The Guru-Nanak medical and research institute in Mumbai is conceptualized as a ground breaking project that encapsulates three major core brief issues:
1) a 500 bed super-specialty 'state of the art' medical center.
2) an under-graduate /post-graduate teaching facility and auditorium
3) 250 room wellness spa and hotel for medical tourism.
4) Convention center /conference facility.
Even though the site is close to 5 acres the housing of the above facilities in separate blocks would necessarily create enormous visual congestion. The solution adopted by us recognizes the individual entities and the definition that is imperative and this gave rise to the creation of four low-rise sculpted blocks that have separate identities and access and yet are harmoniously integrated whilst maintaining adequate green space and whilst respecting issues of natural light, ventilation etc.
The major mass that comprises almost 750 rooms has been elevated over the roof gardens formed by the lower built masses and conceptualized as two linear prisms spanning over the lower blocks and visually integrating the entire composition.
The huge advantage in this solution apart from the one enumerated above is at this height every one of the rooms enjoys stunning views of the sea and the creek.
The concept also allows a huge amount of flexibility as to the future break-up/ profile of the hospital/ hotel rooms.
With its proximity to the airport and its location at BKC this medical center will redefine the face of teaching hospitals in the country.