Ken Yeang’s Signature Tower in India, the Grass is truly Greener on the Higher Side

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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The Spire Edge Word Trade Center in Manesar is redefining the way business is being conducted in the Indian subcontinent. Standing on a large area of 1.6 million square feet, this combination of architectural marvels proves to be a symbol of hope and prosperity. The subject of discussion in this master plan is the Signature Tower, designed by world renown eco architect, Ken Yeang.  At 21 storeys high, it is designed to incorporate innovative award-winning strides in climate responsive architecture. Already, it has earned the prestigious designation of being India’s first bio-climatic skyscraper.

Characteristic of Ken Yeang’s concepts, it has a highrise pedestrian ramp serving as an integrated element of the landscape. It encompasses meeting pods at multiple levels along the ramp that serve as additional emergency building evacuation point. It also has a vertical extension to the central street that connects to the central cultural plaza. The tower has a continuous green ecoinfrastructure at the north façade. In other words, it has climbers ascending up the tower through green ramps from the basement to the roof.

The south facade of the building also has a continuous green ramp that brings pedestrian and vegetation from the ground all the way up to a lush roof garden located at the top of the iconic tower and connects to the north façade green ecoinfrastructure. All this brings the greenery up to the roof garden by a series of vertical landscaping systems like vegetated green walls, green planter ramps with a pedestrian walkway, and a series of sky terraces. It gives the building this aesthetic, live green character, often mistaken as the pass mark for a green building.

Still on the ramps, it gets better. Each of the green ramps act as a water filter/collecting device to channel rainwater collected from the roof garden to the water tank located at the basement of the building, hence being recycled and reused by the users of the building. Thus, the tower is designed as a self-sufficient water reuse/recycling system. For sun-shading, the tower has louvers that also double as light-shelves. The light shelves merge into single louvers at the north facade creating a slick look for the façade.

The internal typical office spaces have large span floor beams to eliminate any in-between columns. The floor configuration seeks to create a new form internal life for its users, with occasional sky terraces linked to the ecoinfrastruture, a rear ramp at the south face that has Creative Meeting Rooms. All the distinguishing features in the tower and master plan are designed to make Spire Edge the best I.T. office address, at least in the Indian sub-continent. After all, at Spire Edge, they do “Think Ahead” as their motto states.

Project Information
Architects: T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn Bhd
Project: Spire Edge
Location: Manesar, India
Status: Under Construction
Software: AutoCAD
Client: A.N Buildwell PVT. LTD
Number of storeys: 20 storeys + Roof Garden
Site Area: 4,765 sq.m
Proposed Development: Commercial and Offices
Renders: HamzahYeang

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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