Since economic liberalisation, the state has largely absolved from being a patron to quality civic projects. With large quantum of finance being deployed for infrastructure across the country, one can observe many public projects of the likes of airports, metro stations, urban plazas and riverfronts being executed without quality design thinking. The two projects documented here are designed as sizable urban blocks, built with the government as the client. One can observe quality spatial and material thinking with an attempt to produce architecture of value. Going beyond the functional obligations, these projects exemplify the ability of contemporary architects to enhance the potential of the site and the programme and therefore, these projects are cited as Special Mentions in The Merit List.