Principal Designers

Client

Delhi Development Authority
Site Area
315 Hectares
Amenities
9 Hotels, Convention Centre, Golf Course, Institutional Area

Postscript

Concerns were raised by ecological groups that questioned the water availability at site for construction activity. Instead of looking at the designs for a solution to the problem, the project was simply abandoned by the Delhi Development Authority.

1998

DDA Hotel

Competition Entry for Hotels and Convention Centre Complex, New Delhi

A national competition was held by the Delhi Development Authority to address the shortage of hotel rooms in the city of Delhi. The large site, an abandoned stone quarry near the Delhi International Airport was selected for the large urban development of a hotel complex replete with all city level amenities as well as several institutional plots. The competition was however abandoned before it could be realised as a project.

Background

Building on a site that has a distinct character--in this case, the rocky pits left behind by years of stone quarrying--is always a great opportunity for the designers. How does one restore a depleted land without losing the rugged quality of its landscape? In our case, we decided to silt the bed of the pit so that it would catch and hold rain water and become a water body over the years. This waterbody while sustaining biodiversity in this area would also provide the environment that would be condusive for leisure and hotels that would front this area. 

See also ...

2007
Township for Jindal Steel at Angul Odisha. Township for 6000 persons over 300 acres in Odisha
2006
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. All-India Competition Winning Entry for a University Campus in Jammu
2009
New Campus for School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. SGA's Second Prize winning entry for the New School of Planning and Architecture focuses on a 'realm of places'

See also ...

2007
Township for Jindal Steel at Angul Odisha Township for 6000 persons over 300 acres in Odisha
2006
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University All-India Competition Winning Entry for a University Campus in Jammu
2009
New Campus for School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi SGA's Second Prize winning entry for the New School of Planning and Architecture focuses on a 'realm of places'