Toll Plaza / archohm

Toll Plaza / archohm
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  • Architects: Archohm
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3860
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

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Text description provided by the architects. Toll plazas are one of the most neglected forms of contemporary architecture even though millions of people use it everyday; some to cross territories and others for employment. When the Vadodara Bharuch toll plaza was to be built on NH 8 in Gujarat, the client wanted to create a new bench mark in the toll plaza industry. This led to intensiveresearch that broke down the toll plaza into fundamental elements based on need, form and function. Essential to a tolling system are island booths to seat people who collect the toll, a canopy for weather protection, an office or management block and a tunnel to connect the islands with the management. The most interesting aspect of a toll plaza is that it never sleeps- functionally, it has to operate round the clock.

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The canopy and booth were found to play an important role in creating a strong visual dialogue; the brief hence,was the ‘best canopy’. Various ideas were conceived and it was finally decided to recreate the notion of ‘canopy’ itself by removing it altogether and providing independent winged shelters. The wing-like membrane structures are devised, so that they can be vertically aligned for most of the months, with a mechanically controlled system for weather protection. For the additional safety of the employees, concrete booths are designed and exaggerated to a height of 10 meters. Functionally, these tall dramatic structures provide an increased visibility to the approaching traffic, while their colored signage-centric lighting helps enhance the entire visual experience of the plaza.

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The two prominent building blocks, namely the control block and the office block reflect the ‘wing’ concept, as they both comprise of wings, jutting out of central glass towers. The control block has been positioned centrally for better visual access and future expansion options of the plaza. The office block stands adjacent to the site, which gives it additional privacy. The blankness of the facades reduces the impact of smoke and sound on the buildings,due to heavy vehicular traffic. The courtyards and side windows are well-placed to capture natural light.


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Cite: "Toll Plaza / archohm" 26 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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