Fashion and architecture come together to give the National Institute of Fashion Technology building an identity of its own through a proposed perforated metal screen which drapes the building and reduces the energy load on the building. It is closely tied to the underlying body, although it is also an independent entity in its own right. It acts as an embellishment and protection to the building beneath.

The campus was inspired by contemporary vocabulary with extensive landscaping elements that would stimulate the creative minds studying here. Natural light and ventilation added to the spatial experience especially within the studios and classrooms which was an integral part of the design philosophy. The Atrium space with the stairs moving along its edge act as a hub of student activity and multi-level interaction. Display and exhibition halls were planned to bring in design discussions while creating an opportunity to simulate real fashion galleries. Landscaped courtyards and gardens create casual hangouts for the young users. Gathering areas like amphitheatres have been planned for students’ performances and festivals. Each elevation of the academic block has been designed to have an interesting scale and proportion while one of the elevations is an extension of its roof which is a green terrain accessible to students

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SNK was founded in Mumbai as Somaya & Kalappa Consultants in 1978. Spanning over four decades, this multi-award winning practice is currently led by founder and principal architect Brinda Somaya and her lawyer turned architect daughter, Nandini Sampat. SNK continues to build upon its inclusive mode of practice enabling it to take on diverse projects at all scales. These include public buildings, institutional campuses, hospitals, hotels, housing, retail, corporate offices, museums and galleries, resorts, information technology parks and private homes. SNK has grown into a collaborative practice that has developed strong and respectful working relationships with leading international practices, most notably Jim Polshek, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Kohn Pedersen Fox and OMA. SNK comprises of over 50 architects, designers, engineers and quantity estimators, with an additional twenty staff to support the firm. Starting with four people in a garden shed over forty years ago, many have continued their journey with the practice and remained key contributors towards the evolution, survival and success of SNK.

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