Alpa Shikre is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). She has the distinction of being the first and probably the only LEED AP in India with a unique specialization in commercial interiors. An architect from Rachana Sansad's Academy of Architecture, she has more than two decades of experience under her belt. Her unflinching commitment towards creating a future of sustainable architecture ensures that every square foot of land developed is green.
Alpa is the proud recipient of the most coveted award in Europe – the AIT Award, which she was honored with for her project – Mudra House. She has also received various other national and international awards from reputed institutions such as Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), Artisan in Concrete Award (AICA).
Mudra House, located in Mumbai, is an eight-storied building and home to over 450 ‘Mudraites’ from across the city. It is an “iconic expression where contextual architecture is reflected in contemporary style” – says the impassioned architect.
The building was designed to respond to micro-climatic conditions. The strategic use of glass for the recessed windows and the eight-storied atrium on the northern axis remarkably reduced the heat entering the building. This not only gave the building a chic look but also made it green. SSA further devised a matrix for choosing the appropriate green materials to earn a LEED Gold certification.
The concept of a color palette was adopted for the interiors to effectively capture and reflect Mudra's story – a cluster of multiple creative talent, where each talent has its own unique strength and core competency. To translate the Indian character into architectural reality, an 'innovative Warli pictograph' was peppered along the walls at strategic points.
This was truly a milestone in Alpa's remarkable journey towards green and sustainable architecture.