Alliance Française Delhi / Studio Juggernaut


我々は、インドのニューデリーにある著名なフランス語学習・文化施設であるアライアンス・フランセーズ(AFD)主催の招待コンペを経て、フロントデスク、コリドー、カフェなど、主に3つのスペースの内装改修を設計施工として担当した。既存建物(2004年竣工)は、Stephane Paumier ArchitectsとABRD Architectsによって設計されたもので、インドの首都における現代建築の代表的な事例の1つである。




フロントデスク シラカバルーバー、パンチングメタル、アコースティックファブリック、コルク
カフェ シラカバ羽目板貼り、パンチングメタル、St SOP

A cultural facility that connects and integrates spaces with materials and colors

We were invited to design several key interior spaces, including the Front desk, Corridor and Café, for the Alliance Française (AFD), a premier French language learning and cultural institute located in a prominent institutional neighborhood of New Delhi, India. The building that Alliance Francaise occupies was designed by the well-known practices of Stephane Paumier Architects and ABRD Architects, and it is considered one of the foremost examples of contemporary architecture in India’s capital city.

The three spaces we designed are almost always part of the user’s experience of the AFD, regardless of one’s purpose in visiting the building. They are typically accessed, both physically and visually, in strict succession.

We hoped to tie the spaces through a common string of materiality and colour, as well as through French and Indian cultural references. Our choices of materials were based on their properties’ resilience, low maintenance, and longevity. The materials were also chosen to harmoniously integrate our design intervention with the existing building. We proposed to use perforated metal sheets and birch wood slats as a way to continue the aesthetic language of the existing building. Naturally, we modified the application of these materials to reflect our design ideas.

Front Desk – Our proposal for the front desk was to develop individual pods for admissions councilors so as to provide them with visual and acoustic privacy while nevertheless still creating the appearance of connection between spaces. The pods were conceived as a sinuous landscape of free-form objects, allowing for the natural flow of movement while still maintaining a central larger space for gathering. The custom-fabricated pods included a fixed pedestal worktable and visitor seating, as well as personal storage for individual councilors. They were constructed with wood slats and acoustic fabric of varying colours. Across the space, the pods were interconnected with birch ply and perforated metal storage units.

Corridor – We continued the use of powder-coated perforated metal sheets in the corridor. We proposed to clad the walls with this sheet such that it wrapped up the ceiling, thereby providing a low maintenance surface for the corridor. The ceiling primarily acts as an infrastructure piece to connect the front desk to the cafe while serving other rooms. Meanwhile, all Communication / IT / Security and HVAC systems ran above this central corridor. Signage and lighting was also introduced through this ceiling system. Cove lights, as well as spotlights on tracks, were introduced against the stone-clad wall of the auditorium to service the mounting of temporary exhibitions.
Additionally, we reinterpreted and designed Le Corbusier’s ‘Open Hand’ sculpture in the form of a mural in concrete. Le Corbusier’s work in India can be regarded as one of the most powerful examples of Indo-French cultural synthesis and the ‘Open Hand’ in many ways stands as a perfect symbol of the AFD’s mission of cultural exchange.

Le Café – The café was conceived as a landscape conducive to interaction and dialogue, rather than as a run-of-the-mill coffee shop. The combination of the perforated metal sheets and birch wood slats took the forms of benches folding out from walls and paneling. The colours of the metal mesh and paneling were kept light to increase reflected illumination. Plants were introduced in the space, drawing a direct association with the outdoors just beyond the café’s windows.
We introduced a central island table in free-form design, which works along varying heights from low to high and is conducive to increased interactivity amongst the café’s users.
A centralized hanging track system for lighting was created which negotiates the coffered ceiling and caters to several kinds of lighting requirements. This included hanging pendants for tables, general lighting, and movable spots for walls. The walls in the café are used as means of highlighting colours introduced in hanging artwork.
(Studio Juggernaut)


所在地:インド ニューデリー

サイン:S.K. プリンターズ

撮影:イシタ・シトワラ| The Fishy Project


【Alliance Française Delhi】

Location: Delhi, India
Principal use: Cultural and Educational institution
Client: Alliance Française
Completion: 2020

Architects: Studio Juggernaut
Design team: Teppei Iizuka, Harsh Vardhan Jain, Saurabh Jain
Team: Digvijay Singh, Sunil Raghavender, Vyom Singh, Anahita Fotedar, Aditya Krishnan, Chintan Mewada
Contractor: Design build
Civil contractors: Macro Infrabuild Pvt. Ltd.
Custom furniture: LittleBird India
Metal work components: Chaitanya Solar
Signage: S.K. Printers

Photographs: Ishita Sitwala | The Fishy Project

Construction type: Renovation
Main structure: Steel, Reinforced Concrete
Building scale: 5 stories
Total floor area: 267m²
Design term: 2019.06-2019.10
Construction term: 2019.12-2020.03

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