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Inspiration from Past and Present
Inspiration from Past and Present

Physical model
Physical model

Zoning of resort on given Quarry site
Zoning of resort on given Quarry site


As if rooms are carved out of marble quarry.
As if rooms are carved out of marble quarry.

Rock cut rooms
Rock cut rooms




PROJECTINDEX
 
REUSE OF ABANDONED STONE QUARRY
Aayojan School of architecture
ARCHITECTURE

The Thesis revolves around developing and synthesizing a structure from an abandoned quarry. It expounds on the endless possibilities that can metamorphose a mining site into something interactive, profitable and appealing to peoples and societies.
Since the dawn of civilization, minerals have shaped cultures, communities and economies. Across the globe, mining has witnessed unprecedented growth as an industry, generating wealth, employment, and opportunities for growth. What remains a concern however, is how the mining sites are abandoned and left to degrade after mineral extraction is terminated.
In India, abandoned mines number in the thousands, causing habitat and vegetation loss. Societies are oblivious to the great potential these sites offer in terms of boosting tourism, recreation and hospitality.
The project “Reuse of abandoned stone Quarry” attempts to revive a neglected stone quarry, from which soft stone was previously extracted. Upon exhaustion, the mine closed in 2015.
The mine is privately owned and situated near the Udaipur – Nathdwara highway (a major tourism circuit). The quarry depth varies from 21m to 29m, and exhibits rocky composition. Two depressions located on either end of the quarry are filled with pristine blue water, lending an intrinsic natural charm and dynamism to the otherwise rigid terrain. The site contours create visual interest and curiosity, beckoning an explorer to delve further. The site thus has the potential to generate unique experiences for visitors. Recreation and hospitality segment will spur the prospects for this area, hence, a resort emanating from the mass is proposed.
The resort’s zoning is the translation of its physical opportunities and experiences. Water harvesting, utilization of prevailing winds, reviving native ecology and using available rocks are some of the salient features of the design. Overall, the project is a catalyst to Re-think, Re-imagine and Re-design condemned quarries and bring about exemplary transformations for posterity.