The instinctive reaction was to root the design in what had been completed before, but in ways that had to be strikingly fresh. Not simply the geography, topography but also in ways of building, by imbibing the clients mores along with distinctive ways of seeing and experiencing the grounds.
Spaces anchoring people
The concepts that developed were able to assimilate and harmonise with the existing setup – yet with a unique complement that set it apart. The internal courts were ‘snapped’ and opened up as habitable spaces. The spaces in between the office wings / zones became active, landscaped pedestrian hubs that ‘involved ’ rather than ‘ kept-out’ the GE-citizens. Segregation of pedestrian and vehicular spaces evolved , North – South orientation of blocks developed into several interesting concepts which were in consensus with the clients brief. The obligation was to accommodate 2000 people, a recreation / café, security, medical and emergency centers and ample parking.
Of exploration and liberation
The design process inspired an option, in which, the massing was intentionally curved and that brought in a refreshing organic approach. It shifted the emphasis from the continuity of architectural language. This created a fresh energy and finer articulation of all the elements. The Masterplan now had two curved buildings nurturing the landscaped ‘centerpiece’ and straddling the level difference at the site would be the recreation zone that could perhaps ‘flow’ between the previous and subsequent. Rather than being tethered to a point of view that locked in, the shift in visual gear drove and liberated the design process itself.