The Building is an Artist's perception of an Architect and his Studio. The building was designed in collaboration with a fine Artist to integrate this perception in the Art, Architecture and Interior design of the Office Building. Abstract paintings were made before floor plan layout was designed. Once the theme was decided upon, we went back to the basics of Architecture, to create something which is true to its use, context and climate.


The Site enjoys access through main road on the Northern side and overlooks the skyline of the city from the above levels of the building, lending an ever inspiring view, while the West sets perfect frame for sunsets every evening.


The plan is based on the spatial requirements being arranged around a stair core on the South Wall, which is a dead common wall shared with adjacent building. The spaces are primarily divided into three sub categories:

(a) Working Area: Studios and Partners' Cabin

    The working areas are optimally lit by natural light. They are spacious and are visually connected to either of the partner's cabin and waiting area. The studios are air conditioned to maintain a calm and machine friendly environment.

(b) Meeting Area: Conference Room and Discussion Area

    These areas are no regularly used, hence are placed in the West as heat buffer space. Conference Room also encourages a beautiful view of the city, which is often used as a reference for the clients to understand.

(c) Waiting Area: Seating and Reception

    This is a non Air conditioned space which enjoys ample natural ventilation and shredded natural light from the east and west through louvers. Also, it is placed centrally for uninterrupted access through stairs and for the convenience of the clients, contractors and vendors who are present for a short duration only. 


The region is synonymous with hot and arid climate for most part of the year. Thus, to make it energy efficient, various strategies were applied:

(a) Software Stimulation:

    The basic form was analyzed for sun ,wind and light through applicable software and thus zoning was derived out of it. The idea was to merge the climatic consideration in planning rather than the 'build and shield' approach to counter the climate.

(b) North:

    The Northern facade is composed of full height glass and full height open able Wooden Louvers. The studios, the most used space, were thus zoned here so that they borrow optimum day light and an ever inspiring view of the skyline to the designers. Also sheer roller blinds gives the users the option to avoid distraction when required.

(c) West:

    The West overlooks the common plot and the predominant wind direction in the region is from South West. Thus, it could not be completely blocked. Hence, projections were designed on this face in such a way that they act as wind catchers while shielding harsh sun. The openings are shielded by louvers to filter direct sun while allowing wind to flow through. Also, full height storage is designed on the west wall to act as buffer space. 

(d) East:

    The East has an adjacent building, thus louvers have been used consistently on this side to block view, yet encourage ventilation.

(e) South:

    The South wall is a common wall and has no punctures, thus it is designed as a backdrop for the dramatic staircase with a skylight on top to borrow natural light throughout the core.

(f) Green Roof:

    The terrace garden not only mitigates the Urban heat Island, but also provides a relaxation place in an otherwise stressful work environment. It also acts as lunch place during good weather. 


    The form was derived primarily adhering to the corporation by laws for maximum utilization of permissible space. Next, it was sculpted as per the climatic consideration and proportion. Later it was designed in perspectives from prominent view points to enhance the massing. At last, material contrast and detailing was done to complete the composition.


Natural materials were expressed in the construction to give a very earthly feel to the building. Materials used are the ones without any artificial pigments, so that the building never fades, but grows with nature and time. The ageing of the building seems natural and ever evolving.

(a) Exposed Brick:

    Exposed Brick work with neat grooves acts as a background and base in the building composition.

(b) Exposed Concrete:

    The bold projecting exposed RCC frame in the front, which resembles a cube, is the subject in the composition, and is eventually subdued by full height clear glass windows on the second and third floor. The ceilings are finished and also left uncolored in exposed RCC. The stairs are also exposed with tread in Kota Stone in exterior and in Wood in Interior.

(c) White Stonecrete:

    White Stonecrete Plaster, a composition made of white cement and dolomite, was used in the subsequent cubic masses in the back.

(d) Kota Stone Flooring:

    Kota Stone, in various finishes, are used for flooring in the entire office building. Rough finish in the parking and exterior, Corduroy finish strip in waiting area and mirror polish in the rest of the interior spaces.

(e) Chill  Wood Cladding:

    Chill Wood from the centering frame of Exposed Concrete Ceiling was re used to clad the lift core and lift interior.


The idea was to create a building that shall stand the test of time and continue to be subtle, yet expressive in its existence in an urban fabric.. The hot and arid climate of the region was highly respected while satisfying the aspirations of a contemporary design, consisting of huge fenestrations, glass facade and bold forms. The plan was opened up as much as possible to accommodate future changes and partitions are designed in full height clear glass, to maintain visual continuity and psychologically enlarge the space. The earthly material palette has a calming effect on the users and is symbolic with the sustainable approach adhered towards the making of this building. The terrace garden offers a relaxing open green area, a rare luxury in an otherwise urban office. Thus, the space is not only used, but also enjoyed by one and all equally. The building was designed and executed with utmost passion to set a milestone in the 18 years of the firm’s practice

  The project is a reflection of the design firm’s philosophy of subtle Interior Design. Coupled with an Artist’s perception of an Architect’s office, the interior was treated like a work of modern art, where each furniture, finish, texture, light and painting was conceived as a composition. Complimenting the Palette of Natural Materials used in Building, Interior Design too uses natural and recycled materials to give the decor an earthly and calm feel while symbolically examplifying the sustainable approach towards the design. The idea was to make the stressful work leisure and increase efficiency. Idol of Buddha in river washed wood, at the entrance, was used as an icon to reflect serenity. The design components can be subdivided into the following parts:


The plan was organized according to the climatic analysis of the building shell and the aim was to physically divide, yet visually connect all the spaces so that coordination is simplified and space is psychologically enlarged by making the shell at all ends visible from the inside. Thus the partitions were all made in full height glass. Also the Work Triangle between working, meeting and waiting spaces was woven at its best, using optimum space requirement in the limited space available. As primary to a space having multiple users, circulation was defined to have unhindered access to all places, and furniture was designed around it.


The requirements were analyzed and fit in the best possible manner according to needs, accessibility and users. While the Studios had adequate space for file storage and sheet storage was designed in excess. Office space had more file and book storage. The Book Library was clubbed up with the occasionally used conference room. The material/sample library has been designated the Basement for its ease of access from outside. Also, full height storage cabinets were placed along the West façade wherever possible to provide a heat buffer for the inside. The designs emphasized on maximum utilization considering future needs and aspirations.


The workspace, especially studio was designed for gaining optimum natural lighting required for efficient work surfaces and visually connects with the Partner’s Cabins. Sheer Roller Blinds were added to control light intensity. The Furniture arrangement was made to ease working in small groups of 4-6 people. Sheet and file storage was segregated within the storage to maintain an organized storage. The Partners' cabin, which is also used for meetings, was designed as an optimum space with minimum furniture to avoid clutter.



Natural and Recycled Materials are emphasized as an effort to promote basics of sustainability and have a subtle earthly work environment. The Chill Wood from shuttering while casting exposed RCC Slab was recycled for making centre tables in waiting area and paneling the lift core. Rattan was woven over recycled steel pipes to make sofa and chairs. Teak, with exposed joinery, was used to make louvers and tables. Flooring in Kota Stone and exposed RCC ceiling and unpainted wall surfaces complete the feel of the space, connected with nature and harmonious in its existence within a city. No artificially pigmented color or paint was used in the making of the interiors. Thus, it differentiates the natural inside from the artificial outside in a pleasant manner.


One of the main objective of the layout and furniture arrangement was to create viewpoints from inside the building and create frames to emphasize them. Main Road on the Northern side, overlooking the city's skyline, and common plot and beyond on the West displaying the Sunset are perfect views. 


  The interiors were designed in the form of a journey as one enters the premises through  the parking and reaches his/her designated place. As one is greeted by the Buddha Idol, he is given the idea of what is to follow. The feeling of calmness and serenity derived through the interior design was the highlight of the project. The design process was an exploration of simplicity in form and natural essence of the materials. The planes and textures play with light and shadow, defining each surface distinctly. The design itself reflects the firms identity.

    Project Architect - Modi Srivastava & Associates

    Ar. Amit Srivastava , Ar. Hitesh Modi (Published in 17th Issue Of Interior Exterior Magazine) 

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