EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO SUNDER NURSERY by B.ARCH VII STUDENTS on 23rd October 2019
23 October 2019
K.R. Mangalam University
An educational tour to Sunder Nursery, Nizamuddin New Delhi was organized by School of Architecture and Planning (SOAP) on 23rd October 2019 for the 4th year students as a part of their curriculum of Site Planning & Landscape Design. The aim of this visit was to make the students understand the concept, planning and materials of the place. The faculty accompanying the students was Ar. Shivani Singh.
The students & faculty members reached the destination at 10.30 a.m. The Nursery would eventually become a 90-acre (36 hectare) city park with distinct heritage, ecological and nursery zones, as well as all the expected facilities. It was originally established in the early 20th century when the Imperial Delhi complex was being planned and constructed. It was used as a place for propagating trees and other plants to be used in the new capital city, and also for testing species brought from other parts of India and from overseas, to pick those which successfully thrive in Delhi’s harsh climate.
The aim of the Landscape Master Plan has been to establish design relationships between these three major uses by weaving a meaningful visitor experience through them, traversing the site in a way that encourages and enables appreciation of all three aspects and also offers opportunities for recreation, education and discovery. Sensitive site planning and landscape design would create spatial identities that overlap and intersect but the distinctive identity of each component far from being compromised, contributes vigorously to the whole.
Some of the key landscape icons created in Sunder Nursery is:
The Grand Central Vista- Stretching from the entrance plaza of Humayun’s Tomb through the park’s tranquil environs and terminating at the threshold of the 16th c. Azimganj Serai, the Central Axis establishes a grand Mughal corridor of landscape and heritage.
Sundar Nursery Lake- This lake created in the low-lying area, serve as a holding tank for water required for irrigation, and encouraging birds in the rivulet zone.
The Garden Amphitheatre- To provide a platform for local musicians and music traditions within the picturesque setting amidst monuments, thus marrying tangible and intangible heritage an amphitheatre has been created south of Sundar Burj – Mahal axis, near the Entrance Zone.
Sundar Nursery Gardenhouse- With the Garden House, Sunder Nursery will serve as the ecological hub for the city of Delhi, which though has 13000 parks, it has not a single arboretum, where Children can be made aware of the city’s rich natural heritage..
Sundar Nursery Sunken Garden- In order to restore original levels around the monument and preserve the existing grand trees, a sunken garden was created which would also serve as gathering space for large school group.
Creating Pathways and Road- Wasteland on northern edge has been converted to a 10 acre nursery beds suited for CPWD horticultural operations.
Sundar Nursery Entrance- The entrance zone of Sundar Nursery comprises a lotus pond, a series of sunken gardens and spaces for annual flower beds with 16th century Sundar Burj in the background.
Creating Bonsai Garden - Specially designed Bonsai house at which is displaying 373 bonsai of 34 varieties have been built at Sundar Nursery.
Flower Show Area
ASI protected monuments
Finally the students were divided in groups and allotted with the above mentioned topics and are told to prepare individual sheets for representation based on various landscape design elements & principles. They observed various major elements such as levels, Persian gardens, sunken gardens, 6 ASI protected monuments; children play area, variety of native trees, shrubs & bushes, grasses of Delhi. Overall, it was great learning experience for students through which they got opportunity to enhance all the senses in a short while.