Udaipur, Rajasthan

Client: Indian Institute of Management
Master Planner: Ujan Ghosh, Vinod Gupta
Architects: Ujan Ghosh, Vinod Gupta
Area: 250.00 Acres
Status: Highest scorer in design competition

An Ecologically Sensitive Site

The upcoming Indian Institute of Management-U is situated near the village of Balicha, south of the city of lakes, Udaipur. An unusual site for a campus, it is above sea level, in a desert topography with sultry climate. The undulations of the site pose a major challenge to the design, with the difference between the highest to the lowest levels a whopping 50 m and very limited top soil and vegetation cover.
Udaipur, known for its lakes, is also abundant with beautiful wall paintings on shaded streets, interesting entrances, corner balconies and Fort walls.

The landscape master plan is a system of thoughts, keeping the architecture, the topography and the climate of the site in mind. This resulted in the birth of the Experiential Axes, along which major visual and activity zones are located. The Primary Experiential Axes begin right from the Grand Entry Gateway and foyer and leads to the two Valleys of Life, situated right at the hearts of the residential and academic zones. The proposed developments are stringed around the buildable slope edges encircling the valley defined by large retaining walls and a walk next to it, reminiscent of the fort walls of Rajasthan. A signature bridge was proposed to connect the two ends of this loop walk thus creating possibilities of enjoying a breathtaking view of the campus. These valleys with a water retention pond, check dams and greenery all around will not only act as visual relief bearers and break the monotony of the rigorous landscape, but will also encourage the importance of nature for student and faculty.