Ar. Swapna Hankare
Ar. Mahesh Nilakh, Ar. Swapna Hankare, Ar. Shekoba Sanap, Ar. Mahesh Khanolkar, Ar. Rupa Sheth, Ar. Rajan Kulkarni
The brief demanded a maritime university with other ancillary functions including laboratories, workshops, training spaces and a hostel for the students along with a museum which showcases the journey of the maritime field in all its glory. The biggest challenge for this project on a personal level was to deal with these two completely contrasting functions, one being a private, strict, disciplined system while the other being open to all the people who wish to visit it thus making it a very public endeavor. It was important to ensure that these functions get their due privacy and at the same time are not restricted by each other's presence.
The uni-exhibition is an attempt to transform the university and its day-to-day functioning into an exhibit that allows the public, that is coming in to visit the museum, to visually interact with it without disturbing it.
The museum in such a context has two prominent advantages, the first being its close proximity to the sea without which the field of maritime could not exist and second being a part of the university that ensures the continuity of the field. Together, these two made the past, present and future of maritime and thus, it became essential to exhibit them as well before introducing people to the museum.
The context consists of petroleum plants and industrial facilities making the site fairly isolated from public contact, the main road being over 3km away from it. The introduction of the Trans-Harbor link, construction of which is currently underway, would connect Sewri to Navi Mumbai via a sea bridge which would bring in a lot of influx into Sewri. Consequently, the future prospect of Sewri is bright and thus, it was important to deal with built typology sensitively as it would set an example for the future development in the region.
Maritime Institute/ Veterinary Institute 5