In association with Kanvinde Rai Choudhary Architects.
This township reclaims Mumbaia historical character as a city on water, where life revolves around waterfronts, railway stations, long walks and public transport.
This project was carried out in association with Architects Kanvinde Rai Choudhary. The Dronagiri node of New Bombay (now Navi Mumbai) lies at the southernmost tip of the city, 7 km across the bay from Mumbai. Spread over 3800 hectares, this low-lying land was prone to daily flooding. Lakes and connecting water channels were used to contain the flooding, and they became the dominant attributes of the landscape. Their intersection with the continuous strips of green became the typological constraints or primary elements for neighbourhood sectors. A serious limitation was thus converted into an asset.
The three major commercial areas are cast as linking elements between the railway station and the waterfront to accommodate a mix of offices and shopping areas. There are thematic and legible relationships among housing, industries, facility, transportation networks and open spaces. The structural elements in the design are flexible enough to allow variations in arrangement, form, and access for all income groups without destroying the thematic base.