Construction has just broken ground on Phase 1 of MVRDV’s Amanora Apartment City – Future Towers in Pune, India. Developed by City Corporation – a leading real estate development corporation in the Indian state of Maharashtra – the new towers will be comprised of 3,500 apartments and public amenities to complete a large scale mixed-use housing development totaling 4.3 million square feet. A dynamic structure formed with towering peaks and deep valleys, the building’s program is more than what meets the eye. MVRDV focused on creating a housing stucture that would not only meet the needs of Indians looking for adequate housing, but to create a vertical city equipped with all the public spaces and resources needed to give way to a comfortable living environment and lively social pole.
One of more than a handful of developments of its kind in the works across India, MVRDV took on the challenge to participate in this development in order to breathe a higher level of quality into the design – as opposed to other developments which focus on efficiency over comfort. The studio to villa size apartments have been designed according to an analysis of modern Indian housing standards, featuring cascading balconies and emphasizing naturally ventilated service spaces. The Future Towers project introduces lost qualities to mass-housing: increased density combined with amenities, public facilities, parks and a mix of inhabitants.
The facade will be made of concrete and the large windows will have sun protection by ornamented metal shutters, allowing for natural ventilation between the facade and the many ventilation shafts that cross the structure vertically. The circulation spaces and public spaces will be clad in natural stone while the balconies are all clad in wood. 1,068 apartments will be completed during first phase and are set to attract a diverse mix of India’s population. The goal of the project has also been to create a lively sub-centre for the city of Pune.
The surrounding 400 acre site will maintain large gardens and the first phase building raised by a basement and plinth will hold parking and various public facilities including a school, a swimming pool, retail, bars, cafes, and a cinema. The building follows a hexagonal grid to provide views and ample natural light for each of 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, and there will even be an herb garden, an event plaza, a flowerpot garden, a playground and a sculpture garden.
Completion is expected by summer 2014. MVRDV is currently also working on a range of other projects in Mumbai and Bangalore.