Delhi-based architecture firm, Studio Symbiosis showed its plans for the office of the Punjab Kesari coming up in the capital, which is set to be completed by January 2017
If the idea of a newspaper is to change the paradigm, question the status quo and get people talking, then the Punjab Kesari is letting its new under-construction headquarters do all the talking. Designed by Delhi-based architecture firm, Studio Symbiosis, the Pubjab Kesari head office (opening soon in the capital) has fusion at its heart. And sustainability, too. The tradition is visible in the way the porous hexagonal facade is meant to resemble a jaali, even as it performs the task of reducing heat gain, maximize natural light and serve as a landmark. Its unique exterior ensures that the office fits its cultural context while also eliminating the need for artificial light during the day. Made of GRC (glass reinforced concrete) panels, the jaali uses a hexagonal pattern, based on which “various porosity patterns were generated”. As a result, the facade thus created will be characterized by variable levels of opacity, which “has a dual purpose of creating performative architecture, and also creates variable openings on the facade in various orientations”.
Set to be complete in early 2017—as early as January, if all goes according to plan—the building should set a new precedent in contemporary-meets-tradition. And of course, fulfill its job as exemplary land art!