Compiled by Marina Correa
Photography: Courtesy Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd
Mondeal Square - a mixed-use building complex in Ahmedabad’s burgeoning Prahladnagar boasts of India’s largest LED façade…
Designed by Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd. of the Blocher Blocher Partners – Architecture & design firm, the built form offers a total floor space of 17,000 sq. m, of which 3,600 sq. m have been developed into usable commercial space with ten storeys allotted for office usage.
At night, the ensemble unfolds an ethereal charm, where strips of LED totaling approx. five kilometers cover the 5,300 sq m glazed façade. They can be lit completely, individually, to display movement, colour sequences or even silhouettes of moving figures; the differently sized, large square openings of the rear façade also light up and together with the lit plaza comprising furniture, staircases and vegetation - culminate in an illuminated crescendo.
During the day, the striking structure of the façade defines the two buildings - the vertical struts and horizontal panes made of white aluminium profiles not only serve a long-range effect but also provide shade; thereby reducing the amount of air-conditioning needed.
As a contrast to the main façade, the rear side of the building is stylishly more restrained with a horizontal lamella façade. This is where the stairwells are located, also providing access – besides the elevators – to the office floors from the third to the tenth.
The interiors display exposed concrete ceilings along with light grey tiles and glass dividing walls, conveying a sense of minimalist elegance and transparency. Wooden wall elements and spacious interiors provide the premises with a warmth and increased quality-of-stay for the employees.
In the night, the elliptical shape of the buildings - dressed up like a multi-coloured work of art amidst the urban landscape - meet a passer-by as an intriguing element yet inviting enough to explore due to the fusion of architecture and public space. The project has been garnering accolades and awards every passing year!