Design studio Penda has unveiled designs for a garden in India that looks like a piece of abstract art when viewed from above. Developed for a residential complex in Hyderabad, India, the geometric garden will feature stepwells and water mazes as inspired by traditional Indian design. Rigid edges and terraced planting beds contrast sharply with the bushy stalks of bamboo that punctuate the landscape.
Developed by Pooja Crafted Homes, the 8,000-square-meter garden is part of the Magic Breeze residential project, also designed by Penda. The garden will serve as a communal space for the residents of the 127 apartments and offer a mix of active and passive spaces so that groups of different sizes can use the park at the same time. The circulation paths also cater to different user groups and comprise three main routes that accommodate walkers of different speeds, from runners to casual strollers.
The inclusion of stepwells, an ancient Indian architectural feature that comprises wells or ponds set at the bottom of a series of steps, led to the creation of the terraced gardens. “We were always inspired by Indian stepwells,” said Penda. “It is very rare to find an architectural typology where function and beauty are so intertwined, and a harmony of human needs and environmental impact is so in balance.” The project is slated to begin construction this summer.
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