Urbanscape Architects

Before commencing any project, a conscious effort is made to be sensitive towards the site, the occupants, and the materiality; the consequence of which are efficient and effective designs. Our inspiration comes with an unrelenting zeal to constantly take on new challenges so that each project is explored and executed differently.


Factory For Stonex, Kishangarh, Rajasthan

Factory For Stonex, Kishangarh, Rajasthan

Stonex India’s administrative and industrial complex in Kishangarh has been conceptualized to serve as an eminent landmark in Kishangarh. Instead of erecting a factory-processed industrial shed that focuses on the product and does not communicate with the people who inhabit it, the Stonex factory is developed as a native production-house, geared for excellence and innovation of the global order, while successfully carving out a niche of its own amidst the industrial landscape.

Adhering to exigencies of site and logistically sound planning, the manufacturing block orients rather unconventionally in the East-West direction. The finished product of the factory demands uniform lighting throughout the day, with no exposure to direct sunlight. Hence, the orientation is strategically exploited by incorporating complementary systems: North light trusses are introduced to penetrate the complete volume, sloping at a suitable angle of 23 degrees towards the south, providing for ample surface for photovoltaic panels and the resulting solar roof of almost 1MW (sufficient enough to fulfill the power requirements of the factory). Long concrete gutters have been planned to avoid water leakage and facilitate maintenance instead.

Functionality drives the design; the linear production process is used as a design determinant to avoid the workers being forced to do manual lifting, prone to accidents, which is otherwise a common process. Two people can therefore, bring in a 25 Tonne block from one end, process it, display it, and dispatch it on their own. Architecture has opted to campaign human life; by forcing better working conditions, physical and emotional well-being, creating comfort and thereby ensuring better communities and a richer built environment.

Prefabricated white metal flutters give the entire structure a buoyant profile, when looked at from afar. The stone buttresses make the building appear grounded at a more proximal viewing. The sides facing east and west are mostly blank, barring the small windows that connect the occupants with the surroundings. The windows also create a wind draft across the height of the shed expelled through the ventilators along the north light trusses therefore avoiding hot pockets at the top and effectively cooling the building by about 10-12 degrees. The building is designed such that the spaces are used judiciously, allowing for maximum possible green cover and soft scaping. Other sustainable measures include the use of bio STPs that recycle waste water and use it for landscaping and flushing toilets, 100% rainwater harvesting that keeps the groundwater table recharged and soft scraping inside that aids the creation of shaded areas to create a microclimate and keep overall temperatures of the facility low.