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International Management Institute, Kolkata
By: Ar. Abin Chaudhuri
Kolkata is an ancient city in eastern part of India. Post-Independence, this city has not grown like others in India, and has not yet adopted any architectural character. On the contrary this city is becoming more chaotic & mono chromatic. But the city definitely has vibrant life, and people here have love and passion for art & culture. As client vision was to give the most expressive, vibrant, technologically advanced & sustainable management institute. We thought about adding colours to city life. PEOPLE + CITY: Community The Productive Collision.
The site, situated in a very dense residential urban fabric, was a huge constraint and dictated linear planning. Special efforts were made to ensure creation of non-monotonous spaces which did not
follow expected linear pattern.
The curved glass façade, allowing naturally lit areas in the day
The façade becomes more dynamic by night when the lights inside are switched on
The chromatic glass façade comprises of two layers of 5mm clear glass each with an intermediate polyvinyl butyral (PVB) layer, 1.2mm thick, which acts as an insulator, reducing the heat build up inside. The façade becomes more dynamic by night when the lights inside are switched on, it has a mesmerizing effect on the plaza below.
Colour has subtly been introduced in the facade
Circulation spaces and spill out zones have been created along the curved glass façade, allowing them to be naturally lit in the day and giving them a more interesting and dynamic feel. Emphasis has been given to interaction points not just for students but also for the faculty encouraging exchange of knowledge and ideas at all levels.
The reception has been designed as a triple height space naturally lit by a huge skylight above. The corridors and spill out spaces culminate around here at the upper floor levels. Care has been taken to ensure that the library is also well lit during the day and has been designed such that it is surrounded by glass on three sides, shaded by the existing trees on site. Colour has subtly been introduced in the interiors as well in the form of coloured glass partitions, coloured glass slits on the wall or simply in the furniture.
Project: International Management Institute Project Category: Educational Building Location: Kolkata, India Client: IMI, Kolkata Architecture, Landscape and Interior Design: Abin Design Studio Materials used: Interlayer Laminated Glass, Brick, Concrete, Aluminium Composite
Panels Area: 26,710 Sq m Status: Completed in March, 2010
Ar. Abin Chaudhuri
founder and Principal architect
Ar. Abin Chaudhuri is the founder and Principal architect at Abin Design Studio, Kolkata. He graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 1998 and pursued specialisation in Industrial Design at Domus Academy, Milan in 2003. Very recently, Abin attended Glenn Murcutt’s International Master Class, 2014. Abin is an architect, innovator, quirky designer and notable entrepreneur. His creative mind is constantly in the process of exploring new thoughts and ideas; drawing inspiration from the ordinary to create something extraordinary. He founded Abin Design Studio in 2005. Today ADS is among the top design firms in the country. Over the years, ‘Abin Design Studio’ has grown to become a design-centric group of passionate people.