Trans Ganga Masterplan Proposal / Studio Symbiosis

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Spread across 1156 acres, the proposal for the Trans Ganga Masterplan by Studio Symbiosis is envisioned as an iconic city on the banks of Ganga, aimed at being a self sufficient sustainable city. Developed as a mixed use project, this will provide the most influential and dominant context for the master plan. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The existing patterns of Ganga were studied and through digital simulation density patterns emulating the Ganga patterns were translated into the central green of the master plan. This central green area gives the master plan a distinct character and acts as breathing lungs for the city.

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Sustainable city design has been imbibed in the planning at two levels. Firstly at the design level elements required to make a city sustainable have been grafted in the master plan. Secondary at the implementation stage green roof, earth cooling, solar panels, ground water recharge, waste management have been proposed.

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At the heart of the master plan an auto expo is located, sitting amidst the central green. The auto expo is designed as an iconic building creating a prominent visual marker. It is located at a very important interface of the central green and the promenade. It’s an amalgamation zone of various activities of the master plan cascading into each other thereby creating a functionally rich urban plaza. Auto Mart and Auto Expo are the two distinct functions nested in the building. These two activities are segregated using two continuous non intersecting ramps in the proposal.

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Land use distribution consists of Commercial, industrial, Mixed use, residential and public amenities. In view of the Indian conditions, special amenities overlapped with certain design parameters have been provided in the master plan to avoid encroachment. The functional diversity has been unified by a seamless skyline. This undulating skyline merges the various functional requirements of the master plan into a visually coherent system.

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Iconic towers have been designed along the Ganga riverfront . These commercial/mixed used towers soaring up to a height of 100-140 meters, impart a sense of arrival to the master plan. The façade pattern for the towers will form a part of the detailed urban design guidelines. This façade pattern has been designed by solar analysis using computational software’s, thereby generating a façade system that acts as a sustainable design feature in the master plan by reducing the heat loads.

Architects: Studio Symbiosis
Location: , India
Principal Architects: Amit Gupta, Britta Knobel Gupta
Design Consultant: Vandana Sehgal
Project Director: Dharampal Singh
Project Architects: Rishi Sapra, Mayank Ojha
Project Team: M. Shaique Uddin, Mariia Nazarenko, Viraat Kumar, Joy Mondal, Rakesh Mathur, Pancham Pathania, Avishek Das, Arunima Sen
Client: UPSIDC
Site Area: 1156 acres

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Trans Ganga Masterplan Proposal / Studio Symbiosis" 16 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
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  • mohit chugh

    amazing guyss……….showing way tu lots of indian gunss……

  • josh

    i dont imagine this will get built ever and kinda wonder why it would be placed here. “iconic towers” really?

    • java

      Oh, now why would you believe it would never get built ? love to hear this…

  • Matt

    I can’t see much intelligence in the scheme.

  • Robert Bierma

    I hate this design I doesn’t look like it was designed for humans at all. For a place to be sustainable it has to have more then just green buildings.

  • Chhavi

    I hope it never gets built. This is not what we want on the banks of Ganga. It is a horrible masterplan – does not have any sensitivity to land-use, spaces within, flooding and local context.

  • Manoj

    Amazing project… looks great.. needs more visionary projects like this in india..

  • Gagan

    Studio symbiosis deserves to be banned from doing architecture….nd if dis city ever gets built, I will be the first one to be a Roark and burn it down !!!

  • pkk

    transgangacity masterplan is a very brillient plan to decongest kanpur core city

    • pkk

      transgangacity kanpur plan is delaying its reason is noncooperation of farmers of land aquired area dm unnao& kisam must sort out this issue

  • ajay anmol

    trans ganga project sirf dhoka hai kanoon iski ijajat nahi deta u.p.s.i.d.c jhoontha prachar band kare

  • male

    Good thanks up cm verry mach