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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

An Illuminated Jewel Box

Compiled by Marina Correa
Photography: Courtesy Blocher Blocher India Pvt. Ltd
 
largest LED facade in India at Mondeal Square Ahmedabad by Blocher & Blocher
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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.

largest LED facade in India at Mondeal Square Ahmedabad by Blocher & Blocher
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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.
 
largest LED facade in India at Mondeal Square Ahmedabad by Blocher & Blocher
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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.
 
largest LED facade in India at Mondeal Square Ahmedabad by Blocher & Blocher
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largest LED facade in India at Mondeal Square Ahmedabad by Blocher & Blocher
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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.

largest LED facade in India at Mondeal Square Ahmedabad by Blocher & Blocher
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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.
 
largest LED facade in India at Mondeal Square Ahmedabad by Blocher & Blocher
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largest LED facade in India at Mondeal Square Ahmedabad by Blocher & Blocher
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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!


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