International architecture firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has unveiled its design for a new neighbourhood in Gurgaon, India. Located 35km to the south west of New Delhi, Gurgaon is one of India’s fastest growing cities, a major outsourcing hub and home to global corporations such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, Nokia and Pepsi. Expanding employment opportunities and the consequential wealth creation is driving the rapid development of cities such as Gurgaon across India.
The 36 acre site is being developed by Tata Housing Development Company Ltd, the leading housing provider in the region and part of one of India’s largest corporations. KPF’s masterplan supports the development of Gurgaon as a prestigious urban environment, introducing new ways of living to residents, drawn from the firm’s global experience of planning and designing new cities.
The new neighbourhood will accommodate some 4,000 people by providing 1060 dwellings of varying sizes in a series of discrete zones with parks and urban spaces , and associated amenities, including club houses, swimming pools, tennis courts and schools, enabling a rich urban living experience and creating a strong sense of community.
Variety in scale and texture contributes to a balanced urban fabric which includes four housing solutions: towers, executive apartments, executive floors and villas catering for a broad range of budgets and family types. This enables people to stay within the development as they move through different stages of life, further reinforcing the sense of community.
KPF’s masterplan responds to the demands of the local climate which features large variations in temperature, high levels of solar radiation and the monsoon season. Designed to meet Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green Homes rating system, the scheme includes the adoption of passive design strategies such as natural ventilation and the use of locally sourced materials, and the enhancement of ecological conditions to encourage diversity in habitat through specific landscaping features.