Housing in Quaiserbagh: Dhruvin Shah
Housing in Quaiserbagh: Dhruvin Shah

Housing in Quaiserbagh: Dhruvin Shah

Building anew in old quarters of historic districts is a challenge. More so especially if the city is Lucknow, the capital of the Awadh Empire then and the capital of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh now.  

Our Fourth Year Architectural Design Studio “Housing in Quaiserbagh” picked up this Architectural Challenge of creating a neighbourhood that encapsulated all the traditional values, the sense of community, that the older habitats provided and at same time enabling a contemporary style of living. The Housing was to be designed to accommodate a cross section of the social strata. It would consist of Units for singles, couples, family, extended families; and also ‘shop-house’ units where housing is enmeshed with a commercial aspect to it – something quite prevalent in the historic districts of Lucknow. It also consisted of a community space whereby the students could choose the kind of space they want to design based on their understanding of the city and its requirements.

Tutors: Khudeja Patel, Ruark Figueiredo, Abhijeet Doshi, Prateek Banerjee, Aamir Sourathia

Housing in Quaiserbagh: Dhruvin Shah

This housing project demands studio apartments, stay for couples, family houses, family + houses, big shops with stay for family, small shops with stay for family, commercial and community spaces and home open spaces. Maximum 40% of ground cover to be used. Each of them have 16 units to be designed with its respective gfa.

Site area is 17450 sq.m

Shops are placed on the boundary edge of the site for easy accessibility by the people. Residential blocks have been placed on the inner side of the site so that they get some privacy. Public and private courtyard are designed in the internal part of the site creating spaces for people. It is a mixed-use housing project comprising of residential, commercial shops, and community spaces.

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