Category: Public Building

unbuilt public architecture

Vad Gumbaj by BandukSmith Studio

Vad Gumbaj, Ahmedabad, by BandukSmith studio

This project was proposed for a competition for an iconic structure along the banks of the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. Given the context of a limited budget and the municipality’s small appetite for maintenance, we took the opportunity to reflect on the nature of a monument – who it serves, what it reflects, and what kind of resource it consumes.

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Sheikh Abdullah Memorial, at Srinagar, by Achyut Kanvinde

Planned as a memorial for the Kashmiri leader, while he was alive, the modest sized structure is located along edge of the Nagin Lake, on the outskirts of the city. The plan consists of four similar pavilions with pyramidal roofs, two of which are enclosed, both assessed from a common Reception, fronting onto a stilted area, in association with the water edge, The form of the building is characterised by its pitched roofs, distinctive skylight and arched openings.

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Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai

Maharashtra Nature Park Competition is an opportunity to rejuvenate one of the rare parcels of urban forest that lie forgotten within the city and from there on cast a spotlight on a much larger area, extending from the upper reaches of the Mithi and Vakola Nallahs (streams) to the forgotten connect through Mahul to the Eastern waterfront.

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National Police Memorial, at Chankyapuri, New Delhi, India

The design of the National Police Memoria manifests itself in the stability inherent in a system of charged site-lines. It suggests that human reason is at play when an extremely irrational and loose system is confined. The system also reveals the latent disturbances and the potential to lose balance with mild agitation to the confinement.

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Way Side Amenties, at Delhi, by Kalayojan Architects

This work was conceptualized as an International public standard amenities project for a new national highway (eastern peripheral expressway) around New Delhi India. Many independent functions such as hotel, food courts, hospitals, petrol pump with electric charging facility, dhabas, local handicraft market, car and truck parking facility, public parks and large fountains were all seamlessly incorporated in planning of this 10 hectare land.

Way Side Amenties, at Delhi, by Kalayojan Architects

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Lighting Museum and Energy Centre, at Bangalore, Karnataka

In commemoration of 150 years of power supply to Bangalore, via India’s very first power station in Shivanasamudra falls in Karnataka, the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd, held an architectural competition for the design of a Light Museum and Energy Center.

Lighting Museum and Energy Centre, at Bangalore, Karnataka, by MayaPraxis

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Bamiyan Culture Centre, at Afghanistan, by MayaPraxis

Bamiyan Culture Centre, at Afghanistan, by MayaPraxis

The Bamiyan Cultural Centre is a space for exhibitions and training, that celebrates the wonderful history of Afghanistan, its heritage, local art and craft, knowledge and techniques. UNESCO, in association with the the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture and the Republic of Korea hosted an architectural competition, the idea behind which is that culture also makes a valuable contribution to socio -economic development, and in the case of Bamiyan, it will pave the way towards future tourism, and encourage the participation of local communities, in not only protecting and preserving their own cultural heritage, but also sharing it.

Bamiyan Culture Centre, at Afghanistan, by MayaPraxis

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