The Investribe Office Building by Living Edge Architects and Designers is a two-level, sustainably conceived structure. Investribe is an investment firm located in a serene neighbourhood in the bustling city of Bangalore. The client’s brief was to build a two-storey building with an emphasis on systems that save energy and minimise the carbon footprint, and the brief was further optimised to accommodate more landscape and less built-up area.
The two-level office for a studio called for an integration between the two floors. A central void acts as an interactive heart for the office, and the open planning of the interiors further accentuates the overall openness of the structure and sets the tone for a vibrant working atmosphere. The terrace is designed as a garden sheltered with solar panels above to minimise the direct heat on the terrace. The sharp lines and simplicity of the design showcase materials to perfection, and the symmetrical façade with a recessed entrance makes the built form more inviting.
The construction deals intensely with using green materials to integrate multiple sustainable features into the project. Using materials like double-glazed windows, grid-connected PV systems that generate 30 KW of power, hybrid air conditioning systems, permeable paving, and rainwater harvesting for groundwater recharge are a few of the systems that save significant energy and minimise the carbon footprint. There is an inherent truthfulness in the use of materials, most of which are left raw and exposed. This rustic theme contrasts the sleekness of glass with the surrounding greenery, which creates an ambience of working amidst nature.