YMCA International Centre has been chosen as the winner under the ‘Editorial Choice Architecture – Mixed Use Project of the Year’ category by the editorial board of Architect & Interiors India magazine. The awards herald not just the vision of design professionals leading the way, but also those practitioners who have translated their visions into real projects.
The Lewis and Hickey team in Mumbai worked alongside YMCA Ahmedabad management for more than three years to deliver this prestigious multi-purpose leisure development close to the centre of Ahmedabad.
The 350,000 square foot centre provides world class sports, restaurant, gym, hotel and banqueting facilities. Indeed, the 15,000 sq ft banqueting hall is the largest, and possibly the grandest, in the whole of Gujurat, capable of seating well over a 1000 guests in opulent surroundings.
The club’s focus is the outdoor swimming complex, with the poolside café, dining rooms and gymnasium overlooking this calm oasis.The whole complex has a huge variety of functions and spaces which are both private and open but all relating to views and outside spaces with courtyards and terraces, water features and landscaping. The scheme has many playful features included for children of all ages, with brightly coloured poolside play areas and shallow water sections, allowing the club to cater for all family needs yet still providing a calm and peaceful setting for leisure, sport and social interaction.
President of YMCA Ahmedabad John Geevargese, says that working alongside a well-established architectural practice with a global presence certainly helped to enhance the design, allowing know-how derived from a wealth of past experience, both local and UK, to understand his vision and deliver a world-class facility.