We are in a busy world – a zone where days and nights are intervened together through global economics and dynamic time zones. Work and recreation are no longer time-bound, extending through long nights.
Buildings and lifestyles are changing rapidly keeping in tune with globalization in an era of intense competition and faster time-cycles for every activity. Architecture and buildings are rapidly evolving to keep pace with change – from smarter technologies, cleaner environment to energy-efficient and dynamically responsive buildings – and are no longer static mute spectators but are active and participative. Artificial intelligence and Iot have added new dimensions to an otherwise un-animated space.
Facade design and façade lighting industry is also rapidly evolving leaps and bounds. Apart from being “simply beautiful”, it has now moved on to be responsive communicative and adaptive. From simple modules of analysing glare due to sunlight, it has moved further to assimilate climatic data, responds to changes in weather, etc.
Lighting too is communicative and creative. It not only adds magic to the building but also builds identity not only to the edifice it represents, but also creates a story line to a cityscape. From static to dynamic, from muted to being a statement, both facade and façade lighting became primary, “identity makers”.
Façade also can be a communicative tool as pioneered from the famous “Times Square” of New York, where lights & façades are also informative and communicative.
In short, façades are also a great advertising tool. The changes in the industry are rapid and I’m sure that the emerging possibilities will be mind-blowing.
Ice Cube Lounge & Fine Dining Hubli, Karnataka
The Huge Display Boards (An Example of Media Façade) on One Side of the Project
Ice cube – a dining lounge destination, is an elegant glass cube-like structure and is the first of its kind in Hubli city. The building seamlessly holds all three spaces with one another, yet allows each to hold its own space. The façade is designed to complement the character of the building by defining the spaces within.
The ground floor houses the fine dining restaurant which has ceiling to floor glass panels which give an indoor-outdoor connect. The bar lounge space on the first floor is intentionally designed to be located on the road facing terrace. It has a toughened glass floor with lighting below it. A roof of clear laminated glass and vast sliding glass panels bring in the breeze and panoramic views.
The huge display boards (an example of media façade) on one side, with the light lines that define the structure on the other, create a sense of shadow, a pattern which adds drama to the building.
QUICK FACTS: Project: ICE CUBE Lounge & Fine Dining Location: Hubli, Karnataka Client: Venkatesh A Kabadi, Vinay R Burbure, Kunal K Pawar Architect: KAF Commencement Date: 2015 Completion Date: 2016
Landmark Vertica Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Landmark VERTICA is an uber-luxury residential tower located majestically on the upmarket Peters Road in Chennai. The project comprises an eclectic mix of carefully crafted luxury dwellings interlaced with spaces of recreation, interaction and entertainment cocooned in luxury.
Proximity to the sea inspired the conceptualization of Landmark VERTICA inspired by lighthouses, adding aesthetic splendour and significance from the sea. The thousand-light mosque as a venerable neighbour incited the use of light as a continuity to the language of the design. The culture of Chennai being ‘conservative yet relevant’ was the thread that tied all the other ideas together to result in a design possessing a harmonious medley of class and comfort.
It was the acknowledgment of this culture which led to an understated straight-line design with the pinnacle offering the glamour quotient. It is an apt and witty representation of the quintessential Tamilian dressed in simplicity, while the crowning peak represents his phenomenal genius.
The façade of the building is designed distinctively to stand out as an edifice in Central Chennai. Formal & simple in aesthetics defined by warm, woody hues and horizontal bands at its lower levels capped glamorously with four strong geometric patterns, throwing beautiful light patterns from carefully embedded LED strips, the edifice has brighten up the neighbourhood.
Project: Landmark VERTICA Location: Chennai Client: Landmark Construction Pvt. Ltd. Architect: Kembhavi Architecture Foundation Other Consultants: Landscape Designers: NC Design & Architecture Structural Consultants: Sigma Consultants MEP Consultant: e Matrix HVAC Consultant: e Matrix Plumbing Consultant: e Matrix Materials Used for Façade & Fenestrations : External façade: structural glazing with inbuilt lighting; External bands: Pre-coated aluminium; Wall: Renova texture paint; Flooring: Italic marble; Dado: Italian marble / limestone / land stone; Sanitary: Villeroy & Boch Commencement Date: 2011 Completion Date: 2013
Principal Architect & Partner
Indrajit Kembhavi, Principal Architect & Partner, Kembhavi Architects has a passion to create “contextually relevant green architecture”. He believes in the holistic ideology of approaching every project exclusively, crafting the components of function, climate, culture, economics and technology to arrive at an optimal and stimulating experience of space and form. After completing his B Arch, he Joined Sir JJ College of architecture for attaining his Master's by research in architecture. Later, after working with the renowned architect Gerard Da Cunha, he joined Kembhavi Architecture foundation founded by his parents Sharad and Nalini Kembahvi as a Principal Architect and partner. Indrajit Kembhavi , along with his wife Nita Kembhavi, established the office in Bangalore in 2007 and is involved in prestigious projects including real estate, institutional, public buildings,health care, hospitality, etc.