|Structural Design||Optimal Consultants|
|Landscape Design||Satish Khanna & Associates|
|Environment Consultants||EDS Global|
|Art & Sculpture||Julien Segard|
|Glazing Specialist||Dema Consulting|
Corporate Office for Jindal Steel and Power, Raigarh
A platinum rated green building for Jindal Steel at their Raigarh Plant for 700 employees.
Built on an area of 10 acres, the brief for this project varied from being a low height office complex to a multistoreyed office cum hotel complex to its final form where the building emerges out of the land to spread its finger like forms into the greens. The building which is really a collection of buildings coming together, demonstrates the use of steel manufactured by the client in a way that does not overwhelm the architectural vocabulary. A platinum level green building, the project also show a responsible way of building that is primarily based on passive solar design.
The challenge with this project was one of finding a building type that would be imposing enough to become the centre of a campus dominated by large sheds of power and steel manufacturing units and yet not lose a human scale. After doing eleven schemes for the client--ranging from a tower to low height development, an office with a hotel to an office alongside a hotel to a just an office--we finally settled on a building that would comb the landscape and rise from it. Neither low rise or high rise but both. A collection of buildings that come together to form a campus.
Passive Solar Design
The idea that this building must perform without straining energy resources is paradoxical since it sits within a campus that generates its own power out of the heat required for producing steel. The building, however, achieves a Leeds Platinum rating quite effortlessly owing to a design that intuitively opens to the sun in ways that neutralises solar heat gain while maximising natural light within the building. The blocks are oriented with shorter sides towards the west and east that are structural shear walls. Layers of insulation on these walls and terraces ensure that the heat gain is kept to a minimum. Courtyards within the blocks ensure light penetration and shaded-glare free views.