The land is situated on the main Kolar Road, Bhopal, three Kms ahead from SKS hospital.
The Hariyali site (35 acres) possesses some very distinctive and significant natural features. A seasonal pond and a seasonal stream traverse the site, forming two clearly defined zones. Groves of stately Australian Sal and Bamboo punctuate the site as well, creating beautiful green verticals on the horizon. Mango trees in a gridded pattern cover large areas on the site.
These natural features have been taken as the starting point for the design of Hariyali. The master plan has been adapted to protect and enhance them. The stream has been retained with a minimal re-routing, the pond enlarged and its banks strengthened. The Mango orchards have been incorporated into the green spaces. Open areas have been created around the existing features and strongly connected to them by additional planting. Functions that require open spaces such as the Club and the Banquet Hall have been sited with these features in close proximity. The forms of the two housing clusters have been created using the Sal groves as a valuable resource in the centre of each.
This entry to Hariyali is inspired by the form of open, welcoming arms. It is in the form of a large, inviting arc that leads to a large open space with trees and a water body that is part of the seasonal stream-pond system. The main 15m approach road has green spaces on at least one side for its entire length across the plot. Most building blocks and plots have been provided with views towards the large green areas.
A wellness centre is set in the midst of green and connects to one of the most significant existing Sal groves on the site. It is planned that these buildings will disappear into the landscape, and users will be connected to the peaceful and verdant outdoors.
Natural processes and rhythms have been given priority at Hariyali with the emphasis on the beauty of the existing features, the use of native and naturalized species in the proposed planting and on natural rainwater recharge through vegetated swales. The green areas provided in the master plan are valuable natural resources and have been retained as they are with a minimum of tree-cutting. They are, at the same time, places for mini eco-systems to exist with rainwater, flora and fauna taking their natural places in the scheme of things.
In construction, mostly used material will be local sand stone and available wood, etc. Intelligent application of material to fulfill the appropriate modern aesthetics is the major challenge of this project. To save the environment, lot of aluminum, PVC and ceramic tile is also taken in to consideration.
At the end Hariyali is a development for people designed by people and built by people, but we like to feel that Nature will feel as much at home here as the future inhabitants will.