Infosys, Mysore - Awe-Inspiring Project
The architecture of software development block 'Infosys building in Mysore' is known for its jagged facades and lopsided fragments style. Thoughtfully designed by Ar. Hafeez Contractor, the unique design concept for this building came to the architect's mind when he visited the site for the first time which is situated on a tremendously contoured site in Mysore.
According to the architect, "The design inspiration came from the rugged profile of the landscape and then I decided on instituting a concept that would echo the spirit of the site." The Japanese traditional concept of Origami (an art of folding paper) struck the architect when he saw the length of the building going unexpectedly long. He noticed that the concept blended very well with the profile of the site and then he decided to implement the principles of this traditional art. Also his ideology while designing was that – the building should stand out as an interface of imagination of the software developers working for Infosys.
Moreover, the aesthetic has also been acquired with the use of contemporary building material 'Glass' which according to Ar. Hafeez Contractor is surely the material of the future. The architect made generous use of glass, which adds to the exquisiteness of the structure. The ceramic frit on the glass acts as a shading device without interrupting the view from inside. The frit pattern looks dynamic and appears to vary in designs. The architect says, "The intelligent use of glass in the buildings enhances its utility factor."
Originally, the building had an almost rectilinear form with a few jagged edges in the vertical plane. Later it progressed into its present form, which has the signs of distorted contours in all the three dimensions. These protruding jagged planes form abstract compositions with fractured geometry. The facade is in essence moving in and out in various angles and inclines giving rise to the distorted form.
The base of the building moves along indistinct lines, which augments the distorted nature of the structure. The 5-storey structure houses 2,500 professionals. The typical open plan interior layout has rectilinear profiles whilst featuring skewed atrium pockets in several edges. The atrium creates an array of experiences by following the changing form of the outer skin. Its subtle skew becomes incredibly pronounced at certain levels when the outer skin moves in more zealously. The jagged profile of the building echoes the rugged contours of the site.
Precisely, the architect's magical design concept and smart selection of innovative building materials have perfectly transformed the project into an awe-inspiring place for the software developers to work in.