Originally established as an architecture firm in 1996, ANA Design laid its foundation as an architecture and engineering firm (A&E) in 2010; with a vision to reduce the project dependency on sub-consultants by offering MEP services in-house. Having projects delivered across three regions globally (India, West Asia and Africa), our concepts are designed to serve a purpose and ensure sustainability. The firm adopted the philosophy of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in 2015, to break away from the conventional patterns of thought in terms of the process and delivery of Architecture and Services Design.
With grit and expertise, we at ANA Design have successfully delivered numerous projects across sectors such as Retail, Hospitality, Education and Process Industry. We endeavour to create a collaborative platform which encourages the team to research alternatives, share knowledge and form new ways of solving the challenges of the built environment.
We delight our clients by delivering predictable process and pattern of service with an unambiguous, clear and lucid style of communication. We are thorough in balancing design with technical expertise ensuring that the entire experience of working with ANA is professional, courteous and pleasant for our clients, associates and industry stakeholders.
To evolve constantly and create a system of listening, allowing us to get a clear insight into client’s requirements and developing designs in sync with their needs.
To ensure a focus on sustainability while conceptualizing each project. We make certain that with every project external and internal factors such as climate, culture, the latent and operational energy/functioning of the building meets the economic viability of the project.
To ensure that the conceptual design and building engineering are closely knit right from the beginning by the use of BIM with a vision to improve upon the last design in terms of sophistication of engineering, detailing and build ability.
To ensure that all our partners and associates are given professional and friendly learning and working environment, and wealth is created for all stakeholders in the long term.
At ANA, we are asked to design for specific problems. Getting to the core of the problem and soliciting data is the first step in addressing any given set of requirements. The requirements are often vague, and presented in the limited focus of a specific project or idea. So, inquiry solicits specific requirements and goals, as well as an understanding of how those requirements fit into the broader enterprise context. An unambiguous understanding of the clients requirement helps us unlock intrinsic value in the buildings and spaces we design.
At ANA, we attempt to act as a bridge between a given project and how that project fits into the broader context. One of the major benefits that we brings to the client organisation, is in integrating the solution for the particular project with the business, enterprise concerns, industry standards, established urban patterns, and engineering best practices. These best practices are culled from our own expertise in the business, as well as those that we have learnt from collaborating with peers worldwide, and respecting diverse cultures that we work in.
There is a specific step of analysis based on the information that we collect at the first two stages. The analysis consists of answering three core architectural questions:
1) What are the key elements of the purpose of the building?
2) What are the relationships between them? and;
3) How do they combine together to provide higher than stated or expected value?
Once the overall, integrated solution is framed, we create a conceptual vision of the solution. This will typically be in the form of a ‘conceptual architecture diagram’, a drawing that shows the major spaces / structural and circulation systems, the other services and spaces it has to interact with, the major logical functions and spaces that it must perform or use, and that establishes the scope of the project within those parts.
Alongside, since the structural design and MEP are in-house functions, we try and get the best possible review from each subject matter expert, so that the first draft of the problem solving that goes to our client, is thorough not just spatially, but also in terms of material, structure and services. This has resulted in both time saving at design stage, as well as a realistic understanding of time and budget for the customer’s business plan.
Within the client organisation we also have to communicate the key details to many audiences (business/projects/purchase/finance). Abstraction can be defined as the suppression of irrelevant detail. So, along with the client lead, we establish what details are or are not important for conveying every architectural/design or cost message to each different stakeholders.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is also an excellent way to represent the architectural models and drawings at each level of abstraction. So, another key skill and function at ANA, is to create visual renditions of the different abstractions. We are also working completely in Revit based BIM for . This ability allows the visualisation, construction detailing, scheduling as well as de fouling before the process of construction begins. This ability tremendously benefits in controlling both time and cost on site for the client business.
Of course, we need to create more than just pretty pictures. It needs to be specific enough to unambiguously communicate the details to whoever is going to build. An architectural ‘specification’ is the usual approach to formalization. Our specification does not have to be end as just a document. A visualization in the form of a complete and precise drawing set, expressed in industry standard notation is prepared. This is in a process of near constant evolution with learning’s added monthly as projects grow and mature.
Fundamentally, we at ANA play a role of the communicator. After we establish and formalising a solution, we need to communicate that solution as well as its importance and value to stakeholders throughout the organization. This takes the form of design review presentations, plans, drawings, walk thru’s, Revit models and detailed engineering documentation. Since building projects are dynamic, and very often changes occur on account of site constraints, government laws or changes in the orgainsation business environment. We ensure that a periodic communication is sent to all stakeholders to ensure everyone is aware of the progress and bottlenecks if any.
Even the best designed, formalized and communicated building design may not be successful. We have unambiguously realised that the equation for project construction value is actually pretty straightforward. If using our technical drawings/documents/communication will make someone’s job easier, they’ll use it. If it adds extra steps to the work, without adding extra value, it will be ignored. We ruthlessly try to weed out the unnecessary embellishments and deviations, and present to the client the shortest route to the highest value.
Finally, one of the primary enablers is to actively assist projects in using our building construction document. Our job is not ended by the provision of drawings and documents alone. The channel of communication remains formally open till the handover of the project, and we set aside time in our initial cost proposal to be able to meet periodic reviews, site visits, negotiations and trouble shooting.