aCTa international wins its largest project in India
An international competition-winning design by Stephen Coates of aCTa international, the 340,000 sq m organic hybrid mega-structure ‘Taloje’ represents a departure from the normal high density residential development in Asia typified by identical towers aligned according to set back requirements resulting in deep oppressive canyons with little or no views either in or out of the central space thereby isolating the development from its surroundings.
Covering an area of 6.75 hectare, 3,400 apartments are housed in 20 separate but abutting towers linked horizontally by multi-storey habitable bridge connectors. All structure, services and access to apartments on the bridge connectors is horizontal allowing huge landscaped apertures to be created at lower and middle levels affording framed vistas of the stunning Khargahr Hills to the west from the deepest part of the site.
In addition to creating a rich and varied living environment full of spatial complexity and intrigue these openings also promote cooling cross ventilation enhanced by water bodies and increased levels of natural daylighting with associated savings in energy consumption. Each roof will be accessible to the 18,000 residents and will be fully landscaped providing tranquil and cooling green spaces with panoramic views throughout the complex and beyond to the surrounding plains.
Basic towers are arranged around 2 central courtyards. Each tower is comprised of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments, arranged vertically according to size. These levels are reflected in the 3 strata levels. The habitable bridges at the intermediate level are accessed from vertical connectors at the junctions with the towers. These connections are enhanced with more intimate gardens and will become natural places for informal chance meetings of immediate neighbours. Together with the roof top gardens, and the central courtyard gardens, Taloje will have a hierarchy of spaces and places that connects different groups of neighbours horizontally and vertically.
The whole composition is eased into the flat landscape with legs of low rise blocks stretching out into the surroundings as if to anchor the form like the roots of a tree.
Phase 1 is to be launched before the end of 2010. Edifice Architects based in Mumbai are providing local support.