The site is located along the Pandara road near India Gate, central Delhi. The aim is to demolish the existing government housing in the area and plan high density group housing in its place.
Since the city is growing exponentially, the overall plan is to create a minimum of 75 houses per acre of land. With the total are of 11 acres, the housing development is planned to have a total of 750 dwelling units with commercial and public utilities integrated within the development.
Concept and Ideology
The main aim behind the overall development is to provide a welcoming urban edge to the city. To accomplish this, the periphery of the housing adjacent to the main road is designed in a stepped manner similar to terracing. With the stepped terraces along the main road, wide green belt is formed between the houses and the road thus reducing the noise levels within the development. Since the scale of the edge is broken down to the human scale, it corresponds to the surrounding settlements and landscape and proves to be more welcoming as opposed to conventional high rises. The terraces also provide with open green spaces to the highly dense units in the complex.
Planning and Design
The central green space is planned in a hierarchy according to the size of the space. Formal green courts and lawns are linked to each other through a central spine that connects all the residential towers to the green spaces as well. Pathways, trails and urban forest are carved out for pedestrian movement and for informal gatherings along the central spine.
Vehicular movement is restricted to the peripheral roads to encourage pedestrian movement within the housing development. Podium level and various surface parking nodes serve the parking requirements for the group housing. Housing clusters, green courts, central gathering space and other facilities are connected through pedestrian walkways and form the framework of the movement pattern within the housing development.
Residential clusters are planned around a courtyard which is an interpretation of the traditional practice followed in vernacular houses and is reconfigured according to the contemporary needs and requirements. This typology of housing cluster is climate responsive and also helps in increasing the social interaction amongst the residents.
For better social integrity of the housing development, residential clusters are planned to form a combination of dwelling units of various economic class. This combination provided an opportunity to create an environment of greater integrity and density linked to each at various levels.