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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Play in Geometry, 72 Screens

By Nitika Agarwal
Photography: Courtesy Sanjay Puri Architects

 72 Screens project in Rajasthan by Ar. Sanjay Puri
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A corporate headquarters in Jaipur, designed by architect Sanjay Puri brings into play an intriguing pattern of ‘72’ angular frames of Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) screens or perforated jalis wrapped around work spaces across five floors above ground level.


 72 Screens project in Rajasthan by Ar. Sanjay Puri

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 72 Screens project in Rajasthan by Ar. Sanjay Puri
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The design reveals extensive research and implementation in the construction of GRC screens that are supported by a steel framework, evidently lending a unique aesthetic to the overall design. The architecture attempts to recognize the age-old principle of jalis that were crafted in response to screen the indoors and most importantly, filter the blazing sun in arid regions like Rajasthan. 

 72 Screens project in Rajasthan by Ar. Sanjay Puri
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 72 Screens project in Rajasthan by Ar. Sanjay Puri
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The texture and composition of concrete screens reflects gorgeous patterns of light and shade along various spaces in the interior and the design clearly acknowledges the significance of natural light in everyday living and working. The experience of being within a place develops not from the physical attributes alone, but from its coherence with the sense, texture and feel of the entire space, which is immensely enhanced by natural light.


 72 Screens project in Rajasthan by Ar. Sanjay Puri
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 72 Screens project in Rajasthan by Ar. Sanjay Puri
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On a small plot of 1075 sqm, the building spreads across approximately 325sqm on each level. The interiors feel reasonably spacious with transparent walls on all four sides and the service core ingeniously sits along the southern side; effectively reducing heat gain within the building. The concrete screens projected out by approximately 1-1.5m from the building line create an external space on all sides at each level for natural vegetation to flourish and further insulate the spaces inside. 


 72 Screens project in Rajasthan by Ar. Sanjay Puri
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The entire structural system including the columns inside are expressed and exposed to be a part of the space itself. Besides, they also appear to narrate the science and technique of the building’s construction.

The building rises up like a faint cuboid amongst the unassuming dense urban fabric of the city, attracting even the most casual onlookers. Undeniably, yet another striking building by Sanjay Puri,  principally similar to his Chrome hospitality design at Kolkata; this time amidst typical residences, may perhaps trigger and argue its bearing on the existing neighbourhood.








10 comments :

  1. amazing!!!

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  2. Appaloosa ZaldiaJuly 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    que belleza me ha gustado muchìsimo quien sois un estudio de arquitectura o es algùn arquitecto en concreto os sigo a travès de la red. Un saludo

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  3. Beautiful external facade

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  4. wht a concept.....dnt mind!

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  5. nice exterior.anyone tell me about exterior material???????

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  6. Dear Majid Ali,
    The exterior material is Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) Do read the feature, it is mentioned therein.

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  7. oh yes! this is amazing in our city. One day I was passing through that street in front of University of Rajasthan, suddenly we got amazed to see such an architecture..though it looked ugly during under construction but as someone has said "What matters is Design and what sells is Design"

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  8. it is a very good design

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  9. Lot of work!

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  10. Good work...would like to know the address to see the building live..

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