iHUB: INNOVATION HUB AT INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, BENGALURU, by CnT Architects

iHUB: INNOVATION HUB AT INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, BENGALURU, by CnT Architects
iHUB: INNOVATION HUB AT INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, BENGALURU, by CnT Architects
iHUB: INNOVATION HUB AT INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, BENGALURU, by Collaborative Architecture

The Indian Institute of Science floated an invited design competition for the upcoming iHUB building in the campus which will provide office spaces to cater to collaborative research with industry, MSMEs and to incubate start-ups. The site sits within the IISc campus with around 1.8 acre land full of lush green trees all over and the main IISc junction on the west corner.

The site is full of existing trees, and the design derives from the architectural shape of the complex is derived from the configuration of trees.  Clear spaces between trees led to a division of activities into three buildings linked by gardens and crossed by connecting bridges.  The western building, near the public junction, contains public functions such as the auditorium and main reception, and encircles an open space at the entrance called “The Courtyard of Ceremonies”.  There are two gardens between the three components of the complex.  The first sits between the auditorium and the cafeteria and will be developed as “The Garden of Gathering”.  The second sits between the two work complexes that contain offices and laboratories and is seen as a quiet reflective space called “The Garden of Introspection”.  These two gardens connecting to a dense grove of existing trees which was called “The Forest of Possibilities”, and this space forms the pedestrian interface with the adjacent portions of the IISc campus.

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