This was to be a straightforward office project until we visited the site. This client desired a head office for his automobile dealership company and the same was to be located on the 3rd level of a commercial building cum showroom (for a particular Indian Bike brand) owned by the client. The building prominently sat along the main commercial street in the city of Hubli (2nd largest city in the Indian state of Karnataka, after its capital city Bangalore). Having previously seen an office-building project done by the firm in Bangalore, the client approached us to design their head office and hoped to build the same on the 3rd floor of the building they own. When we visited the site, we observed the 3rd floor was a later date addition to an otherwise G+2 building and had a rather robust structural system of columns & deep beams, as we proceeded towards familiarizing ourselves with the site and its context, we realized the building had a terrace waiting to be explored – a well scaled metal structural frame with a temporary curved metal sheet roof functioned as a shed/yard to store “Bikes” and otherwise housed all the Building MEP services like Water tanks, several Air conditioning outdoor units, a Diesel generator, a mobile network tower…etc.
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