If you came across this crazy building in your hood, you might think that someone was shooting a Star Wars sequel. But the GMS Grande Palladium is a real structure located between the Dharavi slums and a business district in Mumbai - and yes folks, people actually work inside this thing. Soaring cantilevers, a faceted aluminum facade and long skinny windows make the 6 story office building look like a spaceship that has just landed. Malik Architecture employed a holistic process in its design, and aimed to create a unique space with a focus on sustainability that really distinguishes itself from the boring glass monoliths located nearby.
The GMS Grande Palladium is hoisted 8 meters above the ground to create a landscaped courtyard that is more interconnected with the street level. The main lobby of the building is located here as well as a cafe, where employees and visitors can enjoy the outdoor shaded space. A parking garage is located underground to maximize space and reduce the urban heat island effect. Above are four levels of generic commercial space for a variety of companies with the top floors reserved for the building’s owner and his son.
Malik Architecture aimed to create a holistic and healthy working environment, so they incorporated operable windows for natural ventilation and lots of daylighting through the specially placed horizontal windows and the north and east glazed facades. Indoor air quality management, an energy efficient HVAC system and intelligent lighting ensure a comfortable indoor climate. BIM also helped the company optimize the use of materials and construction efforts, saving time, money and resources. Rainwater is collected and used along with greywater for landscape irrigation, and the project also included the use of locally sourced materials, recycled materials, diversion of 50% of construction waste from landfills and a on-site recycling program for the offices.
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