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.
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.
- Project Team: Prakash Asnani, Sudipto Ghosh