Located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Siliguri, West Bengal, City Centre in the Uttorayon is one of the largest commercial developments in eastern India, spread across 11,90,000sqft. Positioned at the interface between the city and the township, it is a much needed, organised commercial district for the city.
The City Centre is a sustainable and commercially successful development with an embedded agenda for enhancing the socio-cultural engagement of the inhabitants.
A good example of how built form can work with local climate, the retail complex is designed to keep common corridors and atria naturally ventilated, along the line of the prevailing wind direction. Perforated rain screens are used for large parts of the facade to keep rain out, while allowing ventilation for a pleasant microclimate inside, despite high humidity. In keeping with the traditional Indian schema of high streets and porous spaces, it breaks down into a complex of well-scaled structures and offers maximum interface to users.
The finishes of the building are simple, creating a backdrop for local art school students to exhibit their work, energising the space by participation, enriching the space with urban art and culturally rooting the development in the artistically rich heritage of this region. Community contribution has led to mutually beneficial opportunity for this space at no cost.
The Uttorayon Township’s success lies in being sustainable in terms of social equity and economic viability. This project set Morphogenesis’ direction of creating settlements to be ecologically viable, culturally sympathetic, and visibly capable of sustaining the dynamic processes of life and growth.
Client: Ambuja Neotia
Built-up Area: 11,86,000 sqft
Site area: 10 acres
Structure: SPA Consultants – Sanjeev Parekh
HVAC: Chander Ramchandani Consulting Engineer
Plumbing: RK Solutions – Ratan Sarkar
Electrical: DB Indcon – Dipankar Banerjee
Landscape Design: Integral Design
Fire Fighting: OBS – Pritam Basu
Photographer: Andre J Fanthome, Edmund Sumner
Civil: Simplex Projects
Plumbing: Sreeram Builders
BMS: Elmark Engineers
Roofing System: Kirby Building System India Ltd
Façade: Nitson And Amitsu Private Limited