Juhu-Vile Parle, Mumbai
The demand for Hospital beds in India is expected to be around 2.8 million by 2014 to match the global average of 3 beds per 1000 population from the present 0.7 beds. India needs 100,000 beds each year for the next 20 years. With such a lucrative business in the fray, multiple players across the globe want to chance their luck in this business. One of such corporate player (Client) purchased a land admeasuring 13.78 Acres in the heart of Mumbai Suburbs. Bearing this in mind, the client decided to set in motion a 150-bedded hospital on the land as annexed, with an expansion in the similar capacity.
The selection of site was done purely to challenge the students to the present day urban context and its close proximity to the other multi-specialty hospitals as competition. The students were to analyze the site condition and derive appropriate solution to any owes present in and around site. A freehand was given for redirecting roads/streets in order to decongest the neighbourhood and especially to adhere to best practice hospital standards.
The project was given as part of the academic studies in my Fourth Year of Bachelor of Architecture Studies. The design was preceded by several weeks of similar city hospital case-studies, site-analysis and understanding the norms for and standards for hospital design.
The institute was designed to be establish an impact in the character of the locality. Stand out form and colours on the exterior were deliberately chosen to make sure the building came to define the identity of the locality. The built mass sought to emphasize more on the horizontal volume, than vertical to keep a well-grounded feeling for the inhabitants and also to avoid breaking the character of the built mass in the locality. The interiors were designed to be playful by using colours. In terms of planning the space was distinctly divided into 3 separate zones for patients, their relatives and the hospital staff, with each zone being designed carefully. For construction the building was broken-up into zones, which would be self-sufficient in all aspects. This safe-guarded the hospital from setbacks and would also make the facility more reliable in times of calamity – a time when hospitals are necessary.
I used Autodesk Revit for designing the building. SketchUp was used for graphic visualization and the final presentation sheets were prepared on Adobe Photoshop.