A factory with a peculiar requirement of strict security and grey lighting along with energy efficiency and organisational flexibility is an ongoing project. In addition to the quantifiable requirements are owner's principles of transparency and approachability in the functioning of the organisation that are also to be embodied.
This is being translated into a design concept as "buildings within a building" that are inter and intra linked with bridges, corridors, ramps and stairs; visually and physically. The routing of all these movement paths negotiates the security and access. The areas housing services and movements of people are placed on the south-west, and on top and bottom of the building to act as naturally lit and ventilated layers to the artificially lit and cooled main work spaces located facing north. The work spaces are interspersed with tall shafts that divide them into long and narrow flexible modules. The shafts would act as wind catchers and light reflectors that are washed with indirect north light and flooded with channelized southern breeze. This would yield the desired work environs while reducing the load on artificial lighting and cooling.