Not very often does a young architect get to redesign his momma’s restaurant. Anshul Chodha not only gave Queen’s on Church Street a whole new ethnic look, but created the foundation for him to explore the complex world of design.
 
Anshul grew up in Bangalore and completed his degree in architecture from the Manipal Institute of Technology. On his return he was hired by Sandeep Khosla as associate architect and soon found himself in the thick of innovative design. He provided valuable inputs to the design aesthetics of 180 Proof, Nike, Syngene, indya.com, and other projects bagged by Khosla Associates.
 
“Biocon’s ultra-sophisticated Syngene complex was designed by us. It’s a three-storeyed building that captures the mood of the biotech adventure. We are now designing Syngene 2 which will be one of its kind,” he says.
 
“My most exciting project was designing the 180 Proof bar,” he says. For those who’ve seen it or better still sat on those high stools and let the blues wash away, it’s time to toast Anshul.
 
But if you are not a pub-hopper, try and check out the Nike India office on Race Course Road or the indya.com office in Koramangala and you’ll obtain an insight into where designing is heading.
 
Soon, there’ll be another Barista, this one on St. Mark’s Road and that’s where you’ll find Anshul these days. Creating the ideal coffee bar.