Although it falls under the umbrella of the larger National Capital Region, Noida was primarily envisioned as a satellite city across the River Yamuna. Following a system of building controls very similar to Delhi, it too has a city grain of wide roads set on a grid, compartmentalized land use, and low-rise residential buildings. The visual fabric of the commercial areas is tightly controlled by the setbacks and the height limits, and most buildings are finished in inexpensive glass facades that offer little by way of solar protection and insulation. Not only do these drive up the heat island effect, but vast amounts of air conditioning is also required to keep internal temperatures comfortable.
Typology: 63000 SF
Principal Architect: Amit Khanna
Completion Date: 2007
The brief was to create a commercial building that minimized energy consumption while maximizing floor space that could be used by any number of potential clients. The ½ acre site was located on a busy corner with a south-eastern aspect, offering the advantage of multiple entry points into the site. This fundamental advantage was used to create an open ramp on the north side leading down to two basement floors. By restricting the vehicular movement to one side of the building, it was possible to create a soft paved area towards the corner, minimizing the reflective heat gain into the building, while also creating pleasant views from the interior. Service cores were designed at diagonally opposite ends of the 150’ long building, allowing the floor plate to be divided amongst two tenants if required. Internal support columns were planned at every second bay, minimizing interruptions in potential future planning, while keeping structural sizes within economical levels.