Shop in a Park is an oxymoron. It questions the very nature of creating an artificial environment for shopping. It is an extroverted mall with nature at its centre or more literally its shops surrounded by green where you have to enter into the shaded green space every time you move from one shop to another. It’s a shopping experience in a park.
It is a based on Guy Debord’s notion of the “street room” where the closed ambience itself opens onto the open ambience which is demarcated by the closed ambience.
A timber resembled trellis hovers from above the first floor, holding the entire space together like an inverted floor plane. In the main axis of movement, each block is staggered both at the ground and first floors, which breaks the monotony of the facade. It provides for unpredictable visual connections every time the user moves.
The honest nature of the park is brought out in the homogenous landscape between the street edge and the shops. Seaters and tree pits invite the users to relax under its shade, and concrete bollards merge the edge of the property with the surroundings, making for a seamless experience.
|Client||Chaitanya Builders and Leasing Pvt Ltd|
|Images||Maniarasan, Almost Parallel – Ganesh Ramachandran|
|Design Team||Mahesh Radhakrishnan, Ashwin Ashok, Dhivya Ravishankar, Letitia Allemand, Monica Sekar, Daniel Gladston|