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Topotek 1 wins competition to landscape GIFT city

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 15, 2015 in Architecture
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The green landmark of GIFT City, as envisioned by Topotek 1

The green landmark of GIFT City, as envisioned by Topotek 1

Landscape architecture studio Topotek 1 have been selected to design the “Landscape Masterplan” for Gujarat International Finance Tec City (GIFT), India

Planned as the financial CBD for the Indian state of Gujarat, the German company’s entry was selected from invited participants because of the way it integrated a unique public space into the neighbourhood. The form of the project evolves over time in a step-by-step process from the excavated earth of the building construction. This signature feature of the masterplan avoids earth transportation, allowing for resources to be recycled onsite. The result is a landscape that transitions between high-rise towers offering space which can be utilised for culture, leisure and sports activities.

Over time, excavated earth will be recycled onsite

Over time, excavated earth will be recycled onsite

Sitting next to the Sabarmati river, the area is characterised by a densely populated forest park. The organisation of this area reflects the hierarchy of the landscape with the main connection being through a linear path system that connects the two main stations with the surrounding office area. Converted into a 70 metre high multilevel hilltop, the raised topography maximises the potential for public spaces in the development.

Topotek 1's entry was chosen due to the way it incorporated the landscape into the urban environment

Topotek 1′s entry was chosen due to the way it incorporated the landscape into the urban environment

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