A bit of greenery can go a long way to improving worker productivity and happiness, so why not infuse an office with as much nature as possible? That’s the approach William McDonough + Partners took in their design of Hero MotoCorp’s recently inaugurated R&D facility in Jaipur. Created to give employees the feeling of working outdoors, the lush development, called the Center of Innovation and Technology (CIT), is also covered in solar panels and has earned platinum certification from the Indian Green Building Council.
Though the CIT is studded with new plants, the building was only completed this month, which means it’ll still need a few more years for the vegetation to mature. McDonough + Partners designed the 250-acre campus as a “model of positive sustainable growth” as inspired by the firm’s signature Cradle to Cradle® design approach. A sculptural 11-story tower with workspaces and panoramic views is set at the heart of the campus and overlooks the greenery-infused “Boulevard of Wheeled Dreams,” a welcoming central courtyard space. Strategically placed buildings and glazed openings optimize natural ventilation and sunlight conditions.
“Inspiring creativity, productivity and a strengthened sense of community were key to designing this ecosystem,” said William McDonough. “Our vision in creating the Boulevard of Wheeled Dreams was to inspire employees and visitors to feel close to nature while being protected from the intense climate of the region. The campus as a whole is a testament to how resilient design can meet the natural beauty that it is built within.” The solar-powered campus also includes laboratories, a 16 kilometer-long test track, and greenhouses with vegetables that employees can pick for dinner.
The CIT is the second project of four William McDonough + Partners has completed for Hero MotoCorp. The first project was The GardenFactory TM, completed in fall 2014, in Neemrana, India.
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