Location: Badshahpur, Gurgaon, India
ProjectLeader: GordonAffleck, Kishor Lad
ProjectTeam: NigelHeight, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Abraham Fung
LandscapeTeam: EwaKoter, Matthew Younger, Ibrahim Diaz, Fabio Pang
GFA: 150,000 sqm²
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.
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.