Nirvana is an office space for an ad film production company. A film production firm that thinks out of the box. Their films are a surprise - an unexplored humane perspective on a product. Their workspace is based on the thought that the connection of synapses creates ideas - not privacy or isolation.
The "box" for Nirvana emerged, as with all urban buildings, out of a small corner plot in the heart of the busy neighbourhood of Indiranagar in Bangalore. Optimizing space, site setbacks, allowable FSI for a commercial project, are given, in gaining 8000 sq.ft of built up area on a site of 3000 sq.ft.
However, this project explores the possibilities inherent in a commercial building despite the constraints of real estate. The resulting urban typology overturns all norms - using almost NO electricity - for light or ventilation. The Core of this box is the N-S connector staircase that slices through the building with a huge skylight above, suffusing it with sunlight and natural ventilation much like a courtyard would in another typology.
The studied lightness of structure and material - no beams, and three materials - wood, concrete and glass produces a building where light and shadow, thought and interaction become the protagonists. A contemporary building that ignores any "isms" and stands for innovation, sustainability and pluralism (all stylistic features co-exist - classical chairs, kitschy graphics, old world windows).