Indian business conglomerate Malabar Group, which has a presence in 10 countries and is the parent company of Malabar Gold & Diamonds, bagged the Best Commercial Architecture award for its headquarters in Kerala, India, at the Forbes India Design Awards 2019.
The special recommendation award was presented at a recent event in Mumbai. Tony Jospeh, principal architect, Stapati, who designed the Malabar Group Headquarters (M HQ) received the award from Sanjay Puri, principal architect, Sanjay Puri Architects, and Sonal Sancheti, principal designer, Opolis, in the presence of Subair MP, deputy regional head, west region, Malabar Gold & Diamonds. The global headquarters of the diversified Malabar Group houses all its subsidiaries, including flagship brands such as Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Malabar Developers, Malabar Watches, Eham Digital and others.
The Forbes India Design Awards is a national award that honours people who shape India’s vibrant architectural and design landscape. It celebrates the best talent in the Indian design industry.
The M HQ is built on a steep, sloping site, facing the west, presenting a picturesque landscape view from the building. It is located at Montana Estates, 150-acre serene township, situated at 800 feet above sea level, away from the bustle of the city. The roof is a landscaped gathering space, which slopes all the way down to the ground and has amphitheatres, lounges, pavilions and plenty of vegetation, serving as a space for people to get together and unwind. Natural vegetation comes into the interiors through spill-out balconies and the central landscaped spine with dense greenery, providing opportunities for social interactions and enhancing the psychological well-being of employees.