Spartacus

Spartacus

Architect
Amit Talwar Associates
Location
n/a, India
Category
Cities

Spartacus

Amit Talwar Associates as Architects

The fabric of the Indian city has undergone many a metamorphosis over time. The nations enslavement through large periods of history have not only left India with a plethora of heritage and tradition but also a fragmented and ambiguous fabric. This ambiguity in itself adds to the many flavours of the Indian city. Our goal during the competition was to find an appropriate assembly of nuances which this very aspect and re-interpret it for Modern India. For Example “Bio Streets” are a very alien term within the Indian context. However the term “Gali” instantly transports a citizen to his home in the village or the city. We were challenged by the notion of how the gali would/could translate to a bio street and vice versa. Our proposal engages site, context and people through subtle gestures of sight, travel, intrigue and responsibility. We were very intrigued with Maharaja Savai Jai Singh‘s Masterplan for Jaipur being based on the cosmos. This led us to question what is the modern cosmos? What is the modern global entity that touches the lives of every person today? It is with this understanding that we discovered the circuit system for the motherboard of the computer i.e. the basic core of the IT industry. Our instant energies were poured into the translation of built form based on this ideology. However we did not wish to create an environment without curating the experiences of an Indian city including their “good” chaos. Our strategy involves dividing the Z-Axis into different planes – “Sub-Urban”, Culture, Work and Icon. It is part of our proposal that Spiretec take initiative and co-ordinate with other members of the tech zone to pursue for a PRT system. Indian infrastructure is usually positioned within dense urban zones leaving our sight to be dulled by urban chaos and decay.


However we would like to extrapolate on the celebration of life by traversing through the scenery of the forest and Yamuna as one travels back and forth from work. Our proposal also carves into the ground plane creating a sub culture of the knowledge and research institute. We envision this as a form of nurturing knowledge in the hearth of the campus. Our built form also is responsible for water harvesting and propogate Geo Thermal modes of cooling and heating throughout the entire project. The skin of the towers are fitted with solar panels so as to generate power for the campus. The circuit lines that run as patterns on the building structure and the plazas are smaller solar panels responsible for the lighting of the entire campus during the night. We also envision the offices to be motion censored in order to turn off any lights that may be unnecessary. The roofs of the project are green urban farms that in time would translate into an urban forest of their own. The west portion of the site contains a viewing point for the people of the city, workers as well as students to enjoy the sunset against the banks of the Yamuna.

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