Vatavriksha

Akkalkot holds an important position within the southern part of Maharashtra. Akkalkot is widely known for its association with Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj and hence it is significant religiously along with the nearby Vitthal Mandir in Pandharpur and Tuljapur. It also has a historical significance as Akkalkot was the seat of a princely state during the British Raj. With the growing number of pilgrims every year, there arises a need for extracting the potential of the entire town. This potentials need to be looked in terms of historical , religious and tourism aspects.

The proposed Resort for MTDC takes into consideration these aspects and thus develops strategies which brings about an overall development of town. The Resort is primarily based on Concept of Vatavriksha where it is the beholder of entire premise through interconnected spaces. the hot and dry climatic conditions of the region demand for a healing and cooling design solution thus each component is designed with double wall systems. The existing talao is rejuvenated and restored for multipurpose use.

The community hall with an area of 4,500 m² and a capacity of approximately 2000 people stands on the highest point of the site. The hall design gives an impression of enclosure and protection by flanking two ramps and staircases on either sides of the centre block. The double wall system avoids direct exposure to sun in the hall. The dining area and other service areas below throw in a courtyard spill out space to avoid overcrowding and to allow a maximum of light and ventilation for the same.