THE AIRPORT RUNWAYS HAVE BEEN LAID BY DEPOSITING MULTI LAYERS OF TARMAC AND CONCRETE OVER THE YEARS. THIS HAS LEAD TO COMPLETE DEGRADATION OF THE QUALITY OF THE SOIL RIGHT UNDERNEATH IT. ALSO DIGGING UP THESE LAYERS OF TARMAC WOULD PROVE UN¬SUSTAINABLE AND ECONOMICALLY NOT VIABLE THE SOLUTION HAS BEEN FOUND THROUGH BUILDING RIGHT ON TOP OF THE RUNWAY, MAKING PUNCTURES IN THE TARMAC FOR FOUNDATION PIERS.
How it helps the city:
HENCE THE LAND THAT HAS BEEN RE-CLAIMED AS AN URBAN PARK WILL NOT BE COVERED BY BUILDINGS ( BY DECIDING TO BUILD JUST ALONG THE RUNWAY).WITH THE METRO RUNNING ALONG THE RUNWAY, THREE LEVELS OF MOVEMENT WOULD BE ACHIEVED, THE GROUND LEVEL FOR LIGHT VEHICULAR MOVEMENT AND PARKING NEEDS, THE PEDESTRIAN LEVEL FOR AN ENJOYABLE WALKING/CYCLING EXPERIENCE AND THE METRO LEVEL WHICH WOULD BE THE CITY'S INTEGRATED PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM.
THE NORTH-SOUTH ORIENTATION OF THE RUNWAY ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF A LINEAR CITY, SINCE IT’S AN IDEAL ORIENTATION AND BY REDUCING THE WIDTH OF A FLOOR PLATE,ALL THE BUILDINGS CAN BE NATURALLY VENTILLATED THROUGH NORTH-SOUTH GLAZED FACADES.
Dynamic Built Fabric:
BY FURTHER DIVIDING THE 60 METRE RUNWAY INTO MODULES , A NETWORK OF OPEN SPACES HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN ADDITION TO AN INTERESTING DEPTH IN THE SKYLINE. THE DEVELOPMENT WHEN VIEWED FROM THE MAIN COMMERCIAL SP ROAD WOULD BE DYNAMIC IN NATURE.
MOREOVER THIS DEVELOPMENT WORKS ON THE BASICS OF A PLUG-IN CITY SINCE THE LINEAR DE¬VELOPMENT IS VERY WELL CONNECTED AND IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A PARK, AN MAJOR EVENT TO BE HOSTED, LIKE SPORTING RELATED ACTIVITIES OR HUGE SCALE PERFOR-MANCES CAN BE EASILY INTEGRATED INTO THE PARK THROUGH LIGHT TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION
THE IDEA BEHIND THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF THE URBAN DESIGN WAS TO PROVIDE USERS WITH A LIFESTYLE DEVOID OF VEHICULAR CONGESTION AND WHERE WORK TO HOME TRANSIT IS THROUGH AN INTEGRATED METRO SYSTEM OR WALKING, AND AN EXTENDED URBAN FOREST THAT SUR-ROUNDS THE SITE.
INTEGRATING MIXED LANDUSE INTO THE DEVELOPMENT WILL MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WALKABLE.
Various conceptual sections have been worked out to allow for light in the ground level and Parking.Also an interplay of green and built fabric has been achieved through these iterations in various places.The building widths also vary according to the use of the building such that natural ventilation is possible in each of the building.
The 3 km runway that exists on site has been the result of years of concrete layering which has rendered the land directly underneath it non-fertile and hence this led to exploring the idea of a transit oriented linear city just along the runway, leaving the rest free for an urban park, the much needed green park. The metro that has been proposed along the main road has been tweaked to run through the site at a height of +10 mtrs.Hence the entire transit is divided into 3 levels:
Ground level which comprises of the driveway and parking
Pedestrian level which allows for cycling and hence a car free community
Metro level along which a high speed Public metro line runs making the whole community less car-dependent.
The Existing site was originally a marsh land at the edge of the city, rich in bio-diversity before it was leveled and filled up to make the airport for the city of Hyderabad. So before conceptualization of the design, the main intent was to allow for a urban park in the center of the city, a lush 360 acre green urban park, a space for the people of the city.
The Runway which is 3000 metres in length and 60 metres in width is the result of years of concrete and tarmac layering, hence the land underneath the runway is non-arable and not fertile .
Hence the idea is to utilize this longitudnal strip for built intervention leaving the rest as an urban park with a large space for urban agriculture.
The proposal arranges the urban space and built form in such a way that they negotiate a functional, SPATIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL BALANCE WITH THE CITY AND NATURE .Also the mixed use nature of the buildings keeps multi-functionality alive hence resulting in an active space.
The City of Hyderabad lacks a Green Urban Park of a considerable area. Also the key functions of the city are spaced very far away from each other leading to major traffic congestion and urban sprawl. The intention was to hold these together through the proposed metro line and help create a prototype for a sustainable development.