Over the past year, the world went on hold with the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Our lives had become difficult, with the same iterative routines from dawn to dusk. So, if we step into the dawn of a new “Post-Pandemic” Era, adapting to the changing times, “the new normal” with a hope for a better tomorrow. Here is a list of 10 Upcoming Architectural Projects in India to look forward to. For, such adversity could only delay but not deny growth and development. Communication connects the community. Architecture is one such medium of communication. It doesn’t just sculpt the building materials, but the medium of space itself.
10. Noida International Greenfield Airport, Jewar, Uttar Pradesh
Sustainability isn’t a new concept. Rather, an age-old one. Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) grabbed our attention a few years ago by venturing into the field of sustainability. Meanwhile, it carved a place for itself in history by becoming the first airport in the world. On the other hand, it runs completely on Green Energy. Following the footsteps of CIAL, the new passenger terminal of Delhi Noida International Airport (DNIA) is all set to become India’s greenest airport with its Carbon net-zero design.
The consortium consisting of Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture, Haptic, and STUP has been selected by the DNIA for the design of the terminal following a three-phase international competition. Firstly, the project will be located in Jewar, 40 km southeast of the city, Delhi. Secondly, the design offers a modern and seamless passenger experience with green spaces in and around the building. And, Thirdly, presents a concept of a future airport city with a capacity to serve almost 30 million passengers in the future.
9. Film City, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that 1000 acres had been identified in Sector 21, Gautam Budh Nagar by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) for a dedicated Infotainment zone (Film City). 780 acres have been kept for this purpose and the rest 220 acres for commercial ventures.
CBRE South Asia has been selected for making the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the proposed Film City. The development was expected to begin within the first few months of 2021 but due to Pandemic, It has been delayed.
Above All, the Film City and Noida International Greenfield Airport together are expected to have a five-fold impact.
- The real estate
- City Development
- Development scenarios of the State
- Development scenarios of the Country
8. Central Vista Redevelopment Project, New Delhi
The “Power Corridor” of the country was designed by Edwin Lutyens, and Herbert Baker during the colonial rule and was retained by the Government of India (GOI) post-independence. After a considerable amount of discussions and much deliberation, A 14 member heritage panel approved the new parliament building and gave a go-ahead for the redevelopment Project. Meanwhile, the project is expected to finish by the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence in August 2022.
A new Triangular Parliament Building, a Common Central Secretariat (In place of the North and South blocks), a Modern Central Conference Hall (replacing the Vigyan Bhavan), and a Central Vista Avenue are a part of the proposed redevelopment.
7. U.S Embassy Campus, New Delhi (Renovation/Remodel, Preservation/Restoration)
Inspired by India’s tradition of interlacing Architecture and landscape, Weiss/ Manfredi’s design for the re-envisioned campus contains a series of cast stone screens, canopies, pools, and garden walls. However, It enables the restoration of Edward Durell Stone’s 28-acre embassy compound in New Delhi’s Chanakyapuri Diplomatic enclave into a multi-functional campus.
6. Chenab Bridge, Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory
Meanwhile, India is scaling to new heights literally with this infrastructure project located over the Chenab River in the Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory of India. The 1.315 km long bridge is being built at a height of 359 m on one of the most complicated and isolated terrains. Moreover, It will be finishing by December 2021. After that, It will become the tallest rail bridge in the world on completion.
5. Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), Mumbai
However, the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (Sewri Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link) is under construction 21.8km (16.4 km on sea and 5.4 km on land), freeway grade road bridge connecting Mumbai to its satellite city, Navi Mumbai. When completed, it would be the longest sea bridge in India.
4.Lokhandwala Minerva, Mumbai
Two towers of 90 floors, each of which will consist of parking floors, triple-height amenities, open-to-sky podiums, landscape gardens, banquet hall, and residential floors will soon become a component of the Mumbai skyline and an iconic landmark. Meanwhile, this striking structure is one of the city’s tallest residential towers located over midtown Mahalaxmi race-course with a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea.
3. Light House Projects, Global Housing Technology Challenge GHTC- India
Indore, Rajkot, Chennai, Ranchi, Agartala and Lucknow
Various bioclimatic regions contribute to developing characteristic building morphologies and settlements. The Light House Projects are model housing projects with units that are constructed using alternate technology suited to the context. Indore will utilize a Prefabricated Sandwich Panel System, while Rajkot will see Monolithic Concrete Construction using Tunnel Formwork, Chennai and Ranchi will have variants of the Precast System, Agartala will put Light Gauge Steel structures into use, and Lucknow will have PVC Stay in Place Formwork. A true example of adapting to the changing times, these technologically advanced alternatives are expected to complete 1000 units within this year.
2. Parametric Temple, Koppur, Chennai
Parametrics is a growing paradigm in design that involves complex geometries and structures. Rat Lab Studio and Shilpa Architects have put together a design that reinterprets ‘vernacular’ through parametric design. This project on the outskirts of Chennai on an 11 acre site features an 11 sided polygon (hendecagon) at the centre of a 338 acre master plan. Owing to the client’s belief in numerology and vastu, the brief insisted on the usage of the number 11. The structure exhibits engineering soundness alongside an environmental awareness while following the sacred geometry required in temple architecture.
1. The New Delhi Railway Station, (Rail Land Development Authority)
The New Delhi Railway Station will become the first project undertaken under the Transit-oriented development concept in Delhi-NCR. It involves around 12 Lakh square meters of the built-up area under TOD. The project is will have 2 major components: Firstly, A Station Component that involves the development of the new terminal. Secondly, Station Estate development of the retail spaces near the station.
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