Najafgarh road is one of the busiest roads in Delhi. The road is filled with commercial buildings on both sides. The site lies on the busy road with a peaceful and large DDA park on the backside. This disparity in the environments in front and backside of the site set the ground for spatial planning.
While the average height is 3 stories in the locality atrium tower is a mammoth 7 story high tower. Standing out in the skyline of Moti Nagar the tower is visible from nearby localities making the structure a landmark.
At AKDA we focus on creating architecture which improves the quality of life of the occupants, hence the park in the backside had to be incorporated into the design. The spatial planning was done so that the core is aligned with the longer side of the site giving the building a clear vision of the park and the bustling road in the front. The core which faced north was covered with louvers along with glass making it naturally lit with glare-free light. All the other services have been aligned with this core giving us a clear linear usable space. Since the building is 7 stories a refuge area had to be planned which has been provided facing park, this also acts as an open space at 5th floor. Glass has been the obvious choice for the facade for tall commercial towers but the control the light and heat gain DGU panels have been used with an insulating board on the back of the panels along the floor slab and sill which makes the frame of the building invisible from the front and also allows light to enter in the habitable areas.
To provide a maximum area on stilt, car lifts to the basement has been provided instead of the conventional ramp. This also makes more areas of car parking in the basement. The entry of the building is given on the longer side making it look grand in this linear scheme with a double-height foyer.
Atrium Tower is a landmark building which looks like a typical commercial building is an example of the intelligent planning scheme, material choice, and minute design elements make it different from the bunch.