Revolutionized ‘Jali’

Revolutionized ‘Jali’

Ar. Sanjay Puri
Ar. Sanjay Puri

Enveloped in abstractly folded planes of perforated screens, this 6 level office building creates a sculptural presence. Upholding the firm’s design philosophy of designing a contextual spaces, Ar.Sanjay Puri has beautifully conceived the traditional ‘jali’ pattern into a contemporary outlook in their project, in Jaipur, which besides aesthetic appeal, serves a cool and energy-efficient indoor work space

Located in the city of Jaipur in India which has a desert climate with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 degrees Celsius through most of the year. The building is designed in response to the excessive heat imbibing traditional elements.

On a small plot of 1075 sq m, the building envelope is restricted on all sides in plan as well as governed by height restrictions, The resultant floor area on each level after leaving mandatory open spaces is only 326 sq m. Designed as a corporate office headquarters, the ground level houses a reception and conference rooms above a car parking basement with office areas at the above 5 levels.

The entire service care and toilets are located on its southern side thus effectively reducing the heat gain substantially in a location where the sun is in the Southern hemisphere throughout the year.

In addition, a glass reinforced concrete screen that takes its inspiration from the old traditional ‘jali’ screens of the architectural heritage of the region, sheaths the building on all sides;reducing the heat gain and rendering the building very energy efficient.

The concrete screens around the building are supported by a steel framework with projections that vary from 0.9 to 1.5m. This creates an external periphery space for plants at each level that will act as further insulation from the external heat creating cooler office spaces within.

The office building thus overcomes the restrictions of its small plot creating office spaces that are very energy efficient to combat the excessive summers of its location while imbibing tradition in an abstract manifestation to create a sculptural quality for its inhabitants.

Text, Drawing & Photographs courtesy: the architect

Fact File
project name: 72 Screens
location: Jaipur, India
client: Shree Cement
commencement date: June 2010
completion date: January 2013
area: 1956 Sq m
cost: INR 11,20,00,000


About the Firm
Being the overall winner of MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects 2014 at Cannes, France and winning 3 A + Architizer Awards in New York in 2014,  as well as 3 World Architecture Festival 2014 Awards, Sanjay Puri Architects have now won 63 international architecture awards.
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design’s International Architecture Awards in 2014, 2012 & 2011. The World Architecture Festival Awards in  2014,2012, 2011 & 2010, 8 World Architecture Community Awards U.K and the Hospitality Design Awards New York 2015, 2012 & 2010 are some of the other awards won by the firm in last 3 years. With 63 international awards and 72 national awards, the firm has architectural projects in Spain, Montenegro, Mauritius, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Montreal and Dallas in addition to projects in 40 Indian cities. With a diverse portfolio of townships, schools, hotels, retail and office buildings, they continue their quest for creating innovative design solutions that are sustainable on a larger scale.
With a firm strength of 72, evolving design solutions that are contextual and creating spaces that revolutionize the way they are experienced form the essence of the firm’s design philosophy.