Incorporating sustainable strategies in developing economies is one of the most significant architectural design challenges. This paper outlines the process of an architectural design project at SOM from 2006 to 2007. The project is a 250-room hotel in Hyderabad, India, bolstered by a government economic incentive that encourages tourism. Its design is informed by environmental sensitivity and parametric computer models.
The resulting design had a 20 percent reduction in energy load in mechanical systems and provided a further optimized design through multidisciplinary collaboration, environmental sensitivity, and building information modeling. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate that a thorough understanding of the external and internal environments, a clear understanding of client goals, computer simulation, and knowledge of fabrication techniques can result in successful, passive-designed architecture that can significantly reduce energy demand and increase indoor quality.