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Nirvana Film Office by SJK Architects

By Holly von Huene


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Mumbai-based architectural firm SJK Architects has created the Nirvana Film Office.

Completed in 2011, this 6,200 square foot contemporary office building in Bangalore, India was designed to be be energy efficient.

Natural light reaches the entire interior through a large skylight in the center of the building.

Nirvana Film Office by SJK Architects:

“Nirvana is a studio for ad films. 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, isolation or discipline.

The building addresses all the urban issues of a small corner plot in the busy neighbourhood of Indiranagar in Bangalore. To optimize the use of space according to urban regulations, the stilted box is a natural resulting urban typology. The core of this box is the connector staircase that slices through with a huge skylight above, creating a sun-filled, connected multi levelled space. The divisions of work and non work, outside and inside are obliterated – further by the façade of glass and acrylic louvers. The louvers, opaque and solid open in unison to allow the breeze in, leading to a dynamic façade.

This urban typology overturns all norms, uses almost No electricity – natural ventilation mediated by the louvers and an open central core and natural light.

The studied lightness of structure and material – no beams, and the three materials – wood concrete and glass produces a building where light n shadow, and thought n interaction become the protagonists.”

Photos by: Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri

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About Holly von Huene

Holly is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She has written for HomeDSGN for more than 3 years and contributed architecture, interior design and lifestyle content for a number of other publications, including DesignBoom, Apartment Therapy and ArchDaily. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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