Mining Museum at a reused abandoned quarry, KGF

Best Architectural Design for Museum

About the project
KGF mines have undergone mining for over 120 years. With its rich history, the site has been abandoned for the past 20 years. The excessive mining has left the site wounded and ecologically denuded.
Even in its state of degradation and utter neglect, the site has its own beauty which I strongly feel needs to be preserved.
The aim is to open up the site to tourists, environmentalists, artists, and the next generation to make them aware of environmental disasters.
The other is to rejuvenate the site thru harvesting opportunities, methods for land stabilization, and reintroduction of flora and fauna to revive the ecosystem and attract migratory birds.
Retaining most of the existing structures, tunnels and integrated them within the tourist trails such as the museum and ancillary facilities. Considering the land typology in the open pit the structure system is to be derived. The new overhanging bridge-like structure accommodates the observation deck and research-museum-related functions.

Kolar Goldfield, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Applicant and author of the project
Shalini Vajubhai Polra.
Graduate in Architecture from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara. «I believe that the building should behave with nature and humans in a manner. I like interpreting the psychology, responses, character of Organisms through art and architecture.
I have started my practice and working on small projects.»