Ramanujan IT City” – IT/ITES SEZ at Chennai, Tamil Nadu is a humble tribute to the legendary mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan whose contribution to his field is truly “Infinite”. Spread over 25.27 acres, Ramanujan IT City, is strategically located within the City and at the heart of Chennai’s Southern business district – Taramani – the gateway to the city’s rapidly developing IT Corridor.
Studio Name: Edifice Consultant’s Pvt. Ltd.
Design Team: Manoj Choudhury, Nilesh Dongre, Sathish Nair, Uday Goswami, Mallikarjun Rao, Gokulamurali Nataraj, Swapnil Bandal
Area: BUILT-UP AREA: 7,160,000 Sq.Ft. /
PLOT AREA: 25.25 Acres
Location: Taramani, Chennai
Consultants: Structural – STERLING ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY SERVICES PVT.LTD
MEP – AECOM
Photography Credits: TRIL
Other Credits: SOM
SUSTAINABILITY: IGBC LEED India for Core & Shell GOLD (2013)
Throughout ancient Indian temples and palaces, there exists an architectural tradition of what might be termed the courtyard network. Within this spatial model, a series of variously sized, open air courtyards are interlinked, forming a system. Each courtyard within the system is autonomous and atmospherically unique, but integrally part of the larger whole. Smaller worlds are created within a larger one. Architectural organizations like these perform on several levels. First, they are able to manage a vast scale of space, subdividing it into variously sized courts, plazas, gardens, and rooms, each appropriate for a different use. Second, they create realms that are successively detached from the hectic context of the outside world, offering privacy and refuge for the inhabitants within. And finally, they promote a variety of experience, cultivating an overall richness to the spatial character of a project
At Ramanujan IT Park, this strategy is adopted and elaborated upon in several ways and across several scales. First, the entire site is divided and the main precincts of the development are defined: IT and Service Apartments. The lushly proposed open spaces on the north side of the site are terraced in elevation, and then subdivided with garden walls.
The buildings in the Processing area are arranged in traditional courtyard configuration. The courtyard serves as the Centre of activity for the IT complex, providing connectivity between the various amenity functions which are spread across the blocks, thus transforming the courtyard into an active, pleasant space and the symbolic heart of the project.
At a much smaller scale, the central plaza of the IT Centre is not divided into physically different courts, but the ground paving is segmented, pushed and pulled and given over to planters and water features at highlighted moments.
The Processing Zone completed and commissioned is part of two distinct phases envisioned to be developed on the site –the non-processing zone being the other is in progress. The processing zone has 4.5 million sq. feet of office space with 5 levels of car park, 2 ½ acres of lush greenery, landscaped podium, Zen garden, Amenities such as food court, ATM’s, etc.