A pedestrian-friendly community of neighbourhoods

Studio U+A completes first phase of Vatika City

by James 31 December 2009
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    Vatika City, a 53 acre urban district conceived as a family orientated, pedestrian friendly community of neighbourhoods, each characterised by a distinct building typology and a related landscape treatment. Along the Crescent Park buffer, the Crescent Road serves as a manifold to the series of radiating two way streets leading to and from the various neighbourhoods. Parking is housed below grade and offers access to the buildings above.

    The nine-storey Emilia blocks conform to the Crescent Road, overlook the park and feature entry from the radiating streets, garden courtyards and a number of duplex apartments. The five-storey Iris row houses, inspired by English townhouse precedents, are comprised of through units and define internal landscaped commons directly accessible to all residents through a series of apertures which penetrate the blocks.

    The mid-rise Primrose apartments, and the Aster blocks to the north and south of Crimson Park, are a series of abutting buildings forming two parallel bars bridged by individual buildings’ connecting passages and vertical circulation elements. The garden courtyards of the abutting buildings are connected at the ground level.

    Crimson Park is adjoined along its western edge by the four diagonally set Sovereign Towers. Comprised of two pairs of 18 storey point blocks in a landscaped setting, the flanking a central swimming pool. Each of the three wings of a given tower comprises a single apartment on each floor having no fewer than three exterior exposures.

    Vatika City’s buildings share an architectural language inspired by traditional Indian architecture and realised in a contemporary architectural idiom. The courtyard form is apparent at many scales. Narrow building cross sections enables cross ventilation. All buildings are fitted with screen walls on their public faces, offering a layer of privacy from the street, solar protection and a zone to house generous balconies while concealing mechanical equipment.


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