Focus on Indian Stone: High-tech office design achieved with native granite
With a surge in the computer industry in Bangalore, India, the city is experiencing a boom in development. A large infrastructure is being established to meet these growing demands, and, as a result, many business parks are being built. Among these new campuses is Prestige Technology Park, and Pokarna Ltd. is exclusively supplying granite for the entire project.
The business complex, which will be comprised of three buildings upon completion, sits on 950,000 square feet of land. As of press time, the first building has been built, and a second is under construction. To date, Pokarna has produced a total of 230,350 square feet of different granite varieties, which are being extensively used for both interior flooring and wall cladding. Work on the business park began in March 2005, and all three buildings are scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.
According to Jain, the design team was searching for a green-colored granite that was hard, not porous and that was available in huge quantities. â€œThey finally zeroed in on Royal Green and Pokarna Green,â€ he said. â€œWe had to face a tremendous challenge in procurement of the Royal Green color, as the deposit in the quarry is quite old. We had to make a lot of effort to mark the blocks of the same shade, as was the demand for this project.â€
In addition to the green materials, large quantities of Tropical Gold, Viscont White and Coffee Brown were included in the design of the buildings as well as other granite selections, such as Jet Black, Kuppam Green, Lavender Blue, Silver Pearl and Ruby Red. â€œWhatever be the volumes required, Pokarna has met them to the fullest and on schedule,â€ said Jain.