58 m. tower for Goa extreme adventure facility
Mumbai-based architecture and design firm Kalayojan, Urban Planners and Architects has designed Jumping Heights Adventures Pvt. Ltd., an extreme adventure facility in Goa. The firm has previously designed Bungy Jumping, Flying Fox and Grand Swing facilities at Rishikesh and Uttarkhand for the same client. Associated with the Goa Tourism Department Corporation (GTDC), the challenge was to work with Goa’s topography and climatic conditions.
The Goan hilly area surrounding the Mayem Lake was chosen after several discussions with the client and tourism authorities. One is greeted by an expanse of green hills, lakes, and villages that lead up to Bicholim. Constructing a premier yet safe structure was challenging, with an added focus on environmental conservation as well.
The tower accommodates two lifts of 10 passengers’ capacity, toilets, fire escape staircase, and central passage, and the orientation of the transparent lifts ensures far visibility. The crown of the tower has the large client signboard, for which pile foundation. The Bungy tower has been constructed with galvanized structural steel to ensure longevity in the humid conditions. Steel was favored for the tall tower strong base due to its high strength-to-weight ratio.
The parts were pre-manufactured and galvanized in a Mumbai factory, and assembled with 2 mm. tolerance. The structure was assembled part by part using advanced construction technology and cranes due to the difficult topographic conditions. The sway and oscillation of the tower were minimized to 60 mm. at the top to deal with strong winds. The Bungy tower was constructed on a footprint of only 6 m x 6 m with a 58 m tower. A 2 m. natural track links the tower with other ancillary facilities such as merchandise, ticketing, and cafeteria.