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Kakinada Beachfront Development

Kakinada, Hope Island, Konaseema, India

To create a landmark destination that is a tourism anchor point for the Kakinada-Hope Island-Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary loop as well as a recreational destination for the local community. Kakinada Beach Front Development Master Plan proposes an experiential public space that offers walkable boardwalks that gives you access to the beach, retail space and various accommodations while providing beautiful natural backdrop.

The central approach avenue leads the way to the Dolphin Park and Amphitheatre with huge Godavari River in the background creating a pleasing promenade for the tourists to visit as well as the locals that are relaxing. The master plan also offers water laser show, marina and pedestrian bridges over the backwater creek to give access to the picturesque Kakinada Beach front. Various recreational activities such as Wax Museum, Aquamarine Park, Amusement Park along with Convention Center, Hotel Accommodations and Retail and Food courts are provided to tend to the tourists and local community’s needs to spend quality time on the banks of Godavari River. The modular architectural definition of the proposal provides a combination of positive and negative places/open spaces (green spaces, buffers, courtyards etc.) to tie the proposal together.

  • Bring the city of Kakinada on the recreational tourism map of domestic as well as international tourists
  • Provide an international level tourist destination that celebrates the public spaces around the waterfronts
  • Special emphasis given to retain, Restore and Rejuvenation of the existing Creek

Site Area : 50 Acres
Services : Master Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Design, Architecture, Infrastructure Engineering

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Landmark Destination for Responsible Tourism on Unexplored Coastline

Ecotourism planning entails the simultaneous responsibilities of attracting tourists to an unexplored natural region while ensuring its continued ecological sustenance. The sensitive execution of this twin responsibility forms the core of INI’s approach to creating a landmark tourism destination around Kakinada beach. The project aims to create a landmark destination that is a tourism anchor point for the Kakinada-Hope Island-Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary loop as well as a recreational destination for the local community. After cognizing the balance of existing ecosystems on this coast, calibrated interventions were planned to enhance its allure, access, convenience and thrill for local and external tourists.

A Sense of Place – Iconic, Inviting

Generating the tourists’ confidence, attracting them to this eastern coastal destination needed lending it a sense of place. At the Kakinada Beachfront location, a ceremonial entranceway provides access, leading down axial twin roads flanking a lush parkway to an iconic water-borne sculpture park. Provision of infrastructure to support an Aquamarine park, amusement park, wax museum, convention center, hotels, retail and food outlets lend urbanity to this destination. The ensuing public plaza with shops and an amphitheater facing laser shows build up the tourists’ mood before taking the board-walks and pathways ahead to explore the more pristine aspects of nature on the coastline.

Immersive Experiences of Undisturbed Natural and Human Heritage

Backwater tourism and river boat cruises developed in other locations like Aduru, Vadalarevu on the same circuit add to the tourists’ basket of explorable options. Visitors interact closely with natural elements, facilitated by meandering pathways and boardwalks punctuated by pause points. Boats await at floating jetties for those wishing to explore the waters, others can opt to cycle around. Local hamlets and settlements, while left physically untouched, are economically bolstered by locating tourist lodgings nearby and enlivening their markets with appropriate interventions. The architectural style of the minimal built-forms, be they lodgings, restrooms, passenger terminal, ticketing or information centers, follow local traditional forms with sloping roofs, slat-shaded balconies in modules that alternate with courtyards in a lyrical play of solids and voids.

Illustrative Master Plan - Hope Island Beachfront Development

Part Plan - Arrival Zone - Hope Island

Master Plan Alternatives - Kakinada Beachfront Development

"Transforming an unexplored coastline into a landmark destination through iconic, engaging, and sustainable planning."

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