The proposal of Alliance Francaise was shortlisted for the final stage of the competition. The building is a celebration of all what we have inherited and what we are today. It has to be experienced and enjoyed. The building belongs to the century in which it will be built, spanning two cultures and two technologies effortlessly. We hope it will be enjoyed by its users who will experience its changing moods and nuances, its architectural geometry and its ethos as it entices the visitor and student into its portals of learning. We hope they will leave the richer for it as we certainly have been enriched by working on it.


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Published by Brinda Somaya

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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