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03-02-2011, 02:37 AM #1
New office complex of TCS in Chennai
India-based Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is building a new $200 million futuristic office complex in Siruseri, 18 miles south of Chennai, featuring six butterfly-shaped buildings.
Designed by Uruguayan architectural firm Carlos Ott Architects in association with Carlos Ponce de León Architects, the Siruseri TCS IT Park will be the largest IT facility in the entire Asia region.
The architecture of the project is unique in the way it blends both business and lifestyle statements. It combines elements of traditional Indian architecture with contemporary design. An aerial view of the complex resembles six butterfly wings intertwined with a central spine. Laterally, the composition reminds one of Indian temple architecture. The designers have also included features to inspire creativity and harmony in work life on campus.
The campus comprises a total of 12 buildings with varying height featuring five storeys in eight buildings and seven storeys in five buildings. All of these 12 buildings will be divided across the central spine that is 400m long and 42m high, with six on each side. Each block has two wings connected through bridges leading to the two central core structures which house the elevator lobby. The two wings and the cores structures are covered with expansive multiple three-dimensional umbrella structures.
With water bodies, palm trees and, landscaping, this central spine is designed as an area for relaxation. At one end of the central spine, an executive and customer briefing block is featured, with a towering structure rising from within. At 130m, the tower will be the highest in southern India providing panoramic views of the zone.
The building also incorporates eco-friendly processes, techniques and systems to meet the requisites for energy-efficient buildings and ISO 14001 certification. The complex is notable for its microclimate performance based on an open atrium office buildings, providing a naturally-ventilated system. An ecological stream beneath a large overhanging canopy of 400m provides a natural cooling system.
The Siruseri Campus has already applied for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for Platinum and Gold ratings from the US Green Building Council. It will accommodate 24,000 Tata employees.
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