The United Nations Development Office in New Delhi is located near the historic Lodi Gardens making it a landmark building in a protected zone.The building was originally made by the firm Stein, Doshi & Bhalla. The present day UN offices needed additional space to house their agencies and looked at the adaptive reuse of their existing car park into usable office space. This was a very unique design project because the building structure could not be touched in any way and no additions were allowed to the existing building FAR hence all interventions had to be within the building envelope.
The design proposal aimed to create usable workspace along the premieter of the L shaped parking area to maximize views to the landscape gardens adjoining it.
Another part of the redesign was the UN Cafeteria used by the whole office. The Cafeteria redesign aimed at giving a new identity to a familiar space. The adaptive reuse of the space would improve the usability of the space by creating a new experience for the users.
The redesign proposed the creating of a garden cafe which would include an outdoor space as part of the cafeteria.