Architectural Group: Design Forum International
Design Team: Abhishek Sinha, Girish Joshi, Shamim Khan
Project Location: Udyog Vihar, Phase-2, Gurgaon
Client: Gulf Asphalt Pvt. Ltd.
Project Year (Start): September 2015
Project Area: 4000 Sq.M
Built-Up Area: 16830 Sq.M
Project Type: Office Building
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With a design brief of a contemporary, yet elegant and functional edifice that had to be vaastu-compliant, the development is envisaged as a paradigm shift that moves away from the typical, closed, work environment that creates a stressful work eco-system.
The lack of a site context with no significant views determined the design development as a distinctive, introverted-planned, environment-friendly, climate-responsive built volume with sufficient recreational spaces that would allow for employee-interaction, engagement and pleasurable workspaces of both private and public nature. The building norms, permissible ground coverage (40%), height restriction of 30m and FAR (2), further led the design to be conceived as a private, calm and serene building spread across Six floors and a stilted open space that frees up the ground to bring in nature into the office building.
A low, recessed adjacent neighboring plot further enables the creation of an east-facing, open to sky entry court that not only reinforces the private nature of the office but creates Landscaped zones away from the neighboring noise and pollution. The porous, ground-level courtyard also permits the movement of ample natural light and ventilation through the built volume, while crafting Interactive and recreational spaces as a part of the interiors.
The site is planned keeping the site constraints and vaastu considerations in mind, that define a clean, north-east entrance and circulation to begin with, and marked with a water body. The south-west zone being blocked by construction, further facilitates the conception of recreational spaces at every level that are free of FAR. This outdoor space at every level generates spaces for interaction that are otherwise found as closed spaces within offices while aiding a visual connect and air movement.
An orientation-sensitive design is enabled by the lower block at the entrance for light penetration, enabling the North-Glazed façade with scatter free light and ensuring that all internal courts get sufficient sunlight. To enable wind flow and ensuring that all units get sufficient ventilation, the North and south are retained as open to allow for the movement of summer and winter winds.
In the absence of any formal site influences, a fluid, rhythmic, yet continuous form is inspired by nature to create an iconic identity in the otherwise mundane surroundings achieved by the creation of gradually, steeping up terraces. A Roof line is developed that follows the floor profile to complement the overall form of the built volume resulting in a structure that bears a resemblance to the sand dunes in the deserts of the Middle East with the distinct floors characterized by the ripples on a sand dune.
Adopting the innovative technology of a space frame with glass, polycarbonate panels to create a semi-covered roofing system at the top, to which the building tapers to and enables the aerial view to be viewed as a vague ‘8’. The parapets are further softened by the optimization of greenery and planters along the railing that also allow for sound proofing. Embedded lighting design further enhances the iconic identity of the building.