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Monday 20 Feb 2012

Sanjay Puri Architects reveal a diverse range of spaces including hotels, schools and residential projects

Six diverse projects while portraying an individual architectural language are firmly rooted to their sites responding to their specific locations at many levels.

Triose, is a small 3000 sqm, completed 2 level structure created in an abstracted composition of continuous volumes weaving in and out along the length of its site. Internal and external spaces merge interestingly in varied spatial configurations opening out the internal spaces to landscaped spaces within the site as well as towards views of a lake and hills in the foreground with large sheltered transitional spaces.

Chrome, a small 63 room completed hotel is situated on an arterial road fronting a flyover and flanked by commercial buildings on either side. In response to this the public spaces of the hotel are spread over 3 levels within a punctuated volume elevating the room levels above the flyover to overlook a large playground beyond. Within an extremely restricted site, the building yet offers a series of varied experiences within and creates a distinct identity while responding to its location.

DCaves, a 27 room completed hotel is situated on a contoured one acre site that rises upto 15m in the centre from the peripheral roads. The site, at its centre, 16m high boulders each of which has been retained. The hotel is designed in 4 small buildings that skirt the boulders while being integrated with the contours of the site. The design thus preserves and enhances the natural site beauty with its response to the site.

Rustomjee School is based on the traditional Indian courtyard. Currently under construction, the classrooms are arranged around a large central naturally lit and ventilated atrium in this school. Large openings on the north face of the building front terrace spaces at each level while the other sides have angled windows facing the north. The design creates a completely naturally ventilated building minimizing any heat gain from the southern side making it extremely energy efficient.

Palmyra is a high density residential development with a site to built up area ratio of 1:6 limited by a height restriction of 18 floors. Residential units are planned on the southern and eastern faces of the plot with most apartments facing the north, east or west creating a large landscaped space on the north side skirting a river. The design thus creates large open spaces at the community level, and individual level with north facing balconies and terraces for each apartment and elevated communal garden spaces punctuating the built form.

DHotel, still in the design phase, situated in Lucknow, India is designed in response to the orientation of its site to the sun path, creating public spaces at 3 levels extending into sheltered gardens and an inclined guest room block that creates north facing terraces. Angular planes encapsulate the organic spaces within shielding the building completely from the south rendering it energy efficient. A diverse programme of public spaces is resolved with each one getting private garden and terrace spaces each of which is north oriented to make them usable in a city with average temperatures of 35°C

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