Ar. Manu Goel & Nishant Goel, Novarch Architects & Engineers
Designed by Novarch Architects & Engineers, this 2400 sqft corporate office for IEEMA in Delhi, the apex association of manufacturers of electrical, industrial electronics and allied equipment in India, boasts of a LEED Gold rating from the prestigious US
The Association, established in 1948, plays a crucial policy advocacy role with the government and also engages proactively in government-industry consultative mechanism through its representation on councils and committees constituted by the government and its agencies in policy, strategic and other matters. It proactively works on sharing, adopting best practices and most importantly towards sensitizing the electro technical industry to adopt energy efficiency.
The brief was that the office must reflect IEEMA’S vision and character. The colour schemes, accents, furniture, all must reflect environment consciousness, yet refrain from being funky or rustic; rather, the feel and look should be traditional and classy.
Design concept and manifestation
The office space was divided into two domains: the advocacy cell with meeting and board rooms, and the technical area with the cabins and teams. Both were visually connected but functionally segregated.
The biggest challenge was to get natural light into all the spaces and also keep the Lighting Power Density within the specified limit of 0.65 (for office spaces). A detailed energy simulation against a baseline case was carried out to arrive at the exact wattage to be specified for light fixtures per area, and the type of glass to be used on the external edge.
Several CO2, daylight and occupancy sensors were introduced to reduce energy consumption. As a result, the HVAC and electrical consumption was down by 33%. The material palette also evolved simultaneously. All material decisions were based on energy efficiency. Double glazed energy-efficient glass was put on the external edges and cabins were kept open for energy optimization.
Special attention has been paid to maintain visual integrity in the ambience through materials, colours and furnishings. A lineal design element running along the entire office brings about an interesting play of colour/ surprise on the plain false ceiling. Effort has been made to introduce the corporate colour in the form of a design element that runs through all the spaces and connects at the same time to impart a character to the office. Material palette has been kept traditional in order with the design sensibilities of the organization.
The client welcomed our idea of designing the space such that they could get a green certification for it, which simply required some conscious design decisions. What better than a ‘Green Interior’ to bear a stamp of their mandate, and at the same time sending out a clear message to all their member organizations! Ar. Nishant Goel LEED for Commercial Interiors is a recognized system for certifying high performance green tenant spaces that are healthy productive places to work, are less costly to operate and maintain, and have reduced environmental footprint. It gives tenants and designers to make sustainable choices that can dramatically affect the entire indoor environment. Ar. Manu Goel