When he was just 25, Bobby Mukherji won The Aamby Valley City project in Lonavala. Not every young entrepreneur can share that one of their earliest projects was a 9,000-acre township, a first of its kind in India that would go on to win several awards. The fortunate streak didn’t stop there. An international competition to redesign Le Meridien, New Delhi, saw him not only competing with the stalwarts in the field but eventually winning the project! “This marked our foray into hospitality in a big way. It gave us the confidence to take on projects of that nature and scale. They were also significant public showcases for the practice,” remembers Mukherji.
While his practice Bobby Mukherji & Associates has evolved since 1993, his design philosophy is still guided by a blend of innovation, practicality and superlative design aesthetics. Appreciation for their design sense — which often fuses classic design elements with a contemporary approach — has taken them world over, from The Middle East, Thailand, The United Kingdom, The USA, Indonesia, Bhutan, China, New Zealand, Caribbean Islands (British West Indies) to Nigeria, among others. “As a practice, we are pluralistic in nature. We believe that design is an organic entity, which should speak to the soul, even as it reflects a global outlook… We are devoted to creating unique experiences, environments and cityscapes for the end consumer,” shares the alumnus of Academy of Architecture (Mumbai).
In the country alone, BMA has enjoyed working on large scale projects that has/is aiding change in the city’s skyline. “Integrated township projects with high-end infrastructure, facilities and a generous amount of open spaces, we believe, are the answer to India’s urban planning woes. We hope, with our township projects and skill set, to help address some of the (urban) issues by creating the right kind of social, residential and entertainment infrastructure in integrated townships,” says Mukherji who sees the practice as a globally established design atelier, extending its footprint on the world map. “Through our practice, we would like to demonstrate that Indians are perfectly capable of taking a holistic and luxurious approach to design,” he adds.
He also hopes to dispel some myths surrounding interior design. “A lot of design professionals today make the mistake of believing that interior design is all about decorating and any housewife or professional can become an interior designer. Any kind of design is a lot of hard work and requires immense technical knowledge and the ability to convert that knowledge into practical application.”

Looking Back

The Aamby Valley City and Le Meridien, New Delhi, will always be significant projects for us. Another project we are proud to be associated with is the private jet terminal at St. Kitts, in the Caribbean islands, a first for any Indian architect. It has been operational for the last two years and was very well received by the who’s who.

Looking forward

We are working on another aviation assignment in the French West Indies, along with several other hospitality projects for eminent brands. Our work in the real estate segment, too, has helped us create lifestyles flanked by luxury, whether affordable or high-end, which is a mandate of sorts for the end user today.

 

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