An affordable group housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) with an FAR of 2. The overall apartment mix is of two-bedroom units, one bedroom units and 10% units for the EWS.
A long linear site form led to a quadrangle housing typology with a series of open courtyards on alternating sides, with a peripheral one-way vehicular road. An enclosed courtyard space was created as a ‘place’ for community interaction and activities. The clusters are stilt + 7/8 which defines the scale of the courtyards which are organized along the east west axis to allow sunlight penetration to create green spaces which are usable and easy to maintain.
The housing clusters are organized along the north south axis with fenestrations on the north and south directions to cut solar heat gain. Commercial block is planned along the frontage, creating an easy visual and physical access to everyone entering the complex from the 45m wide arterial street.
Staggered balconies provide an interesting design potential for the facade, as well as double height balconies for user comfort. In affordable housing systems, with tight interior spaces, a double height balcony provides a much-needed relief space. Sculptural fire escape staircases have been designed with a central shear wall leading to the open landscaped greens.
Affordability was key so we developed our own parameters for design;
RAMYA SANKAR, PRIYANKA DAS GUPTA, AYUSHI SAINI, RAGHAV RAYASAM
DR CONSULTANTS (STRUCTURE), WBG CONSULTANTS (ELECTRICAL), DSR ENGINEERING SERVICES (PLUMBING)