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Commercial Architecture Leanings

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The modern contemporary architectural style is fast emerging in India and this category will be of significance for Indian corporates in 2015. It will serve as a bridge between modernism and post-modernism, driven by ecosustainability, new materials and technologies to provide a better quality of life in the workplace.

All of us agree that when we evaluate a building for its overall appeal, the exteriorfacade takes the first place. The exterior aesthetics has gained more importance than the interior functionality. The building has to look good. The new trend adapted is converting flat glass to shapes that allows ‘free form’ surfaces with geometric complexity and the possibility” of integrating other elements like, LED’s, into conventional flat glass which gives a long lasting impression in minds of people and thereby creates the project as a symbol.

Landscape architecture has also started developing a new language. Techniques today allow plants to grow without their natural ground or soil. Green walls, Bio walls, hydroponics, green roofs, podium gardens, land bridges are the new terms in the landscape dictionary that show the transition from hills rivers and the horizon to sky being the limit. This language reflects in the new corporate landscape architecture of our country.

The commercial architecturet rends are promoting a sustainable approach towards construction that appreciates and develops smart growth, architectural tradition and classical design. Given the nature of today’s work processes, top firms are redesigning their offices to encourage interaction, creativity, and spontaneous collaboration. The Twenty-firstcentury design responds to employee needs for personalized and individually controlled spaces, dynamic technology requirements, and changing business models.


An environment devoid of sensory stimulation and variability can lead to boredom and passivity. While, the corporate houses are getting aware of the importance of having a dynamic structure and ornamentation rather than just a glass facades and modular design. The hospitality and retail industries too are experiencing a shift toward entertainment interiors, or “experience design.”

This year commercial interiors reinvent classy luxury, serenity, creative recycling and versatility. The design ideas include traditional as also novel materials, fresh decorating colours, exotic motifs, artistic details and surprising blend of textures. The inclusion of exciting design spaces and natural greenery provide for a stimulating work atmosphere.

The up-coming designs that are shaping the corporate houses are truly adding a completely new meaning in giving a modern exterior look, chic interiors and complete ecological balance. The sector is experiencing a reboot of sorts – an influx of inspired designs, environmental care, energy conservation and improved resource management.

The New Ideas

There is a desire to establish a vivid and memorable way of creating bold and interesting work or living space that has a personality. Thus, the interiors combine gilded antiques, velvet and silk or carved wood accents with industrial metal details. In addition, technology finding greater representation in planning and design, overall improving workspace environment.

Furthermore, with rising environmental awareness and ever increasing demand for energy, ecology and environment has become one of the most powerful influence on the design process. Informed by a green sensibility and versatile utility, the following design trends are building momentum:

Including plants at corporate houses greatly enhances the natural ambience. Plants also release oxygen into the air, and some of them can actually filter some pollutants out of the air (spider plants are said to do this). Maintaining an indoor/ outdoor feeling with large glass areas looking out onto a patio can do wonders to an otherwise confining space.

Prefabrication is making a strong comeback in both commercial and residential properties, as the benefits of greener and faster production techniques become more attractive to firms looking to cut building and operating costs. With modular construction, units can be stacked and arranged into aesthetically pleasing, functional designs that convey an eco-conscious mentality. Clean lines, aluminium panelling and energy-efficient glass give modular buildings a modern chic.

Thermal Comfort is created through the right combination of temperature, airflow and humidity. A combination of these elements is required for physical comfort at the workplace. Incorporating thermal comfort in office area definitely bequeaths the workplace with better airflow.

Intelligent Structural Engineering significantly reduces the impact of congestion. It takes into account the penetration of sunlight, access to nature, views and daylight as well as opportunities for active and passive contact with nature, sensory change & variability and positive design impact to reduce stress.

Archi Materials lead to sustainable development. Despite globalization which homogenizes everything in its path, the intrinsic connection with materials still prevails in architecture. Exotic plastics, timber, hybrid fibres and concrete dictate and give a unique approach to architecture.

Open Terrains are becoming part of commercial architecture like scattered greenery or a body of water which offers relief amidst large expanses of neutral-coloured modular workstations.

Indoor Outdoor Theory Whether it’s through commercial interior breakout spaces or central courtyard areas in domestic architecture, the boundaries between indoors and outdoors are becoming less clear. This can be achieved by opening the façade of a building up to the environment, merging an indoor space seamlessly with an outdoor area, or by incorporating vibrant colours and natural textures into an interior space to give the sense of being outdoors. The technique which was explored by Japanese architects brings in more contemporary style to offices and workplaces where better working environments are needed.

Ornamentation is the new trend giving commercial offices a pristine new look. The graphic art of decoration creates the total design along with functional and aesthetic aspects of the interior as well as the exterior of the commercial buildings.







Sudhir Thorat
Managing Director
3D Architecture Pvt Ltd.

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