This project is a design for a regional office building for Food Corporation of India. Being a government building, it demanded the creation of a landmark structure truly inspirational to people for years to come.
In an era where many new commercial buildings are sheathed in flat glass curtain walls, FCI is distinguished by the visual depth of its main façade. Simple façade detail is taken to keep the fascination of free flowing shape untouched. A grid of gray panels bordering each wall floor plate projects slightly beyond the main plane of the new façade, creating a sense of layering. This effect also lends vertical emphasis to the composition. Mean while the proportions of the tall, clad column that supports the fourth floor which extends creating a canopy, in addition, creates a triple height approach into the building which adds a sense of scale to the building. Building functionality was achieved through the cores to bring in separate distinctiveness to various functions.
Interior spaces are well planned and placed such a way that creates the right balance between shape and function with required connectivity. The building features an open office layout, a wide range of amenities, and a variety of spaces designed to bring FCI’s diverse workforce together. Informal meeting spaces, an outdoor breakout area and terrace spaces, all provide an opportunity to converse, meet, and connect.
Being a commercial building, energy optimization was crucial. The design is evolved to include a façade with minimum opening towards solar sensitive orientation. Projected surfaces create shadows for lower floor thus reducing direct sun light. And further in some locations double glazed low emission glass was proposed.
Principal Architect : Qutub Mandviwala
Associate Architect : Kuldeep Patil
Year : 2015
Company : Food Corporation of India (FCI)