Vertical city takes shape in Pune

Isabel Pagel
Tuesday 22 Mar 2011

MVRDV looks to challenge lost qualities in mass housing with new urban development


City Corporation Ltd, a leading real estate development corporation in the Indian state of Maharashtra has started construction on the first phase of Amanora Apartment City - Future Towers, designed by MVRDV. The project is located in Pune, India and is comprised of 1,068 apartments & public amenities, as a part of a large scale housing development with a total of 400,000 sq m containing 3,500 apartments. Completion is expected by summer 2014.

The Future Towers project introduces lost qualities to mass housing: increased density combined with amenities, public facilities, parks and a mix of inhabitants resulting in a vertical city. The 1,068 apartments of the first phase vary from 42m2 to 530m2 and are set to attract a diverse mix of population to the new neighbourhood with the ambition of creating a lively sub-centre for Pune.

The hill shape structure with its peaks, valleys, canyons, bays, grottos and caves adds identity to the city and provides a large number of apartments with fine views and spacious balconies; its public space offers possibilities for interaction and communal activities.

The 400 acre site is located 10 km from the city centre of Pune in the centre of the Amanora Park Town development; the plot will be built up with FAR5 but still maintain large gardens. The first phase building is raised by a basement and plinth which contain parking and various public facilities: a school, swimming pool, retail, bars, cafes and a cinema. At the tallest point of the structure a sky lounge will be established.

The interconnected courtyards are programmed to offer the inhabitants relaxing and social environments. There will be an herb garden, an event plaza, a flowerpot garden, a playground and a sculpture garden. In-between the volumes of each of the three phase's gardens are planned. The facade will be made of concrete and the large windows will have sun protection by ornamented metal shutters, allowing for natural ventilation between facade and the many ventilation shafts that cross the structure vertically.

 

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