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.
- Project Associates: Satish Khanna & Associates (Landscape), Optimal Consultants (Structure), Julien Segard (Public Art), Dema Consulting (Facade)
- Project Team: Bhaswar Mallick, Qazi Qamar Iqbal Qari