Harnessing Nature

The Hill County Sez Office Complex on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, will harness energy from an abundant resource in the country that many architectural solutions overlook — the sun. This paper discusses how SOM's design manages to meet two seemingly conflicting objectives: maximizing shading while using daylight as an energy source. This innovative approach earned the project a 2008 Regional Holcim Award in the Asia Pacific category.