PADC (PLASTICS APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT CENTRE) IndianOil Refinery, Panipat
The Plastics Application Development Center - PADC, is the Center for Excellence in Indian Oil
Corporation's research development thrust in Plastics Technologies. The Laboratory building is
designed to take on an Iconic position in the refinery complex, signifying the focus on research and
the Future. The Center is intended to significantly improve on Building performance through the
sustainable and conservative use of energy and other resources.
Conceived as a rock formation on a plain landscape, the form was conceived as a Building on a rock
plinth with a glass lined central courtyard, returns the ground and the whole ensemble to the
landscape. The Double height inclined Glass facade generates interest in the outside from all parts of
the building connecting the occupants to nature.
The diagonal building parasol roof form orientation responds to allow self-shading from South and
West, with larger surfaces on the benign directions of the North and East. It is visible uniquely as a
presence in the serence landscape as sight lines show the form “in the round”.The entrance is a glass
cube set amidst water channels atthe base of the building that also collect rainwater.
FORM CONCEPT- Landscape/Nature-based rockformation on a plain landscape / NATURAL LIGHT/
SOLAR FACADE / RAINWATER / roof angle to accept solar panels / VENTILATION
Form Space Relationships
Open plan scientific work environments supported by views of the granite garden in the
The experience vignettes from all interior laboratory spaces is designed for visual experience of the
granite garden in the courtyard, placed centrally in the glass lined interior courtyard. The garden and
form can be experienced through all the glass-lined movement corridors and staircase cores. The
idea of diverse experience- of graded light and shaded spaces, landscape variations tare made at
each pause and transition experience. The courtyard serves to relieve the bulk of the form and
supply natural light to the floor plates inside.
The complexVisual interconnections and interpenetrations of interiorspaces are made through glass
courtyards, corridors, and lobbies, togetherwith the interplay of light and choices of just a few
material finishes. The symbolism of the landscape, courtyard and the iconic architectural artefact
create an unique ensemble of experiences