‘India is a fast developing country and that comes with all the benefits and problems. Nature can act as a great regulator for a fast growing community and creates a bufferzone to clean the air and provide a natural shade.’
Penda was commissioned to design a residential compound called ‘Magic Breeze’ for Pooja Crafted homes in Hyderabad / India. The 450.000squarefeet development is composed of 127 units, which are designed as duplex sky villas and range from 2.600 to 4.000 squarefeet. The units are divided by a double-height, private garden of 500 sqft. These green in-betweens give a great sense of openness and vitality to the compound that loosens up the density a tenant would experience in a common condominium building.
The private gardens are not just an organic division to their neighbouring units, but also provide a natural ventilation throughout the complex, which is a healthy alternative to common mechanical cooling. The natural air flow circulation prevents the building from overheating and saves more than 60% of energy, which results in a lower carbon footprint for the entire development.
We developed the project as a modular system, which gets prefabricated off sit. The balconies features different planters, whichcan be filled with different kinds and sizes of plants and serve as a natural border to the surrounding. This large area of urban gardening gives the tenants the opportunity to plant their own vegetables or herbs in their garden and gives the project a sense of a self-sustaining development.