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Bouches d’Ahmedabad
A Subway Water Infrastructure
Shahpur Metro Station
An Exemplar Metro Station for Ahmedabad Metro


    Bouches d'Ahmedabad contemplates architecture and its devices as the mouths of Ahmedabad. This design thesis investigates the culture of circulation in water, sewage and people in the city. It proposes an architecture that alleviates and responses to the temporal wetness in terms of the daily usage of water and the seasonal natural water distribution in this city of dust.

    The design thesis researches the accommodation of the local water cycle by codifying architecture as a sophisticated living organism and drawing inspirations from anatomy where consumption, digestion, absorption, detoxification, and excretion are referenced under close examination. One goal that directs the design decisions of the thesis is the flourish of life in the architecture. This flourish is indicated by how well the plants and the people, both carrying elements of water, would prosper and be enhanced by the architecture.

    The proposed architecture breathes, filtrates, and blows life into the city by reconciling the water body with an embedded water infrastructure through the heavy-rail metro network. While it is a challenge to express the drama behind a water infrastructure, the architecture manifests its purposes as a cavity that not only swallow and vomit passengers, but also renew much desired water and nourish plants, which are signature of each station, to scatter residues of garden across the city. As the embodiment of a water treatment plant, an urban oasis (gardens) and a transport hub, the design finds its form as a porous structure which screens, permeates and repatriates water elements in the atmosphere of Ahmedabad.

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Existing Water Infrastructure of Ahmedabad 1:50000 @ A2

The design considers a strategy of underground stations as oasis to the city, where water is treated to enrich citizens’ lives.

To manifest the functions of the architecture, the elements of water and life are present on the site, where a park with banyan trees are grown and bred on the very water renewed in the station’s plant.

This project unites the transit and water infrastructure, which both cannot be easily displaced.  While the sewerage-treatment plant’s water distribution is supported by the transit infrastructure network, the station is immune from floods as protected by the sewerage plant’s pump room.

South Section 1:200@A2
Adjustable Facade Section 1:50@A2
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