The British Residency
Hyderabad, Telangana | 2013
The site of the former British Residency, and the present day Osmania University College for Women, has significant layers of history which form a source of knowledge for embedded social meanings and critical events in our country's colonial past.
Some of the original open spaces of the Residency can still be discerned today - the T-shaped central mall, the formal “Italian” garden, the Rang Mahal that was a zenana garden, all enclosed within a fortified wall. A granitic rock outcrop in the northwest corner is the sole remnant of the original natural landscape of the site.
An erstwhile estate with formal gardens, the site is today one of the few remaining large open spaces with a thick green cover in the densely built city center.
Axial geometry plays a very important role in the allocation of open spaces in relation to the overall plan.
The development plan for the British Residency focuses on restoring the original design intent of the 'grand-manner' design, improved way finding, water management and restoration of the various themed garden spaces on site.
The Conservation Management Outline advocates the need for sensitive macro-level planning while conserving this landmark historic structure.
Extent: 43 acres
Client: Osmania University College for Women, Hyderabad
Conservation Architect: B.Sarath Chandra & Associates, Bangalore
Structural Restoration: Ravindra Gundu Rao & Associates, RGRA, Mysore | Jirnodhar Consultants
Ficus: Sriganesh, Aparna, Abhilash, Aanchal, Sagar