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‘Notions of India’, a design competition by Tata Structura, announces its finalists to commemorate India’s 75th Independence Day

Mumbai, August 16, 2021

~ Partners with Architects and Engineers from across the world to design iconic sculptures ~

~ The 2nd edition receives over 5,200 registrations with participants from 13 countries ~

Tata Structura, the leading structural hollow section brand from Tata Steel, had launched the 2nd edition of ‘Notions of India’ design competition on March 3, 2021 in the presence of Ratan Tata, Chairman Tata Trusts and Chairman Emeritus Tata Sons, and N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman Tata Group.

Notions of India encourages architects and engineers to design an iconic sculpture, preferably using YST 355 steel hollow sections, that signifies the vision and journey of India into the future.

The competition, spanning over five months, witnessed over 5200 registrations and participants from 13 countries who gave shape to their imagination, embodying the idea of India - today and tomorrow, and which will serve as a visual treat and a reminder for years to come.

With over 575 submissions, the rigorous selection includes five levels of Juries comprising India’s most respected architects and engineers including Dhananjay Dake, Balan Nambiar, Sanjeev Kumar Lohia, Prof. K Jaisim, Hariom Gera, P Surya Prakash, Sheila Sri Prakash, and Anurag Sinha to name a few. 

Rajeev Singhal, Vice President, Flats Products, Tata Steel, said: “Tata Steel is committed to building a new India. Competitions like ‘Notions of India’ will inspire young talented architects and engineers to innovate and explore a future of possibilities, enabled by steel. Congratulations to all the finalists and participants for their wonderful effort. I also convey my gratitude to the eminent Jury to have partnered with us on this journey.”

Sanjay S Sahni, Executive-in-Charge Tubes, said: “Notions of India is a global design competition to celebrate steel's versatility, strength and aesthetic appeal through creation of iconic structures in major cities. The competition reinforces the mission of Tata Structura to enable contemporary architectural marvels and innovative solutions of tomorrow. It is heartening to see the design community rise to the challenge and one gets to see India and its myriad hues find expression in each and every entry.”

A total of twelve leading designs, based on the evaluation by four rounds of juries, were shortlisted as the finalists and revealed on August 15, 2021, India’s 75th Independence Day. The final winners will be announced on October 2, 2021. 


Sr. No.

Design Name

Firm Name

Lead Architect/s



Axiom India

Amit Sharma



Collaborative Architecture

Lalita Tharani

Mujib Ahmad



Head Studio

Aditya Pratap Soni



Incubis Consultants

Amit Gulati



Incubis Consultants

Amit Gulati



Jonathan Baker Architect

Jonathan Baker



Midori Architects

Suraksha Acharya



Padauk Design Studio

Mohammad Ziyadh

Mohammad Jasim



Shadowlight Architects

Suresh Babu



An Independent Collaboration

Namdev Talluru

Jayakanth J K



Swapnil Jaggi Architects

Swapnil Jaggi



Yali Art Lab

Venkatesh RY

Siddarth PT


 About Notions of India

Notions of India is a design competition to create an outdoor symbol/structure preferably using YST 355 steel hollow sections along with other materials. The participants were expected to design a sculpture/structure that would signify the vision and journey of the nation into the future. Although there were external dimensional limits set, participants would endeavour to keep the same within the dimensional limits of 12 x 12 x 12 cubic metres. For more information, visit

About Tata Structura

Tata Steel Tubes Strategic Business Unit manufactures structural tubes under the brand name of Tata Structura. Tata Structura constantly endeavours to inspire Architects in their mission to create aesthetically designed structures. A true pioneer, Tata Structura, was the first brand to launch the international standard of YST 355 hollow section in India and is the only GreenPro certified structural tubes brand in the country. Already creating a buzz in the architecture community, Tata Structura YST 355 provides enhanced sectional properties to offer greater flexibility and versatility.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $21.1 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2021.

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, featured amongst CII Top 25 innovative Indian Companies in 2020, received rating of ‘A-‘ (leadership band) from CDP for its Climate Change disclosure and Supply Chain disclosure, Steel Sustainability Champion 2020 recognition from worldsteel, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) from CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.

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