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‘Jashn’ HQ Building

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Jashn, a Hindi/Urdu word for ‘celebration’, describes the mood of this project in Chennai, India. Varun Kohli, Founding principal, Merge Studio, USA briefs on its climate responsive façade design.

Environment responsive design and energy & resource conservation remains core to every project of Merge Studio. The architects believe that, architectural design with passive sustainable strategies is synonymous to ‘good design practices’ and is an essential component to the design process.

Using advanced tools for analysis and simulation, the architecture strives to achieve maximum human comfort internally whilst minimizing its impact on the external environment. The same approach has been taken for the designing of project in Chennai India which involved taking a harmoniously blending built form with nature to create an easier path toward energy and resource conservation.

The 30,000sqft of the five story building under construction is planned to house the head-quarters of an established real-estate developer in the city of Chennai. The building will house marketing and executive offices and in essence become the home for the developers’ management group. Merge Studio was asked to develop a design that would demonstrate the design and construction capabilities of the clients and become the new home that the occupants can be proud of.

Nestled in the heart of the city of Chennai and at a corner of narrow tree-lined streets, Merge studio designed it as the shimmering ‘jewel box’ by cladding the façade in shades of white transparency. Aware of the challenge of designing a glazed ‘jewel box’ in the hot and humid climate of Chennai, design team ran multiple studies to understand the impact of solar radiation on the skin.

Some of the studies inherent to the architectural design process include climate analysis, building energy loads analysis, solar studies, daylighting studies and material research. Such studies helped create an intelligent design process and generate design responses that enhance energy performance of the building.

Consequently, by using layers of high performance glazing with ceramic frit and channel glass as exterior shading panels, the internal heat gain through the façade is comparable with the energy code compliant façade. The façade designed, offers the transparent look to the building but still manages to conserve energy.

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