BDP win first Indian commission with retail masterplan
BDP has won its first architectural commission in India, following the decision to establish a studio there in early 2010.
The scheme is a 154,000 sq m retail-led mixed-use development in Mumbai, for leading Indian developer Khubchandani. It covers a major city block in Mumbai adjacent to an affluent, celebrity-ridden residential area and home to the Indian film industry.
The development will be split into three parcels of land each with a different use. BDP’s vision is for an urban oasis, which will be a highly sustainable mixed-use development with carefully integrated elements. Taking inspiration from the natural geology of the area, strong building forms will be interspersed with water and greenery adding a habitable diversity. The aim will be to achieve a LEED (BREEAM international equivalent) platinum rating.
The plans outline new civic spaces and lively piazzas with a major high-end mall central to the scheme. Boutiques and restaurants will be accompanied by a feature viewing platform. A second main mall will comprise high street shopping and department stores. The two will connect via a tree lined boulevard, which acts as the main pedestrian route lined with cafes and food outlets. Office space will be provided to the east of the development over the main mall, with the northern block housing a hotel, banqueting, residential and leisure uses.
BDP director Adrian Price says: "This is an exciting opportunity for BDP to create a stunning landmark development for India’s largest city. Working with the wider city we will create a green oasis in Mumbai and establish a wonderful place to be for both the local population and visitors. Our sustainable and integrated approach will ensure the creation of a successful and memorable destination."
The scheme is ambitiously scheduled for completion in 2013.