Client: Shree Cement Ltd
Plot Area: 53,200 sqm
Total built-up: 10,400 sqm
MEP: Seed Consultants, Dubai
RCC: Vijaytech Consultants, Jaipur
Main Contractor: Shree Cement
Fabricator: Shree Cement
Construction: RCC Structure & Brickwork infill
Finishes: Plaster & Paint
Start year: 2020
Completion year: 2022
Photo Credits: Ricken Desai
The brief for these mid-rise buildings in Kodla, Karnataka, was to create studio apartments, a hostel, and a guest house to house workers of a new cement plant, on the perimeter of a housing project for a residential township. Due to the hot climate of the region, where temperatures exceed 35°C for 8 months of the year, each of the rooms is angularly stepped in the layout and oriented towards the north.
The brief calls for 18 studio apartments, 54 hostel rooms, and 18 guesthouse rooms to be created in buildings of 4 & 5 levels, all facing large landscaped areas and a large playground to the northeast. Common facilities, including a cafeteria, a game room, a lounge, and a gym are housed on the ground level. Rooms opening onto sheltered north-facing balconies occupy the upper floors.
Three of the most vivid primary colours: red, blue, and yellow, highlight the cantilevered balconies of each room, creating an identity and enhancing the sculptural look of the buildings.
Studios 90 is a simple, energy-efficient residential building that responds to the site and the climate, while also alluding to the cultural and social needs of its inhabitants
Ar. Sanjay Puri
Economically built, with emphasis on natural ventilation and natural sunlight, the buildings are very energy efficient. Fly ash brick walls, water recycling, rainwater harvesting, northern orientation, and sheltered outdoor spaces reduce heat gain and render the design sustainable. The entirety of required electrical energy is harnessed from the residual energy of the nearby cement plant.