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GAIL Jubilee Tower - Noida

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Design Intent

The GAIL Jubilee Tower in Noida was a dream project for GAIL (India) Ltd., India’s largest natural gas company. The company wanted the iconic tower to reflect their commitment to clean energy and a clean environment.

The architectural team that conceptualized the building’s design was led by prominent architect Kavi Jain. The objective of the design was to produce a green building that also satisfied the functional and aesthetic norms of a corporate office. The goal, however, was not to earn a green certification but to spread awareness about protecting the environment through energy-efficient buildings and minimal energy consumption.

The GAIL Jubilee Tower underwent a design and innovation process that was unheard of in India before.

  • To ensure the building was self-sufficient and economically viable, it was decided to generate electricity using natural gas.
  • A cost-effective co-generation system (gas-based generation and VAM) was adopted 
  • To minimize energy consumption, the building’s orientation was set in the North-South direction, which ensured maximum wind and sunlight while blocking excessive heat. An aerodynamic shape was chosen for the structure that would allow the free flow of wind, thus ensuring the exterior surface remained cooler than its surroundings.
  • Glass panels were fitted with double-glazing to avoid excessive heat absorption.
  • Occupancy sensors, lux level meters, solar power, low consumption fittings and other such techniques were incorporated into the design to increase energy efficiency.
  • A zero-discharge water cycle was incorporated so that waste water could be reused for landscaping and cooling purposes. 
  • The built and surrounding environments were given priority in the design process. Intelligent plantation was conceived to ensure the surroundings remained clean and pleasant. CO2 sensors were introduced to keep the air pure, while a mechanically stacked parking lot took care of the air volume, even in the basement area. 

Building Structure

The building is a reinforced cement concrete (RCC) framed structure. The major challenge in raising the structure was the presence of the Infohub building in the vicinity. The minimum distance between the two buildings was only 3 meters.

The materials used in the building are: 

  • Structure – Reinforced cement concrete (RCC)
  • Walls – Bricks
  • Façade – Aluminium composite panel (ACP), glass, and a dry cladding of granite 

Glass Façade

The glass façade is made up of a double glass unit (DGU). Louvers have been inserted between the two glasses of the DGU. The louvers are reflective and thus help to increase penetration of natural light into the building. The façade was designed in such a way to give the building a futuristic look, and at the same, the impression of a sturdy structure. The key materials used are glass and metal. The solidity of the structure is due to the use of natural stone at the base of the building.

Role of Glass

The glass used in the façade plays a crucial role in the overall building structure. It reduces the absorption of heat while allowing natural light to penetrate work spaces

Key Green Features

  • The GAIL Jubilee Tower is currently the fifth tallest building in Delhi NCR and the tallest green building in India with a platinum rating certification from IGBC
  • It has set new standards for high-rise green buildings in India through numerous technological innovations and imaginative planning.
  • It ensures that the ecology is least disturbed by the building’s operations

Awards and Recognition 

The project has earned a LEED Platinum rating.

Architect’s Quote:

Architect Kavi Jain says, “Green architecture is an attitude. It is not a buzzword, a fad, a trend, a USP or a Brownie point. Passive architecture or Net Zero buildings are not fixes to a problem. Buildings emerge from terra firma, and their existence is governed by the laws of nature. Evolution in thinking and technology is to be used to increase our harmony with the environment. There is no competition between science and Nature.”

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