CITRUS ESTATES, ABOHAR & BADAL, PUNJAB
Architect: Sarbjit Singh Bahga, Chandigarh
Since this building was to be located in remote, rural area, the design has been kept as simple as possible with minimal elements for easy construction and subsequent maintenance. The building is designed on the grid-iron-pattern with RCC frame structure having columns at spacing of 5 metres on both the axes, except for multipurpose hall where the spacing has been kept 5m x8m.
All the service ducts have been placed on the periphery which not only serve their intended purpose but also act as cavity walls ensuring cool interiors in hot summers. Fenestrations are designed in conjunction with these ducts and have been kept deep recessed with horizontal projections at top. Uniformity of the ducts and fenestrations lend a strong and modernist visual character to the building. The design of the building affords adequate natural light and ventilation in all parts of the interiors making it less dependent on artificial energy.
The design and outlook of the building is in consonance with the latest trends in architecture. It proves architect’s endeavour to move with time and to bring modern architecture to remote rural settings.