Size: 4 Million Sq.ft. Commercial Space _ 20 Acre site
Environmental Technology: Soil Erosion Control, Passive Light/Ventilation/Cooling, Passive Solar Heating/Water Heating, Grey Water Separation, Solar Photovoltaic Electricity System, District Cooling System
Apostrophe Team: Shivjit Sidhu (Principal Architect), Matt Hill, Eddy Ledesma
The Hydra Siphon is part of the Airport SEZ in Pune (Masterplan by Apostrophe A+uD). It is one of 3 commercial buildings and a technology incubation center within the complex.
Taking cues from the site and following the guidelines established in the masterplan, the Hydra Siphon was conceived as an extroverted office environment. The spaces within the building were designed t provide views to the newly created lake and sculpture garden.
GEOMETRY / MASSING:
The project straddles the Western Edge of the site in a sinuous path. The geometry achieves the goal of providing comfortable access to natural light and, weather permitting, natural ventilation. The building also acts as a sound barrier to protect the interior of the site from the noise pollution of the adjacent airport.
The project has a split personality. The Western and Southern edges are draped with multiple facades and screens to protect from the acoustic pollution and solar heat gain problems. The North-East facades are draped in a light weight curtain wall to affort maximizing the views to the distant hills and the immediate landscape.