Hexalace is an open-plan commercial building made primarily for leasing purposes. In a tight commercial plot with challenging building norms, it became perceptible from the beginning that the concept would have to be manifested from the facade. Considering the arduous climatic conditions involving extreme heat, and the building front facing west, the façade emerged as a buffer of stratifying elements.

Project Name – Hexalace
Architect or Architecture firm – Studio Ardete
Official website – http://www.studioardete.com/
Contact email – [email protected]
Completion year – 2018
Plot Area – 9061 sqft
Built up area – 5481 sqft
Facade area – 3234 sqft
Project Location – Mohali (Punjab) INDIA.
Photographer – Ar.Purnesh Dev Nikhanj


Project Management – R.S Builders
Façade Consultant – Er.Ravijeet Singh
Structural consultant – Continental Foundation (Mr.Vikas Bhardwaj)
Lighting consultant – The Luminars (Mr.Tajender Kalsi) 

Material used:

Steel – TATA
Concrete – Ultratech
Paints – Asian Paints
Glass – Saint Gobain

Hexalace By Studio Ardete - Sheet3

Hexalace By Studio Ardete - Sheet43 inches thick concrete layer with hexagonal interstices has been used as a shading element. To better preserve the sanctity of shade, the screen flows organically creating an artistic visual dilemma from both inside as well as outside. Another layer of hexagonal silhouette made of metal frames is superimposed horizontally across the semi-permeable concrete screen which doubles up as balcony fence. Furthermore, the main curtain wall has been recessed to leave pockets of air between the screen and the main building to increase the time lag and subsequently reduce the heat gain. Therefore, the facade by its inherent virtue of convergence acts as bronchioles for the structure.

Hexalace By Studio Ardete - Sheet5Hexalace By Studio Ardete - Sheet6The balconies also house small clusters of green making the working environment even more rejuvenating for the users within. By the end, what became of an immense effort was an imperative respiratory experience complimented by its bold use of geometry.

Studio Ardete

Studio Ardete is an emerging, internationally acclaimed multi-disciplinary design practice. Since it’s inception in 2010 by Badrinath Kaleru and Prerna Aggarwal , both Alumni of IIT Roorkee , the practice tries to explore unexplored ways of space making and products . Making use of personal experiences of founders working across Europe and Japan, with Master architects like Glenn Murcutt, Dominique Perrault , the practice works on varied sizes of projects from small table ware to offices , private houses to hotels . Without any defined style, the context and the function forms the basis of design philosophy with inspiration from nature and culture, flirting with the boundaries of art and design. Major Accomplishments of practice include Architecture Master Prize 2018, a couple of Eurasian awards in 2018, published in Retail Design International, a German Publication, Exhibited Furniture collection part of Salone Del Mobile 2018 and 2019.  3 times finalist at the prestigious World Architecture festival, Finalist at Building of year 2019 at Arch Daily.

Ar.Badrinath and Prerna Kaleru


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