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.
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.