IT Complex Building design proposal by Nicolas Laisne Architects

Parisian architect Nicolas Laisne received a honorable mention for his proposal for the Spiretec competition in New Delhi, India.
IT Complex Building, New Delhi, © Nicolas Laisne Architects

The Spiretec is an architectural design competition for a 62,750 square meter mixed use including an IT Office complex, spread across approximately 85,000 square meters of land. It required the design of a modern building with natural cooling systems inspired by traditional Indian architecture for Greater Noida, part of the Delhi-National Capital Region. The building must integrate a IT complex with offices, a hotel, conference halls and shops. The competition articulates several points that we have grouped into four main points: Candidates must also create a rest leisure, and workplace environment that is cohesive, reassuring, and multi-layered in the experiences that it allows and meanings it explores. They must incorporate issues of use, operation, maintenance, and performance in order to create a living organ in the dynamic tissue of dispersed urbanity. They must address issues of construction processes in an economy at an early stage in adoption of industrially processed materials and technologies, and its implication for modern — and future — India. The Tower must achieve the high level of global benchmarks of a low ecological footprint, sufficiency and sustainability in this climate of extremes.
© Nicolas Laisne Architects
I have already spoke of new mixed-use building block typologies such as the multi-function TATA Tower by architects Seth Ellsworth and JaYoung Kim for Mumbai.
© Nicolas Laisne Architects

Nicolas Laisne's new design proposal is another example of new housing typologies for high density cities. As for Ellsworth and Kim's TATA Tower, IT Complex Building integrates green areas which act as sustainable system for the housing block.
Section © Nicolas Laisné Architects

Incorporation of green areas in the building structure — which does not limit to green roofs or walls — can be a response to the loss of spaces and green environments due to rapid urban population growth and spatial constraints. The system is simple and low cost as required by the client.
Axonometric diagram © Nicolas Laisne Architects

These 100-meter high-rise towers' surface are cut out providing gardens that are suspended on each floor. These gardens will be composed of restaurants, terraces, and an outdoor amphitheatres.
Axonometric explosion © Nicolas Laisne Architects
Plans © Nicolas Laisne Architects

These two massive towers with robust foundations include an interesting technologic system based on the solar orientation.
Site © Nicolas Laisne Architects

Walls and openings are adapted to the path of the sun. South, east and west facades, precisely, double facades function as a filter for solar gains. North facade facilitates the diffusion of sunlight within the building. Windows are conceived to be adapted to the landscape providing best views for the users. Opening and closing corridors or screens allow for the penetration of natural air for the interior spaces.
View of the tower © Nicolas Laisne Architects
The ground floor hosts halls which are opened to the modern Indian gardens.

IT Complex Building, in substance, is an illustration of what David Gissen (Architectural Design, May/June 2010) states, that is, a material and theoretical 'genesis device' — a machine that makes environment but also ideas about nature and environment.

New-Delhi Spiretec Competition by Nicolas Laisne Architect from Nicolas Laisne on Vimeo.

Who is he?
Based in Paris, Nicolas Laisne founded his agency Nicolas Laisne Architects in 2003. The agency develops projects in various fields such as facilities, social and private housings and offices. Among Nicolas Laisne Architects' realized and ongoing projects: Housing blocks in Toulouse. Nicolas Laisne has collaborated with Atelier Jean Nouvel and Steven Holl Architects.

Building facts
Project: IT Building in New Delhi
Programme: IT Complex with offices, hotel, housings, conference halls, commercial galleries
Architects: Nicolas Laisne Architects
Project team: Nathalie Fournier, Dimitri Roussel,
Location: Greater Noida/New Delhi, India
Surface area: 62,750 sqm SHON
Height: 100 m
Client: Spiretec
Rank in Competition: Honorable mention
Credits (images, section, plans, video): Nicolas Laisne Architects

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