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Institute of Planning and Architecture at Nashik (Awarded best undergraduate Thesis)

September 12, 2012

The inspirational component:

The concept here is an amalgamation of two governing aspects: the inspirational and the functional. The former considers the site as a physical expression of Nashik, the city where the site is located. This idea resonates what  Ar. Daniel Leibeskind said: “Buildings don’t consist simply of steel & concrete, they are the spiritual expression of the city.” As such the site represents a cameo of Nashik city. The site holds two mounds lying almost at its centre representing in miniature, the topography of the region which lends the city its name. Analogous to the river Ganga originating from the Trimbakeshwar hills and flowing through Nashik city dissecting it, the shared institutional facilities form an E-W stream originating from the mounds flowing across the site and dividing the institution into the Architecture and Planning block on the north and south respectively. Similarly the N-S running wings with the hexagonal nodes, the peripheral road on the South, the link connecting the two departments are analogous to Nasihk city’s NH-3 highway, the rail lines and the bridges respectively.

Program and functional component:

The site at a macro level consists of the following: Architecture block, Planing block, administrative facilities, workshops, lecture halls block, library, canteen, auditorium, recreational block, dining center, arboretum., amphitheater, and a residential component-undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff and visitors. The functional component of the concept is governed by considerations such as:

  • Segregation—physical barrier of the mound runs north–south dividing the plot into:
    • a. An anterior portion on the east which houses the institute and
    • b. A posterior portion on the west housing the accommodation facilities.
  • Utilisation of site topography and sustainability—the topography of the twin mounds has been utilized for the provision of structures with a stepped profile i.e the amphitheater, lecture rooms and stepped housing for undergraduate students, thus minimizing cut and fill.
  • Entry, circulation and traffic patterns— vehicular traffic has been restricted as far as possible to the periphery of the site,thus giving  a huge undisturbed expanse of land for the academic block. Furthermore the hierarchy of roads which form individual circuits for circulation has been utilized to control the traffic.
  • Landscape: To encourage learning from the environment, the scheme consisted of 5 zones, each representing the landscape of a certain era: Greek, Roman, Medieval, Japanese, Mughal

The Overall picture:

Site plan

Second-level plan of the core academic block

Birds-eye view of the Institute from the East

Key elevation – East

North Elevation

Administration block and entrance foyers

Housing Clusters:

Individual Buildings/ Prototypes:

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