Hampi, Karnataka, India
Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Architecture, Navi Mumbai (University of Mumbai)
Hampi is one of the most visited destinations in India broadly from a tourism and pilgrimage perspective. The UNESCO recognition of Hampi attracts people globally for its historic and cultural significance.”Hampi: A Forgotten Civilization in a Rocky Land”-The New York Times 2019. “Bewitching Hampi: Ancient city of gods, kings, and ruins”-CNN Travel 2017.
Interpretation center; A one-stop point for the visitors, An amalgamation of past & the present, Tangible & Intangible Heritage thus creating a Holistic Hampi experience. The concept begins with finding and extracting defined elements from the existing architecture (Vijayanagar architecture): High plinths, Arches, Long Colonnade bazaar streets, etc, And rejecting whimsical individualism and ornamentation. The elements, forms, and shapes extracted thus can be further altered and adapted into the design in terms of spaces and volumes. Symmetrical and axial planning, monumental volumes, Emphasis, and grand entrances, clubbed with the above-extracted elements thus can be bridged with contemporary architecture taking present-day demands into consideration.
With the involvement of the local population, tourists can get a detailed description of various aspects of the culture and archaeological heritage. With increasing tourist influx, it is critical to create and organize the tourism potential of Hampi at the international level.