The Courtyard Office in India by Sanjay Puri Architects Uses Passive Solar Design to Ensure Natural Ventilation and Natural Light Penetration

Project Details
  • Architects: Sanjay Puri Architects
  • Area : 88660 ft²
  • Year : 2020
  • Photographs :Dinesh Mehta
  • Lead Architect : Sanjay Puri
  • Structural Consultant : Dr. Kelkar Designs Pvt. Ltd
  • MEP Consultants : Epsilon Design Consultancy
  • Design Team : Ruchika Gupta, Dayita Kurvey, Prajakta Panchal, Samantha Fernandes
  • City : Raipur
  • Country : India

A linear office space twists organically in the plan, creating a large landscaped courtyard within it. Varying from two to four levels sectionally, the office floors are lifted from the ground at the southwest and northeast sides to facilitate a south-westerly breeze through the courtyard.

The northeast and northwest corners of the building are also lifted, creating singular large volumes at both ends to allow visual contact between floors, where a cafeteria and a library are housed. The circulation spine skirts the internal courtyard, allowing the landscape to be visible while moving through the office and the work areas, skirting the external periphery opening towards external gardens.

The building shape generates its longest sides oriented towards the north, with angled louvers on the other faces directing the internal spaces northwards. The orientation allows indirect light throughout the day into all of the internal spaces, rendering the building energy efficient.

The courtyard office derives its principles from traditional Indian courtyard houses, resulting in office spaces that vary in volume and in orientation, allowing open spaces to be integrated with enclosed ones, and creating energy-efficient workspaces. 

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