Aditya Vora, Director, Adytum Designs Pvt. Ltd.
Adytum Designs was established by Aditya Vora, Director, Adytum Designs Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2005. Adytum Designs, within a span of a decade, has made a mark of a resilient architectural feat with more than 65 projects in hand and expertise in Master planning and Township planning. GVK Housing in Tamil Nadu, Diamond Tower in Dubai, Super Foods Township in Secunderabad, Parakh Agro Corp in Pune, Rank Heights in Hyderabad, Garden County in Nashik and Water Front 25 in Mumbai are some of the projects completed. With a portfolio of over 16400 acres of master-planning and 14.6 million sq. ft. of architectural design development, Adytum Designs Pvt. Ltd. seeks to become a top leader and designer in the world, says Vora.
1. How do you see housing demand in Mumbai post the recent Govt. announcement of smart cities?
A. Most of the real estate development of the city of Mumbai is under renovation / refurbishment as of today. There are no green field sites available. Hence now with the declaration of smart cities I believe all the new developments are aimed at being smart buildings and projects, in-turn facilitating Mumbai to become a smart city of the future. This is a new concept. Hence the demand for now is good purely due to lack of supply of smart buildings in the city.
2. Green building architecture is at the forefront now. What do you expect from the government to give it a major push?
A. Green Buildings and projects are the need of hour. Though there are bodies like IGBC who are working towards it but the government needs to encourage and promote green projects more. They should make a separate consideration and allowance for green buildings in the development control regulations (DCR). Only then will the developers take it seriously and put it into practice. Just as there is an independent DCR norm for redevelopment projects (Sec. 33/7), rehab of slums under SRA, rental housing scheme under MMRDA, etc. there should be a provision for increased FSI for green buildings.
We at Adytum have identified this gap, and hence have initiated a specialized green cell called "Seeds" within our organization. This green cell takes care of all the environmental and sustainable projects in the city and beyond. We have a dedicated team of professionals with diverse qualification in Environmental sciences, Green Architecture and sustainability as core members of the team. SEEDSis our way of doing our bit for the environment.
3. Being a leading architect, which prime projects you have undertaken so far?
A. Master planning and Town planning projects have been the benchmark of the company’s growth and fame. We at Adytum Designs Pvt. Ltd. have an exclusive and dedicated team to service the master planning projects comprising of skilled master planners, town planners, urban designers, landscape architects, environmental experts, financial modeling consultants, advocates & solicitors and city branding experts.
Some of the key mega projects in our portfolio are:
A. Emerald Island 750 acres Entertainment Island at Ratnagiri (RWS Group)
B. Emerald Highlands 2190 acres Mix Used township at 300m. altitude, MAH
C. Dighi Port 950 acres Marine infrastructure & Cargo port terminal in MAH
D. Perambulur SEZ 3600 acres Industrial SEZ in Tamilnadu by TIDCO
E. Manori beach resort 280 acres Ocean front township at Manori, Mumbai
F. Lavassa Township 650 acres Mix Use township at outskirts of Pune, MAH
G. Integrated City 180 acres Township at Ambernath, MAH
H. GHP township 150 acres Residential township at Karjat, MAH
4. Please tell us about your professional journey.
A. I belong to a family of medical professionals and pursing my career as an architect was itself a big step. To me, Architecture is the only profession in which you experience realism. Your imagination translates into a reality. The vision you dream is actually lived by others. It’s a long but fulfilling - once you see the built form. I started up my own firm in 2005 and it has been a beautiful journey. As a startup it takes a lot of persistence and hard work and Indian markets are used to seeing architects who are in their 50s. As a young architect, trust building was the biggest challenge. However, with consistence effort and hard work, we today have worked on more than 200 projects and have more than 100 competed projects in our portfolio. We have grown from a team of 4 employees to 60 and have created a global presence.