Taking a morphometric approach to urban housing, the project explored various perspectives to propose housing apt for 18m depth. Evolving from "A dwelling to the city", the narrative here is that the design inhabits the outdoors.
Located in the heart of New Delhi, the selected site is surrounded by 3 important transport nodes making it the apt choice for inhabiting the outdoors. A porous building depth of 18m allows the planning to be flexible and the apartments to be well connected with its surroundings. The central open courtyards, semi-private bridges and permeable façade together create an atmosphere of integrated homes.
The design of the building started from exploring the envelope, accessibility and then structure. Subsequently, significance of the current conditions, possibilities of the system and propositions of the typologies were added. Integrating the housing with the surroundings, a flexible and porous structure thus together provide contact with its surroundings and relation to the city.
Location: New Delhi, India
Type: Morphemetric design, working scales, infrastruture, envelope
Collaborator: Kaustubh Zawar
Project: 18m depth housing
Keeping the structure peripheral, voids are introduced at intervals to "Inhabit the Outdoors". To allow passage of ample light inside, porous façade with perforations are added at certain levels.
Bridges across the central courtyards connect both sides of the apartments at various levels. These bridges are designed such that they can be used by the residents as per their needs, making the plan flexible.