Building Type Alphabetical Chronological Complex For Coal India - Kolkata  
  Building Type - Offices
  Year - 2015
  Coal India ltd. is one of the world’s largest organizations in terms of coal production. Its offices are located in different parts of Kolkata and a new site on the adjoining Rajarhat area offers potential of a unified organization within one complex. The total area of the Coal India ltd. land is about 15 acres. It is a corner site surrounded by roads on three sides. Part of the site abuts a major arterial road leading to the Airport. The lease deed divides the land between office zone and housing area. The surroundings of the site include a hub of information technology offices as well as housing societies.

The design for the Coal India office complex is derived from a number of diverse ideas. Above all, its architectural expression reflects progressive values based on sustainable growth, energy saving devices and incorporation of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. ‘Form follows sun’ to harvest the energy is an appropriate symbol for an organization dealing with coal extraction. In an age threatened by global warming and carbon emission, the utilization of photovoltaic panels in a sun-drenched country is a necessity and the design is based on embracing the sun.

Serious research has been done by scientists to develop solar cells that are flexible enough to be rolled around or transparent enough to be used as tints. In the Coal India complex conventional P.V cells would be fitted on the inclined roof element facing south at 22 degrees to generate maximum electricity at the cheapest possible cost. The surface on the roof is based on the requirements of P.V cells to absorb maximum energy as well as the office requirements. The stepped section of the office permits green terraces, which are shaded by photovoltaic panels.


 
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