A LEED Platinum-Rated development that encompasses the full production process of the Wellness Brand
The integrated Production Facility for Organic India in Lucknow is a campus designed to support the production, processing and administrative functions for the holistic wellness brand.
Two sets of intersecting axes characterize the building footprint of the facility; the resulting interstitial spaces emerge as courtyards, lightwells and lawns that provide space for interaction as well as relaxation to the facility staff. The built vocabulary of the facility has been articulated in brick and concrete, with sleek lines and planar symmetry characterizing the facade design.
Programmatically, the building comprises of the production Wing, the Finished Goods Block, the Quality Control Department, an Experience Center wrapped in a tessellated brick screen, administrative facilities, and ancillary functions for the staff, which include a meeting room, cafeteria and gym. In contrast to the monolithic appearance of the processing wings, the built vocabulary of the offices is porous and composite.
The design scheme imbibes local influences to create a sustainable built environment, the primary among these being the use of bricks as an infill material. The exposed brick shell - created due to the abundance of labour-intensive brick kilns and pilable clay - has contributed to the low carbon footprint of the campus.
The interstitial open spaces on campus further aid to climate control, primarily by enabling passive cooling of the blocks through stack effort. The abundance of open spaces and limited hardscaping also increases potential for recharging the ground water table. The open spaces, permeable built fabric, focus on community and introspection, and prioritization of workers' safety and comfort created an architectural template for all future properties for the company.
A gamut of passive cooling techniques - including terracotta filer slabs in the large-span spaces, and recessed openings to cut out the solar glare, among other interventions have accorded the project a LEED Platinum rating.