A sustainable and friendly home for animals at Pune, designed by Studio Osmosis

ResQ Home at Pune - Studio Osmosis

ResQ Home at Pune - Studio OsmosisFor the space that was going to be a home for sick and injured animals, Studio Osmosis put their complete trust in using the recycled and reusable material.  ResQ, an NGO at Pune who is involed in rescuing and providing shelter to sick and injured animals desired the space to be low cost and animal friendly.

The team at Studio Osmosis worked together with Neha Panchamiya on the ResQ Volunteer home as their philosophies and visions aligned, resulting into  a space that is sustainable, ecological and environment friendly, thus reducing the carbon footprint.

The halfway home was planned around an existing tree reinforcing the courtyard concept with c-shaped physical form around creating cooling verandas to make optimum use of the natural light and wind as well as water harvesting. A connected walkway around the courtyard screens the rooms from the elements. Local and eco-friendly materials were used and also built with reused, or recycled or scrap materials from the construction industry. Exposed brick walls, IPS flooring, old antique and recycled wooden furniture, and doors, eclectic lighting imparts a casual and earthy ambience to the place making best use of local labour and techniques and is animal friendly.


A sustainable and friendly home for animals at Pune, designed by Studio Osmosis 4
Sunpath Studies
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Gazebo in the garden, the Homeopathy Clinic at Satara, Maharashtra, by Studio Prakriya

Homeopathy Clinic - Studio Prakriya

Homeopathy Clinic - Studio PrakriyaHomoeopathy therapy begins with detailed counseling with the patient. The doctor tries to deeply understand, listen and study the patient’s history. This examination includes questions regarding physical mental and emotional state of mind, live circumstances and any physical or emotional issues the patient it going through. From this session the homeopath analyses the body type lifestyle and chronological episodes of the patient’s life. This initial discussion can sometimes be long and very tiring for the patient.

A tranquil clinical environment would definitely aid to relax the patient…’ this served as the design brief from the Doctor, also the client.

This clue directed the thought process towards designing an informal, serene space for counseling. A Gazebo in a Garden was the initial design inspiration. The site challenge was developing it with variable focal points, multiple users, creating an identity within the surroundings and integration of interior spaces with the landscape. The client’s requirement along with the opportunities onsite permitted for establishing an architectural framework for the design development.

The site context allowed having a foreground for the building that allowed for maintaining the views and control from the existing adjacent house. The structure was intentionally planed to be tucked half inside the ground to reduce the overall scale of the built form and integrate it with the landscape.  The foreground allows the patients to engage in a small transition walkway walled by dense shrubs before entering the clinic. Elements like the water cascade, the steps around it, the mound, the bench and the rose garden are designed as focal points and revealed to the patients at different points of transition and long waiting hours.

The foreground allows the form of the building to be appreciated at a human eye level. The pavilion has a steel main structure and waterless construction; dry brickwork infill walls are used to form an inverted umbrella u

Homeopathy Clinic - Studio Prakriya

sed for rainwater harvesting. This also allowed the building to establish an identity within its disorganized surrounding. The structural system was used to allow fast construction and future reuse of building materials. The volumes derived due to the inverted roof with its central wall support address different functions. The semi open space with the waiting area is a taller & a narrow volume. This is accompanied with the three-part window to scale down the space. The internal ambience of the clinic is planned to tone down the glare from outside. A suitable material palette, visual harmony and a visual connection with the outside Garden is established. The envelope is divided into three parts. The upper portion with a transparent glass served the dual purpose of filtering the light as seen in churches and allowed to give the roof a floating feel. The middle part has a window for ventilation and visual connection.

This project is an attempt where architecture could be a platform to heal the patient.

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Project Facts

  • Project Name – Gazebo in the Garden : The Homeopathy Clinic
  • Architect or Architecture Firm – Studio Prakriya
  • Contact Email – prakriyadesignstudio@gmail.com
  • Completion Year – 2018
  • Built Area (m2 or sqft). – 450 Sq.Ft
  • Project Location – Satara, Maharashtra, India
  • Photographer – Nachiket Gujar


  • Lead Architect – Pratik Devi,
  • Team – Pratik Devi, Haripriya Dalal,
  • Clients – Mr and Mrs. Vakharia.
  • Consultants –
    • Structure – Mr.Vijay Devi and team.
    • Contractor – Mr. Rahul Vakharia And team.

Yashoda Hospital at Ghaziabad, by Studio An-V-Thot

Yashoda Hospital-Studio An--V-Thot

Yashoda Hospital-Studio An--V-Thot

The 310 bedded hospital has seen a journey of 25 years. The managements decision to get this upgraded into a modern infrastructure was the need of the hour. The problem with the whole hospital was the Infrastructure and ambience. The Facade of the whole building doesn’t used to look like a 310 bedded Hospital as the building sits on a L shaped Plot. Frontage was very narrow & to create an illusion of space, we came up with idea of a Floating Face in front of the building which will give a grander look to the Hospital. The floating facade then was created covering the expanse of driveways on both the sides by using Aluminium louvres & HPL projections at different intervals. This increased the front 3 times of the existing one.

Yashoda Hospital-Studio An--V-ThotOur core effort in this project was to balance the clinical demands of the healthcare institution and human architecture by evolving a concept which communicates a fresh vocabulary towards developing the image of the hospitals as a stereotypical conventional building that houses sick patients; to a space delivering an integrated arena combining health care with comfort, positive ambience and liveliness.

The existing shape of the patients room was a challenge to start with. Its Y-shaped enclosures & ill-illuminated corridors were making the hospital look dark & dingy. The first approach towards the whole project was to bring in harmony in terms of material selection in repetition. The soothing shades of beige, whites & greys were chosen & a pinch of lime green was added to brighten up the whole space. The corridors have been kept in the shades of beiges & whites so as to create a subtle environment around the movement space. The Nurse Station has also been kept simpler & minimalistic with straight lines & materials used such as Corian is to enhance the neatness of the whole area. Paediatric ICU however, has a spectrum of bright and welcoming colours, which is a pleasing sight for the patients, especially children. Unlike other ICUs, this space exhibits a display of colours to make the children admitted here feel comfortable & youthful. The interesting feature of the interior is the graphic design wall that has an interactive character to itself with the display of comic characters with playful dialogues.

The PICU is the 2nd largest PICU in Delhi-NCR region and boasts of having intricate facilities & assistance to the patients. The design has been kept simple with forms such as geometric figures, digits & character. Kids area where the patient will spend most of their time is full of colours & the area where their parents & doctors/technicians will interact is kept subtle with little use of colours to give continuity yet differentiating it with a slight moderation in designing. The interiors have been done keeping children in mind, for them to feel familiar to & cheerful.

Project Facts:

Location Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad
Project Area 1,25,000 Sq ft.
Status Completed

Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital at Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh by Creative Designer Architects

Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital at Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh by Creative Designer Architects

Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital at Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh by Creative Designer Architects

The emergence of mall culture in India and the buoyant growth trend of the real estate market led to the construction of a plethora of shopping malls. Yashoda hospital which started operation in a small segment of Shopprix mall in Kaushambi gradually expanded  to the entire floor area of the mall thereby putting the building to an altogether better use. A rather challenging brown field project in terms of the transmutation of a 1.8 Lakh Sq. Feet  of retail space into responsive healthcare environment was intriguing. The mixed-use nature of the existing facility with a 20-storey housing above further challenged the augmentation of services which are generally relieved upwards.

Nevertheless, the expansive mall atriums served as excellent lobby spaces with fantastic visual connects across most departments. The two available entrances were tactfully re-organised for the  visitors and emergency. The massive floor plate allowed the entire out-patient department, radiology,  emergency and the day care facilities to set-in making the patient and visitor navigation much easier. Every department of the ground floor transits into another through a multi-height space,  further enhancing the patient experience. Moving up, there are designated elevator cores  separate for hospital staff, visitor’s and the service staff to augment explicit vertical movement.

The statement entrance lobby with a coffee shop is made to elevate the  patient experience and dilate the notion of healthcare facilities as serious realms. The interior palette is pre-dominantly in white, which is associated with tranquillity and calmness. The browns are also evident at a number of places, complimenting the whites and adding warmth. The triple-height emergency atrium  boasts a circular skylight to enhance the indoor light and air quality. The existing mall elevator is made adaptive to the visitors heading towards the preventive Health Check-up on the first floor.

With all the substantial rebuild happening on the inside, The exterior too, had to be revamped in such a way that the existing conventional mall  [glass-ACP]  exterior breathes into something which is more sensitizing and healing. The exterior palette is a homogenous composition of white and beige making the understated exterior look elegant and inviting. The large cantilevered emergency canopy adds grandeur to the building. The transition is evident and socially befitting.

This revamp also tries to highlight the stellar environmental and financial upsides of brown-field projects in terms of substantially minimizing the embodied energy that goes into the development of the infrastructure and also reducing the turn-around time compared to that of a green field construction. A significant epitome of adaptive-reuse in attempt to strike an equilibrium between the ever growing requirement for infrastructure and the dire need to prevent depletion of natural resources and combat global warming.

Project Facts
Project name: Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital, Kaushambi
Project location: Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh
Architect’ Firm: Creative Designer Architects [CDA]
Website: www.creativedesignerarch.com
Architects: Mohanbir Singh, Maninder Kaur, Ravideep Singh
Project Engineers: Gurpreet Singh, Anurag Shukla
Interior Design Team: Sanju Nim, Gaurav Khanna, Usman Ali
Completion Year: 2017
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 180,000 Sq. feet
Photo credits: Suryan // Dang


PSRI Multi-specialty hospital at New Delhi by Creative Designer Architects

PSRI Multi-specialty hospital at New Delhi by Creative Designer Architects

PSRI Multi-specialty hospital at New Delhi by Creative Designer Architects

With the human population ballooning incessantly and its detrimental lifestyles, the need for supplemental healthcare infrastructure has been on rise lately. PSRI hospital, A decade old facility housed in the suburbs of New Delhi felt its need to expand on a 1.5 acre parcel of land, abutting the existing facility. The new wing was envisaged as an multi-specialty expansion of the existing with discrete entries, out-patient, day care and in-patient facilities and jointly usable specialised departments such as biliary sciences,  dialysis etc. Due to the unprecedented expansion, The two isolated blocks were supposed to be as unified as possible making the functioning of departments efficient and the circulation of patients and staff easier.

PSRI Multi-specialty hospital at New Delhi by Creative Designer Architects

The new addition is a holistic advancement of existing facility with a more dynamic & patient friendly approach. The magnificent entrance portico rested between the two blocks demands prominence and attention. The re-planned vehicular circulation allows for the visitor to drop-off at the entrance of both the blocks before parking their cars into the basement. The new expansion being a tight-fitting block with no major visual connect with respect to the scale of the building, The exterior’s were meant to be an understated yet modern prototype of the existing block’s design. The restricted design approach creates a contemporary rendering of the existing block, manifesting evolution. The exterior palette is mainly in whites which is colour of tranquillity, complimented by beige highlights.  The underplay of the exterior is broken by  more pedestrianised elements such the protruding out coffee shop in the front and the multi-height green wall overlooking a number of departments.

The ground floor which houses the OPD’s along with endoscopy and some day care facilities unfolds with an inviting double height entrance lobby accentuating the experience for the visitor’s entering the facility. The foyer leads to the two lift cores placed on either side of the block, discrete for the visitor and the hospital staff to augment controlled circulation. The OPD’s sit in the South-Eastern corner receiving natural light and a direct visual connect to the multi-height green wall outside, which was created to compensate for the paucity of horizontal green in the site. The careful placement of departments prioritize  a patient friendly approach and virtual unification with the departments in the existing block.

In order to seamlessly integrate the two blocks, An iconic bridge connection overlooking the towering green wall is made on the first floor, further accentuating the transition from  old to the new block. Moving up, Departments such as dialysis, Preventive health etc are housed on the first floor followed by Intensive care Units on the second  and OT’s on the third floor. The In-patient floors are on the top, sandwiched by a service floor in between the OT and IPD floor, making the augmentation of services much easier such as housing the AHU’s of the OT’s  and the dispersion of the plumbing and medical shafts of the IPD floors. This expansion is a fairly significant model of how existing healthcare facilities can grow with the increase in the demand for beds and facilities. The functional unification of the new block through basement tunnels and over heads bridge connections testify the approach towards unified growth of existing healthcare facilities.


Project Facts:
Project name: PSRI Multi-specialty hospital
Architect’ Firm: Creative Designer Architects [CDA]
Architects: Mohanbir Singh, Maninder Kaur, Ravideep Singh, C. Kumar
Project Engineers: Gurpreet Singh, Anurag Shukla
Interior Design Team: Sanju Nim, Gaurav Khanna, Usman Ali
Architect’s Website: www.creativedesignerarch.com
Project location: Saket, New Delhi
Completion Year: 2017
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 2,00,000 Sq. feet
Photo credits: Suryan // Dang
Other participants
MEP Design- Acrobat Engineers Pvt Ltd.
HVAC Design- New Growth Associates
Structure Design- NNC Design International

Tigi Tigi: A safe home for cats and dogs, at Dhamini by SHROFFLEóN

Tigi Tigi at Dhamini by Shroffleon with Kayzad Shroff

Tigi Tigi at Dhamini by Shroffleon with Kayzad Shroff


 Project Description:

The client for the project was Tigi foundation, a non-profit organization started by Imran Khan and Aamir Khan, that stands for “Trust In the Goodness Inside” and provides free gentle care for cats and dogs and working towards finding safe and better homes for them through volunteer work and foster care programs. Being a non-profit, funds are not only limited but erratic in their flow and moreover constantly changing. The idea was to work on a design that accommodates for and works in a way that is adaptably flexible and accommodative to growth – capable of developing incrementally as and when the funds become available.  Thus it as imperative for the designing principle to be open ended, with there being no fixed program or size. The proposal therefore had to be flexible to allow for multiple extensions over time, while retaining the character of a single integrated proposal.

The project is situated in a small village called Dhamini outside Karjat. The design takes inspiration from the context, the seemingly haphazard arrangement of the village forms resulting in organic residual spaces, and allowing for seamless and potentially endless expansions and alterations. Shadow studies gave clues for the placement of ‘runs’, open to sky areas that are connected to indoor spaces where animals can be contained but roam freely in the outdoors all day. These runs form the soft landscaping. Hard landscaping came about through the introduction of stepped platforms, platforms that respected the natural terrain and served as the element that tied together the scattered forms into a cohesive project.

The form taken on by the proposal was a contemporary adaptation of the vernacular village form with simple rectangular forms, pitched roofs, high ceiling with specifically located ventolators that forced the hot air out through passive cooling. The idea was furthered by continuing the use of the village vernacular aesthetic in construction techniques as well as in its use of vibrant and often discordant colours. Thus each of the structures begins to develop it’s own identity.

Concept Diagrams – Design Development

Shadow Study

TIGI TIGI - at Bimani by ShroffLeon

Currently in its first phase of the development , the design houses 7 individual structures which holds 5 individual kennels, 3 catteries, 2 group and 2 isolation kennels with adjoining open to sky runs for the animals. Two of these structures have an additional level, with the ground level housing the clinic, office and kitchen along with the sit-out spaces and the upper level housing the living areas.

Images of the project under construction:

Project Facts:

Project Name : Tigi  – Tigi
Name of Firm : SHROFFLEóN
Location of Firm : Mumbai, India
Architects : Kayzad Shroff, Maria Isabel Jimenez León
Location : Dhamini
Area : Flexible on a 7 acre site
Project status : Ongoing
Year of commencement : 2015
Project cost : Rs.1700 per sq. ft.
Materials : Random rubble basalt masonry, Painted brick walls, Kota stone floors
Team : Kayzad Shroff, Maria Leon, Smita Agarwal, Kavan Shah, Divya Shetty, Preeti Nautial
Consultants : Structural consultant – Girish Wadhwa ; MEP- Rohit Uchil (Integrated Technical Services) ; Landscape – Gaurish Chandrawarkar ; Specifications and Quantities – Shirish Patki
Photos : Kayzad Shroff

KMYF at Bangalore, by Cadence Architects

KMYF at Bangalore by cadence Architects

KMYF at Bangalore by cadence ArchitectsThe site for the project measured 60’x40’. The requirement was to build a 30-bed dialysis center. The unique feature of the site was that it was adjacent to an ancient South Indian Temple which was revered by the neighborhood for both its architectural presence and religious value. The context in that sense was atypical of a generic urban setting. The design stance was therefore to make a sensitive intervention within the context, taking the building as a muted backdrop to the existing scenario with the temple as the main protagonist.


KMYF at Bangalore, by Cadence Architects 62

KMYF at Bangalore, by Cadence Architects 64With a challenging brief of a sensitive program for a hospital, it is crucial to understand the end-user who comprises of patients that grapple with emotional angst from the minute they step into the building premises. Conventional hospitals emanate a sense of sterility and are often intimidating. Hence, the principle idea was to create a building facade that is soft and dynamic, and feels light materialistically. It visually engages the patient before they step into the building almost distracting them from the function inside.

The wards have been stacked vertically to accommodate the thirty beds to ensure maximum space utilization. The building is detached from the ground to enable congregational and waiting spaces for the people. The ground floor also houses all the administration services. The services of the building are relegated to the rear and the terrace of the building is conceived as the cafeteria. Light is used as a dominant material to design the interior spaces. The softness is achieved through the use and treatment of all materials in a way that they all melt into one cohesive whole based on the detailing.

Given that the façade faces the west, the problem of the harsh sunlight hitting the building has been tackled by designing a blank white wall that would reflect maximum heat. Conventional windows have been replaced with shaded slit openings that are tucked in between undulations in the surface. The building façade is formulated by surfaces built out of brick that have a bellowing quality about them; the sensual quality of the undulations dematerializes the brick surface and renders an ephemeral feel to the building. The building skin is used as a filter to create light that is ethereal, rendering a soothing feel to the wards and the patients using them. The slivers between the bellowing shells allow light to permeate into the building only to create a spatial and visual feel that is as divine as the temple outside.

Owing to a tight site and a range of services to accommodate on the ground floor, a strategy to use syncopated metal pipes that form part of the façade and mask the services. The profile of the pipes in plan also lead a visitor into the building. The bottom half of the building is finished in a way to contrast with the hovering façade.

The façade is finished in white stucco, serving to be the perfect backdrop to the intricately detailed colorful shrine. The idea is to make the peels of the façade seem light and endow a sense of them billowing in the wind, and therefore lightness is a key effect that was intended to be achieved. This also dematerializes the heavy concrete and brick that has been used to construct it. Given that this is for an NGO, cost and maintenance was a concern, we have used locally available materials such as granites and less expensive materials such as kota as well.


Fact File

Typology: Healthcare
Location: Bangalore, India
Principal Architect: Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekhar
Design Team: Thanikaivel Selvaraj, Ashwanth Birla, Gowtham Acharya, Nirali Ashra
Site Area: 2400 sq. ft.
Built-Up Area: 9700 sq. ft.
Completion Date:  August 2016
Photographer: Sergio Ghetti & Cadence


Dental College – Jamia Milia Islamia University – Romi Khosla Design Studio

Dental College - JMI -Romi Khosla Design Studio

Project Facts

Client Name: Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi
Architects: Romi Khosla Design Studios, New Delhi
Chief Architects: Romi Khosla, Martand Khosla
Design Team: Maulik Bansal, Ram Pandarathil Nair, Megha Shah
Area: 11,696  Sqm
Location: JMI University, New Delhi
Photographer: Saurabh Pandey
Date of Construction: 2007 – 2009

Dental College - JMI -Romi Khosla Design Studio

There is something special about teaching hospitals that make them different from other institutions. The Dental College of Jamia had these characteristics. It serves to provide dental care to the people in surrounding areas and is also one of the primary teaching centres of Dentistry in India. So at one end the users are the common public and at the other end the users are the medical students. The College was therefore a place where three users interacted with each other. The common public, the doctors who treated and taught and thirdly the students who learned and practiced. The programme was therefore conceived as a series of capsules which were designed to act as nodes for the three users.

Dental College - JMI -Romi Khosla Design StudioThe site given for the building was a neglected and overgrown part of the campus. It had two levels and both the levels were used to access the building for the public and students. To fulfill the requirements of its varied users the building was to house a substantial reference library, staff facilities, seminar facilities, wards, operation theatres, pathology laboratories, a mortuary as well as X-Ray rooms and a Museum.

These facilities have been arranged in a rectilinear plan form that encloses two large courtyards and has a certain formality to it   It was a design judgement to simplify the formal layout of the building in order to contain the enormous volumes of spaces in a simple form that would be easily readable by all three categories of users. A dental college is a very complex institution in which the users have to keep moving from one part to another. Combine this with the special use requirements of the students, their canteen, the teaching staff, the reference library etc; it was imperative to simplify the plan form of the building to make it readable to the constant stream of new first users who would keep flowing into the building.

Dental College - JMI -Romi Khosla Design Studio

In order to further reduce energy consumption, the treatment clinics have been provided with full 80% north side glazing that allows ample daylight to flood the clinics.  This helps the treatment during power cuts and naturally light spaces ensure a higher level of cleanliness.

The materials used for the structure of the building are reinforced concrete frames, structural steel staircases and corridors, brick walls. Stone is used for cladding wall surfaces, structural glass for the north light window facades, aluminium sheeting for cladding the brisk walls.

Each façade of the building is treated as a canvas for artistic composition. The fenestration has been designed to have twin functions. On the north faces of the building, where the clinics have been located, the structural curtain wall glazing provides enormous daylight for dental treatment. So instead of the dentist twisting and turning angle poise lamps into the patient face and dreading a power cut, the doctor can rely on daylight to illuminate the patient’s condition. On the south side, the glazing has been confined to narrow slits which run horizontally and protect the south of the building in the clinic areas from heat gain. These staggered fenestrations also break the scale and the thin strips of windows help in exaggerating the horizontality of the structure

The building was conceived by the architects Romi Khosla and Martand Khosla to be a contemporary building without references to the historical burden of architecture from which much of the Jamia buildings suffer.  Like their Castro Cafeteria and M.F. Hussain Art Gallery on the Jamia University Campus, the architects have sought to provide the image of Jamia with a modern state of the Art Campus.



Brick walls with ACP & Stone Cladding. Curtain wall glazing on the North façade & Glass brick in filled in steel frame for corridors


Kota stone is the hardest locally available stone. Its slabs have been used for flooring, skirting, dado, risers of steps etc. keeping in view the high expected usability of the building.


Steel & RCC composite structure

Polyclinic for the Destitute, Delhi, by Romi Khosla Design Studio

Polyclinic For the Destitute - Romi Khosla Design Associates

Polyclinic For the Destitute - Romi Khosla Design AssociatesIn the heart of the old city of Delhi, on the edge of the railway line, sandwiched between a masjid and remains of a burnt slum, something extraordinary has emerged, ‘a gleaming modern Polyclinic for the poorest of the poor, the drug addicts and the HIV patients who live on the pavements of Lahori Gate. Designed by architects Romi Khosla and Martand Khosla, this state of the art building has been donated to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi by The Sir Sobha Singh Public Charitable trust.

Polyclinic for the Destitute, Delhi, by Romi Khosla Design Studio 84The Trust got in touch with the architects because of their national and international reputation of building modern buildings for the very poor. Soon after finishing their School for Spastic Children in the heart of Delhi, the architects were approached by the British Government through DFID of to design and deliver low cost schools in the Rangareddy District of Andhra Pradesh. Over 50 classrooms were built in sundry villages demonstrating to the Government of Andhra that it was possible to build schools for 30% less than the norms accepted by the Government. During the project execution, the architects trained Government Engineers and introduced a wide range of low cost technologies that had been pioneered by NGOs around the country.

Polyclinic For the Destitute - Romi Khosla Design AssociatesSubsequently the Planning Commission of Kerala asked them to submit proposals for housing the landless for whom the architects have designed a unique concept of ‘livelihood villages’ for the landless. Currently the search for suitable land is underway… Polyclinic for the poorest The poor in and around Lahori gate area are in very bad health due to drug addiction, physical incapability and social desertion. Some have critical diseases like H.I.V. and T.B. They are homeless because they simply cannot afford shelter. Barely managing to feed themselves, they pull rickshaws or engage in casual daily labour. Some are sex workers and others get by through begging. The Polyclinic will serve these poor people in the neighborhood who cannot afford to get medical treatment and check-ups. The Polyclinic will be a day care referral medical relief centre Project hurdles.

Polyclinic for the Destitute, Delhi, by Romi Khosla Design Studio 87Completing the Polyclinic in this dense and crowded locality was not easy. The Polyclinic site had a dilapidated Chungi building that had provided shelter for the homeless and was a hub of drug related activities. Fully aware of these problems, the architects worked closely with the local community exposing those selves, at times, to the wrath of the drug addicts. The adjacent mosque authorities too were suspicious of the intentions of the project until it was explained to them that the polyclinic was for the very poor who lived in the area.

The location of the polyclinic abuts Railway land and their goodwill too was necessary for the success of the project. Description of the Polyclinic This simple elegant building is four floors high and is equipped with a hospital lift. A large area in the basement provides ample space for a modern pathological laboratory. The ground floor has the reception as well as the Out Patient Department cubicles for the day time doctors and consultants. Built in metal and glass, the new polyclinic stands out like a radiant intervention of contemporary architecture. Located adjacent to an old mosque, the polyclinic provides a fascinating contrast to the ancient buildings of old Delhi. The architects familiar with the slum conditions of that area as well as the dilapidated buildings in the surrounding streets, chose to revitalized this depressed urban fabric by creating a contemporary intervention in its midst which would serve the community. The contemporary architectural language of the building signals the direction for re-vitalizing the area. Their extensive experience of re-vitalizing depressing urban areas has been recognized by the United Nations and they have successfully designed and implemented city scale projects in the Balkans across over 300 cities.

The Polyclinic has four floors each of 200 sq meters where laboratories, reception, consultation rooms, day time wards, doctors and nurse stations are situated. The fully glazed front façade provides a transparent view into the building which invites the poor to enter within. Reception staff will be able to spot hesitant patients and encourage them to come within. Once they have been registered, the patients would proceed to the first floor for the treatment. This treatment area requires more privacy and has thus been shielded from view by colored aluminum louvers provide a visual shield but allow full fresh air ventilation.

A lift designed for carrying stretcher patients has also been installed for emergency treatment. The choice of primary colors that combine the yellow and blue louvered façade and brightly ventilated areas seem radical for this forgotten area of Delhi. Yet these combinations of colors announce the presence of a contemporary treatment centre for the poorest of the poor. Inside the building, the glass partitioned consulting rooms and the bright ventilated waiting spaces, have created a unique treatment environment for the poorest of patients. This is a treatment centre where the infected and addicted will get not only medical attention but also counseling. The entire project has been funded by a public charitable Trust established by the most significant contractor to build the Lutyens capitol complex of Delhi. This is their second donation to the citizens of Delhi specifically for the benefit of the poorest citizens. The first project too was designed by Romi Khosla and Martand Khosla and provided accommodation for poor relatives of the poorest patients who came to care for the patients admitted to the public hospital.

This facility was awarded the world Architecture Award in 2009.


Principal Architect: Romi Khosla, Martand Khosla
Design Team / Team Members:
Rajnish Pant

Photographer: Saurabh Pandey

Seeds of Innocence, New Delhi – Studio An-V-Thot

Studio An-V-Thot - Seeds of Innocence

Fact File:

Project Name: Seeds of Innocence
Location: New Delhi
Completion Date: March 2016 Built-up Area: 10,000 sq. ft
Text and Images: Studio An-V-Thot

Studio An-V-Thot - Seeds of Innocence

“They say that you cannot create something out of nothing. But you can create something that matters more than anything else. Something that brings purpose to life. Something with the ability to feel emotions. Pain as well as happiness, the latter of which I will do my utmost to bring to this person.”

~ Anonymous

“Parent Every time a child is born, the world is renewed in innocence.”

~ Boyd K. Packer

To think as a pregnant woman, was the design brief from Dr. Gauri Aggarwal (Gynecologist & IVF Specialist) when she first met us with the requirements of her dream project; “Seeds of Innocence: An IVF & Surrogacy Centre”. The mood swings, anxiety and increased irritability of a pregnant woman or a childless couple could be forgotten as soon as one enters into the positive & cheerful environment of the clinic, was the main concern while designing. The Fertility Clinic which was inaugurated by Honorable Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Petra De Sutter from University Hospital of Gent, Belgium keeping the ICMR regulations in check.

Studio An-V-Thot - Seeds of Innocence

Standing on one of the prime location of South Delhi, the building has been designed with the intention of leaving an impact on everybody’s mind who-so-ever crosses the road. The upper floors have stark Marsala colored lacquered panels with the reflection of moving sky all day long which creates a magnificent playfulness along with the backlit perforated box in the center clad with ACP sheet making the structure dynamic in appearance. The perforated ACP sheets have been used to create an enclosure around the lacquered box to demarcate & define the critical zones with the other areas. The Mezzanine floor has a complete glazing which divides the building into two, separating the upper floors from the Ground floor.

Studio An-V-Thot - Seeds of Innocence

The Fertility Clinic houses 5 OPD chambers, an ultrasound room, injection room, a counselling area, sample collection room, lavatories, billing section, reception & waiting on the Basement Floor. On the Ground we have 50% of the carpet area with us utilized by the pharmacy & a cafe, remaining half of the portion has been sublet to a spa-salon. With 50% of floor space with us on the Mezzanine the NICU & labor room has been planned on it. The patient rooms are on the First Floor along with the Changing Rooms, Scrub, OT & a Pre-Post Operation Room for 2 beds. The IVF Floor which is the Second Floor has Changing Rooms, Scrub, an IVF OT adjoining the IVF Lab, Andrology Lab, Technician’s Lounge, Cylinder Store, the sensuous Semen Collection Room, a doctor’s room, Waiting area & the Pre-Post Operation Room for 6 beds. The top most floor has open terrace on the rear end of the building with Yoga Room & Account’s Office in the front.

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As one enters the building the embossed floral pattern on wall & ceiling welcomes you to the building. Upon reaching the basement the first thing which attracts the person is the Reception with custom designed table supported by the vintage wrought iron partition on both the sides with the Marsala colored lacquered panel clad on the wall at the backdrop which invokes a sense of impenetrable liveliness. The Waiting at the back has a very interesting setup of couches & undulating fixed seats with geometric shaped center tables in cluster pattern. Marsala has been chosen for the reason of its resemblance to the color of blood, new life, new beginning. Contrary to the exteriors less of the bright Marsala has been used, instead the whole setup has hues & tints of neutral shades of Greys, Beiges & Off-whites with a patch of Marsala to break the mundaneness.

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After a lot of spatial explorations and trying various permutations for relationship between spaces the basement level was evolved as a series of aligned spaces to avoid the rabbit-warren type configurational arrangement of consultancy rooms on one side and administrative section on the other side. The OPD chambers have been placed all along the exterior wall of the rear portion of the block creating a huge central open space in the center. The counselling room sits in the center with a continuous passage on 3 sides to access the OPDs. It is an enclosed glass room screened partially by laser cut MDF panels placed in a rhythmic organic form providing transparency and privacy at the same time. It acts as a focal point with alternate horizontal 35 mm thick MDF board member & a gap of 2 inches till the top with varying sizes creating an undulating free flowing curves on all the sides. The ceiling of the whole area has been kept simple with checkered pattern with alternating different shades of Greys, Beiges & Off-whites. The counselling area has an informal seating where the couple can relax & chit-chat with the doctors to understand the whole procedure of IVF, surrogacy or Fertility issues. The OPD chamber has a very simple backlit laser cut MDF sheet as supports for the doctor’s table with an 8 mm thick toughened glass on top. A dedicated panel for hanging the certificates & licenses has been made on the back wall in Marsala color with coves on both the sides.

As we climb up to the ground & the mezzanine floors, the nature cheers us. The NICU on the mezzanine has big glass panels which overlooks to the dense greenery outside. The small colorful beds of the new born have wallpapers on the remaining walls & ceiling with geometric shapes, fishes & figurines printed on it.

The patient’s room has been developed keeping the bright color only on fabrics and neutral shades on fixed panels & fixtures so that one does not get bored of the whole setup. The grooves have been made on the back wall which turns on to the ceiling to give an effect of a larger space than actual. The attendant’s couch is also been changed from a typical convertible bed to a fixed low height running seating along the window wall. The corridor accessing the rooms has checkered pattern on all 3 sides & a horizontal stripe of Marsala all along.

Studio An-V-Thot - Seeds of Innocence

Studio An-V-Thot - Seeds of Innocence

The Nursing Station at the end of the corridor feels divine with the light coming through the perforated MDF sheet at the back. OT can be accessed through the sterile zone with change room & scrub in the front.

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The Pre-Post Operation Room on the second floor has a bright & lively graphic design of a teeny-tiny cute baby on one of the wall which adds life to the whole space. Apart from the IVF lab & OT setup is an interesting dim lit, sensuous Semen Collection Room with a fixed, comfy leathered upholstered bed & head board which turns on to become the ceiling panel jeweled with the Moroccan hanging lights in the corner.

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The terrace area caters to the recreational needs of the patients by providing yoga rooms and other facilities along with the building services present at other part of the floor.

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An effort to balance the clinical demands of the healthcare institution and a humane architecture by evolving a concept which communicated a fresh vocabulary towards developing the image of the hospital, as a stereotypical conventional building that houses sick patients; to a space delivering an integrated arena combining healthcare with comfort, positive ambience and liveliness, which is an essential factor in making the couples feel comfortable. The building stands tall in embracing the tenets of contemporary architecture; thus successfully redefining the setup of a small scale healthcare setup with an innocence in design.

Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad – Samar Ramachandra Associates

Apollo Hospital, Samar Ramachandra Hospital

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The proposed hostel design for Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and research, develops a podium level interactive space following the contours of the site. The stilt level houses recreational and administration activities incorporated with vehicular and pedestrian accesses and walkways. The service core organize rooms and common areas around it at every floor in a manner that creates double-height break-out interactive spaces. A flexible plan incorporates possible future changes in the number of rooms for boys and girls.The existing institute building was remodeled with front portal and landscaped pathways.

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 Apollo Hospital Complex: Our team redesigned the hospital lobby at Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills campus. The form of the entrance porch is friendly for a public space. Introducing the concept of landscaped plazas instead of mundane waiting lobbies, the design blends human need into the built environment.

Apollo Temple Complex: Shaded canopy structure along with the use of louvers makes the temple complex an inviting human space. A unique pooja canopy, made of shaded trellis is integrated with the existing tree. Peripheral wall and flooring in the temple complex were redesigned.