DHI OFFICE @ BHUTAN
(IN COLLABORATION WITH GANDHARA DESIGNS)
Location : Thimphu
Client : Druk Holding Investment
Project Status : 2012 – present
Plot Area : sqm
Built-up Area : 135,000 sqft
Structural/ MEP Consultants : Clancy Global
As the site sits on an important junction amidst the prominent institutional buildings of the country, the building is envisioned as a block that responds to its strong context. The building forms the nature of self sufficiency, yet respectful of the landscape around it.
The building is designed with the idea of having flexible yet optimized floor plates so as to accommodate different users, while capturing the panoramic view of the valley. The placement and the design of the core make equitable division of space. The entrance to the building is through a triple height atrium, enhancing the view of the golf course. This podium level is at a height form the ground level, providing a sense of grandeur to the visitor.
The building is mainly divided into three parts; the exclusive DHI floors, the rentable spaces and the common areas. The natural contours of the site have been used to create a cascading landscape flowing into the building. This ‘podium’ is thus visually connected to the adjacent Royal Monetary Authority building and the High Court Building to the east. The work floors are provided with various spill-out terraces, which bring relief to the work atmosphere.
The segregation in DHI floors allow for programming segregation with respect to owners (DHI) and their tenants that are proposed. The DHI floors form the upper two floors of the building. The upper most floor forms the DHI executive level, while the other floor hold the various departments. The knowledge centre and recreational centre are situated in a voluminous double heighted space. The DHI executive offices are situated on the periphery of the building, with large vantages of the valley of Thimphu which would ensure their prominence within the institutional landscape.