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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
04/10/2018

Rahul Mehrotra, ATE offices in Ahmedabad (India)

 
Outside Ahmedabad, the largest city of the Indian state of Guyarat, stands this corporate office building, a work of the Mumbai firm RMA Architects led by Rahul Mehrotra. Its formal composition comes from the use of green facades and other passive cooling elements. In its multilayer enclosure, plants on an aluminum mesh and an intermediate zone create a humid microclimate that cools the interior spaces and reduces air temperature around the building. The inner skin is formed by floor-to-ceiling glass panels, and when these are opened manually, currents push hot air towards the higher levels. Coming into play at this point is the building’s large central lung, a double-height covered space where heat is dissipated towards the terrace. Moreover, in a complex closed system of cooling tubes integrated into the structure, water circulates while absorbing heat.
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