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.
PADC ( Product Applications Development Center) for IndianOil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) in Panipat, Haryana, India by Design Atelier
February 23rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Design Atelier
The Plastics Application Development Center – PADC, is the Center for Excellence in Indian Oil Corporation’s research development thrust in Plastics Technologies. The Laboratory building is designed to take on an Iconic position in the refinery complex, signifying the focus on research and the Future. The Center is intended to significantly improve on Building performance through the sustainable and conservative use of energy and other resources.
Concieved as a rock formation on a plain landscape, the form was conceived as a Building on a rock plinth with a glass lined central courtyard, returns the ground and the whole ensemble to the landscape. The Double height inclined Glass facade generates interest in the outside from all parts of the building connecting the occupants to nature.
The diagonal building parasol roof form orientation responds to allow self-shading from South and West, with larger surfaces on the benign directions of the North and East. It is visible uniquely as a presence in the serence landscape as sight lines show the form “in the round”.The entrance is a glass cube set amidst water channels atthe base of the building that also collect rainwater.
FORM CONCEPT– Landscape/Nature-based rockformation on a plain landscape / NATURAL LIGHT/ SOLAR FACADE / RAINWATER / roof angle to accept solar panels / VENTILATION
Form Space Relationships
The experience vignettes from all interior laboratory spaces is designed for visual experience of the granite garden in the courtyard, placed centrally in the glass lined interior courtyard. The garden and form can be experienced through all the glass-lined movement corridors and staircase cores. The idea of diverse experience- of graded light and shaded spaces, landscape variations tare made at each pause and transition experience. The courtyard serves to relieve the bulk of the form and supply natural light to the floor plates inside.
The complexVisual interconnections and interpenetrations of interiorspaces are made through glass courtyards, corridors, and lobbies, togetherwith the interplay of light and choices of just a few material finishes. The symbolism of the landscape, courtyard and the iconic architectural artefact create an unique ensemble of experiences.
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