Studio Symbiosis Unveils Id Origins Headquarters
Amidst the dense urban fabric of South Mumbai, Indiastudy symbiosis revitalizes the ID Origins headquarters with a mixed-use expansion and organic sweeping geometric design facade. As a new visual marker for the city, the project enhances the low-rise Dudhwala Complex built in the 1980s, adding twelve new Residential floors above the original six floor office structure. Uniting the two dichotomous volumes, the façade is rehabilitated with corrugated aluminum composite panels (ACP) weaving in delicate calligraphic strokes that fuse old and new into a cohesive facade while transforming the drab urban setting.
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corrugated acp panels merge mixed-use activities
Taking advantage of ID Origins’ headquarters location in the heart of a bustling urban landscape, Studio Symbiosis injects mixed-use activities into the existing commercial structure, augmenting it with an additional twelve residential levels above. A load transfer beam connects the two volumes, while additional protruding peripheral columns have been added to support the structure from the ground up. Integrating the two layers and hiding the new misaligned structural elements, the architectural team he devised a distinctive rhythmic façade feature that accentuates the verticality of the tower as it emerges from the monotonous urban landscape.
Parallel perforated ACP screens run through the glazed exterior in organic V-shaped strokes that gradually diminish as they move up the structure. Openable glazing is inserted between cladding panels in the upper volume, while fixed curtain glazing homogenises the office façade. ACP elements maintain wide roots at the base, reducing glare and providing optimal lux levels throughout the commercial levels, while tapering along the residential floors to maximize panoramic views of the streetscape for residents. population. With a flat profile and lightweight material, the corrugated panels allowed for a flexible construction that completely reduced costs and lead time by six months.
elevating mumbai cityscape
This rehabilitation of the site extends to the dense urban fabric of Mumbai. The new façade enhances/elevates the surrounding landscape, creating a place for the site and acting as a visual marker for the entrance to the overall site which encompasses over 12 acres of land. Furthermore, the architects rerouted the entrances and exits to decongest the entrance street, raising the pedestrian sidewalks in the immediate vicinity of the site, dissolving the boundary of the site and creating an urban lobby that becomes a part of the urban landscape of Mumbai.