DLF’s The Camellias bags top honors at 2022 International Architectural Awards

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The Camellias at Golf Links, DLF5, Gurgaon
The Camellias at Golf Links, DLF5, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India | Image Courtesy: DLF

The Camellias, the super luxurious apartments from India’s leading commercial real estate developer, DLF has been honored in the Multi-Family Housing Category at the International Architectural Awards 2022.

DLF was presented with the trophy at an award ceremony that was held at the Acropolis in Athens.

The International Architectural Awards 2022 is a collective initiative by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.

DLF’s The Camellias, located in Gurugram, in the Indian state of Haryana, is one of the most sought-after projects by the NRI communities in the UAE and the wider GCC Region.

As per an industry report, in 2021, NRIs from across the globe have invested $13.1 billion and this is likely to grow by 12 percent to touch $14.9 billion in 2022.

International Architectural Awards

Since 2004, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd. has organized The International Architecture Awards to celebrate the finest, noteworthy new buildings, landscape architecture, and planning projects designed and/or built around the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, and urban planners practicing nationally and internationally.

During the awards ceremony, Mr. Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President of the Chicago Athenaeum complimented the winning project for its steadfast dedication to the highest standards of excellence, which had not only captivated the decision committee but had also received the highest accolades from patrons and professionals alike.

“The International Architecture Awards give an important global overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional, and residential work,” Mr. Narkiewicz-Laine highlighted.

The Camellias

The super luxury apartments have been recognized to be the most prestigious and coveted address in the exclusive enclave of DLF5 in Gurugram.

The residences overlook 200 acres of the fresh green DLF Golf and Country Club, extending towards the horizon with 1,000 acres of the Aravalli forests. The project is a triumph of architecture, aesthetics, lifestyle and the latest technologies, where luxury and environmental sensitivity go hand in hand.

The Camellias is India’s first residential development to be awarded the LEED Platinum Certification by the US Green Building Council for its sustainability and energy conservation efforts.

The project symbolizes the values of well-being, eco-friendliness and community living, which are more relevant now than ever before. The vibrant heart of the community is The Camellias Club, a multi-sensory world of health, fitness, gastronomy, entertainment and more, built around seven energy zones.

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Aakash Ohri
Group Executive Director,
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“It is always an honor and a privilege for our work to be recognized at the highest global levels. The Camellias is truly a culmination of our decades of experience and evolution. Our objective right from the planning stage was to make The Camellias to be benchmarked alongside the best residential developments in the world, which is why we brought together the six grandmasters, visionaries in their own right, to work together in creative unison. From the outset, the team resolved to incorporate the best eco-friendly, sustainable practices while designing the enclave. After all, DLF is the only Indian real estate company to be listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.”

Other Major Contributors

  • Principal Architect: Mr. Hafeez Contractor
  • Architectural and Interior Design: Mr. Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader at the Rockwell Group of New York City
  • Lighting Design: Mr. Arnold Chan of Isometrix Lighting + Design of London
  • Fitness Centre: Mr. Jay Wright, CEO of The Wright Fit from New York
  • Spa Design: Mr. Ingo Schweder, founder of GOCO Hospitality from Bangkok
  • Landscape Design: Mr. Gerdo Aquino, Co-CEO, SWA Group from Los Angeles, US

As per the latest Anarock research, the first quarter of 2022 saw housing sales of at least 99,550 units across the top seven cities, of which the share of NRI purchases was up to 15 percent.

The research also showed that an overwhelming majority of non-resident Indians (NRIs), as high as 82 percent, now prefer to buy premium to luxury residential properties in their home country, a major change from the past when Gulf-based expat Indians mainly preferred low-priced houses in the affordable category.

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