Part of a larger 94 acre public - private partnership development situated to the north of the City Centre of Durgapur in West Bengal, these clusters of low rise, high density houses are for the middle and lower income groups.


Of the 84 one-bedroom apartments and 224 two-bedroom apartments within a site of 2.18Ha. with a density of 700 Persons/Ha. or 141 Dwelling Units/ Ha. the first phase consists of 84 one-bedroom units and 42 two-bedroom units.


The housing site is a narrow strip of land of length 827m. and varying width at the bottom of a gently sloping land on the south side of the development. Much of the water from the rest of the development drains through this site with a meandering perennial watercourse, which cuts the site in two parts longitudinally. This leaves very little area clear for building.


Due to the site conditions and the number of units to be accommodated as per the brief, a garden/ terrace walk up apartment typology has been adopted. Despite this high density, the units have been so layered that and hierarchy of open community spaces is formed. Large community gardens at the overall development level lead one to quieter more intimate semi public courts, which serve as the entries to the clusters. These courts are enclosed by the more public areas of the units like the living and dining areas, whereas the bedrooms overlook the larger common community gardens or extend views to scenic vistas beyond the site. The perennial watercourse is retained as a focus within these larger community gardens which not only provides a cool microclimate but also makes a very necessary social space. Recognizing the life style of the occupants with a need for attached open to sky space, each unit is endowed with a garden or terrace. The ground floor units have garden spaces, whereas the upper floors have generous terraces, varying in sizes from the equivalent of an extra bedroom to a full extra unit on the top most floors. It is of course likely, that as usual, these sizeable attached terraces and gardens may be encroached upon and often covered by the owners for their growing and changing needs. The scheme acknowledges these realities of incremental growth without loosing its essence of openness . The orientation adopted affords constant flow of the southeast breeze and the layered, porous; sponge like built form provides integral shading which makes it eminently suitable model for the location. All rooms have excellent cross ventilation which remains despite likely changes and additions that may take place to the units.


Construction is of reinforced concrete frame structure with locally available brick for in fill walls and plastered finishing rendered rough on the outside. The RCC framing consists of ‘C’ columns and beams. The hollow space of the ‘C’ has been used to run plumbing services and rainwater down take pipes. The hollows also help in creating shadows thus helping to break the mass of the building and create an intimate scale. The use of corner windows is another important feature which helps in providing better natural light within the units as well as creating a sense of largeness in these small compact dwellings.


The sale price of these 43 SQM. one-bedroom units and 61 SQM. two-bedroom units is at very affordable rate of Rs. 1.75 lakhs and varies to Rs. 3.5 lakhs for the larger units. This cost is inclusive of all site landscape works as well as xtensive site development in this rather constricted site.


The orientation adopted affords constant flow of the southeast breeze and the layered, porous; sponge like built form provides integral shading which makes it eminently suitable model for the location. All rooms have excellent cross ventilation which remains despite likely changes and additions that may take place to the units.


Construction is of reinforced concrete frame structure with locally available brick for in fill walls and plastered finishing rendered rough on the outside. The RCC framing consists of ‘C’ columns and beams. The hollow space of the ‘C’ has been used to run plumbing services and rainwater down take pipes. The hollows also help in creating shadows thus helping to break the mass of the building and create an intimate scale. The use of corner windows is another important feature which helps in providing better natural light within the units as well as creating a sense of largeness in these small compact dwellings.


The sale price of these 43 SQM. one bedroom units and 61 SQM. two-bedroom units is at very affordable rate of Rs. 1.75 lakhs and varies to Rs. 3.5 lakhs for the larger units. This cost is inclusive of all site landscape works as well as extensive site development in this rather constricted site.

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