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The Capital: James Law’s Shiny New Commercial Complex Will Have a “Digital Eye”
Cybertecture, which is what Law calls his philosophy, is a combination of innovation, technology and the urban fabric in a way that is environmentally conscious and sustainable. Law’s goal is to create high tech buildings that are ecologically balanced and healthy environments in which to work, live and play. The Capital is one of his more recent projects and is currently under construction in Mumbai in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). With a series of offices set upon a retail podium, the commercial complex is a graceful tower with sinuous lines and an intriguing profile.
The complex will be most recognized for the large egg-shape in its front facade, inside which a large LED media display will hang providing shade for the interior and projecting news and media to the public outside. A PVDF coating on the exterior will minimize UV radiation and make the facade easier to maintain while diffusers in the ceiling will reflect natural light into the atrium all the way down to the lower podium level, reducing lighting demands. In addition, spot cooling in the atrium will reduce the cooling load, while operable windows in the offices encourage natural ventilation. Natural waterfalls and vegetation in the atrium will also help enhance the natural cooling effect.
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