The Poona Hospital is planned in the upcoming area of Undri in Pune city. While designing the hospital, we focused on the profound impact of architecture on our thoughts and senses. We designed with an intention of healing holistically. Landscape and Nature’s healing potential along with the traditional Wada style of architecture have been fused. This creates a nuanced ambience which calms and sooths oneself.
Different centers embracing alternate healing methods such as Unani, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Allopathy are found under one roof to provide complete care.
Landscape for this hospital is designed in a way where it brings nature in, right to the heart of the hospital. The five senses are stimulated with landscape and design elements. Fragrant flowers stimulate the sense of smell. Sound of flowing water sooths the nerves. The play of light and shadow is a visual treat. Vibrant colors of the landscape give a radiant sensation and patterns of light gives character to a space. Natural elements like wood and green plants make the building feel warm and communicative.
Using the Vaastu principles, the built mass has been stacked on the Southern side of the plot. This is then surrounded by landscape inspired by Shaniwar Wada to deepen the healing element. The hospital has a focal entry with a clear view of the landscaped courtyard. The South side receiving the maximum light and the taller structures provide shade to the landscaped courtyard. The north side is stepped on each floor to add to the built texture. The design responds to and is respectful of the unique architectural culture of Maharashtra.
Principal Architect : Qutub Mandviwala
Associate Architect : Nandita Agnihotri
Year : Ongoing
Company : PHRC