We bring you the ninth of a 14 part series of extract from the Morphogenesis Monograph, to give you a peek into the mindspace of one of India’s best recognized, sustainable design practices.
Part 9: Extract from the Sustainability: Resource Optimisation
Institutional: Chettinad Health City Auditorium
“Chettinad Health City is a global centre for research and healthcare and is located in Chennai. This city is an important education hub where culturally, education is a key driver among students and professionals, and is considered as their primary route to achieving global ambition. Morphogenesis’ design choice for creating a bold and contemporary aesthetic for this auditorium embodies this youthful and progressive stance. The facility is designed to cater to diverse activities, such as stage performances, lectures, seminars, web-casts and broadcasts
Almost the entire surface developed from geometric tessellations resulting in a faceted and fluid surface texture across the entire auditorium. Thus, a singular material, fabric-mounted acoustic board, served the dual role of meeting acoustic requirements while establishing the visual agenda of the design.
The singular material choice optimally addresses several design and functional needs, and the use of strong geometric forms creates a visual potential in what would otherwise be a utilitarian material. This play of light with the faceted surfaces ensures that the singularity of material is accentuated, with the rest of the palette restrained in order to let the continuity of the undulating surfaces take centre stage.
Resource optimisation and a limited palette became the defining parameters of this solution by pushing a simple material like acoustic boards to create a tectonic play.”