KEDARNATH REDEVELOPMENT

KEDARNATH, UTTARAKHAND

The design proposes a redevelopment plan for the Kedarnath temple area that was washed away in the Uttarakhand floods of 2013. The pre-flood development around the Kedarnath shrine had been haphazard, dense and hence extremely vulnerable to any natural or man-made calamity.The design strives to present a model for future developments in the religious and hill tourism sites in northern India.Delineating the area around the shrine as “forever open, clear and free” space, the design makes a strong statement advocating the principles of conserving the sanctity and heritage of the similar sites. The demarcation of development free zone is strategic as it recreates the pristine splendor that was defined by the backdrop of snow-capped mountains prior to the haphazard development that took over. Establishing safer elevation of the intervention area with respect to the floods and protecting the same from soil erosions by the rivers flowing on either sides are some major contributions to the project. The difference in the levels are mitigated by means of ghats and terraces along the riverside and in core area respectively. The plan proposes a wide and clear path that leads to the shrine, with structures in small clusters on either sides accommodating the residential needs.

PROJECT DETAILS

  • Location: Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
  • Project area: 23 acres
  • Services: Vision and Master planning, Architecture, Landscape, MEP Engineering, Infrastructure
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