GARDEN OF FIVE SENSES
SAID-UL-AJAIB, NEW DELHI
State Institute of Urban Planning and Architecture, Rohtak
QUTUB GOLF COURSE
QILA RAI PITHORA
SAKET METRO STATION
S I T E A N D SURROUNDINGS
S I T E LOCATION
THE GARDEN OF FIVE
SENSES IS LOCATED AT SAID-
UL-AZAIB VILLAGE, CLOSE
TO THE MEHRAULI HERITAGE
AREA IN NEW DELHI.
THE 20-ACRE SITE IS
SET AMONGST MAJESTIC
ROCKS. IT WAS
INAUGURATED IN FEBRUARY
SAKET METRO STATION IS THE NEAREST MODE OF PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION TO ACCESS THE GARDEN.
The garden of five senses is not just a park. It is a space with a variety of
activities, inviting public interaction and exploration. The project designed
by Pradeep Sachdeva and associates for Delhi tourism & transportation
development corporation, was conceptualized to answer to the city's need
for leisure space for the public, for people to socialize and unwind. Such
spaces add atmosphere and life to a city and cater to all sections of the
The project is designed to stimulate one's sensory responses to the
environment. An amalgamation of color and fragrance, texture and form
evokes the awareness of touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.
The entry to the garden is ticketed and it is open from 9am to 7pm
throughout the week. The garden of five senses also has many well-
established restaurants and bars, like fio, the zoo, cacique, spice and the
Indian kitchen, that attract people during late evening hours.
LAWN PAVED AREA BUILTUP
NATURAL VEGETATION WATERBODY VEGETATION
The design draws inspiration from the neighboring
archeological park and Qutab Minar.
The garden has been planned to respect the natural
ecological feature of the site- the native plants and
the beautiful rocky ridge outcrop.
GARDEN OF FIVE SENSES THE TALL WIND CHIME
C O N C E P T S
This park was developed with the intention to promote tourism and provide
for other formal activities like various festivals. The ticketing system
discourages day to day leisure activities like strolling, jogging, playing etc
common in other parks.
This park is a theme based design and hosts various festivals round the year.
The food festivals, organized every now and then are delights. There are also
sherbet Melas to boot . other festivals include garden tourism festival, Dandia
festival, sit and draw competitions etc. Picnicking is also rampant during
A C T I V I T Y
P A T T E R N
RELATING TO THE SURROUNDINGS
The project was designed to fit within two contexts - one is the present city
of new delhi which is a large bustling metropolis. Also, delhi has traditionally
been a city of gardens. This project was seen as an extension and
development of the tradition. The garden is located adjacent to the mehrauli
archaeological park. Construction materials and building forms were selected
to be in harmony with this historic precinct.
“THE GARDEN GOT AGA KHAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE IN 2010”
o The garden was planned to be contemporary in spirit and yet draw on the traditions of the
o To respect the history and draw inspiration from the neighboring Mehrauli Archaeological Park
and Qutb Minar (World heritage Monument) and complex with the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque.
o To explore the dynamics between the built and the un-built.
o To look at the wider perspective of ‘Garden as Public Space’. It therefore has a broad range of
areas, from the more intense activity zones, like the food courts and shops, to contemplative
zones, like the fragrant gardens, color gardens, and the Lily Pool.
o To try and develop a democratic space which would benefit all sections of the society.
o To make it financially self-sustaining and generate enough revenue for the maintenance.
o To create a sense of joy and fulfillment for all who visit the garden.
One of the major constraints was to be able to develop the project keeping in view the
ecological sensitivity of the site. The 8 Hectare site is situated on the foothills of the Aravali
hill range. It therefore limited the space available for built up forms. This was because the
design intent was clear as to not disturb the rocky features on the site. The budget was also
GUIDING I D E A S
T Y P O L O G Y O F
S P A C E S
SOLAR ENERGY PARK
COURTS OF SPECIMEN PLANTS
THE DIFFERENT ZONES IN THE GARDEN:
The garden is built on the lines of the mughal gardens. At the entrance of this formal garden,
there is an exciting piece of sculpture, a tree fountain, cast in brass, by john bowman.
Slow moving water cascades in channels along the length of this garden. Flowering and
fragrant shrubs and trees line its paths. A walk along the central axis leads to a series of
fountains some which are lit up by fibre-optic lighting systems.
The meandering paths then lead up to neel bagh which is a pool of water lilies encircled by
pergolas covered with climbing plants of different colours and textures.
At the centre of the court is a stunning wind chime, crafted by ceramist kristene michael. It is
made up of hundreds of ceramic bells hanging overhead to catch the wind.
T Y P O L O G Y
O F S P A C E S
Narrow pathways, made of various natural materials, snake along compositions of colour, with
flowering shrubs and groundcovers that complement each other. The common lantana displays
itself at its best when it is covered by multiple hues of hundreds of butterflies which depend on
the plant for food.
Apart from the various texture & color that one encounters in the materials used in the
garden the tactile area is especially designed to stimulate the sense of touch.
Weather beaten rocks with remarkable textures and colors from the banks of the river ganga
are coming to be a focus in the tactile area.
SOLAR ENERGY PARK
A solar energy park has been set up with the help of ministry of non renewable energy
This section of the garden is meant to bring about awareness in utilization of renewable
sources of energy. It comprises of a 20kw. Solar power plant which meets the requirements
of running the solar park.
COURTS OF SPECIMEN PLANTS:
Moving southwards from the court of lilies are a cluster of courts which feature
plants whose names are commonly heard but those which are not often seen. Some
of the courts of specimens are:
Bamboo court, cacti & succulent court, herb garden, court of palms
Blocks of sandstone nestled amongst the natural slope of the site serve as seating for
the open air theatre.
The back drop of magnificent rocks adds to the dramatic setting.
T Y P O L O G Y
O F S P A C E S
There is fairly limited built form and large open landscape spaces.
The site can be primarily be divided into two zones:
·Intensively landscaped and developed zone (intensive zone)
The intensive zone is in the periphery of the site where large amounts of detailed
paving's have been done with intensive landscaping done. This area also has more
activities, e.g., Food courts, shops, special theme gardens and the pathways etc. This
area also has a special project - solar energy park.
The rugged zone comprises of the higher parts of the site with mainly natural rock
formation. There has been minimal design intervention in these parts.
The project has been designed in a manner that there is more active usage of the
intensive zone and a spare use of the rugged zone.
L A N D S C A P E
P A T T E R N
L I G H T S A N D
W A T E R
LIGHTING IN THE GARDEN
The lighting categories are as follows:
·Pathway lighting provided through post top lanterns and Bulkheads
·Flood lighting and highlighting of features and landscape Through floodlights and par
·Specialized lighting like underwater lights and fiber optic Lights.
There a re multiple ways in which water has been used as a design element in the garden:
·Flowing channels of water has been used in the khaas bagh reminiscent of Mughal gardens.
·There are fountains installed
·at many places including the elephant pool.
·The Neel bagh has a lily pool
·And there are other water pools in the garden as well.
Following the norm of art in public spaces a committee was set up to
commission a large number of art works for the garden. Most of the works of
art commissioned are dynamic, making it more interactive to the visitors.
About 25 different sculptures and murals have been commissioned for the
project making it one of the largest commissions of public art in the country.
The works are primarily contemporary. However a “phad” wall painting by
the rajasthani master craftsperson shantilal joshi has been made on a wall.
Also remarkable terracotta pots by master craftsperson's angoori devi and
giri raj shah have been installed.
A R T I S T I C
I M P R E S S I O N
CHILD 24,221 23,108
ADULT 3,54,4214 4,11,687
TOTAL 3,78,435 4,34,795
S I G N I F I C A N C E
I M P A C T
The opening up of three restaurants brings in visitors till late night. Many of the
Indian festivals are celebrated here.
The most ambitious celebrations held here are during the festival of Navratri when
traditional dances take place till late in the night.
The garden is also a venue for the annual Delhi Garden festival when prize winning
plants are displayed and also a plant market is set up where nurserymen come from
all parts of the country to sell plants.
ISSUES AND PROBLEMS
• There is no proper maintenance.
• interactive spaces could be created to make the area to get its complete
• The garden is useful only when it is booked for some concerts and
shows and gives benefits and all the other times it is just a good place for
couples to have a nice time together.