Central Electricity Board, Mauritius
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The iconic design or the Central Electricity Board Head Office at Cybercity, Ebene, Mauritius was the result of a competition for the new head office for the parastatal energy board. Harnessing and expressing the energy inherent in the corporation Co-Arc International Architects provided the winning scheme and were appointed as the architects in association with a local joint venture partner, Mira Devi Kushiram.
The design concept identified the core activities of the organization and overtly expressed the spatial qualities associated with each. Giving a physical expression to the activity in the architecture provided an excellent opportunity to not only promote and project the corporate image of the organisation, but also to crate a work place with personality. Based on modern principals of working within office environments the distinctive spaces encourage a sense of well being and encourage productivity. Careful siting of the building in the context of the greater urban framework enabled the building to be a strong landmark establishing the CEB as a pivotal building in the Cybercity development.
The resulting architecture, which uniquely represents the specific nature of the CEB as electricity provider creates at the same time a modern office building of an international standard in which a variety of potential working, environments are clustered around a series of internal atriums of differing magnitude. The complex arrangement belies the simplicity of the planning and servicing of the largely open plan environment. The simple elegant and functional plan design provides economy and serviceability, using a modular standard for flexible office configuration of systems office furniture, while the dynamic nature of the structural solution provides the complexity and resultant dynamic energy expressed in the façade. The carefully engineered façade system of full height double glazing and aluminium sunscreens provides a modern aesthetic for the entire building and a sustainable building. It significantly reduces the potential heat gain improves day lighting and provides a dynamic translucent and transparent façade to represent the energy inherent in the organization.