MVRDV completes massive, mountain-like vertical village for 5,000 residents in India

December 10, 2018 by  
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A mountain-like residential development has risen in Pune  — India’s eighth largest city and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — and brought with it 1,068 apartments to house approximately 5,000 people in a single building. Completed as MVRDV’s first project in India, the Future Towers bucks the local standard for cookie-cutter freestanding buildings in favor of a singular mountainous structure with peaks and valleys. The mixture of unit types is meant to encourage interaction among the diverse residents who come from different backgrounds and income levels while keeping housing prices competitively low. Created as part of Amanora Park Town on the outskirts of Pune, Future Towers consists of apartments that range from 45 square meters to 450 square meters. Despite its striking mountain-like appearance, the design of the enormous building was mainly informed by research into Indian housing standards and cultural expectations. For instance, the building floor plans incorporate the principles of Vastu Shastra, a traditional system of architecture that has been likened to Feng Shui. The natural ventilation system that helps extract air from kitchens and aids in natural cooling found in typical housing developments has also been used in Future Towers. “In Asia, cities are growing so fast, and uniform repetitive residential towers are the norm,” said Jacob van Rijs, principal and co-founder of MVRDV. “With our design, we are making an effort to offer more variety and bring people from more different backgrounds together. In the original master plan, 16 separate towers were planned, all of which would have more or less the same type of apartments. The MVRDV team thoroughly researched modern Indian housing and came up with a system to create a mix of different types of apartment inside one building. This project will attract residents with a variety of incomes, something that will benefit the diversity of Amanora Park Town. Thanks to the client’s willingness to try something new, the efficiency needed for mass housing has been achieved without cutting back on residents’ comfort.” Related: Striking Heritage School with stone walls and curved roofs mimics the rolling green hills of India Since construction costs are low in India, but elevators are comparatively expensive, Future Towers comprises just four circulation cores around which the nine wings — each ranging from 17 to 30 stories — are clustered. Large social spaces, known as ‘scoops,’ are scattered throughout the building and are designed for different activities or purposes, such as mini golf or child care. Each one is brightly painted to create a sense of a “neighborhood identity” in different parts of the building. Outdoor courtyards accessed via four-story-tall triangular gates provide additional gathering space. + MVRDV Photography by © Ossip van Duivenbode via MVRDV

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Tiny Moose Road Residence Frames Stunning Views of Ukiah Valley in California

April 10, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Tiny Moose Road Residence Frames Stunning Views of Ukiah Valley in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable housing , california architecture , california housing , cheap building materials , houses on stilts , low-cost housing , Moose Road Residence , Mork Ulnes Architects , plywood homes , Ukiah Valley , Ukiah Valley architecture , Yvonne Mouser

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The Great Green Fate of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree After the Holidays Are Over

December 19, 2013 by  
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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is the star of holidays in NYC, but what happens to it when the festivities are over? The awesome answer might surprise you. Read on to find out what it is. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 45 Rockefeller Plaza , affordable housing , Chris Clarke , christmas tree , decent housing , green building materials , green homes , habitat for humanity , Humanity Plaza , Hurricane Katrina , Hurricane Katrina Victim Homes , louisiana , low income housing , low-cost housing , mayor bloomberg , Mississippi , nbc , Norway Spruce , NYC Christmas Tree , NYC Christmas tree from Connecticut , NYC Christmas tree from Shelton , recycled wood , rockefeller center , Rockefeller Christmas lighting , Rockefeller Christmas Tree , Rockefeller Christmas Tree 2013 , Rockefeller Christmas Tree has 45000 led lights , Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting , Swarovski crystal tree star , Tishman Speyer , transform Rockefeller Plaza into the Humanity Plaza , Warner Music        

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Extraordinary ‘Bamboo Stalactites’ Sprout Mushrooms in Liter of Light’s Shanghai Biennale Pavilion!

October 23, 2012 by  
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Freegle Brighton Announces Plans to Build Community Center Made Entirely of Local Waste

October 11, 2012 by  
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Freegle is a UK-based network that allows locals to seek out items other people people are looking to get rid of – including refrigerators, sofas, old doors and windows. Now the Brighton Freegle  group needs your help to create an entire house built from waste. They’re looking for unwanted building materials and even non-recyclable items such as toothbrushes, floppy discs, polystyrene or Styrofoam. The house will serve as a community sustainability center and it will be a model for low-cost, low-carbon housing using local waste. + Freegle + Brighton Freegle The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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