“No yaar…Not again!!!”
This was Trisha’s abrupt reaction to my nth ‘Check In’ at the Cyber Hub. Trisha (name changed), is a close friend who actually lives quite far and hence has never been to Gurgaon and Cyber Hub, of course… hence, this genuine reaction!!!
But to be very frank, I just can’t help often being there. I simply love the place. The very first time I visited the Hub, was over lunch, with a bunch of colleagues, to check out the newbie who had suddenly become the talk-of-the-town. And since then, it has kept inviting me over and over again.
Placed strategically amidst the Corporate Hub of Cyber City, allowing several suited booted souls to drop-in during weekdays, connected smartly by the Rapid Metro, overcoming the hassles of public transport, sitting just parallel to NH8, enlivening the space over weekends as well, Cyber Hub is an unparalleled prospect to be lived up all the seven days of the week.
A place is popular not only because of the amenities it bestows. The experience it enthralls you within, the delight that you sense inside, is one of the prominent reasons.
This aspect of different experience begins from the car park itself, where you find an interesting semblance of hardscape and softscape, that welcomes you with an experience, so unusual of Gurgaon.
As you walk down to the Hub, the view of colorful signages, with a back drop of tall Cyber City buildings, the excitement gets built in, a little more. The very characteristic steel and glass of entire vicinity flows down to the Hub as well, but you can distinctly feel the life enthused in it, by the designers.
Though there are several things that entice you in all possible directions from the entry point itself, but the very distinguished avenue, carved on the longitudinal axis along which food outlets are arranged, will compel you to walk and explore till the other end. And here you find your cherry on the top…the beautiful amphitheatre. The curvilinear steps entice you to come and sit for a while. The radial flooring pattern, emphasizing the center of the stage, gravitates your eyes to appreciate the architectural beauty of the space. Primarily designed for holding events and equipped with weather proof sound system, this amphitheatre is the epicentre during festive seasons. So if you are there while some cricket match is going on, or some dance performance or a musical band, you can witness the literal ‘function followed by this form’.
The methodical composition of very simple and common flooring materials is carried throughout the complex on all three floor levels. The patterns themselves define the walkway and the sitouts very intuitively, along the corridors.
The captivating tensile membranes, space frames and all those roofs flaunted with green cover, speak themselves of the modernity and grandeur of the place. You can’t escape getting impressed by the greenery and landscape spread throughout inspite of the meager soft area available…Creativity at its best…I would say.
Though Cyber Hub is mainly a food hub, unlike the conventional shopping malls, but still it’s not merely food for which you should be visiting. Neither you have to check out the seasonal sales on various outlets, nor you have to walk and walk to do endless and mindless shopping. You can just hang out with your best buddies or your colleagues or family and spend some special moments or else you can even choose to go alone and cherish your solitude. The choice is yours!!!
And when it’s the time to go home in the evening, there stands the magnificent view of the epitome of Modern Gurgaon, the Gateway Tower, standing out amidst the entire Cyber City.
Every time I come out of the Cyber Hub, I would rather say the Designer Hub, I feel prouder of my profession. It’s a perfect example of what a good work in architecture, can make the users of that space, feel. So I think, by now, I have very calculatively figured out all the reasons I can specify to Trisha for my next ‘Check In’.