CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT
India today faces change with gusto and anticipation. The desire of a bigger future accelerates its development transforming the quaint rural to the loud urban, at a speed that now does not pause to review and contemplate.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU LOOKED UP AT THE SKIES?
The Vedas and the Upanishads speak of a simple fact; of the human body being healthier when it lives in close contact with the five elements: earth, air, fire, water and sky.
Caught up in our tight daily schedules, we miss out on small enjoyable activities that help us interact with nature and make it an integral part of our lives. Our design makes an attempt at implementing this and making the futuristic life of India a little more ‘grounded’.
INDIAN EXPRESSION OF ARCHITECTURE
The site at Greater Noida makes us respond architecturally, not in a language that is aped out of respect or awe, but an expression that is derived after much thought; retaining the Indianness we think necessary and relevant to the present context, and letting go the dormant ideologies of the past.
YAMUNA, FOR EVERYONE
Parallel developments along the riverside end up creating a visual barrier between the river bank and the interior land, making the people forget about the existence of a river in their vicinity. It feels great to have a view overlooking a meandering river from one’s window, but we have been sensitive enough to plan the buildings in such a way that everyone, (that is, people occupying the other plots in the surrounding) gets a view of the Yamuna. The entire riverfront is not blocked by the building mass. A small portion of the building abuts the Yamuna, and helps create a vista for the inner land people to appreciate the river’s ancient beauty.
Use: Retail, Hospitality, Commercial
Date: Concept Design, November 2010
Area: 6,40,000 sq.ft
Status: Competition Entry