A Modern Town Hall in Bangalore

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By Erika Heet
Architecture Discipline designed a unique, movable gathering place for a firm in Karnataka, India.

Situated within a 125-acre development in Karnataka, India, the Bangalore Town Hall was conceptualized by the New Delhi–based firm Architecture Discipline as both a central gathering place and a site/sales office for the Bhartiya Group, a real estate developer. The bright-red, egg-like "heart" of the complex is an auditorium clad in glass fiber. "Red as a color has the longest wavelength, and can be easily spotted from a distance," says principal architect Akshat Bhatt.

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The building wraps around a red core—the auditorium—covered in glass fiber.

 

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Inside, glass "fins," says the architect, "generate a secondary rhythm."

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On display inside are architectural models depicting what the community might resemble in the future.

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The North Plaza allows a peek inside to the auditorium.

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A thin metal "skin" helps reduce solar gain.

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An expanse of solar panels powers the building, which was designed to be easily deconstructed and moved in a few years' time.

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"The building had to tell a story," says Bhatt. "The intent was create a progressive design experience."