The BILT Master Plan creates a residential district across 114.02 acres for the historic Ballarpur paper mills as an extension to the existing industrial colony. Nestled along a highly contoured lush site, the new colony connects below the state highway via a densely planted connection to the striking urban front created by the new administration and public buildings in front of the existing factory.
The primary goals for the Master Plan were:
The overall site structure evolved through careful clustering of residential and communal functions, taking advantage of naturally sloping landforms and drainage patterns and avoiding restricted parcels of land.
Ecological stewardship dictated touching the ground lightly and using available resources efficiently. To this end, building blocks have minimal footprints to replace conventional suburban sprawl and recreational greens are designed to integrate with dense planted buffers of existing native vegetation. These vegetated belts provide shaded passages between open spaces and reduce solar heat gain along housing cluster edges. Additionally, landscape maintenance is addressed largely through self sustaining tree species which reduce water demand and rain water harvesting and waste water recycling for gardening.
Housing typologies are designed as integrated clusters with adjacent open spaces giving on to neighbouring contours. Low density cluster blocks are designed as ‘Buildings in the garden’ while high density clusters are designed as inter-locking blocks around open courtyards. Cluster types have their own green space which links to other cluster greens in a continuous green lung culminating in an interactive nursery/park. Existing event spaces and smaller social gathering clusters from the old colony have been recreated along a residential pedestrian spine in the new residential district to create a sense of familiarity. Common community facilities at nodes link to the looped vehicular spine for ease of access.
VIKAS KANOJIA, AMRITA DASGUPTA
PALLAVI RANI, SIDDHARTH THYAGARAJAN, NOUMAN SIDDIQUI, VAIBHAV SHAINA, MEGHA VERMA & MITALI KEDIA
CHOWFLA DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE