Indian Institute building combines national traditions with the latest trends in architecture

Coloured curved glass, laminated using Vanceva PVB glass from Solutia’s Saflex range, on the building of the International Management Institute, is designed to protect students from the surrounding grey reality and fill classrooms with light.

Indian architectural firm Abin Design has developed the project of building the International Management Institute, located near the city of Calcutta. Coloured curved glass on the building’s façade is designed to protect students from the surrounding grey reality and fill classrooms with light. The coloured laminate, with Vanceva PVB glass from Solutia’s Saflex range, follows no repetitive pattern and is symbolic of the unpredictable nature of the sky.
The chromatic glass façade is made up of two layers of 5mm clear glass each with an intermediate PVB layer 1.2mm thick, which acts as an insulator, reducing internal heat build-up.
The reception has been designed as a triple height space naturally lit by a huge overhead skylight. The library is also well lit during the day and has been designed so that it is surrounded by glass on three sides, shaded by the existing trees on site. Colour has subtly been introduced in the interiors as well in the form of coloured glass partitions, coloured glass slits on the wall or simply in the furniture. An integrated plaza with a water body has also been designed, and, wherever possible, shading trees have been planted and soft landscape has been introduced.