Growing cities are calling for a lot of infrastructural development and better connections. Overpasses have been developed to create free paths for main arterial roads. However, a lot of repercussive spaces are created which are mostly inhabited by anti social elements and become centre of crimes and garbage. Under-spaces in overpass carry a huge potential not only to eliminate such disturbance, but also to scape urban neighbourhood.
Development of Peeragarhi overpass’ under-space was the first experimental project towards this thought. With limited budget, entire stretch was designed by landscape and surface treatment to activate the space. Plants were carefully selected considering light limitations in deeper areas of overpass.
Water is very native to landscapes and provides very harmonious ambience. However, being a maintenance intensive element, the effect was created through dry surface textures and riverbed stones. Whole theme depicted a river delta with lots of stream flowing out towards main road.
Concept of free U turn was introduced for the first time in Delhi. The island created in between was installed with police beat box and pedestrian cross over with ramps leading to street level. Planter islands with multiple elevation levels and stool type seating were designed to discourage misuse of these spaces during nightfall. Redundant pile heads that were left during construction and could not be demolished were also incorporated as a native element.
Completed in 2003
INR 0.7 Cr
Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation
Peeragarhi, New Delhi