Temporary Water Holding Structure
Plot Area: 10,000 Sq.ft.
Location: Bandra (West), Mumbai
Year: August 2020
Scope of Work: Concept Design and Execution
This is a schematic design which the firm designed and developed to create a temporary water holding pond of 20,000 lt. water capacity which was required to be constructed for immersion of Ganapati idols during the festival of Ganpati Jayanti in Mumbai. Local BMC corporator Mr. Asif Zakaria and our BMC Commissioner Mr. Vispute wanted to create certain no of isolated water holding ponds in their H/West Ward (includes Bandra, Santacruz and Khar). The festival of Ganpati is a very common Hindu festival in Maharashtra and most homes prefer to have one Ganpati idol placed at there house for a day to 10 days span and the end of the duration the idol is meant to be submerged in any natural pond or water body, but with an urban sprawl of 22 million people inhabiting the city, the quantum of such idols are huge. So with such huge demand, it is not fare and enough to access natural ponds which are available in the city as they do get quite polluted with the dried flowers which are used for the deity, so in such a scene a water holding pond provides but for a much more sustainable way.
Atelier ARBO Designed a bare bone structure with bamboo or steel scaffolding which can be re-used or re-purposed again. The inner walls were lined with sand bags before it is being covered with a wire mesh which will help in giving a structure to the bare bamboo frame. Then finally a thick sheet a tarpaulin is used to cover the inner lining and stretched to the outer side of the holding pond which is also held with large round boulders or planters. The plantation from outside will help is covering the holding pond external surface and create a more aesthetically appealing surface. Steel steps can be provided from one end for easy access to the pond which needs to be stabilized before it is being used.
The overall structure needs to be temporary, but it should still be sturdy enough for its purpose.