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HABITAT CENTRE @ CHENNAI
A CULTURAL AND RESOURCE CENTRE

THESIS STATEMENT

HABITAT- It is the natural home/environment of an organism or the person’s usual / preferred
surrounding. It consists of both the Biotic(living) and the abiotic(non-living).

A place which acts as a city within the city which includes all the human needs such as work,
commercial, and recreational activities. HUMAN HABITAT – A place where human beings EXIST + INTERACT

Do we live and work in a place meant for human beings? Do we feel calm and satisfied in the concrete
jungle which our cities are turning into? Does environment play a role in the physical health of its
occupants? Man is a fundamental part of nature interconnected and interdependent on all other species. We
now live in a world that has disconnected man with his natural environment.

Biophilia is an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world. Biophilic
design, an extension of biophilia, incorporates natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views and
other experiences of the natural world into the modern built environment.

A study on Biophilic design principles and strategies and its application at the site, building and the interior
design levels.

PROGRAM

Habitat centre is a physical environment which will serve as a physical environment for various individuals
and institutes working in habitat related areas initially proposed by HUDCO. It also promotes the Heritage, Art,
Culture, and Cuisine of the place by hosting different cultural and academic events in national and
international levels.

The aim of the India Habitat Centre is to resolve and restore at every level - Environmental and Ecological, a
balanced, harmonious and improved way of life. Improving the relationship within men and with nature in
creating an eco-friendly building concepts.

execution and post construction management of the properties as part of the initiative. and guest houses just like that of the Delhi IHC. auditoriums. The slums are being cleared to make way for the facelift. a government of India enterprise. It is one of the prime spots in the city for the location of offices and there is ease of connectivity. 250 crore for which the NBCC and IHC have signed the MoU. GEORGE TOWN MYLAPORE T. George town etc.nagar area close by along with the now developing Adyar placed within the7 Km radius. SITE National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC). Developed like a city within a city. it will serve as an intellectuals' hub that will also have wonderful outdoor spaces that are soothing. As the habitat centre works to create awareness and sensitivity among people regarding the importance of habitat their building style must also reflect this and hence usage of Biophilic principles. The site has a close proximity to the cities heritage centres Mylapore. engineering and development of the centre. Officials said that IHC will be lending its branding apart from the technical knowhow for development. banquet halls. The NBCC shall be responsible for designing. food courts." said the CGM. convention centres. would be building the Indian Habitat Centres in various cities and metros at an estimated cost of Rs. The government has planned a facelift along the face of the estate promenade for development along the beachfront. "NBCC will develop such state-of-the-art centres which shall have facilities like institutions. health centres. even during summer months. The model to be adopted by NBCC for development of such centres shall be on self-sustaining basis. conference halls.NAGAR SITE ADYAR . The presence of sea gives a good natural view along with the sound of water which makes it a good hangout place. The cultural centres such as Mylapore and T. The site has been chosen at Foreshore Estate adjacent to the Santhome High road.

rain water harvesting and other such biophilic techniques makes a building independent. How can Biophilic strategies be used to sustain a building? How can this be used to create a comfortable and livable environment. a fast growing city lost more than one-fifth of its greenery in 20 years as the city urbanized rapidly. eliminate pollution. cooling / heating. Chennai has an intensely developed urban core an exploding city with an ever increasing population. it is necessary for the comfort of the people using and also a landmark for futuristic growth.TECHOLOGY It is becoming increasingly well demonstrated that biophilic elements have real.m . Biophilia seeks to swing the pendulum back to incorporate more traditionally natural elements into our built environments where a person feels at ease and within his natural habitat. Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli. ground water depletion. measurable benefits relative to such human performance metrics and fosters an appreciation of nature. water is lost. and maintain a clean environment. As a building which includes workspace. The city holds the dubious distinction of being one of the least green metros in the country. PASSIVE SURVIVABILITY It is the ability of the building to maintain partially the critical life support conditions if services such as power. natural ventilation. in turn. which. passive cooling. recreational and educational activities and serves to act as a cultural hub for the whole city. CONTEXT Chennai. should lead to greater protection of natural areas. thermal & Airflow Variability. frequent flooding during the monsoon and an overall rise in temperature in the city as a result of concretisation. SPACES REQUIRED The site proposed is 11acres Standard population during events per day -3000 – 3500 and floating population – 2000-2500 ( in case of exhibitions) Total proposed built up area – 27500 sq. The combination of day lighting. Visual and non-visual Connection with Nature. Connection with Natural Systems Natural Analogues Material Connection with Nature Complexity & Order. in such cities we’ve become too disconnected from the natural world of our ancestors it is essential to create a microhabitat. dynamic & Diffuse Light. Today.

7000 SQ.PRIVATE SPACE Office spaces .50 .3 restaurant spaces Library/resource centre . Delhi LITERATURECASE STUDY- RESOURCES Biophilic Design: The Theory.M ( 1/3rd of the public built up spaces) 30 government and non-government organisations (members of the Indian habitat centre) playing a role in the conservation of the habitats in Tamil nadu.m Conference and meeting spaces .m Fitness centre.m Auditoriums .m (outdoor and indoor) minimum.Indian habitat centre.m Meeting hall .3000 sqm ( area ranging between 150-500 m2) – 20 rooms Restaurants/food courts . Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life Patterns of Biophilic design .800 sq.500 sq.4000 SQ. pool.1500 sq.m Guest accommodation .1500 sq.M OAT and outdoor facilities Parking – 600 cars Total proposed built up area .3000 sq.28000 LIVE CASE STUDY . PUBLIC SPACE Art galleries . spa .2000 sq.