Commercial: TCS Chennai Corporate Headquarters and Software Center

TATA Consultancy Services
Chennai, India

Completion Date: 1999
Area: 150,000 square feet

The Tata Consultancy Services project at Shollinganallur near Chennai in southern India was conceived as a response to the explosive growth of the company in the booming software design sector. In 1991, TCS had a steadily expanding staff of 800 software engineers working in five locations in the city of Chennai (then Madras). TCS purchased an eight-acre property to serve as the site for their fully integrated, self contained software design campus.

The architectural solution is achieved through an arrangement of five brick boxes alongside a reflecting pool with a parallel sequence of halls and communal rooms beneath a concrete vault. Large conference rooms have been located throughout the building often dramatically overlooking the large indoor spaces. In addition, a self-service restaurant, 250-seat auditorium, and two-level information technology center add to the breadth of operational options.