Bangalore International Centre

Client Name:- Bangalore International Centre Trust

Location:- Domlur, Bangalore

Total Build-Up Area:- 37,000 sq.ft / 3400 sq.m

Type of Project:- Master-Planning and Architecture

Status:- Design Competition (April 2012)

Sustainable Construction and Zero Carbon Design was the core of the design brief set by the jury of this competition. Hexagramm chose the Samanea Saman, the ubiquitous rain-tree of Bangalore, as the pivot/mascot for the design. A multi-pronged strategy involving making rammed earth walls using the soil from the site, to harnessing the grey water from the drain flowing by the site, to making the building façade into a light and solar energy collector - were all strategies mooted in our design.

A rain tree with its frugal use of natural resources and immense contribution to the micro-climate of the city, was proposed to be planted in the very heart of the design, creating a courtyard of dappled light and gentle winds. The tree was also used as a physical leitmotif to fashion a stencil-like rammed earth screen for the building frontage.

A cascade of roof gardens and planted courts were proposed – to grow wheat, pomegranates, vegetables, sunflowers and lemons.