Camson R&D efforts are aimed at developing environment-friendly bio-agricultural solutions that maximize the potential for farmers. They needed a facility that would enable them to explore the depth and breadth of their technological and scientific expertise and to develop breakthrough products at affordable prices.This 60,000 Sq.ft R&D Laboratory is located on a farm, amidst research crops that are grown for their various studies and products.
Our biggest challenge was that this R&D Lab was located in a farm, about 50km away from Bangalore. The CEO, Mr.Dhirens' brief demanded that the aesthetics of the Lab be grounded locally, at the same time have an internaltional appeal to it, without essentially having to use any glass facades that are synonymous with todays contemporary international architecture.
The challenging brief demanded a humble structure, the planning for which had to be certainly tied to the local easthetics of material and people, and host some of the best international research facilities in the world. Our approach begun with a larger floor plate that appeared to be growing and breathing from the land .We wanted a shell that seemed to be growing out of the earth, to be studied, experienced and discovered as very much a part of the farm.
The site for the biotechnology laboratory was an area of about an acre of land, demarcated amidst the farmland in which crops were being cultivated for research. The portion of land and its surroundings were quiet rural and green with nothing but fauna that stretched limitlessly into the blue skies in all directions.
The planning intended to create an international styling for the laboratory with an aesthetic that will tie it to the strong rythmn of the site /farm.Sweeping steps, huge decks and cantilevered terraces mearge the built form with the landscaoe.The restricted use of glass and the height deliberatly contained to a G+1 helped the massing and the overall aesthetics.
As one walks along the external shell of the building, the east and the western walls sweep gently forming two conclave curves with deeply punctured cavity walls. These halp in maintaining internal temperatures witin the various spaces. A huge linear skylight flanks the center of the building creating an atrium with a great flow of energy and light.It serves as a hot air extractor as well. An auditorium that can accomodate 100, A huge dining with a kitchen for all scientists and a 10,000sq.ft basement that acts as a cold freeze are other functions within the building.