THE URBAN PARK. To induce the freedom between neutral spatial possibilities - where the PAST appears and disappears as fragments in a dream; the beauty of the ruin; this landscape / architectural apparatus dissolves, dematerializes and proposes new foci. To enhance the landscape (NATURE) within which the interventions, negotiations and interactions of MAN reveal the essential yearnings for activity, gathering, solitude and nature.The Central Jail had an existing configuration inspired by the panoptican prison design - a concept of punishment as a means of social reform through discipline and isolation.
POSITIONS The Freedom Park site is:
A. Peripheral to the old city & new cantonment.
B. Lies on the main North South Axis from the Old Fort to the Palace.
The urban landscape along the old axial street is one wherein the old fragment/ruin is a marker in the new built landscape. The markers enable a reconstruction by memory of the underlying order of the city. Clearly the strategy must be for revitalization of the area through instructive recreation . The broad city strategy is to strengthen points along the axis - which can become a point of reference / cognition for historic Bangalore and represents shift from power invested in monarchy to democracy.
ADAPTIVE RE-USE The existing buildings - the barracks, the quarantine dormitory, the gallows etc. are seen as resources for adaptive re-use. The primary elements of each of these are seen as the walls with fenestrations, the plinth, the roof truss and the roof.
TRANSFORMATION. The process of transformation of the hospital walls comprises making inserts and placing them in a new context of use (exhibition, ice cream / snack outlet, coffee bar, a theater, book browsing etc.) and spatial experience by enabling a quality of lightness of the roof (by the seemingly floating roof). A strong skyline that takes and reflects light differently due to the indents of the surface. It faces the people's court that makes it a prominent destination and in close proximity from the Ramachandra Road access. The parallel walls that become the exhibition gallery follow a similar pattern of architectural transformation. The Tower however we wish to remove the outermost layer that has been added to it a few years ago and retain the original inner core in its original state.