Foster + Partners is taking on the challenge of designing a sustainable city in Amravati, the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh in India. Spanning 217 square kilometers on the banks of River Krishna, the new city of Amravati “is set to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world,” stated Foster + Partners.
About the project, Norman Foster said, “the design brings together our decades-long research into sustainable cities, incorporating the latest technologies that are currently being developed in India."
A government building with a needle-like 250-meter-high conical roof will become the city’s central landmark. Running through the center of the city, the complex is surrounded by fresh water lake and will stretch 5.5 kilometers in length and 1 kilometer in width. Its central expanse of greenery with “ribbon-like lakes weaving around tree-lined boulevards” pays tribute to Lutyen’s designs for Delhi and New york’s Central Park, noted Dezeen. The public access to the building is in the south, the ministerial entrance to the west, a council hall in the northeast, and the assembly chamber for ministerial debates in the southwest corner as according to Vaastu principles. A courtyard-like void sits at the center of the complex with a spiral ramp that leads to “a cultural and a viewing gallery over the debate chamber. A rippling overhanging canopy will provide shade and allow cool breezes to move through the building,” reveals Dezeen. The stepped roof of the complex is a nod to the ancient Indian stupas and the concentric design is reminiscent of a traditional temple.
The multi-use complex will feature 13 plazas representing 13 state districts. More than 60 percent of the area is dedicated to green zones and water. Shaded walkways and squares will be designed to make the township pedestrian friendly. Water taxis, cycle paths, and routes for electric cars will provide green transport options, added Dezeen.