Infra / Interior / Exterior

public spaces
1996 – 2018
public spaces

Public spaces

Public spaces are interior and exterior spaces, as well as permanent and impermanent spaces, for movement and passage; encounter and exchange; as well as entertainment and leisure. These spaces go beyond the physical and into the realms of the virtual, social, cultural, and emotional. In India, where tradition and modernity coexist in layered complexity, these spaces include streets and pavements; parks, maidans and bagaans; railway stations and metro stations; shopping malls and bazaars; exhibitions, museums and gallery spaces. Indian cities face the constant struggle to design, maintain, and improve the inhabitation of public spaces and their qualities, not just in urban areas but also in peri-urban areas. A successful and liveable city therefore needs to have a network of well-designed and inclusive public spaces.

A public space that is generally open and accessible to people. roads including the sidewalk public squares, parks and beaches are typically considered public space. To a limited extent, government buildings which are open to the public, such as public library public libraries are public spaces, although they tend to have restricted areas and greater limits upon use. Although not considered public space, privately owned buildings or property visible from sidewalks and public thoroughfares may affect the public visual landscape, for example, by outdoor advertising. Recently, the concept of Shared space has been advanced to enhance the experience of pedestrians in public space jointly used by automobiles and other vehicles. Public space has also become something of a touchstone for critical theory in relation to philosophy, urban design. The term 'public space' is also often misconstrued to mean other things such as gathering place, which is an element of the larger concept of social space.

The art of creating great spaces

Great public spaces are the living room of the city - the place where people come together to enjoy the city and each other. Public spaces make high quality life in the city possible - they form the stage and backdrop to the drama of life. Public spaces range from grand central plazas and squares, to small, local neighborhood parks. The combination of beautiful architecture with great public space creates the most beautiful places to live - places that express a life of richness and tradition, and act as a setting for life to happen.

The design resolves these kind of complex programmatic requirements by uniting them in one continuous spatial gesture. We used the idea of the ribbon to tie elements together in a loop that climaxes where the ends meet at the tower. Built of Cor-ten steel, the building is detached from the ground, liberating it from the forest and conserving an uninterrupted ground-scape. The varying height of the structure creates an undulating platform that doubles as an elevated walkway through the treetops. Here, visitors will receive a close-up experience of the forest and nature,

Along its path, the loop will splinter off into two 'air pockets' housing the visitor centre and service plant before it returns to the top of the hill where it shoots off into the sky.


Functioning both as the broadcasting antenna and as an icon, the tower will become an attraction for kilometres around. In this way also, the tower, with its two vertical meeting paths, acts as an arched gateway to the park, under which all visitors enter. This gives the project a strong, but gracious, monumental identity to match the elaborate scenic experience of the promenade.


Public Space Design at Nest Decor the values of empathy, sustainability, adaptability, and inclusivity. It exposes students to the complex interactions between spatial design, systems design, law, policy, and governance through a critical engagement with people, places, policy and theory. The program engages with real life projects developed in collaboration with NGO’s, government agencies, industry and other stakeholders in a studio format to cultivate a deep and rigorous understanding of context, systems, processes and their interactions with space. This leads to an informed and reflective practice that is alive to debates, contradictions and possibilities in the field.

People can be made to feel powerful by having a clear cause and effect on their immediate environment. Even the smallest of inputs can result in impressive outputs. When designing for physical space, the key is to create moments where a minor interaction results in a major moment – people love to see that they’ve make an impact.