According to Foster + Partners, India’s newest city, Amaravati, capital of Andhra Pradesh, will be one of the most sustainable cities in the world. Measuring 5.5 kilometres x 1 kilometre, the governmental complex occupies the heart of the city, defined by the strong urban grid that structures it. A clearly defined green spine runs through its length, providing the foundation of the masterplan’s environmental strategy, where at least 60% of the area is occupied by greenery or water. The city has been designed to the highest standards of sustainability, including the widespread use of solar energy. The transportation strategy includes electric vehicles, water taxis, and dedicated cycle routes, along with shaded streets and squares that will encourage people to walk through the city.
Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners, said: We are delighted to be working with the Chief Minister and the Government of Andhra Pradesh to help them realise their ideas for the People’s Capital and to build a clear and inspiring vision for the governmental complex at Amaravati. The design brings together our decades-long research into sustainable cities, incorporating the latest technologies that are currently being developed in India. Lord Foster recently met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his team on his visit to Andhra Pradesh to oversee the next stage of design development of the governmental complex of the new state capital, Amaravati.
Travelling south from the rivers edge, there is a mixed-use quarter structured around 13 urban plazas, signifying the 13 state districts in Andhra Pradesh. At the centre of the green spine is the Legislative Assembly building, a democratic and cultural symbol for the people of Andhra Pradesh, which sits within a large freshwater lake, and is framed by the Secretariat and cultural buildings. The High Court Complex is located off the central axis, with a stepped roof form inspired by India’s ancient stupas.