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Akshaya 27, Chennai; Sanjay Puri Architects

Cantilevered cuboid volumes create a sculptural office building in Chennai, India. Located in the old business district of Chennai in South India, the plot had multiple challenges to be overcome.

With very narrow access from an arterial city road and no road frontage, this plot of 4,098-sq.m is sandwiched between existing buildings on all sides. A total area of 8,000-sq.m was to be built based upon the client’s requirements and the permissible construction area, along with a height restriction of 27M. The ground floor is deliberately kept small to allow easy vehicular circulation within the site and houses community spaces including a cafeteria, gymnasium, and an entrance lobby.  The offices divisible into 4 at a level with varying sizes from 165 to 270-sq.m cantilever out at the first floor and step back and forth creating linear north-facing terraces on every floor.  The service cores form the southern side of the building becoming a buffer to reduce heat gain in response to the hot climate prevalent in Chennai. Temperatures are in excess of 35°C for most of the year with the sun always in the southern hemisphere. Orienting all the office spaces towards the north with the service cores on the south thus mitigates heat gain completely rendering the building very energy efficient.  The open terraces on every floor along with a rooftop landscaped garden provide outdoor spaces for the office occupants. Solar panels at the rooftop harness the ample solar energy available in this location providing energy for the lighting of all the public areas.

  • Cuboid cantilevered volumes create an office building with outdoor spaces at each level <br> photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
    Cuboid cantilevered volumes create an office building with outdoor spaces at each level
    photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
  • Cuboid cantilevered volumes create an office building with outdoor spaces at each level <br> photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
    Cuboid cantilevered volumes create an office building with outdoor spaces at each level
    photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
  • Cuboids of varying depths stacked together create this office building <br> (R)The ground level plinth is small to facilitate circulation with office floors cantilevering out above <br> photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
    Cuboids of varying depths stacked together create this office building
    (R)The ground level plinth is small to facilitate circulation with office floors cantilevering out above
    photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
  • The east & west have & facades have an interesting composition of small square windows to reduce heat gain whilst allowing natural light  <br> photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
    The east & west have & facades have an interesting composition of small square windows to reduce heat gain whilst allowing natural light
    photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
  • Cuboids of varying depths stacked together create this office building <br> photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
    Cuboids of varying depths stacked together create this office building
    photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures
  • Sections and Floor plans <br> Sanjay Puri Architects
    Sections and Floor plans
    Sanjay Puri Architects
  • Site plan <br> Sanjay Puri Architects
    Site plan
    Sanjay Puri Architects
  • Illustrations <br> Sanjay Puri Architects
    Illustrations
    Sanjay Puri Architects

Akshaya 27 is designed in response to the climate & the client’s brief overcoming multiple site restrictions, to create energy-efficient offices that open into outdoor spaces.

fact sheet

  • project: Akshaya 27
  • location: Chennai, India
  • client: Akshaya Group
  • principal architect: Sanjay Puri
  • project architects: Kapil Merchant, Pooja Sampat
  • built area: 8,000-sq.m
  • date of completion: June 2020
  • photographs: BRS Sreenag, Sreenag Pictures

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