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UTSAV (ongoing)


Client: Utsav Unit

Year: 2017-present

Location: Auroville, Tamil Nadu

Built Up Area: 1000 m²

Site Area:  1640 m²

Type: Mixed Use

Team: Mona Doctor-Pingel, Nancy Agarwal, Ralph Sequeira, Madhivanan Gnanavel, Abishek P, Renuka Gupta, Shaan Lyngdoh Lakshmanan, Mathura Maathangi, Narmadha, Ganesh, Mihir R. Desai.

Structure: NPC Builders, Puducherry

Contractor: Baskar - Nala Builders

UTSAV : An Urban Intervention – It is located on a prime spot on one of the main radials in the industrial zone of Auroville. It is a multi-use project which is planned to cater to start-ups, offices, cafes, commercial units, retail and residential spaces. Being in close proximity to Verite, Afsanah Guest House, Udyogam, Mereville Trust, Mantra Pottery, Auromics, Svaram Musical Instruments, Yantra and Celebration communities, it allows for a variety of new activities and brings life to the area during day and night. The key idea is to be affordable, accessible and allow for climatic comfort.

This pathbreaking project challenges stereotypical idea of working/living in an industrial area with raw concrete structures of rigid shapes and forms and no vegetation around. The aim is to provide people with spaces to meet informally, creating an attractive public space. It celebrates the union of commercial space and residence units working together, with all provisions of services and amenities such as covered parking space, a large internal courtyard, well-ventilated common toilets, drinking water points, waste water treatment plant, provision for solar PV and air-conditioning, etc all well thought out and integrated into the planning. UTSAV is designed in a modular manner allowing for flexibility to reduce or increase the space according to the requirements of the client.  The current plan has commercial unit and cafes in the ground floor and office spaces in the first floor. Residences are spread across ground and first floor and second floor entirely. It is currently under construction since September 2020 and is open for booking to all residents of Auroville.


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