High density and smaller building footprints offered by all the big metropolitan cities have made construction of tall buildings inevitable. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and getting a large plot here is very difficult, but the demand for premium homes is genuine. Over the years there has been a transformation in Indian Architecture as the diverse western and eastern cultures move towards a synthesis of ideas and styles reconciling tradition and modernity.
The site which we have designed is a 10.000 sqft. Plot, where we have designed various sizes of homes, starting with smaller 2bed apartments, larger 4bed apartments and a few really luxurious 5bed duplex apartments.It is located in a relatively under-developed part of Mumbai city on the Eastern side. The design is conceived as a vertical cluster of boxes which are sculpted to look random , yet each one on its own functions as a great home. The core of the building is placed in the south so that all the apartments face the North direction. Naturally high rise buildings receive more sunshine than a lower one and thus we have designed every floor with large decks which are cantileverd out in various directions.
The decks ascend rhythmically to create a horizontal stacking effect, they act as sunshade devices by providing glare protection , reducing the heat gain as well as act as recreational features. All the Duplex floors have been integrated with the refuge floors, where for the purpose of evacuation in times of a fire we have to as a rule provide a large terrace. Thus we designed these floors as sky gardens, wherein the terraces instead of only being used in times of a fire can also be enjoyed by the owner of the duplexes. These sky courts serve as interstitial zones and save energy by functioning as spaces that provide fresh air exchanging into the building thereby once again reducing solar heat gain.They also however add a humane touch to the tall structure enhancing the asthetics.
The wood finish cladding and the jail type of screen we have used for the service areas expresses the fusion between modern and vernacular architecture. We know that high rise buildings decrease the waste of land resources and return more land to nature so it is now more than ever a necessity rather than a luxury !!Location: Mumbai, India
Architects: Architect Seema Puri & Zarir Mullan
WAF Entry: 2011