Friday, December 5, 2014

Future Factory

It looks like something from a future world. A clutch of oddly-shaped buildings greet you as you reach the end of the road leading to the IT Park developed by SIPCOT at Siruseri. These buildings house the offices of TCS, India's largest software developer. According to TCS, this complex is the largest such in Asia, with over 5 million sft of built-up area. When it was opened in 2010, it had the capacity to house over 22,000 employees. In the years since, the facility has expanded a bit and there are now over 30,000 people working here. 

Spread over 70 acres, TCS' facility is the biggest in the SIPCOT IT Park, which is spread over 1,000 acres. Getting off the Rajiv Gandhi Salai (the Old Mahabalipuram Road), the stretch is kind of bare, because the space just off the OMR has not been developed yet. From the time you make the turn, TCS' buildings catch the eye. Unfortunately, the way in does not provide you the complete view of these buildings. 

The buildings were designed by the Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott and Associates, along with Carlos Ponce de León Architects. CRN Rao Architects provided the onsite support as well as structural and MNE services. In the view from the top, the buildings look like butterflies spreading their wings out. Six such buildings are arranged around a central spine, and the overall effect is something quite out of this world. TCS had, much earlier, had one of its buildings on the OMR designed by a San Jose (USA) based architect, but compared to this one, that facility is like a caterpillar to this butterfly!

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