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Redesigning Market Precincts

Academic Project


Project Description


Aanchal Khandelwal

Mansanjam Kaur

Pragya Kher

Simar Paul




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Adobe Illustrator

The project revolved around creating a mixed use development containing offices, retail, and group housing. The primary aim was to rejuvenate the empty land and create a welcoming space for the local community in the neighborhood.



Architectural designer-

Majorly handled Group Housing and Site Planning/ landscaping.

Spatial Design

Contextual research

Experience Design



Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India

August 2020- December 2020

Project Description

The project aimed at creating a digital platform that connects people with physical disabilities to designers working in the field of adaptive fashion in order to make adaptive clothing accessible to for people with disabilities.

case study analysis

Case Study Analysis

Commercial loop and Split Volume

The sides of the site can be utilized for commercial facades to attract more pedestrian footfall. Additionally, by splitting the massing and creating a central spine, the user flow can be further directed from the commercial edges inside the building.

Scale reduction

High rise buildings can be intimidating to the pedestrians. To tackle this, vertical bands can be incorporated into the facade to create an illusion of less floors and thus, humanizing the scale.

Public Private segregation

Understanding the level of privacy required for different spaces in a mixed use arrangement and segregating the spaces accordingly creates  comfortable spatial arrangement.

Dynamic edges between

Public- private realm


Homogenous spaces


Heterogenous spaces

Visual Connectivity

Work-live-play integration




in city space

Scale + Height

Visual Manipulation

Contextual Analysis

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Existing Land use

The site is majorly surrounded by residential and commercial land uses which exposes the site to a high footfall.

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We conducted an in-depth site analysis to understand the site conditions, connectivity to the site, and the potential user groups.

Edge Conditions

The site edges were segregated into public, private and pedestrian edges to understand the user flow on the site and then utilize it to decide how different functions would be placed on the site.


The site map was studied to understand it's accessibility and connectivity through different modes of transport such as metro, private vehicles and bus routes. And, as it turns out, the site had very good connectivity.

Area Analysis

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In the meantime,  we placed different functions on the site  to understand which functions should be placed in proximity to each other for optimum user flow on the site.

Design Development

We translated the findings from the contextual analysis into design through 3D massing. The following iterations show the development of the design through 6 stages.


Public- private segregation

Pushing the building edges in to create welcoming entrances for the pedestrians

Creating diagonal connections with the existing diagonal street to form anchor points in the site

Pushing the open greens to the edges to attract more pedestrians into the site.

Creating a central spine to optimize walkability and connections between different spaces

Final Design


Site Plan


Concept and Vision


Public-private segregation:

Their is an intermixing of functions due to which the front edge of the site remains active throughout the day, even while offering complete security and privacy to the housing complex.


Retail facilities open to commercial greens which are suitable for placing informal kiosks and eateries.


The active greens are strategically are placed in the core pedestrian areas and the central green of the site to attract maximum footfall.


The passive greens are enclosed by the housing towers provide privacy to these spaces.

Hotel Block Design

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Office and Retail Block

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Office and Retail: Views

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Group Housing Design

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Views: Group Housing

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Final Walkthrough

My Learnings

  • Working on a large scale project opened my mind to human-centered design on absolutely new scale, since, in this project, we constantly had to think about how the placement of different functions would impact the footfall of the users, what would attract more users into the site, where should the green spaces be placed for community gatherings, and so on. 

  • Additionally, since we had to design hotel, group housing, retail and offices- all in one site, we had to look into how these functions should be integrated to provide the most seamless experience to the users. 

  • Furthermore, since all of these functions have different user needs such as housing needs to be more private and far from noise and public activities, retail shops need to be at the most visible locations to promote the business of the shop owners. Ergo, we had to ensure that these user needs for different spaces were not being compromised as we went ahead with designing this mixed use development.

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