The Mumbai Esplanade is a significant civic improvement project connecting the city’s open spaces with train stations and business/cultural districts; it creates a single contiguous landscaped area that links some of the city centre’s primary places of interests such as transit employment and commercial nodes. The Mumbai Esplanade will have connected not only the 125 acres of existing parks, but will have added on 51 acres of new, open public space to Mumbai by linking the parks of the district to plazas, train stations and the central business district.

The creation of an urban plaza is the most efficient solution for creating a balance between pedestrian comfort and safety, and smooth flow of automobile traffic. The residual benefit to the citizens of Mumbai is the creation of an open landscape in a city starved of open space. Surrounding the Cooperage Ground, Azad, Cross and Oval Maidans, a part of the Mumbai Esplanade will incorporate a 1 meter raised platform which will allow unobstructed views of the grand heritage structures overlooking the maidans. Links to the Gateway of India and the Museum district will allow contiguous flow to Churchgate and C. Shivaji Terminus. The distinct historic district of Mumbai will be preserved and celebrated; making it open for Mumbaikars and tourists to enjoy this beautiful environment. Mumbai Esplanade seeks to give citizens the opportunity to reconnect with this port-city, so rich in history and significance


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SNK was founded in Mumbai as Somaya & Kalappa Consultants in 1978. Spanning over four decades, this multi-award winning practice is currently led by founder and principal architect Brinda Somaya and her lawyer turned architect daughter, Nandini Sampat. SNK continues to build upon its inclusive mode of practice enabling it to take on diverse projects at all scales. These include public buildings, institutional campuses, hospitals, hotels, housing, retail, corporate offices, museums and galleries, resorts, information technology parks and private homes. SNK has grown into a collaborative practice that has developed strong and respectful working relationships with leading international practices, most notably Jim Polshek, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Kohn Pedersen Fox and OMA. SNK comprises of over 50 architects, designers, engineers and quantity estimators, with an additional twenty staff to support the firm. Starting with four people in a garden shed over forty years ago, many have continued their journey with the practice and remained key contributors towards the evolution, survival and success of SNK.

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