Program: To provide a small single level office for a client with the requirements of a reception, cabins, pantry, a dining area for the staff and a small conference room.
Site characteristics & constraints: The site is located in Surat City in Gujarat in India where temperatures are in excess of 35°C for 8 months of the year and the sun is always on the southern side. The plot is at a T-Junction of a road and building to the south. The road junction abuts the site on the northern and western sides.
Zoning constraints: A minimum of 3.0 M setback from all sides of the plot is mandatory for the built area. There is no other constraint.
Design description: The design is created in response to the site and its orientation.
In response to the sun direction which is always in the southern hemisphere in this location, the spaces are arranged sequentially in a curvilinear volume with a central north facing open courtyard .
The circulation spine within the office skirts the perimeter of this open courtyard with a shallow reflecting pool of water, allowing its users to experience the outdoor space while moving within the office.
There being a large 9 storeyed building under construction close to the southern side of the office, a small garden space is created between the 2 larger office cabins that acts as a buffer. In addition each of the internal
spaces is lit by north facing openings created by splitting the curvilinear form into a series of sequential spaces based upon the needs of the office.
This orientation ensures that each part of the office derives indirect north light thus increasing the energy efficiency of the spaces within due to the reduced heat gain from the south. Simultaneously the design ensures that no part of the office looks towards the large dominating built structure on the southern side.
The water pool within the courtyard helps reduce the temperatures further due to evaporative cooling.
The building height varies from 9M on the north facing side to 4M on the southern side with the roof gradually stepping down .
Ventilators within the roofs varying heights allow natural light to additionally penetrate the internal spaces.
Built entirely in a steel frame the external face of the building is comprised of corten steel sheets while the roof is of galvanized metal.
Completed in 3 months this small building has internal spaces which are expressed externally as well as volumetrically .
The design creates an energy efficient sustainable building in response to its site location.
Winning the LEAF World Future Building of 2015, being the overall winner of MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects 2014 at Cannes, France and winning 3 A + Architizer Awards in New York in 2014, Sanjay Puri Architects have now won 74 international architecture awards.
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design’s International Architecture Awards in 2014, 2012 & 2011. The World Architecture Festival Awards in 2015, 2014,2012, 2011 & 2010, 9 World Architecture Community Awards U.K and the Hospitality Design Awards New York 2015,2012 & 2010 are some of the other awards won by the firm in last 3 years. With 74 international awards and 72 national awards, the firm has architectural projects in Spain, Montenegro, Mauritius, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Montreal and Dallas in addition to projects in 40 Indian cities.