New direction for Worli

Amol Prabhu
Sunday 05 Dec 2010

First indoor stadium designed in Worli progresses well onsite

The new Sardar Vallabhai Patel Indoor Stadium across from the Haji Ali Mosque in Worli has been designed as a fresh architectural focus point for Mumbai. Shashi Prabhu & Associates are the architects and interior designers for this 10,000 capacity indoor stadium.

The stadium complex is composed of 3 structures - a large indoor stadium with a 90m diameter arena together with 4 surrounding ancillary halls which support the function of the arena. A much smaller adjacent 'Sports Annex Building' houses 3 badminton courts, 4 squash courts, table tennis tables and a large multi-purpose hall in addition to the Sports Administration Building.

The two buildings are connected together with a basement encompassing over 12 acres of land which can park almost 900 cars at any given time. 3 large chillers and a 5 MW power substation, housed in a separate structure, are the heart of this complex. Chilled water pipelines from this Service Building provide air-conditioning and power to the entire complex.

The facade of this structure is clad in low-e double glazed glass units and aluminium composite panels. At the roof level are 4 large 'double curved' glass petals which house over 600 pieces of glass units that are individually measured and precision cut to size. The roof is made up of 'Kalzip' aluminium composite roofing system and is acoustically treated with 6 layered system which has glass insulation, cement insulation board (e-board) perforated aluminium sheet and standing seam aluminium roofing sheets.

After having designed over 60 stadia in India, the architect's challenge was not the size of the structure but the sheer location and the impact this complex would make on the city's skyline. With over 900 cars entering/exiting at a given time, the entry and exits to the basements had to be strategically located which would distribute the traffic and load on city roads.

Shashi Prabhu & Associates are currently designing the Interiors of this mega complex, which is expected to be turned over to its members in phased manner starting early next year.

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