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Atos Syntel GDC, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

Quick Facts

Client Name Syntel International Pvt. Ltd.
Location Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Scope Master Planning, Architecture, Interior Design
Region Chennai
Built-up Area 25,00,000 Sq.Ft.
Plot Area 100 Acres
Status Completed
Green Certification USGBC LEED India 2011 New Construction & Major Renovations Gold (Sept 2019)


It's said, "Work is Worship"

Located in the temple town of Tirunelveli, South India, this office building is inspired from and designed to achieve the quality of spaces seen in South Indian temples. The design has been developed to achieve a naturally well ventilated working environment which brings together an experience of spaces that draw resemblance from the ambience of patios, courtyards, arcades and the majestic scale of gopurams seen across these temples


This office building for a software company, is designed as a block with terraces at multiple levels arranged around internal courtyards. A porous built form was necessary considering the hot, dry and barren nature of the site. The internal courts are an integral part of the building, acting as community space or breakout lounge helping  to create a relief when the working gets monotonous within an IT space; they aswell help to draw in natural light and enhanced ventilation

The Building height is magnificent; the front mass achieves a volume large enough to create a monumental impact. Yet, it's very welcoming when the mass steps down towards the public court to achieve proportions friendly to human scale. This helps the structure to seamlessly blend with the topography. Further smaller breakout spaces and sitouts are created underneath the sloping terraces which are self shaded by the building's own profile. It's interesting to note that the built mass creates a dramatic play of shadow upon its own surface through various hour of the day

It was intended to keep the building facade free of any high maintenance materials. The colour shade is inspired from traditional rangoli of South India, which is handpainted by females in front of their homes and temples; once the colours start fading away, it is erased and repainted to bring back the same aura. Capturing this essence, the  building is proposed to be finished in plaster and paint with shades depicting traditional rangoli colours

This office hasn't got a defined entry path; you don't need one. When the job pattern is already so definite, it's more important to create an atmosphere, where working is fun and going around the workplace is even better.


Credits & Recognition


Architecture: Sanjay Srinivasan, Bedanta Saikia

Interior: Sabarno De, Gomati Balachandran, Vignesh M.