Edifice

S.D.Center for TCS - Sahyadri Park

This project of the campus development for Tata consultancy services is a state-of-the -art Software Development Campus for approximately 23,000 Information Technology professionals. The project is custom designed and constructed to meet the Tata Consultancy Services brief. The site is rectangular in shape, approximately 200m wide by 880m in length. Using the natural topography, the site is divided into five levels demarcating the primary functional areas of the project. The first level contains the administrative zone, training, client care and the auditorium; the second, third and fourth level each contain software engineering blocks of approximately 8,000 workstations each; the fifth level, furthest from the main entrance, contains the power plant and electrical substation.

The software buildings are elongated rectangular shape of the Campus and are bordered on two sides, the east and north by roadways. The 9 story, 450m long, subtly modeled north facade of the software blocks intentionally represents the power, prominence and strength of the company amongst its industry peers and the Indian business community. The scattered breaks and slices through the shield of the facade provide clues to the complexity of the inner spaces. The three major entry points are punctuated by bright hued cantilevered canopies. In concert with traditional Pune Architecture, a music gallery is located above the entrance arch such that visitors would be serenaded as they enter through the gateway.

Of paramount concern during the design process was to give every workstation access to the maximum amount of daylight and unobstructed views to the exterior while also minimizing glare at the desktop. The strategies used were: floating ceilings in combination with floor to floor glazing to maximize daylight; exterior perforated metal screens and horizontal louvers to eliminate direct glare; narrow floor plates and lower partition heights to maximize connection to exterior. In IT (Software Development) zones the workstations are arranged in clusters of four to promote collaboration. In BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) areas the workstations are organized on curving tables to break the predictability of the workspace. The fabrics and theme motif of the campus come from an indigenous, traditional weaving pattern known as Ikat.
 
*In collaboration with Saga Architects