Jio Institute, Karjat 2018
Jio Institute, an educational project initiated by Reliance Group, aims to create a world-class campus of learning, innovation and research. The site, nestled amid the Sahyadri Ranges near Mumbai, in the town of Karjat, comprised three land parcels, cumulatively measuring 800 acres.* HCP was commissioned to prepare the concept masterplan of all three land parcels of the institute, which will comprise academic, sports, medical, and residential zones.
The largest of the three sites housed the main academic and housing zones of the Insititute. The academic zone comprised 12 schools of diverse fields. Designed as a pedestrian-friendly campus, the planning followed a grid pattern, which allows efficient connectivity across main zones. A central, landscaped boulevard was proposed through the academic zone, to be used as the main walkway, incorporating several informal resting spaces. Student and faculty housing blocks, located on contoured terrain, were placed in a stepped manner along the contours, with the access routes laid in a winding pattern. Use of public transport was encouraged with the provision of trams, buggies, and shuttles. The second site accommodated an international standard sports facility with tracks, hockey and football stadiums, cricket ground and other indoor sports facilities. The third site accommodated a school of medical science, along with a 110-bed hospital. Master-planning strategies on all three sites sensitively accommodated the hilly terrain, harmoniously melding architecture and nature.
*The site has now been moved to Navi Mumbai, and HCP is on the advisory body for the planning of the project, acting as a consultant.
Bimal Patel, Bobby Desai, Mahesh Iyer
Map showing Location of Karjat Tehsil
Formation of Concept- (top) Various Alternatives in Academic Zone; (bottom) Plased Implementation of the Project
Classification of the Schools
Movement and Access Network
Section through Academic Zone
Section through Faculty Villa zone
Section through Student Housing Zone
Lawns leading upto the convention centre
The Central Spine: forming a Grand Avenue upon entering
Conceptualizing the Master Plan View of the 4BHK Villas
Forum amphitheatre and plaza - Large institutional event.
Convention center plaza overlooking the Institution’s lawns and enterance boulevard
Student Housing at Dawn