India’s trade and transportation rely heavily on trucks and truck drivers, a profession that has seen a rapid decline in numbers, due to negligible amenities and excessive responsibilities. At present, truck drivers have little to no restrooms or pit stops during long-distance journeys. In 1982 for every 1000 trucks there were 1300 drivers available, this number has reduced to 750 by 2012 and predicted to be 450 by 2022. In other words, 50% of the country’s trucks remain stranded on road due to a shortage of truck drivers. We need truck drivers to make goods available to the doorstep of the shop. If this trend continues cities will fall short of food and groceries.
The Truck Drivers Village is a project designed for the truck drivers community, it sits on a 2.5-acre site. The building occupies only 7% of the site area and the remaining area is open space, parking and fuel station. Conceptually the facilities are arranged as a series of courts and verandas referencing the courtyard houses of the south. The courts are equipped with facilities to eat, to sleep, to hang out and to recreate. These facilities are supported with ATM, first aid, drinking water, toilets and bathing facilities, washing and drying clothes, salon, a convenience store and a workshop for trucks.
The landscape in the courtyard is rendered with huge boulders and discrete vegetation to create a micro-climate and to reference the landscape of Chitradurga.
The recently completed Symbiosis University Hospital and Research Centre in Pune is currently being used by the Maharashtra government as a Covid-19 quarantine facility and hospital, contributing to the state’s fight against the pandemic. Occupying the lower slopes of a hill within Symbiosis International University’s 260-acre estate in Lavale, SUHRC is a 41,800-square-metre, 216-bed, multi-specialty hospital that represents a new and progressive face for healthcare infrastructure in India, providing state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and a research centre to enhance skill development – IMK Architects
Nestled atop a rocky plateau in Lavale, a small village on the outskirts of Pune, the Symbiosis International University campus creates an idyllic and vibrant learning environment. The campus, home to 1000 students, houses educational and administration functions for four faculties –– the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, the Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management and the Symbiosis Institute of Photography –– in addition to an auditorium and convention center, a library, and housing, dining, and recreational facilities for students and staff. – Rahul Kadri | IMK Architects
Perched on the crest of a hill in Bhopal, India, the 28,000-sq.m National Judicial Academy is a training academy for Judges, a centre for discussion and debate on the judicial system and an institute for ongoing research on matters of the law. The campus occupies 60-acres of fissured rock-steep slopes on the hill, which was formerly used as a quarry. – IMK Architects | Rahul Kadri
The Madikeri Resort in Coorg, Karnataka is a hospitality project that was designed for Club Mahindra Holidays and Resorts. The design takes cues from the indigenous Kodava culture and upholds biophilia as a central element to create a site-sensitive habitat that is in harmony with nature. – Rahul Kadri | IMK Architects
The recently completed Auric Hall stands tall today as a landmark for Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC), India’s first greenfield, smart industrial city. The 16,660-square-metre building, planned as the face of the upcoming development, houses administration and commercial functions, offering spaces that strive to achieve innovation and transcend expectations. – IMK Architects
Rapport in 1969 had stated that “The primary determinants of indigenous architecture of any place are the culture and climate of that place.” The word culture derived from the Latin word ‘colore’ which means to tend to the earth and mature, blend in and nurture. These are the same prerequisites we believe architecture in its entire existence should abide by and, as Frank O Ghery had mentioned, “Architecture should speak of its time and place but yearn for timelessness”; this sheds much light on the para-importance of individuality and uniqueness of place and its impact on the people and culture. – NANDINI BISWAS