Which are the developing areas in Pune

Vertical city

The vertical city, a topic without end. And possibly one without an exact beginning. Such a city is currently being built in India, at least City Corporation Ltd, a leading development company in the subcontinent, and the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, Rotterdam, have announced the starting shot for such a project in Pune, India. Pune is about 120 km south-east of Mumbai.

A total of 400,000 m² of living space with 3,500 apartments will be realized here, starting with almost a third, i.e. the first construction phase. The project with the beautiful name "Amanora Apartment City - Future Towers" will complete 1,068 apartments in this first step; it is to be handed over in summer 2014. And as is often practiced at MVRDV, the interdependence - spatial, organizational - of residential units and development will also be the central theme in this mega residential complex.

With this project, investors and architects are responding to the chronic housing shortage in India. MVRDV would like to bring back the quality here that mass housing construction has not only lost in India: the highest possible density with great comfort, public facilities such as parks and a good mix of social classes. To achieve the latter, the sizes of the apartments in the 1st BA vary between 42 m² and 530 m². The choice of apartment size from that of a studio to the villa category is derived from MVRDV's research that has been carried out in this area in India for contemporary living. Most of the apartments have balconies, are naturally ventilated and each bedroom has its own bathroom. The hill silhouette with its peaks, valleys, bays, grottos and caves offers the users orientation points in their residential area and most of them grandiose views. The public areas offer enough space for encounters and public events.

The approximately 1.6 km² site is located 10 kilometers east of Pune in the “Amanora Park Town” development area and is being built over with high density, but a few large parking areas are to be added. The first phase complex stands on a base that houses a garage and various public facilities: a school, a swimming pool, shopping, bars, cafes and a cinema - essential in India. A sky lounge will be set up at the highest point. The floor plan of the building follows a hexagon, which enables wide views of the surrounding area and a greater amount of daylight. In addition, this floor plan enables the nine wings with internal corridors to be optimally accessed from just four entrances. The interconnected courtyards offer the residents relaxation and the opportunity to meet. There will be a herb garden, an “event plaza”, a flower garden, a playground and a sculpture garden. Gardens are also planned between the three construction phases.

The facade of the buildings is made of concrete, the large window areas are shaded with ornamented metal grids, which serve to support the natural air conditioning of the large volume. All public traffic areas are covered with natural stone, the balconies are clad with wood.

"Future Towers" was won by MVRDV in November 2009 through a competition and was the first project by the Rotterdam-based company in India. The Dutch are currently working on other projects in Mumbai and Bangalore.