Action for Social Advancement (ASA) by Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

The ecological office space for the community, around

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印度的社会进步行动组织(Action for Social Advancement,缩写为ASA)是一个非营利性的发展组织,其使命是通过重点关注自然资源的开发来确保人民的生计。在中央邦(Madhya Pradesh)、恰蒂斯加尔(Chhattisgarh)、比哈尔(Bihar)和贾坎德邦(Jharkhand)等地的村庄内,水资源是ASA的重点关注对象之一。


▼办公楼外观,exterior view of the office building ©Pratik Chandresha

Action for Social Advancement (ASA) is a nonprofit development organization whose mission is of ensuring livelihoods through development services with emphasis on natural resource development. Water is one of the key sectors ASA has been involved in, in villages of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

In its head Office in Bhopal, ASA was keen to showcase its ethos of ecological principles. The client brief required that the space be inclusive and foster collaborative working culture. Site is in a development which was formerly an agricultural land. Land available for the building is situated at the lowest level of the plotted development and tends to get waterlogged. Added to it the nature of Black Cotton soil (low water percolation rate) and the inadequately designed outflows made the water stagnate for a long time.

▼办公楼鸟瞰图,bird-eye’s view of the office ©Pratik Chandresha


We took this waterlogging aspect as a challenge and instead of filling and raising the land it was decided to welcome the water into the plot. The building was raised up by a floor and the area left below was converted into a wetland and a stepped well. This led to avoidance of flooding and replenishment of shallow aquifer. Building upon the social values of ASA, this stepped well was designed as a gathering space for the community, around.

▼首层地面被抬高,设置湿地和阶梯式休息区,the building is raised up by a floor, creating a wetland and a stepped well ©Pratik Chandresha

▼阶梯式休息空间,the stepped well ©Pratik Chandresha

▼阶梯式休息空间,可作为一个聚集空间服务于周边的社区,the stepped well that is designed as a gathering space for the community, around ©Pratik Chandresha

▼阶梯式休息空间俯视图,top view of the stepped well ©Pratik Chandresha

▼首层的室外部分被改造成了湿地,the the area left below is converted into a wetland ©Pratik Chandresha

▼湿地空间,the wetland ©Pratik Chandresha

▼穿梭于湿地之间,wandering across the wetland ©Pratik Chandresha


Landscaped court on the top floor and common court and balcony spaces in all floors were brought in to facilitate interactions spillover space for workshop and board room respectively. These spillover spaces also bring in the sunlight deeper into the building along with fresh air. Dedicated spaces have been designed for indoor plants and herbs. With native fruit growing plants in the open land the whole building has edible landscape. The wetland provides for nesting spaces for birds in the summer with its aquatic and semi-aquatic flora.

▼阳台和庭院,the balcony and common court ©Pratik Chandresha

▼庭院空间,将阳光和新鲜的空气引入建筑空间的更深处,the common court can bring in the sunlight deeper into the building along with fresh air ©Pratik Chandresha


Insulating the roof was a crucial part of the passive cooling strategy, which was done by higher ceilings, and use of the local brick bat coba(thick layer of broken bricks on top of the roof) for weather proofing course. The RCC framed structure with a mix of wire cut bricks and composite fly ash bricks made by adding site soil. The bricks were manufactured locally by mixing available black cotton soil with fly ash, cement and lime. Passive building planning, energy efficiency, water management and biodiversity were pivotal to the design. Features like deep overhangs and courtyards while reducing the heat gain and glare ensured ample amount of daylight within. Eastern and western facades were designed to have skewed windows to cut the glare of horizontal sun without losing daylight and fresh air.

▼会议室,the meeting room ©Pratik Chandresha

▼开放式办公空间,the open workplace ©Pratik Chandresha

▼东西立面采用斜窗,eastern and western facades are designed to have skewed windows ©Pratik Chandresha


Operational energy usage was reduced through use of LED fixtures, energy efficient fans and air-cooling system. This has shown a reduction of energy consumption by 2/3rd compared to the previous office space occupied by ASA. All the energy is produced by 20kVA solar PV panel system installed at Rooftop. Rainwater harvesting provides for water for four months of the year and excess from the storage is used for recharge. Water efficient fixture have also reduced consumption of water considerably.

▼办公楼夜景,night view of the office ©Pratik Chandresha

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan ©Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

▼三层平面图,second floor plan ©Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

▼屋顶平面图,roof plan ©Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

▼剖面图AA,section AA ©Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

▼剖面图BB,section BB ©Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Project Name: Action for Social Advancement (ASA)
Architecture Firm: Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area: 10,500 sq.ft
Project location: Bhopal, India
Lead Architects: Chitra Vishwanath, Anurag Tamhankar
Photo credits: Pratik Chandresha
Design Team: Chitra Vishwanath, Anurag Tamhankar, Ramya MA
Clients: ASA
Engineering: MESHA Consultants
MEP Consultants: HMN Techconsultants Pvt. Ltd.

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