Ar. Swapna Hankare
Ar. Mahesh Nilakh, Ar. Swapna Hankare, Ar. Shekoba Sanap, Ar. Mahesh Khanolkar, Ar. Rupa Sheth, Ar. Rajan Kulkarni
The project was to design a veterinary institute and hospital in the commercial suburb of Lower Parel in Mumbai. Nestled in the middle of the cosmopolitan, the main aim of the concept was to simulate a spatial relationship between humans and animals and establish a holistic environment of interaction and co-existence for both.
After studying animal psychology extensively, the design incorporates various design interventions, aiding the same. Terracotta fins; and open and well-ventilated corridors are inspired by the vernacular built of old structures in Mumbai. The form is organic and curvilinear and aids in seamlessly connecting all the structures on the site thereby, fostering a link between its varied users.
The external-internal connection has been devised diligently in several ways where humans and animals have a connection in some way, at all points. The green pockets blend in with the built and ultimately render a free-flowing openness amidst the two curved arms of the structure.
Maritime Institute/ Veterinary Institute 2