pamposh Enclave, 
New Delhi - 110048,
Tel.: +91 11 4100 9927-28

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Go for Green Entrepreneurship

Defining green entrepreneurship is not an easy task. The concept itself is relatively new and has been receiving attention since the 1990s. According to 'Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2011 © OECD, "A green entrepreneur can be either making her business “green” or simply entering a “green business”. In other words, green entrepreneurship could be defined in terms of the technology used for production in any sector of the economy, or in terms of the sectors firms are active in, in which case our attention is restricted to parts of the economy producing specific types of output. The former is sometimes referred to as a process approach in defining green business, while the latter as an output approach." 

"Today what we need to learn to do is optimize the use of energy and water. There are enormous opportunities in tightening up processes to transform the built environment, in particular through how we deal with energy. It is a massive undertaking, and it is going to touch nearly every aspect of our lives, but it is also going to be an incredible source of opportunity for entrepreneurial activity," emphasize Aashish V. Karode, Principal, Planning and Design Services, Design Atelier, New Delhi.

Sustainability is a balancing process and its objective is to find a balance between our current requirements and those of future generations; between economic, social and environmental impacts; between the needs of various communities and populations.

The goal of green entrepreneurship is to consciously address an environmental/social problem/requirement through the realization of entrepreneurial ideas (some or higher level of risk) which has a net positive effect on the natural environment and at the same time is financially sustainable. Green entrepreneur, thus, is someone who starts and operates an enterprise that is designed to be green in its products and processes from the very moment it is set up.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Green buildings are profitable, cost-effective and good for the economy

Buildings account for over 40 percent of global energy-related CO2 and if we need to meet the meet global carbon reduction goals, then according to a IPCC report, we must ensure a “rapid and far-reaching” sustainable transition in land, energy, buildings, transport and cities. Green buildings, certified by LEED, actually offer a global solution for cities, communities and neighborhoods. The sustainable design of these building are reducing carbon emissions, energy and waste; conserving water; prioritizing safer materials; and lowering our exposure to toxins.

As per World Green Building Trends SmartMarket Report in 2018, the people associated with the building and construction industry expect the majority of projects in the next three years to be green buildings. Creating spaces that support health and well-being, as well as the economy and environment will accelerate sustainable development and deliver a better standard of living.

In the U.S., clients now not only demands healthier buildings but at the same time look at the economic benefits. This behavior of clients trigger growth of green buildings. Operating cost savings, shorter payback periods and increased asset value in new green buildings and green retrofits have been consistently reported.

According to an article published in, upfront investment in green building also makes properties more valuable, with a growing number of building owners seeing a 10 percent or greater increase in asset value. The percentage of owners reporting that level of growth has nearly doubled since 2012. Other benefits of green buildings, as explained in this article are:

Green buildings reduce day-to-day costs year-over-year. LEED buildings have reported almost 20 percent lower maintenance costs than typical commercial buildings, and green building retrofits typically decrease operation costs by almost 10 percent in just one year.

Green buildings are for every market and every community. A report on the Los Angeles market indicated that while traditional (non-LEED certified) buildings receive an average of $2.16/ft2, tenants were willing to pay $2.91/ft2 for LEED certified space.

The University of Texas at Austin looked at resale value on homes in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area and found that homes built to LEED standards between 2008-2016 showed an eight percent boost in value, while homes built to a wider range of green standards saw a 6 percent increase in value.

To-date, green building has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. From 2011-2014, national green construction generated $167.4 billion in GDP. In Texas alone, more than 720,000 jobs were attributable to green construction during that time. In 2014, LEED-related employment directly contributed $1.09 billion of individual income tax to states.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Can discarded plastic bottles be used as sand?

We know that PET bottles can not be recomposed and therefore they add to existing heaps of garbage. However, there has been an attempt to use these discarded PET bottles in the construction industry! If this becomes reality, then these plastic bottles will actually reduce the construction costs! 
A unique strategy for construction of low-cost concrete structures by additive manufacturing of a cement based composite made from recycled PET bottles as replacement of sand is being developed by Anuradha Suryavanshi and co-researcher Elisabeth Riederer from Germany had conducted the research at the Architectural Association, London.

“As marine sand which is suitable for concrete construction is becoming scarce, concrete construction too is becoming expensive. Hence, there is need for an alternative building material,” said Anuradha. The material made from PET bottles reduces the quantity of sand used in concrete structures by nearly 13 %, thereby helping to save 10 to 15% in cost.

“Using this new material made purely out of waste, we can create decorative elements like elevation panels, partitions, fa├žades, blocks and bricks. It can act as a replacement for metal sheets and is a sustainable alternative,” explained Anuradha.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Can eco-friendly architecture make a difference?
From the moment it starts, a building is actually a non-green action! However, ‘green actions’ are possible if the owner's understanding, the architects 'green measures' and the the skills of the builder are in close harmony with the nature and environment. The time has come when each and every project's first requirement should have an eco-friendly architecture!

We are all aware that cities have become concrete jungles, vehicular and industrial pollution is on rise and so are the temperatures. Because of huge influx of migrant population in urban areas, the need of safe and durable solutions for housing are also required. Experts insists that 'safe' and 'eco-friendly' can not be separated from each other. The role of architects, therefore, is to offer a design which is 'green and eco-friendly', so that the constructed structure is marked as 'safe'.

Everywhere, around the world, a genuine demand for more meaningful and responsible architecture has increased. People have started to understand the importance of green architecture and the even young have begin to care.

Green building refers to both a structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.

Design Atelier is a New Delhi based Green Architecture Firm that can help you achieve 'green and energy saving goals'. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Can architects provide green solutions to cool buildings?

Air conditioning is making the environment even more hot due to its contribution to global warming. The use of air conditioning is increasing pollution in the environment by releasing poisonous gases into the environment. These gases include the chlorofluorocarbons and hydro-chlorofluorocarbons. Apart from how the use of air conditioners are threatening environment, they also consume a lot of electric energy.

"The US expends more energy on air conditioning, for example, than the whole of Africa does on everything. Then again, it expends even more energy on hot water, which doesn’t get the same rap. The question then is not whether to condition climate, but how. As long ago as the 1940s the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy demonstrated, with his village of New Gourna near Luxor, how traditional techniques of orientation, ventilation, screening and shading could be revived." - The Guardian

Can Architects provide green solutions to cool buildings? Yes. In fact, an architect by harnessing the local climate, its vegetation, as well as intelligently manipulating a building's orientation, can naturally create a cooler indoor climate. 

The demand for buildings and higher density living, specially in Asian cities, continues to increase, it will be crucial to ensure this growth does not drive energy and water consumption higher. And, here architects can play their role. 

Much of the world’s architecture, prior to the 20th century, responded to the regional climate and could be considered bioclimatic. “If you look at older buildings, you see that people were very good at adapting to climate to get the maximum performance, but we kind-of got lazy once air conditioning and electric light came along at the turn of the last century,” says Patrick Leonard, the director of Paladino and Company, a green building consultant based in Seattle.

Architects around the world look to the past to introduce bioclimate strategies in designing greener buildings!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Improving energy efficiency in your building can be simple & easy

One positive trend all across the globe is how people are turning to simple, low-cost measures that can save of energy and money. Saving energy in existing buildings is very simple and easy once you make up your mind to do it. For example, a group planted 'green curtains' around 20 of its facilities on 3 continents. These lightweight green curtains allow flower or fruit-bearing plants to grow and in turn shade walls and windows, reducing direct solar gain through the windows and the buildings' opaque surface temperature by over 25 degrees F.

The building’s energy efficiency not only affects the utility bills, but can also have an impact on the property’s value and if its an office then the workers’ performance too gets boost! Improving energy efficiency in your building can also be simple & easy. Here are few measures one can take to improve the energy efficiency of any commercial building:

Measure your energy consumption
The first step one can take to boost energy efficiency is to measure the energy consumption. And the take steps where you can make the greatest improvements in energy efficiency.

Put proper insulation in place
The outside envelop of building should be designed to lower heating and cooling needs. A proper insulation can help make your building as airtight as possible. Replace doors and windows to stop air leaks in existing buildings can provide additional insulation.

Select the right ventilation system
An effective ventilation system to maintain good air quality and prevent the buildup of moisture can go a long way to improve the energy efficiency in your building.

Use energy-efficient systems and equipment
Use certified equipment and save on energy consumption and money. An Energy Star certified computer, for example, will use 30% to 65% less energy than a typical non-certified model, depending on its use.

Use LED lights
LED lights can help you reduce your energy use by 75% compared to incandescent lighting. Also, use sensors in infrequently used spaces such as conference rooms and restrooms to cut down on energy use.

Design Atelier is a New Delhi based Green Architecture Firm that can help you achieve 'green and energy saving goals'.  

Monday, April 29, 2019

Can architecture help beat the heat?

With heat wave already making Indians uncomfortable in many parts of the country, one questions arise that can architecture help beat the heat? Also, can we keep cool without air-conditioners? Architecture can play a big role in temperature reduction. With the help of the combination of right materials, direction and lot of windows and open spaces, the interiors can be kept cooler. Using bamboo and natural foliage to cover the facade and windows prevents heat penetration. Beating the heat with the help of architecture is not expensive but surely needs expertise!

Architects often quote examples of Pol Houses, some dating back nearly two centuries — weathered many a summers because of their unique architecture. A pol in India is a housing cluster which comprises many families of a particular group, linked by caste, profession, or religion. Pols are typical of urban centres in Gujarat especially of Old Ahmedabad.

The pol houses have grilled front door which is always open so that air enters inside the house. The scientifically designed air circulation system ensures that the hotter air gets upward movement through open courtyard which is later replaced by cooler air via smaller openings. Narrow lanes of the pols trap air to cool it.

The green cooling system recommends that home should have stone flooring, high ceiling and extensive cross-ventilation. This makes home at least 7-10° cooler than the ambient temperature.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting
When rainwater is collected and stored into natural reservoirs or tanks in order to use the same for drinking, gardening or irrigation, then the technique is called 'rainwater harvesting'. One method is rooftop harvesting where rainwater is stored using tiles, plastics or metal sheets on the top roof of the building. This rainwater can provide households with drinking water and year-round storage. Rainwater harvesting is, therefore, the accumulation and storage of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. Here are few advantages of Rainwater Harvesting:

Rainwater harvesting reduces the dependency on ground water, hence potable water is available even adverse situations like during droughts, floods, etc..

Rainwater harvesting can be particularly beneficial in those areas where the groundwater is contaminated with chemicals like pesticides, fluoride, or cancer causing compounds etc.
Rainwater harvesting techniques are easy to implement, easy to construct and maintain, and the also less investment is required.

Areas where the groundwater levels have gone down, rainwater harvesting can be an effective solution. With rainwater harvesting, one can quickly and easily reduce water consumption and become more efficient. By harvesting rainwater, you can cover up to 50% of a family’s typical household water usage – this translates into savings on bills whilst helping the environment.
Rainwater harvesting also reduces soil erosion conserves groundwater.