Shma: Extreme weather condition can lead to many mental, physical, and ecological restraints. Situated in Pune, India, the locale for Lupin Research Park is well-known for its drastically dry season to heavy monsoon causing the land to be semi-arid. It is a barren area of landscape where little rain occurs in one season and overly compensated in another, this large variation in precipitation consequently lead to hostile living condition for plants and animal life. Yet, sometimes the biggest strength can be found in how you understand and confront your greatest weaknesses. Our design concept for the solution therefore derived from the challenge itself where we tackled on the question of how can we design a sustaining landscape in extreme weather condition.
Based on understanding of both local farmer’s wisdom and natural forest ecological formation in the valley, a sustainable landscape concept is proposed by 2 landscape strategies; Stepping Terrain and Rain Corridor, to which they are employed throughout 5 landscape areas.
▼总平面图 Master Plan
卢平露台 Lupin Terrace
A big open space of green lawn is created in front of the establishment where grand meeting room is located which is a provision for mass gathering and major events of Lupin. Traditional space between the grand meeting room and the lawn included reflective pond, flowering meadow, and amphitheater terrace, which together form a nice cooling space that sometimes will be used for a training session. Surrounded with Jacaranda trees, the soft violet flowers produced in large panicles play a pleasant contrast in color to the luscious greenery. Lupin Terrace provides a subtle transition from the building to the site entrance, where the amphitheater terrace is proposed to gradually reduce in height level yet form a functional space. The lawn is terminated with series of uniquely designed staggering retaining wall that also function as front feature walls when being seen from the public roadway next to the lawn, and space between buildings. Once the sun sets, the lighting design illuminates the wall and provide public safety to the surrounding space as well as denoting the place where both inside and outside can experience a wholesome combination of form and function.
阶梯台地 Step Mountain
为了应对从道路到一楼建筑入口的高差和周围土壤的滑动，引入了地面台阶进行处理。人行入口的主要通道从大台阶的一侧开始慢慢向上倾斜，穿过台阶，形成一个山体。这个大的入口有着多种功能，它能够减少地表径流和土壤侵蚀，也能让人们在台阶上休息。秉承对残疾人友好的原则，坡道也是1 : 12的残疾人通道。部分台阶种有当地的树木和灌木，以软化硬质景观。通过种植当地银橡树的单一树种，可以在保证该地区亚热带森林条件不受侵害的同时，创造出良好整洁的视觉效果。
To negotiate drastic level changes from road level to 1st floor building entrance and sliding of the soil, ground step is being introduced. Main pathway from the pedestrian entrance starts from one side of the grand step, slowly ramped up cutting across the step to form a mountain shape. This acts as multiple functions for a grand entrance, reduce runoff and soil erosion, and for people to lounge on the steps. The ramp is also act as 1:12 handicap access that is designed to be friendly to people with disability. Local tree groves and contrasting shrubs grow through part of the steps to soften the hardscape elements. By planting a mono-specie terrace of local Silver Oak will give off a nice, clean visual while staying true to the sub-tropical forest condition of the area.
雨水花园走廊 Rain Garden Corridor
Along the site boundary, dense layers of trees varied in sizes and species are created to compose a forest-like backdrop and harness the most dense bio-diversity in the entire campus which can also contain large amount of water. A path meandering through the forest allows a quiet strolling amidst natural setting. This luscious and serene view can also be seen from the inside of the building. Series of timber cabanas along the path provide private gathering spaces among colleagues. In order to sustain the dense greenery with less watering, the entire area is made lower to receive the run-off rainwater from the whole site including the roof drainage from the building. In order to use our weakness and convert it to our strength, PVC-based perforated tanks are constructed along the path to collect the water during monsoon season, and slowly release the excess water to adjacent dried-up soil underground through osmosis reaction during dry season. This becomes a rain garden that is naturally dampen all year round as a result from a sustainable concept in water management. This flood mitigation system should allow for unusually high precipitation to happen.
农场平台 Farm Terrace
Adjacent to the canteen spaces at the back of the building, the landscape design of the area is crafted to reflect the agricultural pattern. Edible plants are placed with long lunch communal tables topped with trees to invite people to gather and share quality time amidst lush surrounding. This emphasizes the connotation of blurring the line between inside and outside space and how they can become one while foster an interaction between employees to their nature and workplace.
森林庭院 Forest Court
Surrounded by building on 3 sides, the courtyard is well protected from the harsh sunlight and wind making it an ideal sitting area all day long. Pockets of sitting area are distributed amongst group of trees surrounded by large expanse of reflective pond. Interactive fountains are operated during the day to further enhance the microclimate. This is an arrival viewpoint therefore water features are placed as a welcoming element to provide soothing ambience. At the same time, the controllable interactive water jets allow flexibility to the usage according to the mood, time of day, functions, and situations. Its adjustability provide variety and change of pace in the everyday life of researchers at Lupin.
屋顶花园 Roof Garden
Without restraining the green space to limit at ground level, roof garden on the second floor is proposed. The Farm Terrace can be seen from this elevated greenery which underlines the flow and connectivity of different spaces and their usage. During the day, employees may not wish to step down to get access to the landscape therefore the roof garden is a solution for them to take a quick step out for a break, a quick chat, or a quick team meeting.
In the design process, it is crucial to thoroughly understand and empathize with those that are the direct users, in this case the researchers. After spending straining long hours in enclosed labs, the use of open space and landscape design can improve the standard of living for the employees, be ecologically friendly and allow them to possess good mental and physical well-being.
摄影: Wison Tungthunya
Location: Pune, India
Project Type: Pharmaceutical Corporation
Photography: Wison Tungthunya
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