News: MVRDV in India: construction start for vertical city

MVRDV announced earlier today on twitter that the construction on the first phase of its first project in India, the Amanora Apartment City has just started.

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 comprises of 1,068 apartments and public amenities, as a part of a large scale housing development with a total of 400,000 square meters comprising 3,500 apartments.
Completion is expected by summer 2014. The apartments and facilities are interwoven and create a vertical city which will due to its various apartment types offer housing to a diverse group of residents.
India is currently in a rapid development to provide housing for millions; as a result often monotonous large scale housing estates appear. MVRDV takes on the challenge to participate in this development which seems dominated by efficiency rather than quality. 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 42 square meters to 530 square meters 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 studio to villa size apartments are designed according to an analysis of modern Indian housing standards. They are in general equipped with balconies, naturally ventilated services spaces and almost each bedroom has an individual bathroom. The bill 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 acres site is located 10 kilometres from the city centre of Pune in the centre of the Amanora Park Town development; the plot will be built up with FARS5 but still maintain large gardens. The first phase building is raised by 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 building follows hexagonal grid to provide views and natural light to the apartments. This allows the 9 wings with double loaded corridors to be efficiently serviced by 4 cores. 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.

Amanora Apartment City, renderings © MVRDV

source: mvrdv

This mixed-use housing block implanted on 400,000 square meters (4,3 million square feet) aims at proposing best living conditions for the residents. It contains green areas, — precisely a herb garden, an event plaza, a flowerpot garden, a playground and a sculpture garden — and resources; The apartments will be equipped with balconies, naturally ventilated service spaces. Each bedroom will have a bathroom.
Renderings © MVRDV

This is announced to be a new apartments typology for India. This construction of first phase contains 1,068 apartments and public amenities. It is part of a large-scale urban development comprising 3,500 apartments.
Renderings © MVRDV

Apartments of the first phase will measure from 42 square meters to 530 square meters and will be conceived in response to specific needs of the future residents. Housing aside, this block will also contain bars, swimming pool, parking, school, retails, cafés and cinema.

The mixed-use housing block structural system
Materials will mostly be concrete. Large windows will be equipped with ornamented metal shutters providing sun protection and natural ventilation. Public spaces and circulation spaces will be clad in natural stone and balconies will be in wood.
Renderings © MVRDV

MVRDV's goal is to provide for Indian cities which are facing an increasingly population growth, and rapid urbanization a new housing typologies. Conceived as a vertical city, this urban block will propose apartments from one-room to villa size apartments based on a research of modern Indian housing standards. MVRDV is working on other projects in India, specifically in Mumbai and Bangalore.

The first phase is announced to be completed in 2014.

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