TCS Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai
Shashi Dhume, Mumbai
TCE , Mr. Jagatap, Mumbai
This project is located in a district in the city of Hyderabad where the new technological hub known as “High Tech City” India’s version of Silicon Valley has burgeoned ever since the Nineties. Before the area was overrun by the haphazard constructions of new software production centres, pristine natural plains were the keynote of this landscape. The underlying intention of the design for the TCS Offices is to present a monolithic element hollowed out on the inside and open towards the city. As a single volume, the construction enhances the features of the site, accentuating the existing landform and making it an integral part of the construction, both formally and materially. For example, the excavated material provided the stone that was used for the paving and for the wall enclosing the property. The interaction between the two the landscape and the construction is resolved in this work through the complicity of the various parts, in which each one discovers its raison d’être in its rapport with the others. The cylindrical volume thus breaks up where the mountainous layout changes direction, and it acts as a pivot on a territorial scale by fitting into the new skyline of
The uniform treatment of the surfaces using red
stone reflects the intention of this new construction to make a statement as a primary element. The wide, deep vertical slashes that modulate the façade permit large windowed surfaces, thereby letting natural light into the interior spaces. At the same time, however, they also provide necessary protection and guarantee good insulation from the harsh weather conditions typical of the environs. This high-tech building was constructed using only a modicum of machinery and a large workforce of both men and women, who handled the construction work and transported the materials, stimulating the architect to ponder the basic principles of architecture, such as gravity and genius loci.