Sanjay Puri Architects complete the TDI Gateway in Delhi, India
When the design of this gateway for an 1100 acre township project was initially shown to the clients, they baulked at the idea of a modern gateway. They kept insisting that the design should be conventional, derived from the traditional 2 or 4 pillars supporting a pediment that has been used in every conceivable manner from projects as small as private bungalows to larger residential projects all over Delhi.Our persistence however, finally proved fruitful subsequent to 3-dimensional images & tremendous convincing to create a unique identity for the project and the design was accepted.
A single sweeping curve emanating from the ground level on one side flies out suspended freely at the opposite side in exposed concrete to create this gateway. It is 25m wide and spans an opening of 20m with three stainless steel clad M.S. columns rising to a total height of 21.5m from which suspension cables tie the free end.
Sixty tonnes of steel went into the creation of this gateway that becomes an emphatic entrance to an 1100 acre township called TDI City situated at Kundli towards the north of Delhi.
The asymmetrical design creates a sculptural form that offers different views from each angle of approach. Curvilinear granite clad walls in plan create space for the signage of the township while housing the security rooms within.
The sectional curve of the concrete roof creates an interesting juxtaposition of form with the plan curves of the signage walls.
Long slit punctuate the roof reducing the weight of the concrete and creating and interesting play of light below. In the night these slit openings are lit with blue xenon strips creating a different look
Credit: Sanjay Puri and Deepan Gohil.