Mall Of India Atrium

Ar. Babika Goel looks at skylights and atriums

Having become popular in large commercial spaces and public buildings, retractable roofs, skylights and pergolas are now finding buyers in the residential sector as well, as the concept catches the imagination of developers, and architects are being called upon to integrate
Preservation of Historical Buildings

Preserving Our Past for the Future - Historical Monuments & Heritage Sites

A historic site or heritage site is an official location where pieces of political, military, cultural, or social history have been preserved due to their cultural heritage value. Historic sites are usually protected by law, and many have been recognized with the official national
Architecture Beyond Buildings

Architecture Beyond Buildings

Darwin's theory of evolution states that mankind evolved from animal and in this long process, he altered his environment to suit his needs. As he evolved his needs grew and he created surroundings to his liking taking into consideration his comforts and requirement
Security by Design

Security by Design

Safety is an attitude that supports prevention and advocates readiness to deal with possible crisis. Rising anti-social incidences and natural calamities are forcing a growing consideration of inculcating security and safety measures at the design development stage itself.
Why Mixed Use Developments?

Why Mixed Use Developments?

Mixed-use development is in a broad sense — any urban, suburban or village development, or even a single building, that blends a combination of residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or industrial uses, where those functions are physically and
Interchange Design for Seamless Travel

Interchange Design for Seamless Travel

Seamless travel is an important characteristic of urban transport system. Transfer is an essential part of multi– modal trip and traveler has to change modes at transfer nodes. Multi–modal Transport System (MMTS) is an integrated approach to incorporate all
Playing with Textures

Playing with Textures

Texture is the latest cool tool to introduce the element of interest. Materials are inspiring designers and architects to seriously consider texture even in the smallest of projects, simply by drawing attention to the variety everywhere you turn.
Hot Demand for Hot Water!

Hot Demand for Hot Water!

Just like the 'Old Faithful', a natural geyser that shoots up hot water every 90 minutes or so in USA's Yellowstone National Park, the electrical geyser, which has now been rechristened to Water Heater, runs throughout the year irrespective of the season.
Performance Assessment of Coated Steel

Performance Assessment of Coated Steel

Coated steel products are for a long period of usage. Therefore, determining life expectancy of these products is important. While accelerated lab tests give quick assessment of the product performance, they do not account for the difference in actual conditions
Design Flexibility in Construction with Steel

Design Flexibility in Construction with Steel

Steel has become a universal building product due to its strength, versatility, durability and economic value. The use of coated steel for structures, roofing & wall cladding is growing rapidly because it offers a variety of benefits like aesthetic appeal and long service life.
Steel in vogue for highrise buildings

Steel in vogue for highrise buildings

Building a highrise or any multi-level building demands the use of light-weight yet strong materials. Steel, by virtue of its high strength to weight ratio enables large spans and light weight construction. Steel structures can have a variety of structural
The Growing Demand of Aluminium Extrusions

The Growing Demand of Aluminium Extrusions

Aluminium - the third most abundant element in the earth's crust finds its implementation in many sectors due to its environment and user -friendly nature - in Building and Construction (B&C), power sector, automotive, packaging, household appliances etc.
Tensile - The New Design Vocabulary in Structure and Architecture

Tensile - The New Design Vocabulary in Structure and Architecture

The history of tensile structures and tent-type housing, is as old as mankind itself. Leaves, barks leather and felt, existed much before fabrics. The Ancient Egyptians were probably the first civilization to use pieces of fabric for shade. They also found sails useful
New horizons with Tensile Structures

New horizons with Tensile Structures

"Tensile membrane structures are complementary to conventional methods of construction, and can be easily combined with steel, aluminum, wood, concrete, etc. Being lightweight, it can be easily integrated into your existing structural details, and are aesthetically also
Tensile Membrane Structures Emerging Trends

Tensile Membrane Structures Emerging Trends

Tensile structure is not a new concept but is probably one of the oldest methods used to provide protection from adverse climatic conditions. Evidence confirms that people have been making tents for at least 15,000 years, initially using animal skins.