Mor­pho­gen­e­sis looks at re­defin­ing the high-rise ty­pol­ogy in the north In­dian con­text

This of­fice com­plex com­pris­ing of three high-rise tow­ers in Gur­gaon de­signed by Mor­pho­gen­e­sis, looks at re­defin­ing the high-rise ty­pol­ogy in the north In­dian con­text, which has tra­di­tion­ally been low-rise

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The firm’s ap­proach to de­velop this new ty­pol­ogy was to scru­ti­nize a tra­di­tional dwelling plan-lifestyle, prom­i­nent us­age pat­terns be­tween the ex­te­rior and the in­te­rior, and in­ter­pret them in the high-rise con­text. The mor­phol­ogy is an out­come of a stack of cuboidal vol­umes (each cuboid re­flects the bun­ga­low scale) and a se­ries of at­tached open spa­ces, trans­lated as a se­ries of cas­cad­ing voids, form­ing sky gar­dens that spi­ral along the en­tire height of the build­ing. The cas­cad­ing sky gar­dens form cel­e­bra­tion spa­ces and en­cour­age so­cio-cul­tural in­ter­ac­tions. The ground plane is used as a can­vas for pre­sen­ta­tion for ur­ban art, with foundries set up on site and lo­cal crafts­men, artists and cu­ra­tors join­ing hands to cre­ate a vi­brant ex­pres­sion of tra­di­tional and mod­ern craft. The cen­tral scooped court is earth shel­tered from three sides and is de­signed to fall in the shadow zone of the tall tow­ers, thus, cre­at­ing a mi­cro­cli­mate in the heart of the site; de­spite its size, it is us­able in 45ºc (113ºf) in the af­ter­noon as an out­door pub­lic space. Ori­en­ta­tion plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in this high-rise de­vel­op­ment. The of­fice blocks are ori­en­tated in the N-S di­rec­tion, al­low­ing for day light to pen­e­trate the built form and re­duce de­pen­dency on ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing. For the twin tow­ers, the struc­tural cores are brought out to the S-W edges of the built form, to block off harsh so­lar ingress.

The project won the GRIHA Ex­em­plary Prac­tice Recog­ni­tion, Pas­sive Ar­chi­tec­tural Fea­tures In­dia. GYS Prius fo­cuses on cre­at­ing a high-rise mor­phol­ogy that ad­dresses the so­cio-cul­tural need for prox­im­ity to open spa­ces, and per­haps still re­tain­ing a ‘soul space’ ap­proach to this ty­pol­ogy

Ar. Manit and Ar. Son­ali Ras­togi

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