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The Staggered Windows

By: Anuraag Chowfla

The ‘Urban Square’ is a commercial development in Gurugram, Haryana. The commercial complex is strategically located on the Golf Course Extension Road within the Pioneer Park Township. Planned as four midrise towers in pairs with landscaped courtyards in between them, the towers accommodate retail spaces facing these courtyards at the lower levels and contemporary flexible office spaces at the upper levels.

The ‘Urban Square’ is a commercial development in Gurugram, Haryana
The ‘Urban Square’ is a commercial development in Gurugram, Haryana

The towers have been placed such that each tower has its own unique and grand entry experience from the landscaped courts between each pair of towers. Two levels of the basement below the four towers ensure adequate parking for all users as well as visitors.

The façade has been designed keeping the solar orientation in mind with the western and eastern faces having the least surface area and openings, the northern and the southern face hosting most of the windows and facing towards the sheltered courtyards hosting the terraces and a glass façade.

The architectural design incorporates an interesting façade design with staggered windows, which is instantly recognisable when driving past it even from the main road. The staggered window system was intricately weaved with the building structure to achieve an economical working solution for the memorable façade.

'The Urban Square’ is planned as four midrise towers in pairs with landscaped courtyards in between them  ‘The Urban Square’ is planned as four midrise towers in pairs with landscaped courtyards in between them

The additional inclusion of stepped terraces allows better penetration of natural daylight inside the buildings. The terraces have been designed as glass boxes in the mass and face the sheltered courtyards between the towers in order to help minimise heat gain into the towers while maximising the daylighting.

The choice of sandstone and glass for the building façade was a design intended to bring together a modern and historic material  The choice of sandstone and glass for the building façade was a design intended to bring together a modern and historic material

AR. GAURAV SANAN Architect, Urban Architecture Works (UAW)
AR. GAURAV SANAN Architect, Urban Architecture Works (UAW)

The choice of sandstone and glass for the building façade was a design intended to bring together a modern and historic material. This selection, in turn, helps us achieve a modern solution using locally available material. As elaborated, the design of the complex uses various passive and active sustainable techniques to achieve an environmentally sensitive design solution.

Project: Pioneer Urban Square
Location: Gurugram, Haryana
Client: Pioneer Urban Land and Infrastructure Limited
Architect: Mani Chowfla Architects & Urban Architecture Works
Other Consultants: Vintech, MKG & KKAPL
Materials used for façade & fenestration: Glass & sandstone
Commencement Date & Completion Date: 2009 – 2015

Anuraag Chowfla

Architect

Urban Architecture Works (UAW) is a partnership between Ar. Anuraag Chowfla and Ar. Gaurav Sanan. Chowfla and Sanan represent over 50 years of combined experience in India in the design and execution of many outstanding landmark structures. UAW is engaged in the practice of architecture, interiors and urbanism. Their clients include leading institutions, corporates, infrastructure providers, developers and others, such as the Indian Institute of Management, Pioneer Urban Land & Infrastructure Ltd, Godrej Properties, Rapid Metro Gurugram, etc. The design firm’s long lineage of association with a diverse range of projects over the last 30 years allows them to have an in-depth understanding of the working and requirement of varied building types.

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