Chharodi Lake

Ahmedabad, Gujarat  |  2017 - 2020

Chharodi lake sits at the urban periphery, poised for rapid urbanisation. Currently unconnected to urban systems yet surrounded by piecemeal development, it catches untreated sewage and supports rural animal systems simultaneously. The revival strategies for the lake involved careful assessment of multiple factors like ownerships, encroachments and edge conditions in order to define the scope of development.

The proposal defines a new lake edge while retaining the natural slopes for surface water run off, retains all natural species of plants that form a wetland shoreline offset around it for natural filtration and a soft landscape scheme is planned further to aid this entire system of natural filtration. This activated edge is then further developed to draw people in with various amenities of public life  like gardens, café, toilets with biofilters and a stepped access into the lake. Furthermore, a kund is introduced in a protruded extension of the lake edge for the water body to be able to cater to large groups of people during religious festivities.