Quest

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This new mall in the city blends el­e­ments of Kolkata’s rich cul­tural her­itage with the look, feel and de­tail of the world’s most dy­namic and suc­cess­ful shop­ping cen­tres. This fes­tive sea­son, Kolkata, got an­other rea­son to cheer – the new ‘Quest’ Mall at Park Cir­cus, a prime lo­ca­tion in the city. De­vel­oped, main­tained and op­er­ated by CESC Prop­er­ties Limited, this lux­ury mall has been cre­ated by lead­ing de­sign and ar­chi­tec­tural firms from around the world who have worked closely in a bid to make Quest a true ar­chi­tec­tural land­mark. The brief was to blend el­e­ments of Kolkata’s rich cul­tural her­itage with the look, feel and de­tail of the world’s most dy­namic and suc­cess­ful shop­ping cen­tres. Sanjiv Goenka, Chair­man, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, ex­plains, “Quest, de­vel­oped by CESC Prop­er­ties Limited, has a built up area of about 7.2 lakh sq. ft and a re­tail area of around 4.2 lakh sq. ft. This makes Quest among In­dia’s most spe­cial lux­ury malls with a G+5 struc­ture and two base­ment lev­els. The mall’s multi-level cark park stretches above 13 lev­els and has an area of ap­prox­i­mately 3 lakh sq.ft catering nearly to a thousand cars mak­ing it the largest park­ing lot in the city”. The de­sign and ar­chi­tect team for the lux­ury mall con­sists of US-based RTKL As­so­ciates, JP Agar­wal, L&T, Con­struc­tion Catal­y­sers (Pune) and Dhanan­jay Dhake, an ar­chi­tect, who has worked on the re­build­ing of Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Air­port. The mall’s light­ing has been con­ceived by Bliss Fas­man, a light­ing de­sign firm based in New York City, while the land­scap­ing has been ex­e­cuted by De­sign Ac­cord, a global name in land­scape de­sign­ing.

Spe­cial Fea­tures

con­ceived by the prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect, is a fu­sion of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and tra­di­tional jaali work with the ob­jec­tive to cre­ate a fes­tive look as well as to con­verge art and en­gi­neer­ing. The de­sign has been fur­ther ac­cen­tu­ated by con­sul­tants Bliss Fas­man, USA, which spe­cial­izes in the do­main knowl­edge of ar­chi­tec­tural il­lu­mi­na­tion. A spe­cial al­go­rithm was de­vel­oped for forg­ing the façade. Out of 20 it­er­a­tions us­ing var­i­ous pa­ram­e­ters, a de­sign was cho­sen that would feature 140 tri­an­gles fused to­gether, us­ing 215 junc­tions. The chal­lenge in this con­struc­tion was to make an in­vis­i­ble sup­port­ing struc­ture to but­tress the jaali work. This was achieved by cre­at­ing an in­no­va­tive ul­tra-sleek sup­port­ing struc­ture that is al­most in­vis­i­ble.

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