VOLUME 15 • NUMBER 4 • OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2013
EXCON 2013 20-24 November Bangaluru, India
• Pillar of Light • Marble Tiles are for Royal Look • Statue of Unity • JCB India Limited • Notification • Fairs
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CONTENTS ADVISORY BOARD Ashok Patni, Kishangarh G. Krishna Rao, Hyderabad Ishwinder Singh, Jaipur J.B. Surana, Bangalore M. Ramesh, Hyderabad Munavar Basha, Bangalore R. R. Hegde, Mangalore R. Veeramani, Chennai Sanjay Jain, New Delhi S. Muthurajan, Salem Y.R. Shah, Bangalore STONE PANORAMA A Quarterly Publication Annual Subscription India : Rs. 350 Foreign : Euro 25 (Sea Mail) Euro 35 (Air Mail) Single Copy : Rs. 100 Editor K.Vikram Rastogi Associate Editor Jaya V. Rastogi
Editorial Stone has an Immortal Charm
News 26 Guidance on CE Marking Now a Documentary Tracing the History of Man and Stone UK a Big Stone Market Granite Application on Pavements New Projects 30 Pillar of Light The US Court Hose at Alpine Front and the Sky View of Presidential Palace Fusion of Craftsmanship with Modern Design Limestone Gives Luster to Vancise-Simonet Detention Centre Hotel Grand Chola Marble Tiles are for Royal Look Awards 45 International Award Architecture in Stone
Special 46 A Befitting Tribute - Statue of Unity Innovation Cultured Marble
Equipment Manufacturer JCB India Limited
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Notification 56 Marble Quota for 6 Lakh Tones for FY 201314 Announced, Allocation on Turnover and Number of Gang Saws Fairs Xiamen Stone Fair 2014 Build Intec 2014 Excon 2013 Stona 2014 Marble 2014 Marmomacc 2013 Made Expo 2013
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STONE HAS AN IMMORTAL CHARM
Stone is one of the most noble materials of the architectural tradition whose rise in today's architecture is the result of half a century of difficult and tough resistance against the modern movement and late modernism which preferred other materials considered more appropriate matching the spirit of the times. But it was not to last for long. Stone again started bouncing back as a material of choice with architect and ultimate users.
STONE PANORAMA October - December 2013
K. Vikram Rastogi
Natural stone is the fundamental ingredient of the evolution of human culture. It was there when first human being was born and it will be there until the stone planet 'Earth' lasts. It is a material that opens up unexplored fields of research linking the past and the future. Stone has great scope for rediscovery and new opportunities for high quality architecture. In modern times, continuing with natural stone as an integral component of a modern building architects, builders and decorators are now moving ahead towards a new culture of stone. Now there is coexistence and integration between stones and rational use of other building, materials like steel, glass, plastic and engineered stones.
But with the changing socioeconomic requirement and living life style of people, research and development in architectural field and induction of new innovative materials stone has learnt to accommodate with the changes. Modern tools have widened its scope of application with the changing patterns in cladding, flooring and interior and exterior decoration. Now modern machines can cut marble in paper thin thickness making it very light in weight. Since highrise building and skyscrapers are now in vogue thin and light weight stones are in great demand. In present times stone tiles can be manufactured with perfection in required size and thickness which saves time in laying and cladding and thus helps builders to finish their projects in specific period. Though ceramic tiles are also used in large quantity to finish the job quickly with perfection and beauty, natural stone tiles provide a distinctive edge. There is variety in colours and pattern which guarantees long life and provide a majestic look to the building. Today engineered stones are making swift entry into the building and construction sector. The innovative technique make them look like natural stone, particularly marble and quartz. But will they be able to sustain the vagaries of time? Only time can tell. Stone does not require mirror to show its supremacy. As a testimony to
this fact one can look at Taj Mahal (India) 1612, leaning tower of Pisa (Italy), 14th century mosque of Cardoba (Spain) A.D 800, Omayyad Mosque (Syria) A.D. 206 etc. The world is full of such great monuments. Continuing with natural stone as an integral component of a modern building architects, builders and decorators are now moving ahead towards a new culture of stone. Now there is coexistence and integration between stones and rational use of other building materials like steel, glass, plastic and engineered stones. The use of machines and sophisticated programmes of digital modeling has given rise to a new direction of research opening fresh field of applications for stone. Natural stone is a material that opens up unexplored fields of research linking the past and the future. Stone has great scope for rediscovery and new opportunities for high quality architecture. For their lot of educational and research programmes are going on in the universities in the field of architectural design in view of coexistence of traditional material and in contemporary one. Stone's future is bright with modern materials. In future changes are bound to come in its applications accommodating with contemporary materials coming up with the continuous research and development to suit changing socio-economic needs and changing life style of people. Natural stone is the fundamental ingredient of the evolution of human culture. It was there when first human being was born and it will be there until the stone planet 'Earth' lasts. You cannot think of life without natural stone. As the time progresses charges are imminent in our living style incorporating more new materials in building and construction works. But, natural stone will always be there may be in a more innovative style. K. Vikram Rastogi
GUIDANCE ON CE MARKING Since CE marking has now been made compulsory on most building products from the beginning of July 2013, Stone Federation Great Britain held to hold a seminar
popular material for the home use, and now a staple for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and other innovative applications. The documentary contains nearly 40 interviews conducted in the US and around the world and remarkable footage from quarries, projects and fabrication facilities.
UK A BIG STONE MARKET
According to HM Revenue & Customs (UK) figures there were £ 265 millions worth of dimension stone imports in 2012 (excluding slate and hard landscaping). It clearly indicates towards UK's growing imports of different types and variety of stones to meet its internal requirements. on the subject. This was held to make its members well acquainted with the new regulations on CE marking. The seminar was hosted by the Stone Theatre in London with around 40 members attending. Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldmine Design Consultants and Tim Yates of BRE presented the seminar. Attending members made the programme lively asking questions seeking clarification on different issues. To help its members, Stone Federation Great Britain produced a sample CE Marking Certificate and declaration of performance. Members can also download it from the Federation website. Stone Federation has also planed to hold a CE Marking Workshop during its forthcoming Annual General meeting on November 28, 2013.
STONE PANORAMA October - December 2013
NOW A DOCUMENTARY TRACING THE HISTORY OF MAN AND STONE Now there is a 54 minute documentary in the market which traces incredible relationship between man and stone. Produced by Bill Levy productions. Inc. of Beachwood for Marble Institute of America, the documentary chronicles 2.5 million year relationship between man and natural stone tracing an interconnection that started when primitive man began creating tools and weapons from stone. The documentary shows how stone was originally used for primitive housing and then the key building material for the great pyramids of Egypt and eventually, a
Crediting indigenous suppliers with sales of about £ 80 million, stone supply in UK last year is valued at around £ 345 million. Once the stone has been processed and installed, the value of the stone market at the client end is estimated to be about £3,225 million. There are some 4,000 companies involved in the various architectural stone markets and another 800 in memorial retailing.
GRANITE APPLICATION ON PAVEMENTS Now Chennai roads to have granite pavements. This is the first time architects have designed such a project. Chennai Corporation began work on building granite pavements along police commissioner road in Egmore. Initially the pavement will come up to total length of around 48 km. The uniqueness of the project is that these granite payments are individually designed to suit a specific road and are disabled friendly. The project has been launched with Chennai city contact, an NGO that deals with transport and urban planning. The monitoring agency has more than 15 architects on the design board. They have volunteered for the project, till the civic-body recruits their own design staff.
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