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Catalyst. 

“Reviving the ignored”

Urban Development Museum.
Guide : Shirish Joshi, Nikhil Khadilkar.
K.R.V.I.A, B. Arch 4th Semester, 2015
Location : Mayo Memorial Hall, Allahabad, India.

Keywords: Scale, History and contemporary, Porous grid, Framing.

Mayo Memorial hall served as a town hall when built and currently the building is being used as a sports complex. The city of Allahabad was named to be a Smart City by the government. Thus granting an opportunity to revive the lost importance of Mayo hall. A place for the history and the contemporary to reside together educating the children visiting the precinct everyday for sports.

 

The idea of urban development museum translated into a active archive which provides a space for public exhibitions. The intervention acts a catalyst to Mayo hall by activating its spaces. The intervention frames the Mayo hall in different perspectives by changing the scale of spaces. The other building has a porous grid, with the built form floating amongst the grid jungle.

How can new interventions become catalysts in reviving the abandoned heritage structures?
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First floor plan
First floor plan

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Lower level plan
Lower level plan

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Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan

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Section through the Mayo Memorial Hall and intervention

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Section through the connection between the intervention and Mayo Memorial

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Framing the Mayo memorial.

Elevation from the sports center. Porous design provides glimpses of the building behind.

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Elevation from the active archive.

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