MQA create new office with a corporate identity
Adani House is a corporate house for one of leading corporations of India. As a designer it was MQA's responsibility to reflect their corporate identity in the architecture. "Creating identity is always a kind of mix of action and reaction to architects," say the designers, "as it has to reflect uniqueness as piece of art in form and at the same time wide versatility in function."
The project is strategically located right next to the main entrance of a 700-acre integrated township developed by same company. Moreover, it is directly accessed from S.G. highway which connects Gujarat’s commercial hub Ahmadabad and Gujarat’s capital Ghandhinagar.
Extremity of weather presented an unparalleled challenge to create the right balance between aspirations of creating futuristic structure, justifying the traditional culture of the city and to bring inherent sustainability as a prime architectural goal. The Design process evolved the need of building to be inward looking with creation of solid faceted externally and interactive internally.
Creating a divided structure with a central courtyard was the obvious choice. This courtyard represents the culture of Ahmadabad's heritage POL building. The courtyard was viewed largely to create working hours into living hours and for social interaction space with a connection to nature. The courtyard relieved the challenge to get light and ventilation into the building without expending energy. The distinctive shape with its large volume entrance foyer symbolises the identity of the client.
Glazing on inner surfaces and minimum aperture on the external facade helps reduce thermal gains, thereby bringing energy efficiency. Building functionality was achieved through service-orientated multiple cores, heading to circulation within the floor plate. Material selection was one of the key aspect in the design process, resulting in a natural concrete finish on outer facades and a glazed finished internallly. Detailing followed with careful selection of native landscaping, finer building orientation to suit wind direction and developing a passive method to naturally ventilate and light the building.