Jindal Centre, Delhi
An office that reinterprets the urban design guidelines of Bhikaji Cama Place
When the clients asked SGA to create a world-class office facility, we gave them what few can afford in the west: a handcrafted modern stone building. Some of the stone pieces crafted by the masons of Jodhpur in this building weighed upto 1000 kgs. Combined with a glazing system custom designed for stainless steel (a product manufactured by the clients), the building becomes a site for old and new technologies to come together.
This office building is part of the Bhikaji Cama Place District Centre that had a set of urban controls guiding material use and elevation lines. An existing structure originally planned as a cinema hall was retrofitted to suit the functions of an office building for a leading producer of stainless steel and mild steel in the country. Clad with sandstone as per the urban controls, the building exemplifies the use of stone masonry in its use of monoliths in railings, sills, lintels, jambs and balusters beyond 'veneering' practices common with such stone.
Crafting the Modern
Stones weighing up to a ton were hand-crafted by masons from the neighbouring state of Rajasthan at site. The building is detailed to a high level of sophistication and attempts a marrying of high-technology of stainless steel glazing with the dying traditions of stone craft. Rounded edges and delicate line add sensuality to the notion of weight: reminiscent of a hindu tradition of building.