Category: Future Architecture in India

Grasshopper is a plugin for Rhinoceros.It maintains a flow of connected parameters as user input and generates accordingly as said for the output. A series of connected parameters can be made to govern and control  any form and design which is difficult to make or control the form.As mentioned in previous post that futurist needs to incorporate many other technical knowledge for creating a ‘never seen before’ type of building forms.

Grasshopper leads to develop a new branch for exploration that is Computational Architecture.Where forms can be generated as per user input or the other way round.Its an interaction between user and the tool, which tests the knowledge about basic mathematics to the visualization of the output as the flow generates.This tool has a potential to draw ancient motifs like ancient India’s Mughal interiors to various generative facade design as seen in today’s skyscrapers.

A very interesting example of futuristic architecture in India would be the “Cybertecture Egg” coming up in Mumbai.Architect James Law practices a new school of architecture which he calls “cybertecture” which denotes a fusion of architecture and cyber technology. James Law says,

“In the 21st Century, buildings will not be created by just concrete, steel and glass as in the 20th Century but with the intangible materials of technology, multimedia, intelligence and interactivity. This enlightment gives rise to a new form of architecture  – “Cybertecture””

The Cybertecture Egg is believed to become an iconic structure in Mumbai with its environment friendly design and intelligent control systems. The building comprises of 33,000 sq.m. of office space stacked stacked in 13 stories with highly intelligent building management systems. The diagrid exoskeleton accounts for the large column free spaces inside the egg.

Photovoltaic cells are integrated into the facade whose glazing will also exhibit various tints and shades with respect to the orientation of the sun. About 20% of the water consumption of the building is recycled through rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment and wetland cell systems. The building’s air conditioning is done by naturally cooled water from an underground reservoir. The building management systems installed ensures reduction in energy usage in less utilized and less occupied spaces.