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Interesting Visual Elements ABIL Commercial Spaces, Pune

By: Rajan Goregaoker

Located in Pune, ABIL Commercial Spaces is an on-going boutique commercial office project, which is a part of residential development. The building boasts of a host of features which are incorporated to improve the energy efficiency, functionality and aesthetic quality of the building. This ground + four-storey building, having a built-up area of 100,000 Sq ft is located in the suburb of Pune to the west, in a place called Baner, a residential and commercial hub of Pune and occupied by various IT companies.

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The building has a complete glass façade using performance glass from Saint Gobain – ST150
The building has a complete glass façade using performance glass from Saint Gobain – ST150

It has a number of office accommodations, in addition to training and conferencing facilities, a café, a line of commercial shopping on the ground floor and a swimming pool on the terrace. The building has a complete glass façade using performance glass from Saint Gobain – ST150, which has got an external reflection factor of 19 percent and a solar factor of .56.

The glass façade is enveloped with a frame clad in steel grey colour aluminium composite panels. The shape of the building being linear, vertical glass fins were introduced to soften the visual impact of the glass façade. These fins also act as sun breakers and are in different shades of grey colour.

The 300mm wide glass fins are formed from 6mm toughened glass with the PVB film sandwiched between 2 glass panels
The 300mm wide glass fins are formed from 6mm toughened glass with the PVB film sandwiched between 2 glass panels

The glass fins are actually two glass panels sandwiched with a PVB coloured film. They are of varying levels of opacity and are in varied shades of grey PVB films installed in a random manner. In total, there are about 300 fin sections. Each fin measures 300mm wide by 13.52mm thick and are 2875mm and 3475mm height. To complement the scheme, the fins have been given different levels of opacity and are in different shades of grey. The 300mm wide glass fins are formed from 6mm toughened glass with the PVB film sandwiched between 2 glass panels.

The building being linear, it is not visible completely from the front in elevation but is always viewed at an angle, therefore when travelling on the road, the coloured glass fins create an interesting visual and nonstatic element to the façade of the building. The terrace of the building has a swimming pool and has a metal screen which provides privacy as well as forms an interesting feature on the upper periphery of the building. It also forms the backdrop of the branding of the commercial building. These metal fins are cladded in ACP with staggered horizontal lines.

QUICK FACTS:
Project: ABIL Commercial Spaces
Client: Avinash Bhosale Infrastructures Ltd (ABIL)
Location: Baner, Pune
Architect: GA design
Area: Built-up area of 100,000 Sq ft

Rajan Goregaoker

Principal Architect and Director

Rajan Goregaoker, a graduate of Sir J J College of Architecture, co-founded the firm GA design in 1999. With an extensive experience in residential & commercial buildings, township projects, interiors of luxury homes and offices in and around Mumbai, Rajan is recognised as one of the leading architects in Mumbai. Associated with some of the region’s most prominent builders and industrialists in the field of architecture and design, Rajan brings together the design expertise of both architecture and interior design in projects successfully. Responsible for steering the firm’s overall strategic objectives, he has collaborated with multidisciplinary design teams on projects across varied scales for over 20 years. With a profound attention to detail and a focus on simplistic, yet elegant and artistic solutions to complex project briefs, his technical expertise and pragmatic design approach is the reason behind Indu Villa - Podium by GA Design the success of his firm.

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