GODREJ PLATINUM, VIKHROLI
‘What is architecture, if not making the standard of living better and structures more sustainable.’
The site visit at Godrej and Boyce Platinum rated tower, Vikhroli was organised to make students of B. R. Harne college of Architecture understand details of sustainable architecture as well as the services which is the most essential topic of architecture. It was organised by Ar. PrashantaPodar (ex-employee of Godrej and Boyce) and Ar. Sanjay Shirgaonkar, who are faculties in the college.
Students of third year assembled at the entrance of the site in Vikhroli at 9:30 am. The project architects first introduced the students to Godrej and Boyce, and their projects.
The students assembled near the clubhouse. Ar. Vrinda Padhye, Ar. Lalit Davate and Ar. Jayraj Ghatge were the faculties assisting Ar. Poddar and Ar. Shirgaonkar.
Ar. Dilip Kamlapurkar, Head of Construction division, Godrej and Boyce lead the team from Godrej that included Ar. Bhuvana, Ar. Menka and safety officer Mr.Lenindra,which guided students and briefed them about the building.
The students did the case study of the club house and observed the spaces. They also studied the materials used for the children’s play area and how the care is taken to avoid any mishaps.
The students were then guided to the basement where they could study the various aspects of parking considered for making the building eco-friendly. In the basement, students also got a chance to study the services of the building. The Godrej team didn’t leave any stone unturned in answering the questions asked by the students. Students then visited the sample flats. After studying the planning of flats, the amenities provided and the fire safety norms, students visited the top floor and learnt about the solar panels used in the buildings. The team from Godrej also explained students about the different green building norms.
After studying the building, students headed towards the sewage treatment plant where they studied its process. After the students learnt about the process, they were shown the sample of clean water (not potable though) which was treated earlier.
At the end of the visit, there was a small question and answer session with Ar. Dilip Kamlapurkar which helped the students to clear all their doubts.
The site visit was important from the students’ point of view as it is helpful in academics. Ar. Dilip Kamlapurkar was satisfied with the students’ response and involvement. He wished students luck and promised to help students in the future.