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Kamal Sagar

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Kamal Sagar born July 16, 1969 is an Indian architect, designer, real estate developer, restaurateur, and music enthusiast, based in Bangalore, India He is the founder, and chairman of Total Environment Building Systems, Founder and Chairman, Total Environment Hospitality Windmills Craftworks


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Work
  • 4 Projects
  • 5 Awards and recognition
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Kamal graduated from IIT Kharagpur in 1992, with a degree in Architecture After a short stint with Omni Architects at Lexington, Kentucky, in the US, he returned to India and designed the Poonawalla Stud Farms at Hadapsar and Theur, Pune, and also built them out in a span of just 8 months, in time for the Asian Racing Conference by Asian Racing Federation on 27 January 1995 At the farms, he extensively used exposed brick masonry, sourced from the state of Kerala, evolving a special technique with the help of steel spacers to bring out the character of every individual brick – in line with his core design philosophy of natural exteriors for all his buildings, to help them blend with the natural landscape He believed that natural materials had more character, brought the building to life and aged gracefully unlike artificial materials, which did not change with time


Kamal moved to Bangalore in 1995, and after working for 4 months with Mistry Architects, started his architectural practice, first in his own name, and then, in the name of Shibanee & Kamal Architects, along with wife and partner, Shibanee In 1996, in his search for a one-bedroom apartment, he realized just how bad the state of large scale housing projects was, and saw tremendous scope to make a difference in this area After several failed attempts in trying to get Developers to accept his design ideas, he decided to take on the task of developing and constructing his projects himself, and not just designing them and founded Total Environment, a construction and real estate development company, that would build out his designs without compromise Total Environment has since, built 25 million square feet of high quality, individually customized and furnished space, mostly homes, across Bangalore and Pune Leading through design and a combination of technology & craftsmanship, each Total Environment home is a sensitively detailed, high-quality space that celebrates nature by embracing it

Kamal’s work has always been inspired by music and art He founded Windmills Craftworks, in 2012, a Jazz Theatre, Microbrewery and Restaurant, where the audience is able to experience great talent at close quarters, with exceptional sound quality and in a beautiful, warm and comfortable setting and with some of the best beer and food in Bangalore In less than two years, Windmills Craftworks soon established itself as the best live music venue in Bangalore, bringing path breaking music ranging from Jazz, Blues, rock, folk, Bluegrass, Indian Classical music, Indian folk music and Latin


The Magic Faraway Tree, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore The Good Earth, Ulsoor, Bangalore Section of the terrace garden The Magic Faraway Tree, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore Windmills of Your Mind, Whitefield, Bangalore

Kamal’s work has focused on mostly on creating warm spaces and a high quality experience in high-rise housing projects, through homes that embrace nature He was surprised to see how people all over the world could build large housing projects where homes did not have gardens – he felt that a garden was a very basic human need

Kamal introduced the idea of a garden with every home Referred as Gardens in the Sky In 1996, at his project Green is the Colour, Bangalore, he created gardens cantilevering in alternate directions on consecutive floors When his customers refused to pay for these gardens, he decided to go ahead and provide them at his own cost Over the years, he experimented with various different formats for these gardens, with most rooms in each apartment, opening onto these gardens through large wood frame sliding glass panels

Kamal also believed that the furniture in a home is integral to the planning and layout of the home and cannot be excluded from the scope of the design of the home and, from 2002, started designing and building most of his homes as completely furnished homes He also developed a software platform through which he brought design to every single home buyer – a platform that allows a home-buyer to individually customize every detail of his house – from wall layouts and furniture layouts to materials and finishes – down to the detail of the shelving in the wardrobes


1995 Poonawalla Stud Farms, Hadpsar, Pune, India
1999 Ion Idea Corporate Campus, Whitefield, Bangalore, India
2000 Bougainvillea, Vibhuthipura, Bangalore, India
2000 Green is the Colour, BTM Layout, Bangalore, India
2001 The Good Earth, Ulsoor, Bangalore, India
2001 Webb India Limited – Corporate Office & workshops, Bommasandra, Bangalore, India
2004 Shine On, Rahath Bagh, Bangalore, India
2004 Time, Indiranagar, Bangalore, India
2006 Footprints, Indiranagar, Bangalore, India
2006 Residence for Navin Dhananjay, Hennur Road, Bangalore, India
2008 Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore, India
2009 Orange Blossom Special, Uday Baugh, Pune, India
2010 Greensleeves, Singasandra, Bangalore, India
2015 Windmills of Your Mind, Whitefield, Bangalore, India
2015 The Magic Faraway Tree, Phase 1, Kanakapura Road, Bangalore, India

Awards and recognition

In recognition of his work, Kamal has won several Architectural Design Awards - at both National and International levels – including the award for the Best Residential Architecture – Asia Pacific Region, and Best Residential Development, India 2009 from CNBC, as well as Most Innovative Design, 2013 from CREDAI Karnataka, for his project Windmills of Your Mind, Habitat Award for Apartment Planning from A+D Spectrum Foundation, for Time, 2005, Best Group Housing Project from JK Cements Architect of the Year Awards and Habitat Award for Apartment Planning, from A+D Spectrum Foundation, 2003, for The Good Earth

Sl No Award Institution Year Project
1 Best Group Housing Project JK Cements - Architect of the Year Awards 2003 The Good Earth, Bangalore
2 Habitat Award for Apartment Planning Architecture+Design Spectrum Foundation 2003 The Good Earth, Bangalore
3 Habitat Award for Apartment Planning Architecture+Design Spectrum Foundation 2005 Time, Bangalore
4 Best Residential Development CNBC Arabia 2009 Windmills of Your Mind, Bangalore
5 Best Residential Architecture CNBC Arabia 2009 Windmills of Your Mind, Bangalore
6 Best Residential Architecture CNBC Arabia 2009 Windmills of Your Mind, Bangalore
7 Best Innovative Design Credai Bangalore 2013 Windmills of Your Mind, Bangalore


  1. ^ "Total Architecture: Different Kind of Builders" Rohin Dharmakumar, Forbes India forbesindiacom April 29, 2011 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  2. ^ "Customers should pay only for built-up area" Furquan Moharkan, DHNS deccanheraldcom Dec 27, 2015 Retrieved Dec 28, 2015 
  3. ^ "Playing across genre lines" The Hindu thehinducom December 11, 2014 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  4. ^ "Hamlet: Method and madness" TIMES NEWS NETWORK timesofindiacom October 17, 2015 Retrieved Oct 18, 2015 
  5. ^ "LIVE STREAMING PLANNED - City Becomes a Stage for Bard's Globe Theatre" Divya Shekhar, The Economic Times timesofindiacom October 15, 2015 Retrieved Oct 18, 2015 
  6. ^ "A devoted fan, a legendary pianist and all that jazz" Khushali P Madhwani, Bangalore Mirror Bureau bangaloremirrorcom July 5, 2014 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  7. ^ "How Jazz Legend Ahmad Jamal Wowed Bengaluru" Sunil Sampat, Rolling Stone India rollingstoneindiacom July 6, 2014 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  8. ^ "Jamal comes to town" Susanna Chandy, Rolling Stone India The New Indian Express July 4, 2014 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  9. ^ "How Bengaluru Architect Kamal Sagar Convinced Jazz Legend Ahmad Jamal To Perform In India" Lalitha Suhasini, Rolling Stone India rollingstoneindiacom June 26, 2014 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  10. ^ "Have a jazzy time at the Total Environment Jazz Festival" Times News Network timesofindiaindiatimescom November 25, 2014 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  11. ^ "Drink, Listen, Browse" Rohin Dharmakumar, Forbes India forbesindiacom October 26, 2012 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  12. ^ "Sway to crossover jazz tunes" TIMES NEWS NETWORK timesofindiacom December 30, 2015 Retrieved December 30, 2015 
  13. ^ "Personalise Your Space" Deepika Mital, Times of India timesofindiacom March 27, 2010 Retrieved July 14, 2015 
  14. ^ "Total Focus, Absolute Intent" Subroto Bagchi forbesindiacom October 10, 2009 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  15. ^ "Customizing Homes" Sujit John Times of India September 7, 2011 Retrieved July 24, 2015 
  16. ^ "Built on Bricks, Grit and Beauty" Shreyasi Singh Inc India November 27, 2011 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  17. ^ "How to bend it like Beckham in work space design" Utkal Mohanty DNA February 5, 2011 Retrieved July 23, 2015 
  18. ^ "Total Elegance Intent" Shrabonti Bagchi telegraphindiacom August 24, 2008 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  19. ^ "Bringing Nature Home" PDF Apurva Bose Dutta apurvabosecom April 2, 2012 Retrieved July 22, 2015 
  20. ^ "The million buck home in Bangalore" Gargi Gupta rediffcom June 16, 2007 Retrieved July 23, 2015 
  21. ^ "Total Environment wins multiple CNBC Asia Pacific Residential Property Awards 2009" Business Standard business-standardcom August 13, 2009 Retrieved July 22, 2015 

External links

  • Total Environment Jazz Festival
  • Total Environment
  • Kamal Sagar - Standing out while blending into nature
  • Interview: Kamal Sagar, Total Environment, 2013
  • Executive Council: Credai Bengaluru
  • Nestle in one of India's affordable cities
  • Bengaluru beats Paris and all others for me: Kamal Sagar, Total Environment
  • I'd raze metro lines & rebuild them with smart design: Kamal Sagar, Total environment building systems CEO

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