How can architecture serve the needs of culture and civilization? IMK Architects, a pioneer in urban design founded in 1957, answers that question with Auric Hall, its new project in Aurangabad, India.

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Auric Hall serves as a landmark building for Aurangabad, an industrial smart city. The city itself was developed as part of a strategic development plan created by the Indian government to completely change the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

An angle shot of a covered outdoor archway connected to a large building with a glass facade. Green plants are planted in front of the building.

At the center of the development plan is Auric Hall, a 16,600-square-meter building. Designed to provide space for administrative and commercial functions, Auric Hall also promotes collaboration, the flow of ideas and an amazing environment that honors the past while looking toward the future.

A covered outdoor archway connected to a large building with a glass facade.

As an architectural showcase, Auric Hall pays homage to Aurangabad’s history and works with its climate. To this end, the design includes decorative features such as ceremonial gateways, arches and beautiful jaali screens. The design evokes historic Mughal architecture, with an incredible style that combines ornate design, symmetry and function.

A multi-floor industrial space.

Auric Hall puts on a modern twist on these historical elements via its beautiful atrium garden and indoor terraces that promote a social, community-oriented environment. The design seeks to encourage discussion, cross-collaboration and interaction.

The ground floor of a multi-floor industrial space, with sparse greenery throughout the main level.

With Aurangabad’s semi-arid climate in mind, Auric Hall’s design incorporates passive cooling. A laser-cut aluminum jaali screen on the facade serves not only as an eye-catching design feature but also minimizes solar heat gain and controls the building’s airflow. These features help regulate internal temperatures. Meanwhile, solar panels and energy metering help keep the building energy-efficient. The building also includes CO2 monitoring to ensure environmental quality control. Incorporating these features alongside high-performance materials allows Auric Hall to achieve IGBC Gold rating, the second-highest IGBC available.

An indoor sitting area with orange, white, yellow and blue sofas. White industrial bars are overhead.

These environmental and sustainability considerations demonstrate IMK Architects’ commitment to its company values of “sustainable, environment conscious architecture.”

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