Incredible Variety of Architecture on the Infosys (Electronics City) Campus

I was taken on a conducted tour of the Infosys campus; the guided tour was a thing of art, perfectly designed to show off the various facets of Infosys. We had an excellent guide, too; I will be posting all about the tour on my personal blog.

But what really intrigued me was the incredible variety of architectural styles on the campus. I documented some of the buildings….there are 26 of them spread over the campus.

Here’s the newest of the buildings, where the Communications Centre is housed, with a state-of-the-art recording studio

Infosys "hole in cheese wedge" architecture

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And here are two other buildings, one reminiscent of Egypt, and the other a brand-new concept:

Another building and the Pyramid, Infosys, 14 Mar 07

Here are some more of the buildings that I saw…

Here’s another style of architecture which is now rather common with IT buldings in this city; the facade is almost entirely glass, with the orange pillars. You can see the Hosur Road traffic reflected in the glass of the new building!

Orange Pillars...yet another type of architecture

This building, that houses the Bangalore One offices, is a type of “eco-friendly” architecture, with bricks instead of steel and glass making up the facade:

the Bangalore One building

This building is called the “Terminal” building, our guide told us, because it resembles an airport terminal; it contains a food court amongst other things:

Infosys...the "terminal" building

Here’s a closeup of the Pyramid Building; the shape is not integral to the building, but is only the framework. That is, the building within is only contained within the pyramid.

Not the tomb of the Pharaoh...

Here is one building which is supposed to have been built along the lines of the Sydney Opera House; but the paraboloid structure is one of the most economical and strong ways of constructing a building, and one fairly old building in Bangalore already exists, which uses this….and it is the old crematorium opposite the Lalbagh Gardens just off Double Road (Kengal Hanumanthiah Road) and Hosur Road Junction.

Another Infosys building modelled after the Sydney Opera House

The Library and Amphitheatre are housed in buildings which are more conventional:

Library and Amphitheatre

This is one of the food courts, with a conventional flat roof, though with a lot of modern glass for the facade:

One of the food courts

And here’s a conventional structure, that houses the Hostel for Trainees, reflected in the glass of a more recent architectural idiom:

Reflections of the older and more traditional buildings

And here is yet another building, with the 9-hole golf course in front of it:

Infosys 9 hole golf course

The variety of architectural styles was truly mind-boggling, and one had to keep adjusting one’s references as one travelled around the campus. Will a separate, distinct “Infosys Style” of architecture evolve from all these different buildings? Only time will tell!

With many thanks to Mr N Chandra Sekhar, who did a superb job of taking us around the campus.

9 Comments so far

  1. Nisho (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 8:30 pm

    Great post. Thanks for sharing these pics. Lovely!


  2. Ravi (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

    Deepa,
    I have a bone to pick with you in terms of not being invited to this conducted tour. Someone else I (we?) know has been promising me one!
    ;)


  3. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    All I can say is…..Wow!

    -Robert


  4. Thejesh GN (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:31 am

    Well Anita can get you some beautiful pics I suppose


  5. vivek sharma (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    hi great blog……… i am doing engineering in punjab and have been placed at INFOSYS, must say, it was great to see my future ofice(if i cant crack CAT this time….)
    thanks a lot


  6. Ganesh (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 1:03 am

    Deepa, I took a guided tour of the Infosys Office a while ago with my friend Shyam, a young, highly enthusiastic and spirited Infy-ian who took immense pride in showing me around the campus. What was very pleasing was the fact that there were many proud parents and relatives being shown around their children’s / ward’s workplace. It gave the whole campus a very personal and human touch. Your article and pics made the tour come alive for me. Thanks


  7. Rituparn (unregistered) on May 19th, 2007 @ 11:31 am

    Check the link for more , one of the most beautiful campus indeed…http://www.flickr.com/photos/anita/sets/72157594410620700/


  8. girish (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

    Deepa,

    Sorry to point out. Your reference of Library in one of the photos is wrong. That is Just a Food Court and amphi theatre.It doesn’t have a Library.

    Thanks
    Girish


  9. Vasu (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    As somebody who has been working in this campus for almost 4 years, I must say it is a fantastic work place. Not just in terms of the architecture, but also the spaced layouts, the lawns and greenery, the facilities etc – it is a well thought out, whole some package for employees!
    But some of the new, stylized buildings and not without their drawbacks. In my personal opinion, the grandeur has been given more weight age than practical work space aspects like lighting, ventilation, space etc. While some buildings like pyramid are mind blowing, the light reelected from the building is a major problem even if you seated 50 m away at your lunch place, or are driving on Hosur road.
    But, you have to give it Infosys for its visions for a green, grand and yet homely campus!
    Walking and exploring the campus have been one of my best stress busters for years :)



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