Drawn from nature and inspired by tradition, HKS designs new tower for ITC
The proposed ITC Corporate Tower will be a visual testament to the national, sustainable and innovative focus of ITC. Standing 26 storeys tall, the one-million-sq-ft tower will translate the language of the region’s historic structures and that of contemporary technology into a LEED Platinum, forward-thinking design responsive to its environment.
Acknowledging the value of ITC’s national focus, the tower’s powerful presence, iconic form and the building’s overall proportional systems design draws inspiration from the permanence of the stone, detail of the carvings and striking form of Bangalore’s historic Dravidian Temples.
While drawing from the city’s culture, the design of the ITC Corporate Tower also responds to its natural environment, the tower is designed to be a living, breathing organism, enhancing the natural state of the site and the work environment of its occupants.
A prominent green 'lung' of vegetation, a continuation of the site’s natural vegetation, will grow upwards through double and triple-height spaces at intervals along the interior façade. These figurative circuits of vegetation will not only increase the quality of office space but will create energising spaces for individual or group work sessions.
The tower’s organic sense and respect for its natural site is supported by other prominent and sustainable architectural features. A double-skin system will insulate the building from the heat of the sun and still allow the benefit of extensive natural light. The pyramid-inspired slope of the building will act as a chimney, drawing breezes through the building, while operable windows allow the cross-ventilation of work spaces and give the building’s occupants control of natural air circulation. Designed to work in harmony with the building’s natural surroundings, the tower’s green systems will allow the structure an enduring relevance and value.
The layers of contextualism, sustainability and innovation provide a rich and sophisticated design for the new ITC Corporate Tower. Drawing from both the region’s architectural history and the future of technology, the tower’s LEED Platinum design will provide a superior work environment for employees and advance ITC’s mission of bringing enduring value to the corporation’s shareholders, nation and the global community.