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It was decided to take advantage of this natural feature by combining the first 4 units into a single building that could be built in stages over a series of stepped foundations. A large elevator would also be installed to allow access to the lower part of the site.
The subsequent units could then be approached by a golf cart on a gently sloping path. These have been planned as duplex cottages with individual gardens retained by the path, ensuring privacy while retaining environmental sustainability.
Location: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Typology: Multi-Family Housing
Area: 24000 SF
Principal Architect: Amit Khanna
The upper building was designed as a modular unit, allowing considerable flexibility in terms of layout. The staircase and lift core were placed in one corner and a bedroom block was created on the east face to take advantage of the morning sun. The position of the living areas could then be adjusted as per the choices of the individual owners. Consequently, the lower floors are occupied mostly by a 4-bedroom apartment, spread over three levels, while half of the first floor is given over to a 2-bedroom apartment. The upper two floors are divided into two duplex units with large terraces on the lower floors, creating a three-dimensional jigsaw of apartments.
In a unique approach to the overall site plan, future owners will be given a choice of cottage designs adhering to a set vocabulary, creating a micro-community of self-similar units rather than a bland repetition of a single block.