Renovation project at American Community Support Association (ACSA)

  • Principle Architects:          SWBI (AR.SANJAY WADHWA)
  • Typology:                            Bar, Club & Restaurant
  • Location:                             Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
  • Name of Client:                   American Community Support Association (ACSA)
  • Built-Up Area:                     2,762 sq. m.
  • Project Completion Date:    15th Nov, 2010
  • Photography Credits:            Kapil Kamra

ACSA, is a support organization for the community of US Consulate Staff and their families.

Even since 1947, when ACSA was formed, it strived to offer a soft place to the Americans on their arrival to Delhi. Meticulous care has been taken thereof to ensure that the club has been designed sensitively keeping in mind the culture, habits and the feel-like-home environment to the visiting Americans and their families. An attempt has been made to sensitize the area with the right colors, materials and design to make the visitors feel welcome here in the club as their home.

The ACSA Center, is located in a building that was built in the 50’s within the US Consulate compound. The scope of work comprised of the complete renovation of this Club, executed in 2 phases of about 25000 sq. ft. The works involved a fresh and new look for a multitude of activities. There are the F&B areas of diverse flavors such as the Restaurant and Bar, the Snack bar, the American Diner and the Terrace Bar. These have been supported with the Conference and party rooms. The redesigned activity areas range from the Bowling Alley, gymnasium, Yoga and Dance rooms, Bookshop, Jewellery shop and the swimming pool.

The Restaurant’s walls have been eloquently draped projected wood frame encompassing the textured painted wall, with strategic placement of upholstered banquet seatings. Here along the wall, a white painted ceiling is interjected with concealed lighting and air conditioning diffusers wherever required. Further along the length, a project stone finish accentuates the overall elevation. On the other end of the wall, a 75mm stainless steel skirting with mirror sandwiched between the skirting and the countertop adds play to the dynamic nature of the space. A wooden backsplash highlights the stone countertop. Wooden slats can be seen at regular intervals on the ceiling of the restaurant. A mix-n-match of beige draping with wooden textures further accentuates the restaurant space.

The roof of the restaurant has a waveform with intermittent lighting that elevates the entire area. A well laid railing demarcates the restaurant and the bar zone meticulously. The conference room which gets converted into a party room occasionally, has a white painted ceiling, while the wall is smeared with projected wooden finish at regular intervals.

The bar at intermittent junctions has projected stone finish with dabbles of stainless steel handrail. The worktop is finished in stainless-steel with sufficient space provided for kitchen equipment underneath the worktop for optimum space utilization. The bar’s mirrored finish gets lit up in a myriad of colors at times, which renders an entire new appearance. High chairs are placed in an organized fashion, giving it an added edge.

The passage to the restaurant from the lobby is flanked with beautifully crafted wooden carvings which when combined with controlled lightings gives a surreal look. A lone tree on the external deck area gives a natural contrast to the ducts floating underneath the wooden beams. The whole area has a play of contrasting colors in the form of simple white walls combined with deep brown wooden deck with cane chairs that endow a modern, yet surreal and vintage look.

Since ACSA has been a very integral part of the lifestyle of the American community along with the neighboring embassies, the work has been executed in 2 phases after meticulous planning and is executed seamlessly, over a span of 2 years. Care was taken to handover the main restaurant and conferencing facilities, so that their functioning could happen at the earliest, followed by the 2nd phase of the balance areas. Here, the diner and snack bar along with the gym were done up first followed by the Dance rooms and terrace bar. The final leg was handed over in August 2012 culminating in grand finale and opening ceremony which was well attended by the American ambassador and other top notch bureaucrats.  


Structural:                                        Group Genesis Pvt. Ltd

Mechanical:                                      Udayan Chaudhari & Associates Pvt. Ltd.

Electrical:                                          Electro Consultants



HVAC:                                                Udayan Chaudhari & Associates Pvt. Ltd.                             

Plumbing:                                         Krim Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd.


Lighting:                                            Lightbook

PMC                                                    SWBI






Lighting:                                            Ligman / Lux light / Fios

ACP / Glass / Concrete                  Saint Gobain (Glass)

Sanitaryware / Fittings:                 Jaquar

Flooring                                             Haro / Robbins / Gerfloor

Ceiling                                                Durlum

Hardware:                                        Dorma

Furniture                                            Andreu World

Air Conditioning


Paint                                                   Berger

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