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The Badshahpur IT Park is a campus of ten buildings, set across a sinuous series of adjacent plots of varied ownership. The challenge was to crea… Read More
The Badshahpur IT Park is a campus of ten buildings, set across a sinuous series of adjacent plots of varied ownership. The challenge was to create a common identity across the site, a hierarchy of amenity spaces, and a strategy for future expansion (or contraction) of the campus. The ambition was to create a vibrant and inclusive work environment that meets the expectations of today’s IT graduate candidate / employee, and the employers that seek to attract the same talent. Read Less
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Architects: 10 DESIGN
Location: Badshahpur, Gurgaon, India
ProjectLeader: GordonAffleck, Kishor Lad
ProjectTeam: NigelHeight, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Abraham Fung
LandscapeTeam: EwaKoter, Matthew Younger, Ibrahim Diaz, Fabio Pang
ProjectYear: 2012
GFA: 150,000 sqm²

Badshahpuris located in Gurgaon – one of the largest cities in the Indian state of Haryana,and a major satellite of Delhi. Gurgaonhas experienced rapid development over the last 20 years; attracting bothregional and global institutions to its infrastructure offering, proximity tothe Capital, and for its growth as a hub of information technology, researchand development, and engineering. Thissuccess has come with the support of a growing number of technology-gearededucational institutions in and around the state.
The Badshahpur IT Park is acampus of ten buildings, set across a sinuous series of adjacent plots ofvaried ownership. The challenge was tocreate a common identity across the site, a hierarchy of amenity spaces, and astrategy for future expansion (or contraction) of the campus. The ambition was to create a vibrant andinclusive work environment that meets the expectations of today’s IT graduatecandidate / employee, and the employers that seek to attract the same talent.
External finishes and thelandscaping layout use a common language to create distinct identities forgroups of buildings. Mimicking thesinuous nature of the site, a series of ribbon forms navigate the campusdefining a series of outdoor areas – smaller areas servicing a cluster ofbuildings, and larger, delivering functions for the campus as a whole. The largest space sees the ribbon formsconverging to create annexes and spill out areas for the campus canteen,fitness gyms, nurseries and similar amenities. Smaller outdoor spaces offer simpler functions such informal meeting andgreeting areas, as well as shading and seating for groups or individuals.

Planting as well as each ofthe ribbons that travel across the site create an individual identity to variousareas of the site, and therefore establish a form of passive way-findingbetween the buildings of the campus. Havingthe elevations of the buildings mimic the forms within the landscape wouldhopefully assist in making the landscape become part of the work environment –a place to have informal discussions, or take walking breaks from workstations.

Building heights vary acrossthe overall site owing to its make up from sub-plots and ownerships. Equally building footprints varied in responsethe sites undulations. It was necessaryto create a flexible façade module that would work across the varying buildingssuch that they would all read as a family, whilst also responding toopportunities such as views across the site, the creation of bridge linksbetween buildings, and key vistas from road level approaches. The resultant design of elevations seeks tosplit the masses of the buildings into two intertwined volumes - one of stone,and one of glass – thus allowing common masses across the varying scales ofbuilding.
A number of modular claddingcomponents (based on a 1500mm width) were developed to offer deep reveals (tobuilding faces prone to solar gain), curtain walling, balconies, etc. Theoverall mass of the building forms was reduced by the articulation of thesecomponents, also creating an opportunity to reiterate the ribbon forms andconcepts within the landscape. Theresult is that the intertwined volumes continue across the buildings of thesite as if pieces of a larger volume.

Interlayers to the double glazing of the curtain walling again reduce solargain; the same interlayers have varied opacities to create variation across thefaçade, with the opportunity to create large super graphic imagery across thefaces of the buildings. Internally, blinds and operable windows allowadditional passive control over the working environment.

The deep reveals and flush spandrel units [across the curtain walling] allowthe facade lighting fixtures to be discreet and protected from localdust-storms. Similarly, the detailing of the facade attempts to design-out gapsand ledges (whilst considering local building tolerances), in order to reducemaintenance.

The forms and themes continue into key interior areas of the scheme, wherereception desks, waiting areas, and way-finding, embrace the themes within thearchitecture and landscape.

The client’s aim was to bringconcepts that exist in some of the campuses of the West - from the hot beds oftechnology and innovation in California - to the meet the growing demands ofthe expanding Indian IT sector. TheBadshahpur IT Park creates a unifying architectural concept around theamenities, open working environments, creating pathways, plazas and break-out spaces. A place that global visitors will recogniseas a modern international working environment, where regional talent canflourish, and new ideas can be generated and shared.