ELEMENT

TEAM: Raadhya Patwari And Tanya Saroha

KEY WORDS: Module, Permeability, Placemaking, TOD, BIoshpere

 

The studio aimed at exploring the idea of Placemaking with the help of TOD tools, guidelines and inferences. Gurugram as a satellite town in NCR has been referred to as the ‘millennium’ city and is one of the largest urban growth centres for north India. It has experienced a fast paced, almost overwhelming growth in the past few years. The biggest question with this growth pattern is how we, as architects balance the social economic growth with the quality of life of the urban dwellers. The studio aims at achieving a more inclusive, connected and sustainable development (mixed use) thru the concept of Placemaking. One of the main ideas behind the studio will be to explore the idea that architecture can be layered with a cultural connectivity that creates a medium to link spaces and neighbourhoods together- Ultimately giving a sense of place they call their own.

The Idea of Place making: Place-making is concerned with the design of urban public spaces as physical and aesthetic entities as well as behavioural settings. Idea of Place making and cultural public space. Streets as public spaces Parks and squares as multi use destinations Creating public spaces of culture Impact of public spaces on Mixed use development

- Transit-oriented development (TOD) A TOD neighbourhood typically has a centre with a transit (train/metro) station or stop and residential as well as commercial development around it. Tod is basically any development macro or micro that is focused around a transit node and facilitates ease of access to the transit facility thereby inducing people to prefer to walk and use public transportation instead of using personal modes of transport. Since Metro station sits in between the site we chose, we will be integrating and connecting the metro station with our building to cater to this aspect of tod.

There is no organization or symmetry in buildings around our site hence from that we tried to bring some order our building by using the concept of modularity. We took up a block of a fixed size of 9Mx9Mx4M and we repeat these in a fixed pattern or order. These repeating modules are then connected through skywalks.

Also, since the traffic is mostly high throughout the day near our site so in order to reduce that we came up with the concept of permeability integrated with TOD. Since we have a transit-oriented development because of the metro station near our site, it encourages people to commute using the metro instead of using their personal vehicles. Making the building more and more permeable also makes it easily accessible encouraging people to walk instead of using motorised vehicles. We thought of creating such punctures in our building form to cater to the concept of porosity and permeability, and did these cut outs at the ground level also.

Then we have integrated our x-factor with the skywalks. Our x-factor is biospheres. So, we have used biosphere skywalks in our building to connect the different parts and levels of the buildings wherever the punctures are created. In these skywalks we would be using spectrally selective glass which absorbs in the light from the sun but not the heat. This allows the interior of the building to be lit using natural day light while preventing the inside of the building from heating up.

Biospheres serve as learning sites to explore and demonstrate approaches to conservation and sustainable development providing lessons which can be applied elsewhere. They highlight the distinctiveness of the area and help foster a sense of place amongst residents and visitors. It can also raise awareness among local people, citizens, and government authorities on environmental and development issues.

Since these biospheres are integrated with the skywalks hence, they create a unique walking experience for the users of the building. There are not many green spaces left in Gurgaon because of such rapid development in the past few years. Creating such biospheres provides the people living in Gurgaon with those green spaces at different levels and not just on ground.