|Date||Design Team||HVAC Engineers|
|Glenmark Research Centre||Pravin Gala Consulting Engineers|
|Mahape, Navi Mumbai|
This R + D Centre is set on a rectangular plot of approximately four acres, close to Millennium Park at Mahape, in Navi - Mumbai.
Here the planning revolved around two primary demarcations - Laboratory and Non Laboratory areas. The former was divided into chemical, biological and analytical , highly controlled in terms of movement, security and utility. They were strategically located in the centre, serving as focal points with easy access. The front office, library, cafeteria, administration, boardroom and scientists offices constituted the support or the non – lab areas.
The entire building was housed over three levels with a few labs occupying the ground floor, while the first floor was totally dedicated to labs, with a an area earmarked for future expansion.
An identity was enthused to the structure, with two distinct diagonal walls - yellow and blue, defining the library and the cafeteria, each provided with their respective courtyards. Unlike routine institutional canteens, the cafeteria was designed on the lines of trendy café where the technicians and scientists could take a break.
Numerous little details like skylights, eye-level openings and works of art, provided a much needed respite from an otherwise demanding academic atmosphere.