On a site where nature positions itself as a priced commodity, blurring the built-unbuilt relationship proved ideal. A natural setting for people to meet, stroll and socialize; where people will identify with the natural ambience amidst the commercial establishments.
The unique challenges offered by the bylaws were addressed by a concept, which zoned the site into three areas
Maze – courtyards and covered threshold spaces blurring the inside-outside relationship; a place for outdoor leisure shopping, with cafes and boutique shops.
Forest – the main green spine of the design that is the identity and connector of public spaces
Bar – the large format anchor store positioned to separate parking from the pedestrian spaces.
The project is sympathetic to its site and the context of dwindling green space in the larger context of ECR and Chennai, it offers the luxury and convenience of comfortable shopping spaces within close proximity of several neighbourhoods, and at the same time breaking the monotony of large format retail architecture.
Project at Utthadhi is designed as a unique social and spatial experience while addressing several concerns at once.
|Status||Concept – Unbuilt|
|Structure||Manjunath and Co|
|Design Team||Mahesh Radhakrishnan, Fransceso Montesor, Udhaya Vauhini Parvaty Balagopal|