This is the 25th year of existence for Total Environment, one of Bangalore’s most iconic apartment builders. Its signature exposed-brick and terrace garden apartments are as aspirational to potential home buyers as iPhones are to potential smartphone buyers. Like Apple’s products, Total Environment’s homes come at a premium too, ranging in price from Rs 1 crore ($125,000) to Rs 8 crore ($1.1 million).
Set up in 1996 by the architect couple of Kamal and Shibanee Sagar, Total Environment is a rather unique tree in the forest that is Indian real estate. Driven by an intensely (and at times, even foolishly) design-driven vision, it has expanded itself from a “single product” company that made small apartment communities in the nineties to one today that employs over 1,000 people and makes massive communities comprising as many as a thousand homes; architectural services; commercial spaces; restaurants and brewpubs; an in-house furniture and furnishings operation; and even an upcoming modular kitchen offering.