The city development authority in its endeavour to build new infrastructure projects required a large convention centre to facilitate exhibitions, conferences & public events. The design incorporates the requirements within a large 3 level building intentionally located along the southern perimeter of the site to generate a large garden area towards the north. Located in the southern part of India, temperatures are in excess of 40 °C throughout most of the year. Service areas are intentionally planned on the southern side to reduce heat gain into the building. Pre-function areas including café & lounge spaces opening towards the north facilitating indirect light within the building rendering it energy efficient in response to the sun always being in the southern hemisphere in this city. Large trapezoidal framed openings allow the public spaces within to overlook the generous garden space on the northern side & open the inner volumes to the landscaped spaces. Voluminous sky lit courtyards punctuate the building allowing natural light to infuse the interior spaces during the day. Large exhibition halls with multiple divisional partitions create multiuse spaces usable in varied configurations. While the north side is completely open in frames of concrete that create sheltered outdoor spaces, the east & west sides have inclined concrete walls to derive indirect north light into the internal volumes. The ground level is stilted to allow for large vehicle parking bays, services, transporting & supplying of exhibition goods with ease. The exhibition spaces occupy the upper two levels with a large auditorium in addition to the multiple exhibition halls in conjunction with the project brief. 2 parking basements facilitate the parking of 2000 cars. Convention Centre 63 will address the needs of the city for a large public event space. Designed in response to the climate , Convention Centre 63 will be an energy efficient building minimizing the need of air conditioning and artificial lighting. The extensive roof area allows for solar power generation capitalizing on the excessive available sunlight. Recycling and reusing water , minimizing heat gain & creating extensive landscaped spaces add to the sustainability of the design. Convention Centre 63 will be a large communal space for the city of Guntur allowing many different activities in one place at a time with exhibitions, plays & dramas & a large landscaped park engaging people of different kinds with its varied spaces.
Sanjay Puri , the Principal Architect of Sanjay Puri Architects, India has been a speaker and a judge at numerous international architecture events including the LEAF & WAF. His firm founded in 1992, has won 134 international architecture awards including 6 Chicago Athenaeum Awards, 10 WAF Awards, 17 World Architecture Community U.K Awards, the LEAF , 5 Architizer Awards, 3 Hospitality Design Awards, 14 MIPIM Awards and several more. His firm has successfully completed over 600 projects totaling over 60 million square feet. Sanjay Puri and his firm of 72 architects now, continue their quest for creating sustainable design, charting new territories of spatial perception simultaneously imbibing the intrinsic values of Indian heritage & culture within their design solutions.