In India, the typical urban multifamily apartment stack evolves from a detached peri-urban single family home. The role that staircases, courtyards and setbacks play as shared community spaces here, is frequently neglected.
To maximize rental options, this stack consists of a 4BR duplex, a 2BR single floor unit and a 1BR rooftop apartment. This caters to the typical tenant base of nuclear families, young couples and single professionals or students.
As floor plans are not identical, the courtyard and setbacks are not single volumes but multi-level social spaces. The staircase-courtyard combination becomes a community space where the stairwell is designed to be a shared vertical garden.
Visual connectivity is restricted to the public spaces of apartments. The sunken court, cantilevered verandah and roof top garden provide each apartment its own outdoor space.
Apartments were designed to be unique individual homes that encourage socially vibrant lifestyles.