The concept of the World Bank building is based on harmonizing the new structure with its surroundings and exploiting to advantage its sensitive location for a modern functional office. The design is based on a central courtyard ensuring natural light and ventilation to all the rooms. All the office including secretary workstations have external views or look inward into the courtyard.
The reference to the classic symmetry of Lodhi monuments enveloping a forecourt finds an echo in the design of the World Bank building enclosing a sunken garden. The building mass encloses the central court, providing diffused light and ventilation. The scale of court creates a zone of building under shade, thereby reducing the air conditioning load. It acts as an open area with a controlled microclimate and provided relief to the building users. It also functions as an open spill out of the lobby and exhibition area and is utilized as an arena for multipurpose use.