An elliptical illusion

Wednesday 19 Sep 2007

Morphogenesis design the Ernst & Young building in India

Gurgaon has emerged as a destination of choice for all new major startups, given its proximity to the capital New Delhi. The building is composed of two major components, the building itself and the atrium which its to the side of it. The building design is such that the 7 levels of office space have plug-in workstations where collaborative working is encouraged. A preliminary analysis of the work methodology revealed that a large percentage of the employees are transient and do not require dedicated workstations. The idea is carried through and the elliptical floor-plates are flexible and reconfigurable to allow for a variety of workgroups and spaces depending on the variable needs of a department. The atrium is a grand public space which houses the entrance lobby, training room, informal meeting café and a series of meeting suites for client meetings keeping in mind the security and controlled access to work areas. The landscape around the building flows into the atrium to moderate the environment within. Structurally, the intent has always been to be as light on the earth as possible. In order to support a building that grows out from one side as we move vertically up, and an atrium that grows in height as we move horizontally, a state of the art, light weight structural system has been devised for construction. Slanting Cross bracing columns which also support the glass have been used cohesively with the building concept and form.The resultant is a sculptural, balanced, organic composition of spaces that work well together both functionally and visually, hence creating a building that reflects evolutionary corporate architecture.

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