Two perpendicularly oriented prisms form the bulk of the building area. The lower one contains flexible, free span work spaces, and the upper one is specifically formatted to suit the requirements of the client's corporate office. The long and slender lower block hovers above a landscaped sunken courtyard.
The building volume serves as a transition point between two conditions within the landscape.
The site is located in the north-east corner of a residential complex in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The raised residential development on the west, resulting in a sunken section within the site, along with the shape of the plot, the orientation of the views, and the surrounding hills stretching from west to east along the north, and the fragmented building program have contributed to the development of the building concept.
On the south, where cars approach the lobby, the building projects out from a steeply banked grass berm that merges the levels from the road access to the raised section on the west. The movement under this hovering monolith creates a volumetric expansion towards the north where a large water sheet creates a space of calm and reflection where the lobby and public areas open out onto.
These precise transitions need a highly tuned and nuanced set of structural solutions, as well as a unified skin that would break from the traditional scale of a stratified expression, developing instead a more ambiguous monolithic proportion that would heighten the sense of a series of precarious intersections between massive , porous volumes.
Apart from the shear core in the south, the superstructure consists primarily of steel. A lightweight web of slender members expresses the structural behavior of the building. The final solution is simple and elegant, but disguised within this coherent network a complex engineering process.
The double skin solution, with superimposed layers of glass and a punched/perforated aluminum screening system enables excellent views outside of the office spaces while filtering the glare and heat.
This layered assembly of perforated aluminum, glass and the exposed network of structural members creates a sense of density, lightness and porosity that vitiates the mass of the building volumes.
- Adhiraj Construction Group
- Navi Mumbai
- 42,394 sq.ft.
- 1,74,816 sq.ft.
- Kamal Malik, Arjun Malik, Ketan Chaudhary, Jay Jani