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Reviving a lost Heritage


An old tower at Wakdewadi in Pune was selected as the site for the fourth edition of The Drawing Board competition. A significant site, the tower raised several lines of enquiries about social, historical, and built contexts. Formerly, designed for storing water for a well-known landmark - the Reach Mansion (Jehangir Bungalow), the tower stands as a lone remnant of that time and essence in the present day.

The tower was a part of the beautiful mansion built-in 1879, currently positioned at the rear side of the shopping complex and the IT tower. The tower has a water tank on top and stairs to reach the tank the known details of construction can be traced back down a timeline of 140 years. The Heritage Committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation has registered the water tank as a Grade I heritage structure.

The site extends to the surrounding of the heritage water tower and the front plaza of the existing labour office at Wakdewadi, Shivajinagar, Pune. In the backdrop of this water tower: on the east side are contrasting glass buildings such as Shoppers Stop, few IT Offices and across the road, on western side, there is a labour office, and toward the southern-end facing the flyover are the slums of Patil Estate

Jurors

Juror 1

Ernesto Bedmar,

Ernesto Bedmar Architects, Singapore

Juror 2

Palinda Kannangara,

Palinda Kannangara Architects, Srilanka

Juror 3

Sanjay Mohe,

Mindspace Architects, Bengaluru

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