In Conversation with seasoned Architect Solomon Canara

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Architect: Solomon Canara

Experienced Architect Solomon Canara studied architecture at the prestigious CEPT, graduating in 1985. Soon after brief stints with an Ahmedabad based architectural firm and at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation where he assisted Late Mr. H.K.Mewada.(Chief town planner- Gandhinagar)working in City Centre Development Cell, he started his own practice. We find out more about his design philosophy and what drives him.

How did you decide to get into architecture? What fascinated you?
I wanted to pursue Civil Engineering but the visit to the CEPT Campus had changed my perspective. The ambiance & the creative paintings by Late Shri PIRAJI SAGARA, the exposed brick walls, the Neem trees peeping out from the large framed openings evoked the inner artist in me to study architecture at this mind swaying campus.

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What inspired you to start your own practice?
While working with AMC, I got an opportunity to design a house for my school classmate a Doctor. Subsequently as I got more exposure & experience, I decided to set up my own firm named
SARTHAK – a synonymous for Successful completion.

What kind of projects have you been working on?
We are working on architectural as well interior designing projects, ranging from 3 BHK apartments to large villas & for small private office to corporates like HDFC, TAM, ICICI. & so on…

What is your signature style? 
One line defines my style. FUNCTIONAL ASTHETICS WITH ELEGANT DESIGNS WHICH CREATES A TIMELESS AMBIANCE OR CREASTALIZE THE DREAMS OF THE CLIENT & SATISFY MY INNER INTUTION.

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What kind of projects do you enjoy the most - commercial, retail, housing...?
Most enjoyable are the corporate offices & large individual residential project.

Which would you say has been your most favorite project? Why?
The corporate office –The Palladium is my most favorite project. The small office building designed with a glass façade with balanced juxtaposition of glass, façade with oriental door perfectly reveals my style.

And the most challenging project? 
The corporate office for Sadesara group is another one my most favorite projects. The liberty to design the high-end corporate office for most ambitious directors & multi faced Sterling Bio tech group within 180 days was the most enjoyable challenge.
The building although designed as very simple cube where all the working areas are warped around a central courtyard arranged as per hierarchy of the corporate on each level. The curvilinear glass façade on either side with pergola at double height gives a corporate identity. The landscaped patches are strategically placed on either side & entrance with large pergolas.The screen wall separated with air vent designed as a large louvered window on south west & landscaped courtyards creates a buffer making the Energy efficient office building in year 2001.

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What would your dream project be?
My dream project is to design a multi-disciplinary educational campus.

What would your advice to young architects be?
It’s important to have the right approach to design with all diligence. You can then achieve the best. Creativity knows no bounds so make sincere attempt to create & contribute to the built environment where every project is a step to move forward with lesson learnt for next step.

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