DFI: Making a Paradigm Shift

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Typology: IT Building
Location: Gurgaon.
Client: Gulf Asphalt Pvt. Ltd.
Site Area: 4000sqm.
Built-Up Area: 16830 sqm.
Architect Firm: Design Forum International (DFI)
Ar. Goonmeet Singh Chauhan
An orientation-sensitive design is enabled by stepping the built-form as it recedes south to north, enabling the northern glazed façade with scatter free light and ensuring that all internal courts get sufficient sunlight. It also allows for terraces to be formed on the southern side, full of sunlight and ventilation.

Ar. Goonmeet Singh Chauhan

Gulf Adiba in Gurgaon is a proposed IT/ ITES office designed by Design Forum International (DFI) on a 4,000 sqm industrial plot within a dense office complex. The lack of a site context with no significant views determined the design development as a distinctive, introverted-planned, environment-friendly, climate-responsive built volume with recreational and interactive spaces. Its development is envisaged as a paradigm shift from the typical closed work environment.

The building is spread across seven floors and a stilted open space frees up the ground to bring in light and air circulation. The low, recessed adjacent plot reinforces the private nature of the office and creates landscaped zones. The porous ground-level also permits the movement of ample natural light and ventilation through the built volume.

In the absence of any formal site influences, a fluid, rhythmic, yet continuous form is inspired by nature to create an iconic identity, which is achieved by the creation of gradually, steeping up terraces. The north and south are kept open for the movement of summer and winter winds and ventilation in all the units. A roof line is developed that follows the floor profile to complement the overall form of the built volume resulting in a structure that resembles the sand dunes in deserts, with the distinct floors characterized by ripples.

Adopting the innovative technology of a space frame with glass, polycarbonate panels to create a semi-covered roofing system at the top to which the building tapers to. The parapets are further softened by greenery and planters along the railings. Embedded lighting design accentuates the curvilinear form of the building.

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