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Melding sustainability and aesthetics in high-rise design

Melding sustainability and aesthetics in high-rise design

The interaction delves into integrating cutting-edge technologies to foster sustainability, where AKDA’s projects stand as testaments to the evolving landscape of modern architecture.

Can you provide an overview of one of your current projects that you find particularly inspiring?
The project is a 13-floor commercial tower in central Delhi, spanning 75,000 sq ft. It stands out for integrating Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) panels, showcasing a commitment to sustainability. The goal is to attain LEED certification, reflecting high standards in green building practices. Challenges and excitement arise from the intricate design and technological integration required for BIPV and the rigorous criteria for LEED certification. Overall, the project represents a significant stride towards eco-friendly commercial construction in Delhi.

In the context of environmental sustainability, how do you incorporate eco-friendly elements into your designs in this project?
The project incorporates eco-friendly elements such as energy-efficient mechanical systems and digitally monitored energy management to enhance environmental sustainability. This approach aims to optimise resource consumption, reduce the carbon footprint, and contribute to a more sustainable built environment.

What innovative materials or textures have you recently integrated into your designs, and how do they contribute to the overall aesthetic and functionality of the space?
In recent designs, we’ve integrated Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) panels into the facade, combining aesthetics with functionality. These panels harness solar energy while leaving the terrace free for communal use, showcasing an innovative and sustainable approach to design.

How do you see global architectural trends influencing the work of architects in India?
Global architectural trends are shaping the work of architects in India, with a notable emphasis on constructing energy-efficient structures and adopting technology-driven design processes. This reflects a broader commitment to sustainability and innovation in response to worldwide influences.

Can you elaborate on your design philosophy and approach to high-rise buildings, particularly in balancing aesthetics and functionality?
In designing high-rise buildings, our philosophy emphasises balancing aesthetics and functionality. We achieve this by integrating building innovation and equipment while carefully planning the layout of circulation and service cores. This approach enhances efficiency and maximises views from working areas, creating a harmonious blend of form and function in our designs.

How do you incorporate structural innovation into the design of high-rise buildings to ensure both safety and architectural integrity?
While designing high-rise buildings, we prioritise safety and architectural integrity through structural innovation. This involves considering seismic loads, utilising digital simulations, and adopting innovative construction techniques for quick and secure assembly.

What strategies do you employ to integrate sustainable and eco-friendly features into the design of high-rise buildings?
Our high-rise building design integrates sustainability by planning according to solar orientation for maximum daylight in workspaces. Additionally, we incorporate energy-efficient mechanical systems and digitally monitored energy management to mitigate overall resource consumption.

How does the evolution from traditional and contemporary architectural approaches to a more modern aesthetic impact your design philosophy?
The evolution of architectural styles, from traditional to modern aesthetics, influences our design philosophy. This shift, reflecting advancements in materials and techniques, guides us to embrace innovation, prioritise functionality, and integrate energy-conscious designs in response to cultural changes and sustainability goals.

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