In response to a very specific brief, this housing project has 126 apartments in six buildings of 11 storeys each. Planned in three different sizes these apartments of 750, 850 & 950 sqm are configured with large living spaces, 5 bedrooms, a study & a gym in them.
Located on a plot of 29,600 sqm in Surat city, India, with a height limitation of 40 metres, the buildings are laid out along the site perimeter creating a large focal garden of 13,000 sqm.
All the vehicular movement is restricted to the perimeter along with a basement car park generating 80% of the plot as vehicle-free space.
The large landscaped area rises in angular planes revealing a partially sub-terranean recreational club with entertainment & sports facilities that are sheltered from heat gain & simultaneously open to natural ventilation & light.
The apartments are planned to facilitate cross ventilation & are sheltered by large cantilevered decks that mitigate heat gain in response to the climate of the location. Temperatures are in excess of 35°C for 8 months annually in Surat city.
Each of the buildings is 11 metres high entrance lobbies with 2 apartments on each floor & penthouses on the 11th floor.
The extensive landscaped space generated by the layout is planned with numerous sports facilities & different areas for different age groups.Designed in response to the client’s brief, the location of the site & the city’s climate, Excellenseaa 126 creates a micro-environment that is sustainable. The extensive landscaping with trees, plants, and water bodies helps in passive cooling. The large overhangs & outdoor decks to each apartment reduce heat gain whilst adding individual outdoor spaces.
Water recycling, rain-water harvesting, sewage treatment & solar panels contribute towards reducing the carbon footprint & making the project self-sufficient. The numerous sporting & entertainment activities are supplemented by conferencing facilities, a grocery store, a medical room, a laundromat & housekeeping staff facilities.
|Client’s Name||Happy Homes|
|Architecture Firm||Sanjay Puri Architects|
|Total Built-up Area||130000 ㎡|
|Project Start Year||2017|
|Project completion year||April 2020|
|Lead architect||Sanjay Puri|
|Design Team||Kapil Merchant, Madhavi Belsare& Pooja Sampat|
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Sanjay Puri, alumni of Mayo College, Ajmer and St.Xaviers College, Mumbai graduated from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai in 1988 and is the principal architect of the firm Sanjay Puri Architects.
With a young team of over 72 architects, the firm has a diverse portfolio of projects including townships, residential developments, software parks, hotels, retail malls, schools, and smaller individual projects.