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“Glocally” Impressive

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“Designed to connect guests with the environment, the resort presents an interesting take on local wildlife. With the theme of forest design for the interiors, the concept was to capture the essence of jungle living. Without compromising on any of the essential guest comforts the interiors lend just the right touch of cosmopolitan flair with soft colors and textures, natural materials, and minimal, bespoke accessories”, describes the architects.

RAHMAN GROUP HQ – NOIDA

Located in the upcoming business district on the express highway to Taj Mahal, the Rahman Group head office building boasts of its monolith character, as it adds to the upcoming skyline of the area. A progressive approach with an interesting concept and an encouraging client led to the building, as it stands today.

The initial abstract thought to base the building on the “r” logo of the owning company created an unusual concept resulting in a unique built form.

The whole project is divided into three built blocks of varied heights, sizes and inclination. The two main built blocks in the forefront, one smaller than the other and inclining in opposite directions away from each other, are planned in such a way that it represents the letter “r” of the logo. These two monolithic concrete blocks have a backdrop of a third straight block placed by a water feature on either sides and the steps-ramp combination on the porch side. Independent entryways in the form of platforms span over the water feature and define the entrance experience.

The idea behind the water element in the central open space between the built blocks is to not only have a soothing view but also to reduce the temperature in immediate surroundings, in the time of extreme summer months.

Internally, due to the inclined form massing of the built blocks, interesting spaces have been created, that add another character to the interiors. The same has been utilised well to enhance the look and feel of the office spaces. The monolith face on the inside have also been kept unfinished and raw, combining it with selectively finishing a few elements, in materials that complement the interior and function of each space.

Horizontal windows in aluminium (with thermal break extrusions) in line with the buildings inclination facilitates a lot of natural light and visibility. The thermal break feature along with double insulated reflective glass assists in reducing the heat gain considerably.

Rain water harvesting, solar energy utilisation, recycle/reuse of water and harnessing/channelising rain water in everyday utilisation have been successfully applied in the building premises.

INTERVIEW

ROHIT + MATIN:

What is your approach towards each project?

Approach towards each project largely depends on the client’s brief and the type of project. Overall approach to design is mainly sorting the function of the project and a logical/practical step by step design approach to cater to those functions. We strongly believe that the main function of the building that it has to serve, and the services (MEPFP) of the building are the strength and backbone. Having said that, the finishes, the look & feel create the character and the mood of the building. This is the final end result that the users of the building experience.

Our approach is a mix of the abovementioned elements. In our designs we give enough weightage to these elements and make them go hand in hand in our planning and efforts to achieve successful projects.

Your views on concerns about environment, sustainability and how does your architecture approach these aspects?

These days there is a lot of talk about LEED Rated buildings and Green buildings. We at R+M Architects firmly believe that even if the project is not envisaged to be a certified LEED or a green building, certain basic efforts must be a part of the design process. Looking at rain water harvesting, some use of solar energy, correct rating and specifications of the services equipment (no over capacity planning), use of energy saving gadgets and installations (Sensors, LED, low heat emitting fixtures) as part of regular practice is encouraged and appreciated. If sensibly done/ understood, it has minimal variation in cost of the project (more of a comparative on the capex vs opex). To be honest it does not interfere too much with the look and feel of the final product, but it does deliver an efficient well-maintained project.

Comment on your fascination for various kind of materials and their usage in your projects

All materials are good for their respective application, but it all depends on the nature of the project where it is being applied. There is no such thing as “bad material”, it largely becomes “good or bad” depending on the method and nature of application. We strongly believe that – it is not about what you use, but it is all about how you use it. Let’s say, a plush interior planning can have a major valueadd and enhance the overall look, with just an addition of a common low-cost material or vice-versa, provided it fits into the context.

Usage of natural materials and techniques of construction is project location specific and we definitely make a conscious effort in using as much of natural materials available in the vicinity This not only facilitates in future replenishment of the material, but it also helps in cutting down on transport costs.

What are the individual strengths that you both bring in as a firm?

Rohit+Matin Architects operates on a strong “team-work” principal of working.

To start with, a whole lot of brainstorming with all sorts of ideas and imaginations is always encouraged. Each team member is given equal importance at the time of discussion and everyone is vocal of their thoughts and perspectives. This brings about fresh ideas in the projects conceptualization. It all slowly funnels into a workable solution for any given project.

Where do you draw inspirations from for a particular project?

Travelling, being on top of the list, inspires us mostly. There is a lot of great architecture all over the world, which we experience through our travels and get highly inspired in terms of not just design, but also use of materials and the new innovative technologies.

Other than travelling, attending professional seminars, talks, and interaction with experts in the field, brings about new line of thoughts. We come back with a wide perspective and various ideas to implement in our variety of projects.

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