Pre Cyber Hub era saw Ambience Mall and the HUDA Sector 29 as the ‘go to’ place each weekend, and when Cyber Hub emerged at the scene, that was possibly the most obvious destination in Gurgaon. Not just for weekends but weekdays as much. More so, because it is in close proximity to Cyber City -the corporate hub of the city. Amidst the cold, grey, glass and granite world is nested this place where the stiff suits and flashy jeans wind up having fun along with some relish able grub.
But what is it that makes it such a hit? Apart from the fabulous social hub, it happens to be a superb piece of architecture.
Located on NH8, it is strategically placed, connecting Delhi and Gurgaon at an area of approximately 2lakh sq ft. Well connected with rapid metro and the entrance lobbies of all surrounding office buildings making it accessible and comfortable to approach.
It has just about everything for foodies looking for a contemporary option including Cafes, Food Court, Terrace-top F & B, Amphitheatre/ Promotional Area, Microbrewery and retail (not too much though!). There is a massive car parking for your comfort with a capacity of over 400 cars at two locations. As soon as you enter the premises you can’t ignore the amphitheater that is equipped with digital sound and projections system, air screen and weatherproof sound systems.
Advertising and branding has been taken care of very carefully with strategically placed signage, structural/light poles used for clamping advertising panels. The parapet on the first floor terrace is provisioned to have advertisements. The central areas that are connected to the adjacent office lobbies are used as interactive map and advertising as well. The amphitheater/promotional area has one large screen where digital advertisements are displayed. Also the blank walls of the staircase shafts are used for advertising.
The facade towards NH8 is used for large size advertising and interactive map/promotions are well placed at the entrances. The light poles are integrated with branding and the front of all F&B places is kept for branding and promotional activities for the concessionaires as well.
Primarily a food haven with some of the major players in business having their outlets here, it also has two retail outlets-Samsung and Apple with an area of approximately 100 sq mts each. The exhibition area, often given to set up retail stalls on a short-term basis also has an area on the ground floor that has been earmarked for creating retail bazaar on special occasions. At the extreme end of the area is a large area to do some customer engagement activities. Stand alone kiosks, cafés and fine dining outlets are on the ground floor. The food court is located on the first floor with major key brands. Some more fine dining restaurants and a microbrewery is located on the second floor.
Hard Rock Café, which is immensely popular, covers all the three floors within the premises. All outlets on the ground floor and the first floor provide experiential dining and bar concepts and have their own look and feel at the front façade including the seating outside the restaurants.
Ambience and Landscaping
There is a designated seating area in front of some food outlets and standalone cafes. A passage of 4.5 m is also created as walkaway. A clear height passage of 6 m is also considered to manoeuvre the fire tender. The walking area and seating areas are well defined in flooring pattern with different kinds of stone used-primarily kota stone and granite.
On the first floor are terraces with tensile roof giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. Mostly uplighter is used to highlight the tensile and structural elements. LED lighting is used to highlight the walkways and floor mounted LEDs are placed within the group floor open area. The concessionaires have the flexibility for lighting their facades though the amphitheater area has pole-mounted flood down lights making it pretty bright outdoors at night.
The common areas are treated with tensile fabric, space frame above kiosks, stainless steel artificial trees, staircase railing with a combination of glass and stainless steel, plus the designated walkways are finished off with flamed, anti-skid granite stone.
All the floors have a whole lot of potted plants outside the outlets. The roof of kiosks is used for landscaping with different types of colourful hedges, which gives a brilliant view from microbrewery and other F&B outlets on the second floor. The façade towards the NH8 is treated with vertical green wall concept, which facilitate ventilation for the utilities and gives a nice view from NH 8 as well. Mist irrigation system with proper drainage is used for roof landscape.
A 3 m wide corridor is created on all floors towards NH8 side that is designated for service utility and is covered with green landscaped walls and advertising panels. It amazingly provides as a sound barrier between NH8 traffic and the public areas. The public utilities are located at the first floor that is connected well to the food court.
When was the last time you noticed what a brilliant piece of architecture the place really is? I am sure the next time you step in you might check a few details more. Indeed, this creativity by architect Hafeez Contractor is one of the best offerings from DLF in Gurgaon. And are we glad? For sure!!