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IIID | Western Region | Winner | Public Spaces | 2012


IIID | National| Runner up | Public Spaces | 2012

'Koty-ark’ (in Gujarati language) means energy equal to 1 crore (10 million) sun’s energy. The trustees approached us to rebuild a dilapidated old existing temple in a very tight fabric of the old city, with a very tight budget! The design draws direct clues from the name Kotyark – Thousand Suns – and hence the design exploits the natural sunlight in this 18 feet x 100 feet site. The very modern material pallete of form finished concrete, stainless steel, wood and white Indian marble is glorified when the sunlight washes the long butched stone walls and then dispersing the soft light into the space. The modern temple stands as a reinterpretation of the spatial rules of ancient art of Hindu Temple Design.

Project Specifics

Client: Amdavadi Visay Khadayta Vanik Nyati Panch

Site Location:  Lekhadiya Sheri Road, Sayedpura, Surat.

Plot Size:  - 205 sq yards / 171 sq m

Construction Area:  2,100 sq ft / 195 sq m

Year of Completion:  2011

Services:  Architecture and Interior Design

Team: Snehal Shah, Nishith Jariwala

During the course of design for the Kotyark Mandir, there were lots of hot discussions regarding the architectural design for the same. In one instance, I remember Snehalbhai telling me “don’t teach Pavbhaji wala the ingredients/ masala he has to add, just enjoy the taste…” This is what he simply explained; and I do not mind admitting that wonderful design creativity was experienced at the completion of the temple. Though this was a purely voluntary service where there was no commercial implication, the quality of services extended by ESSTEAM was of very high quality and was a great learning experience for all the trustees, and me in particular.


- Mr. Mayur Chahwala Trustee – Kotyark Mandir.

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