Enveloped in abstractly folded planes of perforated screens, this 6 level office building creates a
Located in the city of Jaipur in India which has a desert climate with average temperatures
ranging from 30oC to 50oC through most of the year . The building is designed in response to the
excessive heat imbibing traditional elements.
On a small plot of 1075 sq m , the building envelope is restricted on all sides in plan as well as
governed by height restrictions,
The resultant floor area on each level after leaving mandatory open spaces is only 326 sq m.
The entire service care and toilets are located on its southern side thus effectively reducing the
heat gain substantially in a location where the sun is in the Southern hemisphere throughout the
In addition a glass reinforced concrete screen that takes its inspiration from the old traditional
‘jali’ screens of the architectural heritage of the region sheaths the building on all sides further
reducing the heat gain and rendering the building very energy efficient.
Designed as a corporate office headquarters, the ground level houses a reception and
conference rooms above a car parking basement with office areas at the above 5 levels.
The concrete screens around the building are supported by a steel framework with projections
that vary from 0.9 to 1.5m . This creates an external periphery space for plants at each level that
will act as further insulation from the external heat creating cooler office spaces within.
The office building thus overcomes the restrictions of its small plot creating office spaces that are
very energy efficient to combat the excessive summers of its location while imbibing tradition in
an abstract manifestation to create a sculptural quality for its inhabitants.
SANJAY PURI & NIMISH SHAH