The SONGBIRDS Housing Project is an ongoing dialogue between positives of Urban Development within the Lap of Nature. That they can not merely co-exist, but actively nurture each other - and make each other co-existence but one singular discourse - is its basic premise.
So while 1800 families vigorously protect their environment consisting of over 4000 trees and over 50 species of birds - a large proportion of which are "Songbirds", the Promoters of this project seek to move all their various offices scattered across Pune city and their 200-odd staff to one section of this new landscape.
A pair of linear pitch-roofed pavilions are placed parallel to one another - one deliberately perched at the edge of a ridge, and the other enclosing a courtyard behind it. At the ground-plane both structure are engaged in an interplay of transparency and a centering of focus - while as one rises towards the floating roofs, the urge is towards expansive vision. The palate of natural materials, and simple clear technology exemplifies the connect with the environment : with the earth, wind, light and the songs of the birds.