Ravindra Bhan is a pioneer in the field of landscape architecture in India. He started his architectural education in the school of planning and architecture in New Delhi but left formal architectural studies to work with Ar. A. P. Kanvinde.
1. LANDSCAPING OF HOTEL MUGHAL SHERATON, AGRA
Hotel Mughal Sheraton, Agra was a massive undertaking with a fortress-like form that encloses three luscious gardens. The 290 rooms, five-star hotel, relies on thickly planted trees and plants along with water features right from the get-go to capture the imagination of visitors. The central gardens are the focal point as the four restaurants, many rooms and lounge area have a direct view of the greenery.
2. Landscaping of ISKCON Temple, New Delhi
The three-acre ISKCON Temple in New Delhi is a heavily contoured project that resulted in an intricate plan with a combination of open and built-up spaces at different levels.
At the lowest point, a longitudinal water feature runs across the complex, making it visible, from almost all of the open areas. A strong connection with nature is established, with green spaces surrounding the water feature at the heart of the site.
3. Landscaping of Chambal Chemicals and Fertilizers
The idea was to create a self-sustaining ecological system that needed minimal maintenance from scratch. Reaching this almost sacred feat needed the landscaping of the site to start even before the structure’s plans were drafted. The careful assortment of water features and green spaces to create such systems were in tune with the company’s vision for sustainability.
4. Model Colony Lake (Lakaki), Pune
After concluding that the lake was necessary for the microclimate of the area, the decision to make it palpable for visitors was made.
The periphery of the lake was filled with boulders and concrete to divide the lake from its surroundings. A trough was introduced at the base of the boulders to grow water plants and reeds. These reeds served a dual purpose of shielding the birds from view while contributing to the ecosystem.
5. Shakti Sthala- a Memorial of Indira Gandhi
Shakti Sthala, the memorial of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in New Delhi, relies on natural elements to signify the entire country.
The trees and earth mounds usage to block out the noise from the surroundings was a pinnacle in maintaining the ambience of the Samadhi.
A lake dedicated for drainage ensured the surface run-off would eventually reach the lake.
Over a thousand symbolic rocks from different parts of the country scattered around the plot depicted Indira Gandhi’s love for every piece of the nation.
6. Landscaping of Tara Apartments, New Delhi
Tara Apartments in New Delhi is a high-density housing project with houses running from North to South. The central community area runs parallel with housing on either side. The contoured site’s efficient planning has many depressions resulting in an amphitheatre, lawn and a children’s play area.
7. Landscaping of Golden Temple Corridors, Amritsar
The Golden Temple is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations. However, the lanes and shops around the temple have led to cluttered spaces that are unable to manage the hordes of people coming to visit. Moreover, operation Blue Star and operation black thunder damaged the Golden temple.
The revival of the landscape included widening the road around the plot for fire safety, the addition of toilet blocks, 300 and more parking spaces and many other facilities.
8. Landscaping of the Parwanoo Complex, Himachal Pradesh
The Parwanoo complex lies on the foothills of Shimla, which is laden with loose soil, needing treatment. The project relied heavily on earthen berms and retaining stone walls to make the land usable, though parts were still not. Consequently, the planning was fragmented and complex, consisting of multiple terraces to accommodate the slopes.
9. Prashant Bhushan’s House, Palampur
Prashant Bhushan’s House is a tale of intricate, yet extensive planning in the midst of a heavenly scenery that captures the imagination.
Apart from the seating area, the contours are retained. Local flowers, herbaceous trees and a pond with water lilies and local water plants create a small self-sustaining patch of land for the owners.
10. Pahalgam Hotel, Pahalgam
The suites and rooms are oriented to face the River Lidder and the snow-covered mountains.
The mesmerising beauty of the land has attracted a lot of attention from the film industry. This hotel follows a rustic and simplistic approach which is an interesting contrast to the stardom it attracts. The suites and rooms are oriented to face the River Lidder and the snow-covered mountains.
11. Site Development of Ayodhya Ghats, Faizabad
The onus of beautifying the banks of the irrigation canals fell to Ar Ravindra Bhan.
The right bank is integrated with a bathing area and green spaces while the left bank consists of designed ghats, platforms and burkes.
12. Andrews Ganj Housing, New Delhi
Along with several other firms, Ar Ravindra Bhan designed an urban landscape that blended with the built form. The housing project also included a community centre that demanded a versatile landscape to accommodate its needs.
Multiple pedestrian walkways, evergreen shrubs and trees, children’s play area and community spaces for elders were the key features that bonded the project together.
13. New Delhi Ridge Project
The New Delhi Ridge Project demonstrates extensive research and care, adding a new dimension to Ar Ravindra and his firm. Proactive research is pivotal in understanding the biophysical components and their relationship to one another. Consequently, measures to preserve the 864 hectares of land through detailed analysis was possible.
14. Children’s Park, India Gate, New Delhi
The children’s park follows an intrinsic approach to the psyche of children. Attention to detail prioritises the experience the park needs to provide for the growing toddlers. Encouraging curiosity through zoning with ergonomically appropriate equipment helps provide a holistic approach to the park.
15. Stormwater Drainage Scheme, Churu
Churu lies in the north-east quadrant of the hot and dry Rajasthan. The village is laden with uneven land creating minuscule water bodies during the monsoons. This water would eventually become unhygienic, ultimately becoming a health hazard for the locals.
As a specialist in ecology, Ar Ravindra Bhan was brought onboard by HUDCO to solve this issue. Subsequently, a complex drainage system forced the water out and into a lake specially devised to treat the water.