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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

72 Screens in Jaipur, India by Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

 
August 3rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Enveloped in abstractly folded planes of perforated screens, this 6 level office building creates a sculptural presence. Located in the city of Jaipur in India which has a desert climate with average temperatures ranging from 30oC to 50oC through most of the year . The building is designed in response to the excessive heat imbibing traditional elements.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

On a small plot of  1075  sq m , the building envelope is restricted on all sides in plan as well as governed  by height restrictions The resultant floor area on each level after leaving mandatory open spaces is only  326 sq m. The entire service core and toilets are located on its southern side thus effectively reducing the heat gain substantially in a location where the sun  is in the Southern hemisphere throughout the year.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

In addition a glass reinforced concrete  screen that takes its inspiration from the old traditional ‘jali’ screens of the architectural heritage of the region sheaths the building on all sides further reducing the heat gain and rendering the building very energy efficient. Designed as a corporate office headquarters, the ground level houses a reception and conference rooms above a car parking basement with office areas at the above 5 levels.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

The concrete screens around the building are supported by a steel framework with projections that vary from 0.9 to 1.5m . This creates an external periphery space for plants at each level that will act as further insulation from the external heat creating cooler office spaces within. The office building thus overcomes the restrictions of its small plot creating office spaces that are very energy efficient to combat the excessive summers of its location while imbibing tradition in an abstract manifestation to create a sculptural quality for its inhabitants.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Puri Architects Pvt. Ltd.

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