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The New Secretariat by Ar. Ponni Concessao

The latest and by far the most prestigious project driven by Ar. Ponni Concessao is the new Telangana State Secretariat building in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana. Whist the erstwhile Indo-Saracenic structure was razed to the ground to create space for the new, the architect has sensitively chosen to create a state-of-the-art complex subtly paying homage to the architectural features of its predecessor. With this project, the celebrated architect also claims a spot as the first woman architect in Asia ever to build a secretariat!

“The New Secretariat embraces modern technologies to optimize efficiency and functionality. It boasts state-of-the-art communication systems, robust IT infrastructure, and advanced security arrangements. Integrating smart technologies enhances communication between government departments and ensures a seamless flow of information, enabling effective governance and decision-making.” She summarizes.

Chennai-based architects both armed with doctorates from Cornell University, Oscar and Ponni Concessao are a dynamic duo! The award-winning firm founded an architectural and Interior design practice in 1996, and

has an impressive array of projects. Their portfolio includes affordable housing masterplans, high-rise apartment schemes, hotels, resorts, malls, hospitals, luxury bungalows, factories, universities, stadiums, IT parks, corporate offices, as well as several government institutional buildings.


Text: Ar. Roopa Sabnis Pinge

Images: Procured from the architect

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