One of the densest and largest slums in the world is Dharavi in Mumbai, India. The 216 hector triangular site inspired the PoroCity concept made honorable mention in this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Khushalani Associates takes the triangle form to its extreme with the deviation of a Sierpenski’s Pyramid, allowing the multifaceted construction to maximize habitation in an open air and connected vertical environment.
The massive structure is based on 3×9 meter blocks that connect to make ever-escalating triangular structural elements. The basic habitation has a north facing terrace to allow private outdoor access. The resulting massive interior volume will be use as the central community and commercial spaces. The variations in scale allow the cottage industries and services to use smaller blocks while larger volumes house industry and offices tucked below the living units. The scalability of the basic infrastructure allows for a flexible and transformable program.
The effect is a full fledged community supported by a single building, allowing for scale and connectivity while still supporting small scale living and commercial activity – a hallmark Dharavi. Due to its density and combination of elevator, walks, and other mechanized systems of transport, no vehicles will be needed.