Here is a submission for the Spiretec 2011 Competition in Greater Noida, Delhi, India by young architect, Adham Selim and his team. Spiretec is a 62,750 square meter mixed use area that is part of an IT office complex, spread across approx 85,000 square meters of land; with a built potential of approx 1,75,000 square meters. The project is in Greater Noida in Delhi, India. More on this project after the break.
The approach taken by Adham Selim and his team was one of “grafting” the mixed use complex within the already built environment and utilizing the already existing program of the architecture. In order to achieve this integration, there was a necessity to first subtract mass from the built environment. The strategy created open areas for views of the river, and spaces for mingling and recreation that had the potential to instill a connection between the various programs on the site.
The issues of identity and context were tackled in terms of the specificity to the environmental analysis of the project using climatological data that included solutions for privacy, protection from heat gain, preventing glaring sun exposure, and landscape river views for all the units. The notion of “enclosed public space” was heavily adapted in the project starting from the enclosed balconies behind the building skin to the elevated gardens and a semi-enclosed shopping loops for daily necessities, moreover, it reached its heights with certain programmatic elements like the auditorium and the library that were turned into public by eliminating their walls altogether, replacing them with clear glass, making them visually accessible to the public.
With a modular structure system, and under a point-fixed glazing roof, the platforms that replace the monolithic form of an atrium, can be reshaped effortlessly, responding better to the sinuous wave of business ups and downs, and in the meantime, platforms will always provide a further ability to expand allowing for there to always be a next phase. Principal: Adham Selim Architects: Sherif Tarabishi, Karim Salama, Sundus Sherif, A. Othman Location: Greater Noida, Delhi, India Engineer: Mo’taz Bella Samir Artist: Amro Thabit