Within an extremely irregular shaped site in Mumbai, fluid volumes were used to create the headquarters of a bank. In response to a very varied brief, the public spaces were placed at the ground level including a small chapel, a museum of the bank’s history and a customer banking area. Whereas the level above houses all the common facilities and functional spaces for the bank building including training rooms, conference rooms, cafeteria, gym & recreational space for indoor games. Office spaces constitute 3 upper levels with the highest floor accommodating the top management of the bank. Sinuously curving along the irregular shape of the site, each floor opens into north facing landscaped terraces while the southern side is screened with vertical terracotta clay fins. Contextual to the sun’s direction in this location which is in the southern hemisphere throughout the year & temperatures in excess of 30° C all year, the offices by orientation contribute towards making the building energy efficient. As opposed to most closed office buildings each part of this building opens into landscaped open spaces that are protected from the sun & therefore usable throughout the year. The internal planning of each floor is done in an organic way, creating indoor streets that weave through the working spaces.
The office spaces are all oriented to look out towards an existing landscaped playground on the northern side, with terrace spaces at each level. Vehicular traffic is restricted to the southern side along with parking basements to create a completely pedestrian landscaped space on the northern side overlooking the existing playground. The design of this bank is contextual to its site shape, the sun direction, the climate & is designed to engage its users with its judicious mix of open & enclosed spaces. Designed in response to a very irregular site, a height restriction of 24 metres and a very varied design brief, the Bassein Bank is a cohesive series of spaces contextual to the functional brief & the climate of its location.The requirements of the Bank include spaces such as:
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.
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