The corporate headquarters of the Apollo Tyres Group addresses issues central to the rapidly evolving Indian workplace. By taking into consideration the global context of the workplace, requirements of flexibility and adaptability and the incorporation of passive environmental strategies to provide both occupant comfort and efficient infrastructure, Apollo House has become an exemplar for the corporate workspace in India today. The designs conceptual strength comes from the spatial and programmatic striation which creates overlaps between the exterior and the interior and between the various programmatic requirements creating a vibrant work environment.
The morphology blurs the interface between the inside and the outside within the site, while resisting the public gaze. The workplace should manifest itself. The underlying principle was that “the workplace should manifest itself as a more flexible and integral part of our life rather than a separate entity of specific hours of confinement”. The design of the Apollo Tyres Corporate Office takes into consideration the importance and relevance of energy conscious design within the modern work culture. The skin of the building comprises of two sets of planes – a solid set of planes whose primary purpose is to shade the set of glass planes. This ensures that despite the substantial amount of glass being used, solar ingress is only limited to the winter months when air-conditioning system is not required. The reliance on artificial lighting is also substantially reduced as courtyards are used to increase natural light levels on the floor plates. Finally a series of terrace gardens provide a high level of thermal insulation.
The design is a radical departure from structured differentiated spaces of the traditional office and the monotony of open plan halls that have dominated office planning. Here the continuous re-articulation of space created by a movement spine traversing the programmatic striations and the linear strips running SE-NW and are grafted along the entire site. The major programmatic categories are divided into the presentation, the processor, the nature zone, the work zone, social zone, recreation zone, transaction zone, chance event zone, instructional zone etc. these programmatic zones are then accommodated into parallel striations. This technique provides maximum interface between each striation, leading to higher permeability and interface in between the programmes.
Project: Apollo Tyres Corporate Office
Location: Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Architect: Manit Rastogi
Client: Apollo Tyres Ltd.
Year of Completion: 2000
Built-up Area: 96,800 sq. ft.
Text & Photographs: Morphogenesis