The site of this project, adjacent to the Central Complex in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, was once a beautifully landscaped garden of roses and bougainvilleas on a filled-up slope of the Trombay hill. The heavy rains in August 1991 washed off most of the loose soil and damaged more than a third of the flowering plants, creating a large crater. In order to save this hill of fertile red earth, and create another garden to grow flowering plants on the slopes, we proposed a landscaping scheme of hard and soft surfaces in a step-like fashion, which was symmetrical along the twin-tank axis. The hard surfaces are actually retaining walls, to prevent the forceful flow of monsoon water and stop soil erosion. Another row of walls was proposed longitudinally, at a distance of 100-150 feet, to retain the soil and create terraced spaces to plant flowers. Landscaping this site would […]
The Nuclear Power Corporation, an offshoot of the Department of Atomic Energy of the Government of India, was developing a township in southern India on a site along the coast. Shown below is a design proposal for this township. This was developed at Gherzi Eastern Ltd. under the mentorship of architect V. Sundareswaran, and then submitted to the NPC. This proposal retains the natural features of the land, including a gentle slope of flat land towards the sea, tree clusters, and two rivulets draining surface water into the sea. It resulted in an organic plan with housing clusters much in keeping with the rural neighbourhood of the site. There was a deliberate attempt to go away from the grid-iron patterns of urban layouts. The curvilinear geometry was well-received by the client, as it gave a lot of flexibility in design and broke the monotony of cluster patterns. The proposal including housing, in keeping with […]
The concepts below were hand drawings, conceived and developed while working at Sobha Developers, Ltd. These sketches show the process from the drawing board to Presentation Studies to execution of the chosen concept. The work was award winning, at a time and place where hand drawings on drawing board was rare and focus was on standard detailing only.