The project was conceptualized as a series of ‘HUMANE’ spaces, the ‘MAIN STREET’, the courtyards, the ‘KUND’ all woven together into a tapestry that echoes the timelessness of the thought and philosophy of India.“I wanted the environment to speak the language of tranquility and serenity that is so essential to any form of creative thought” Kamal Malik

ISHANYA’ is a utopian exposition center for building materials, sustainable technologies, and an interaction forum for multi-disciplinary design that transforms into a cultural complex at night. The exposition center is coupled with an integrated research development and consultancy cell that permits a dialogue between designers from the fields of Architecture, Engineering & the Fine Arts. The result: a living organism that comprises permanent display, new product launches and a continuous interaction between the major design disciplines.

The project also speaks of a hierarchy of spaces: the intimate human scale of the ‘street’, the intermediate scale of the courts and secondary spaces and the almost industrial scale of the tertiary spaces.

The design concept stems from the “MAIN STREET” or circulation “SPINE”, that ties together the myriad primary, secondary and tertiary spaces through an orchestrated array of courtyards, water channels and a stepped well or “KUND”. These elements are derived from an ancient vocabulary of the “WADA” architecture of Pune but are expressed as contemporary elements in exposed concrete, steel and glass.

Importantly the center transforms into a cultural complex in the evenings with an array of the performing arts that include an open air theater on the water, outdoor sculpture galleries and an indoor hall for music and cinema.

  • Deepak Fertilizers
  • Pune Maharashtra
  • None
  • 6,00,000 sq.ft.
  • Completed (May 2004 – May 2008)
  • Ketan Chaudhray, Meghana Tipnis, Geeta Danani, Dhanashree Borge
  • Bharath Ramamrutham


  • Sterling Engg. Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Dikshit Consultants & Engineering PVT Ltd – Mr. Amod Dikshit
  • Hydro Mechanical Consultants – Mr. Vinod Menon
  • Bangale Associates (BA) – Mr. A. T. Bangale
  • Franklin Po


  • Shapoorji and Pallonji Pvt. Ltd.
  • Shapoorji and Pallonji Pvt. Ltd.
  • Shapoorji and Pallonji Pvt. Ltd.
  • ETA
  • Khodiya, Mumbai
  • ETA