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Transparence 13.0

Transparence 13.0
The biggest show on the planet.

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Ideas. Challenges. Genius.

Transparence 13.0
The biggest show on the planet.

Transparence 13.0
The biggest show on the planet.

Imparting knowledge. Inspiring innovation.

Design to Inspire.
Design to Change the World.



"Knowledge is Power".

Transparence, India’s largest Architectural Design Competition is brought to you by Saint-Gobain Glass India and ably supported by Ethos. Transparence inspires today’s budding architects to give flight to their wings of imagination and creativity. The theme for this year is “The Business of Space” and Transparence 2018 looks at how we can imagine, re-imagine and design amazing office spaces for the modern world!

Download Brief


The curator for this year’s Transparence is Ar. Naresh V. Narasimhan, Venkataramanan Associates. Naresh V Narasimhan heads Venkataramanan Associates, a second generation multi-disciplinary award-winning architecture firm based in Bangalore. Steeped in values of integrity, commitment, professionalism and ethics, VA has held a steady reputation for delivering high-quality projects across various sectors. Naresh, trained as an architect at the Manipal Institute of Technology, India (B Arch 1985) later studied Project Appraisal and Risk Management at Harvard University (1995). Apart from heading the architecture practice at VA he founded the MOD Institute, the Bangalore Agenda Task Force addressing highly relevant urban issues. His interests range from socio-economic modelling, knowledge-sharing and communication strategies to cinema, art appreciation and popular culture. A prolific speaker, he is frequently invited to lecture at several events nationally and internationally.

The Reward

per team,
a trophy and a certificate
per team,
a trophy and a certificate
per team,
a trophy and a certificate
per team, a certificate and an opportunity to win the National Trophy

*All participants with submissions that are found technically complete by the jury will be awarded a certificate.


13th EDITION OF TRANSPARENCE- "The Business Plan ", curated by Ar. Naresh Narasimhan.

The Indian workspace is undergoing dramatic changes with Indian millennials spending the most amount of time in their offices compared to their global peers, working an average of 52 hours per week! Emergence of many new “start-ups”, affordability, distance and time for travel- are some of the other factors that are crying out for a change in the way we look at and design our work spaces. Flexibility, need-based space requirement, dynamic spaces that are inspiring both during the day and night, spaces that allow for collaboration – these are some of the ingredients that would make for an apt office space today. Transparence 2018 looks to redefine the way business spaces have been conventionally looked at. Let’s get down to business!


Explore work spaces across the world for better design choices.

Since the dawn of the white-collar age, office prototypes have been a habitual dilemma. There has been a historical shift in values and lifestyles and hence a shift in workplace environments over the last decade. With people spending more and more time in their workplace (wherever that may be), the modern workplace has become flexible and human-centric. While companies like Google and Facebook are revolutionizing the way office buildings and workplaces are conceived, some also believe traditional workstations maintain employees’ attention spans, productivity, and provide a clear schism to separate work from leisure. Are the days of workspaces being limited to a cubicle and meetings to a conference room over?


Explore different scales and types of workspaces like start-ups, accelerators, incubators, co-working spaces etc. with respect to business philosophy

Cities and buildings are changing in tandem with work and work styles. Significant factors, including a younger workforce and innovation-driven nature of business, mean that building typologies are being challenged both in form and provision. The lines are blurring between an office and a home. The revolution that started changing the workplace layout in the early 1990s has spread now to buildings and campuses. Instead of businesses owning or occupying large office buildings, more companies are shifting towards shared work centres and self-sustaining vertical work towns.


Study user patterns with respect to site and context

  • Who are the users and where are they coming from?
  • What are the interactions the users have in and around the site?
  • How do you ensure productivity, safety and well-being?


Exploring dynamic spaces with respect to time of day, day of week, time of year

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy!


The workplace is evolving faster than ever before and we must pioneer the new office design movement. A one-size-fits-all workplace does not do justice to the multicultural, multilingual, and multigenerational workforce. Old ways are being set aside, and new-age solutions are being criticized. The challenge is to program and reinvent our offices into a modern workspace that are inclusive and take into account the various parameters which makes up the human construct.

We must question the current archetype of the office building and work environment. Shall we break out of the box? What is the box in the first place?

Now that we have understood what offices have looked like in the past, the kinds of offices, the user and his needs, it’s time to get down to business!

The Site

Site area: 2.54 Acres / 10296 SQM / 110826 SFT

Site location: Yeshwantpur area, Bangalore, Karnataka

Site Bye Laws

Location & Size:

The Site is 2.54 acres of Land Parcel at Yeshwantpur area, Bangalore, Karnataka.

Building Rules(Mandatory)
  • Permissible FAR – 3.57
  • Maximum Permissible Ground Coverage - 45%
  • Maximum Permissible Height – No height restriction
  • Number of basements allowed: 2 basements
  • You can consider the site flat and devoid of contours.
  • Minimum setback- 18 m (all sides)
  • Total Built up area: 40,000 sq.m. / 4,30,000 sq.ft.
  • Parking Requirements: 1 car park for every 50 sq.m. of Built Up.

*Other bye laws as per the National Building Code