shopping strips at palanpur

Palanpur, Gujarat    2011 - 2015

This 4 story commercial building in northern Gujarat maximizes the visibility of street facing shops by creating three strips that face 2 semi open courtyards between them. The ground floor is elevated to open and ventilate off street parking whose connection to the space above is reinforced by a series of ramps and stairs that run from basement to ground to plinth, with seating embedded to encourage public use. The shade above is modulated to protect the shop fronts from sun, dipping down in the southwest to add a few hours and lifting in the northeast to let the breeze fly out.