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Solar Control with Effective Designs Hexalace, Mohali, Punjab

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Hexalace is an open-plan commercial building made primarily for leasing purposes. In a tight commercial plot with challenging building norms, it became perceptible from the beginning that the concept would have to be manifested from the façade.

 

The balconies house small clusters of green The front elevation
The balconies house small clusters of green                                            The front elevation

Considering the arduous climatic conditions involving extreme heat, and the building front facing west, the façade emerged as a buffer of stratifying elements.

Side elevation The sectional graphic
Side elevation                                                                                                                 The sectional graphic

 

The screen flows organically creating an artistic visual delight
The screen flows organically creating an artistic visual delight

The 3-inches thick concrete layer with hexagonal interstices has been used as a shading element. To better preserve the sanctity of shade, the screen flows organically creating an artistic visual dilemma from both inside as well as outside. Another layer of hexagonal silhouette made of metal frames is superimposed horizontally across the semi-permeable concrete screen which doubles up as balcony fence.

Furthermore, the main curtain wall has been recessed to leave pockets of air between the screen and the main building to increase the time lag and subsequently reduce the heat gain. Therefore, the façade by its inherent virtue of convergence acts as bronchioles for the structure.

The balconies also house small clusters of green making the working environment even more rejuvenating for the users within. By the end, what became of an immense effort was an imperative respiratory experience complimented by its bold use of geometry.

 

 

The façade by its inherent virtue of convergence acts as bronchioles for the structure
The façade by its inherent virtue of convergence acts as bronchioles for the structure

QUICK FACTS:

Project: Hexalace

Location: Mohali (Punjab), India

Architect: Studio Ardete (http://www.studioardete. com)

Consultants:

Project management: R.S Builders
Façade consultant: Er. Ravijeet Singh
Structural consultant: Continental Foundation (Vikas Bhardwaj)
Lighting consultant: The Luminars (Tajender Kalsi)

Material used: Steel: TATA; Concrete: Ultratech; Paints: Asian Paints; Glass: Saint Gobain

Plot area: 9061 sqft
Built up area: 5481 sqft
Façade area: 3234 sqft
Completion year: 2018
Photographer: Ar. Purnesh Dev Nikhanj (https://www.purneshdev. com/)

Ar. Badrinath Kaleru

Founder & Principal Architect,Studio Ardete Pvt. Ltd.

Ar. Badrinath Kaleru did his Bachelor in Architecture from IIT-Roorkee and is a registered architect with the Council of Architecture (COA). Founded in 2010 by Badrinath Kaleru and Prerna Kaleru, the architectural firm Studio Ardete comprises architects, interior designers and artists, all dedicated to produce the best solution for the clients in terms of functionality, aesthetics, economy within the provided timeline, requirement and taste of the clients. Their work experience ranges from architecture to sustainable living with energy modelling to graphic designing. The firm incorporates new techniques like parametric modelling and customised design elements, unique to each project they take on, striving to use materials available on site to make the projects sustainable. Having designed in parts of Asia and Europe, including Japan, Italy and France, they believe in a wider, more analytical approach.

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