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Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd.

Profile of the Indian architecture firm Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd., led by Santha Gour Mattoo and Kalhan Mattoo.

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Vidyalankar Institute of Technology

"With decades of experience behind them they had realized that they needed an academic culture that allowed students to imbibe learning in flexible environments & schedules, encouraged informal interactions between students and faculty, promoted holistic mental and physical development of students and encouraged the community at large to participate in the joy of learning." says Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd. on Vidyalankar Institute of Technology. More

Profile of Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd.

Business Name
Planet 3 Studios Architecture Pvt. Ltd.
Architecture, Interior Design

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Kalhan Mattoo

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Santha Gour Mattoo


Ms. Santha Gour Mattoo (1974)

  • B. Arch, Sir. JJ College of Architecture, 1996

Mr. Kalhan Mattoo (1972)

  • B. Arch, Sir. JJ College of Architecture, 1996


Planet 3 Studios is a design & build studio where creativity, skill and knowledge are essentials and everybody is encouraged to bring an intellectual and creative mind-set to work. A firm in which experienced architects, interior designers, project management professionals work in a non hierarchical, communized environment, discussing and sharing insights very informally. The creative energy, skill and dedication of our team is next to none.

For a studio that is eight years old and with less than twenty designers at any point in time, we have already won numerous international and national awards and secured many design intensive hospitality, institutional, adaptive re-use, corporate, retail, and residential projects across different categories. From institutional facilities to product design and everything in between. The reason we do not restrict ourselves to any particular segment of design opportunity is because we get energized with new challenges. We love cross fertilization of ideas, where insights from hospitality situation are applied in corporate situation and in turn in design of healthcare facilities!

The essence of our way is to address the fundamentals through intense programming, offer solutions that balance wit and wisdom, keep it fresh and never lose the visual appeal. We believe that it is possible to be profound and light hearted at the same time. We do not burden ourselves with 'isms' and focus on the context, the client and the realities of budget and time.

We seek to define the design determinants by inhabiting and experiencing the client's business, requirement (stated and unstated) and processes. Architects from our studio dig deep through research and by physical experience to understand and formulate the design program. Out of this exhaustive process, we collect useful data and mine it for nuggets of insight and points of inspiration. Our design never happens in vacuum. It is rooted in context.

The stylistic representation of the concepts or ideas is again what is best suited for the situation. Also, importantly for us, for any design to succeed, a clearly articulated line of thought should bind it all together. The three dimensional interpretation has to be consistent and careful. Our most recent work typifies the coming of age of Indian architectural design. It remains forward looking, contemporary and global in its substance and yet draws deeply from local context.


  • Founded: 1998
  • Offices: 2
  • Design team: 20

Key projects

  • Educational Facility - Architecture + Interiors, Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India
  • Hospitality - Architecture + Interiors - 3 Offerings in one place, T crossover, Tube, Ville Chaumiere, Bangalore, India
  • Retail - Adaptive Reuse + Interiors - Sea Horse, Mumbai, India
  • Hospitality - Architecture - Food Court, Pune, India
  • Product Design - Design of Workstation

Key publications

  • School & Construction News, USA, Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Sep-Oct 2007
  • Perspective Magazine, Hongkong, Jali House, Jan 2008
  • Interior + Design, Moscow, Food court, Feb 2008
  • Index Furniture Journal, Educational Institutions, Jul-Sep 2007
  • Design Today, Lounge Bar, Tube, Ville Chaumiere, May 2007
  • Architecture + Design, Experimenting with Space, June 2007
  • Society Interiors, Futuristic Flavours, Jan 2007
  • Indian Architect & Builder, Invigorating Style, Jan 2007
  • Inside Outside, Asking the right questions, Feb 2007
  • Indian Architect & Builder, Young Designer, Feb 2005

Key awards

  • 2007 Honor Award from Design Share, New York, USA
  • Indian Institute of Interior Designers, National Award, 2007
  • Indian Institute of Architects, National Award, Design for Public space, 2007
  • Better Interiors Award, Young Designer, 2007
  • Better Interiors Award, Award for excellence in design of Public Spaces, 2007
  • Godrej IIID Workstation Design Award 2007
  • A + D spectrum Foundation Award, Instituitional Design, 2007
  • A + D spectrum Foundation Award, Hospitality, 2006
  • Innovation in Stainless Steel, Jindal Award, 2006
  • Indian Architect & Builder, Young Designer, 2005

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