Wolkem Office Building / Vir.Mueller Architects

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Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects
Location: New Delhi, India
Client: Wolkem India Limited
Partners in Charge: Christine Mueller Gupta, Pankaj Vir Gupta
Project Team: Saurabh Jain Ridhi Kapoor Neil Patel
Structural Engineer: Chandresh Bapna
Mechanical Engineer: Pankaj Dharkar Associates
Electrical Engineer: Harshad Jhaveri Associates
Plumbing Engineer: Chandresh Bapna
Project Area: 4000 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Andre J. Fanthome

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This 4,000 sq. meter office building for a minerals company is located in Madri – the industrial district of Udaipur city in Rajasthan, India. Designed as a reinforced frame structure, the east and west facades are dry clad with local Dholpur sandstone over infill brick masonry cavity walls with an air-gap to optimize insulation. The insulated glazing on the north and south facades is shaded by balconies and sandstone fins. Given the arid climate, all wastewater and sewage are treated in an on-site sewage treatment plant and used to cultivate a walled garden. Rainwater collected from the terrace is filtered through sand and charcoal filters and stored in a cistern for use in the toilets.

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Cite: "Wolkem Office Building / Vir.Mueller Architects" 21 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=82826>
  • http://www.ericweberarchitect.blogspot.com Eric

    Wow, nice job! I’m happy to see that vir.mueller is doing really compelling projects. I can’t say I’m surprised, though. They wrote a great book about Golconde in Pondicherry; a fascinating building from which they seem to have learned some good lessons.

  • dev

    great job..nice to see an Indian project which pays due attention to the context..this building just had to be the way it is!!

  • Juni

    Corbusier?! Nice building BTW