Jinvara is situated on a sprawling two-and-a-half acres in Avalahalli village. A mango orchard at the time of the Madras Presidency, the property was until recently part of one of South India’s oldest stud farms; a paddock for thoroughbred horses to run free.
Staying true to its rural heritage while catering to the growing urban neighbourhood around its perimeter, Jinvara is a true example of simple, sustainable architecture. The structures make use of natural materials such as tile and exposed brick, and feature vintage artefacts lovingly rescued from demolition yards. The earthy aesthetic is designed to optimise space, ventilation and light. The property has ample parking facilities, but has been conceived as a tranquil pedestrian-only space, where patrons can shop, eat and walk leisurely along cobbled pathways under the dappled shade of neem, tamarind, and mango trees.
Jinvara is thus a contemporary reimagining of the traditional marketplace. Long before the advent of malls and chain stores, outdoor markets were spaces to celebrate individuality as well as foster a strong sense of community. Jinvara aims to be a vibrant cultural destination for the surrounding neighbourhood, and for those visiting from other parts of Bangalore, a refreshing break from the cacophony of the city.