A tall stand on sustainability
3 June 2020
When one of India’s iconic technology companies decided to create its largest campus in North India, the only way to go was up.
For close to four decades, Infosys has been future-proofing its customers’ businesses with next-generation digital services and consulting solutions while fostering a sustainable tomorrow for people and communities. As a nod to this, the brand’s technological leadership, innovative mindset and sustainability agenda were blended into a unique design concept for its latest campus in Noida, India.
The Infosys Noida Campus sprawls over a 10-hectare site in the city’s central business district. It comprises five buildings arranged to form a large central courtyard that restricts vehicular movement in favour of greater pedestrianisation and social gatherings.
Standing tall within the campus is the landmark tower — a mini vertical city that stretches 400m into the sky. This landmark tower is a self-sufficient, energy-efficient building that represents the symbolic rise of a new India and the elevation of the Infosys brand in its home country.
Fittingly, the design is ephemeral and reflective, expressing a deviation from the norm while incorporating sustainable design practices with LEED Platinum certification requirements in mind.
Taking the North Indian climate into consideration, the tower’s honeycomb façade is features triangular panels of precise fin sizes and angles to provide shading as the sun runs its daily course. This also allows the spaces within to be naturally lit without affecting the aesthetics of the structure. Panels at the top and bottom of the façade are treated with dark tinted-glass, while the sides are treated with 100-degree vertical shading.
A terrace garden is also introduced once every three levels to serve as a buffer and reduce direct glare and heat from the sun. These terraces double up as an alternative outdoor meeting space as well. Finally, the tower is crowned by an observation deck on its roof with lounges, restaurants and sweeping cityscape views.
It is a landmark, a design icon and an ode to the future.