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TIFR wants its proposed campus to make an architectural statement

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Hyderabad, is setting up state-the-art campus of the highest global standards as regards functionality, aesthetics, Green technology use, sustainability and access for its flagship Research Centre in Hyderabad. The campus will be developed in phases and the first phase will be completed in four years at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crores. The campus will be spread over 78.6-ha of land.

In the initial phase, it is proposed to commence R&D activities based on a projected strength of 75 research faculty. The civil works envisage the construction of 9,200-sq.m of laboratory space for scientific research,  16,350-sq.m of common services & utilities, 14,375-sq.m of the hostel and visitors housing and 3,200-sq.m of staff housing to be carried out in the TIFR-H campus 2,700-sq.m for day care centre, shopping complex & other utilities and student recreation (Indoor & Outdoor).

The proposed campus will feature green buildings and technologies for waste management, water and energy based on globally recognized best practices. “The academic environment in the campus must foster the establishment of novel, ambitious and increasingly cross-disciplinary research programmes, and provide opportunities for close interactions amongst researchers, visitors and students. The master plan, architecture and interior and exterior physical environments are expected therefore, to play a key role in creating the right atmosphere to inspire scientific research,” says TIFR. The expected design of the buildings must reflect this, not only by providing facilities to enable great science, but also by making an architectural statement.

To enable the campus to make provision for TIFR to expand and diversify its mandate of promoting fundamental research at the cutting edge of science, and produce a larger number of top level scientists, capable of becoming the future leaders in science and technology, it will have state-of-the-art infrastructure to support research of the highest calibre, and incubate advanced technological developments. This requires a well-conceived master plan for the entire campus with a phased strategy of construction.

The Floor Space Index (FSI) as per local bylaws is 1 and therefore, a differential FSI w.r.t. assigned plot area for individual block, may be adopted for various building on the campus depending on the functional requirement of the facilities. For example, even though the overall FSI is 1, a lower FSI for the academic buildings and laboratories could be adopted, while balancing it with a higher FSI for residential and hostel areas. The open space requirements from final development point of view as well as that of present phase will also be considered. The contiguity of the present phase and the subsequent phases will be taken in to account.

From the point of green building concept it would be desirable to limit the footprints of the buildings to the minimum and therefore, multi-storied buildings, to be done in a balanced manner, for residential, academic, hostels and other buildings from the view point of human density, safety and the nature of facilities and laboratories would be preferred. Adoption of full FSI from the larger context of the campus development would be the ideal situation, which could result in an ultimate construction of 7,86,000-sq.m of built up area.

The built up area planned in the present phase is 45,825-sq.m which is about 5.83% of the ultimate target.

The campus shall have amalgamation of soft and hard scape without disturbing the natural contours and beautiful rock formations, native plants & trees, medicinal plants etc. The campus will have nature zones, parks, nursery, natural water bodies (at least one each in the 56.00 and 134.85 acres plots); playgrounds for children and outdoor games; jogger’s path, tree laden avenues, etc. The campus shall adopt sprinkle based irrigation system and will have pathways besides internal roads passing through landscaped routes to encourage people to walk. All roads shall have cycle track and pedestrian pavements alongside.

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