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Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

India Architecture News - Mar 31, 2022 - 11:03   1651 views

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

Indian architect and WAC Honorary Member Sanjay Puri's studio Sanjay Puri Architects has designed a residential building that features colorful cuboid terraces that are protruded irregularly from the façade.

Named Studios 90, the 10,400-square-metre project is located in Kodla, Karnataka in India. Kodla is known for its tropical savanna climate, in which city's temperatures exceed 35°C for 8 months of the year in this region. 

Studios 90 is competing to be the winner of WA Awards 40th Cycle

The firm designed each of the rooms in the plan by cascading angularly and orientated the rooms to the north in response to Kodla's hot climate.

Studios 90 is competing in the WA Awards 40th Cycle in Realized category to be the winner of this Cycle. WA Honorary Members and previous cycles' WA Awards Winners and WA Community Members, who have at least 1 project that was uploaded 1 month ago in their WAC pages, may go ahead and click here to Vote for their preferred projects by Sunday, 10 April (23:59 GMT +0).

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

Studios 90 is part of a larger masterplan, which includes a school, a playground, a clubhouse and a temple. The composition is divided into four blocks on the North side.

The blocks are scattered side by side depending on their programmatic functions such as Studios, Guest House and Hostel. 

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

"The brief for these mid-rise buildings was to create studio apartments, a hostel & a guest house on the perimeter of a housing project for a residential township, to house the working people of a new cement plant," said Sanjay Puri Architects.

Based on the brief, the firm has created a massive composition made of coloured cuboids which form a sculptural residential building. Thanks to the variations of colors, the orientation of terraces are easily perceived from afar.

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

The project consists of 18 studio apartments, 54 hostel rooms and 18 guest house rooms that are placed in four and five level buildings facing large landscaped areas and a large playground on the north east.

The firm designed common amenities, including a cafeteria, games room, lounge & gym, at the ground level. Rooms opening into sheltered north facing balconies occupy the upper floors.

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

In the project, the office explained the reason of choice of three main colors in façades and said that "Indian culture is known for its vivid use of color in traditional crafts, festivities & clothing." 

"India is the only country that celebrates Holi, a festival of colour annually," the office added.

Sanjay Puri Architects used three vivid primary colors – red, blue and yellow as they highlight the cantilevered balconies to each room creating an identity and simultaneously enhancing the sculptural look of the buildings. 

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

As the office emphasized, the project was built in an economic way and uses natural ventilation and natural sunlight, the buildings are very energy efficient. 

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

The team used fly ash brick walls, water recycling, rain water harvesting, north orientation, sheltered outdoor spaces, aiming to reduce heat gain and making the project sustainable. 

The entire electrical energy required is harnessed from the residual energy generated in the cement plant nearby.

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

"Studios 90 is a simple, energy efficient residential building that responds to its site, the climate of the location & alludes to the culture &  social aspects of the users," the office added

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

Sanjay Puri Architects designs residential building with colorful cuboid terraces in India

Site plan, floor plans and sections

Sanjay Puri Architects is also competing in the WA Awards 40th Cycle with 2 Designed projects: The Courtyards School and Nokha Village School in India. 

Sanjay Puri Architects is the most awarded architectural office in the WA Awards 10+5+X. The office has so far won 38 WA Awards in different Cycles. See Sanjay Puri Architects' awarded projects on its World Architecture Community Page.

Project facts

Name of the Project: Studios 90

Location: Kodla, Karnataka

Client’s Name: SHREE CEMENT LTD

Architecture Firm: Sanjay Puri Architects

Cost: 3928500 USD

Plot Area: 53200 sqm

Total built-up: 10400 sqm

Project completion year: 2022

Lead architect: Sanjay Puri

Design Team: Prasenjit Debnath, Aditya Adep  


Consultants

MEP: Seed Consultants, Dubai

RCC: Vijaytech Consultants, Jaipur 


Collaborators

Main Contractor: Shree Cement Ltd

Fabricator: Shree Cement Ltd

Construction: RCC Structure& Brickwork infill

Finishes: Plaster & Paint

All images © Ricken Desai

All drawings © Sanjay Puri Architects

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