Eggstraordinary Architecture

I was in St. Thomas USVI and just got back yesterday. It was a really great honeymoon vacation. While I collect, compile and organize my stuff for you, I thought I would share my post on 2Modern’s Design Talk. It was about a fascinating commercial architectural project in Mumbai, India.

Earlier this year Wadhwa Developers commissioned James Law Cybertecture to create an office unlike any other in Mumbai, India. Cybertecture Egg, an egg-shaped office building brings together iconic architecture, environmental design, intelligent systems, and new engineering to create a fascinating structure in the city. The concept of this unique design was inspired by planets and sustainable ecosystems. Elements of the design and intelligence systems will work together to give this office building’s occupants a great place to work. Throughout the building, a series of innovative systems will be implemented. One such system, “Cybertecture Health”, is designed to monitor office worker’s health. Data collected may be retrieved or sent to a doctor if necessary. The Egg is skewed at an angle to alleviate the solar gain of the building. Building at this angle uses 10-20% less surface area as compared to a conventional building.

The rooftop green space dissipates heat while the building harnesses solar and wind power. Cooling of the building will be provided by an elevated garden consisting of natural vegetation. Another important element is the water conservation feature that will be controlled thanks to a greywater recycling system for irrigation and landscaping. Within the building, an innovative structure derived from the skin of the egg creates up to 30m spans of columnless floors. The Cybertecture Egg will be completed by the end of 2010. Talk about inspirational workspaces.

Have a great weekend.