Open side-bar Menu
 ArchShowcase
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.

Lupin research Park in Pune, India by Malik Architecture

 
October 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Malik Architecture

The act of research and discovery is essentially an intuitive function. This complex therefore explores those elements, that to my mind, foster and inspire intuitive thought, which is the core of the creative process.

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

  • Architects: Malik Architecture
  • Project: Lupin research Park
  • Location: Pune, Maharashtra,  India
  • Climate: Tropical wet and dry climate
  • Site Area: 1,40,000 sq. ft.
  • Architect in Charge: Kamal Malik
  • Team: Ketan Chaudhary, Meghana Tipnis, Rajesh Parmar
  • Engineers: Sterling (Structural), R L Dalal (contractor), Vikas Joshi (Electrical), Suhas      Gangan (fire fighting & plumbing), Kamal Malik Architects (HVAC)
  • Project Status: Completed in October-2001

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Nature has therefore become the nucleus both at the micro and the macro levels and serves as a backdrop for two almost paradoxical elements: eastern philosophy and western technology.  The inspiration for the complex is the timeless ‘mandala’ with the administration complex representing the head (at the highest point of the hill) and the main research park flowing south to north, wrapped around a central courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

From the simple ‘earth’ wall that vanishes into the hill, the gushing spout of water that heralds the entrance, the tilted aluminium cube floating in the water and silhouetted against the sky, the play of light and shade in the myriad pergola covered streets and courts, the sculptured vault of the cafeteria sitting on the tranquil ‘kund’ to the ageless amphitheatre set into the hillock.  The complex is intended to provide a multitude of spaces that both inspire a scientist and also serve as a meeting point for groups to jointly interact, explore and discover.

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

At first glance the complex is reminiscent of and echoes the timelessness of an ancient habitat or a human settlement that it is almost a ‘rock’ out-crop at the base of the hill, of clay masses juxtaposed and emanating from the hill, merging into the hill both in the arid and hot parched season as well as the lush green forest of the monsoons.

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Light and shadow, like day and night, are inter-twined, one cannot exist without the other, and it is these two elements that have been juxtaposed in a myriad number of permutations to produce a rhapsody:  from the ethereal play of light on the walls, ramp and steps leading to the animal house: the surrealistic imposition of the pergolas socio-grapy onto the floor, the silver prism of the auditorium and the dark silhouette of the ‘cube’ sculpture:  the splintering of light from tiny points to lengthening stippled bands moving like a sun-dial echoing the passage of time:  the dappled play of light and shade in the main library / dining court:  the gradual  increase of light intensity as one moves-up the north / south axis (echoing the very act of regeneration / re-birth):  are all representative of the dialogue and rapport that the built forms have with the sun.“Water” the life sustaining element has been expressed in a multitude of moods and functions.

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

The ‘macro’ concept deals with the harvesting of water through a well planned array of drains and channels that flow down the hill and feed the two major artificially created lakes at foot of the hill.  In fact the very drive into the complex bisects these lakes providing the visitor with the vista of a large sheet of water (in an otherwise arid landscape).

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

At the ‘micro’ level, water sheets and spouts have been used extensively to animate courtyards and transition spaces, culminating in an enormous sheet of water (on which floats the vault of the dining space) accessed on one face as a dramatic flight of steps and on the other by the verdant green of the lawn.  The kund gives birth to a smaller shallow channel that induces the scientists to walk on the pebbles bare-foot.

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

The channel itself ends in a ‘well’.  This major body of water echoes the time-less kunds and tanks that are a hall-mark of our traditional architecture and are representative of a ‘daily’ cycle and an entire way of life.To conclude, i have attempted to bring together two parallel streams of thought: that of the scientist – who measures that which exists and that of the artist – whose realm is in the immeasurable.

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Image Courtesy © Malik Architecture

Related posts:

Tags: , ,

Category: Research Station

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

GRAPHISOFT: ARCHICAD download 30-day FREE trial
Graphisoft ARCHICAD  Download a 30-Day FREE trial
TurboCAD pro : Start at $299
CADalog.com - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.



Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy