India is an amazing country. A colourful, exciting and ambitious place, rooted in tradition and history. However India is rapidly changing. The economy is growing with incredible speed, striving to become a first world country. Technology is liberating the country and propelling India into the modern world. India’s culture and history is rich and powerful, but like many developing nations, there is a struggle to find balance between its economic and social ambitions, and its culture. This project aims to find this balanceby avoiding a faceless international style and the blending Indian culture into the language and fabric of the scheme.
The project stems from the examination of the five elements (VastuShastra): Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Void.
The river will be transplanted into the core of site. Instead of flowing on the ground, it floats 20m higher, leaving behind a cracked earth. By putting a natural element into an artificial one,the ‘Ecotone’ was created, generating a dynamic tension that connects people to water.
The water then flows through the tower creating a void. The air rises, expanding the void upwards andexiting, while fire carves open the top connecting the void to the sky. The existing buildings become part of the landscape, with the cracked landscape linking these buildings to the new. Vegetation rises up the façade blurring the boundaries between the landscape and the office. In addition the façade is fed by water from the central river, which flows throughout the landscape. The skin enveloping the tower is made up of clear channels, flanked by diagonal structural elements. Brightly coloured dust flows through channels forming shapes that constantly change. These amorphous shapes are sucked through the channels by the wind. The skin was inspired by the festival Holi,embodying India’s vibrancy and diversity.