CTBUH11 Competition Proposal / Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona

Courtesy of , Elis Vathi,

The project proposal for the first CTBUH international student design competition by Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona aims to redefine the gap created between the two extreme social classes of India as the widening income gap between the rich and the poor over the years has raised fears of a social backlash. Since it is highly noticed that the difference between the rich and the poor is displayed not only in the social life but at a major grade on the physical environment, there is a need for redirecting social organization by creating a new environment. Displacement of the concentrated power of the narrow rich circles to wider masses would be achieved by strong physical means. More images and project description after the break.

Courtesy of Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona

The site of the proposal is situated purposely in front of the tallest building in New Delhi. The proposal provides housing, farms and markets supplying facilities for the poor masses, which in the other part confronts the tallest building accommodating a privileged part of a society in commercial use. So in this case the role of Tall Buildings is redefined from providing space for commercial uses to also include satisfying residential needs. The project examines a possible redirection of social organization by new environment, in which the Tallness of the building influences the change of the skyline by giving “power” to the poor.

Courtesy of Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona

The building is composed by small blocks of house units repeated in vertical and horizontal direction with common green public spaces placed between them. These units are planned to be an ecosystem of products and solutions designed around the real needs of the inhabitants. Each roof is covered with an inexpensive solar panel and also equipped with a battery for the lighting of the house. At the same time the battery also serves as power source for the mobile phone.

Courtesy of Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona

These units are projected to facilitate their maintenance by economic means. They are shifted from each other for solar gain purposes. To increase the interaction between dwellers of the building a great number of public areas are placed all over the proposed object. Based on the high level of water pollution in India an inexpensive filtering system for air and water is applied. Also its green facade is covered with vegetation that filters rain water and releases oxygen into the atmosphere. As India ranks second worldwide in farm output independent agricultural fields in vertical height are placed. To create space for their products, markets will be placed in the ground, emphasized by the specific layout of the building that accommodates them.

Architects: Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona
Location: New Delhi, India
Project Year: 2011
Discipline: Skyscraper, Architecture, Interior, Landscape, Urban design
Program: Housing, Market
Architectural Style: Futuristic, Parametric Design
Construction Type: Concrete
Motive: Competition entry

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "CTBUH11 Competition Proposal / Ajmona Hoxha, Elis Vathi, Klodiana Millona" 23 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=177823>
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  • Alireza Shahlaei

    Isn’t Terrible1?!

  • Santos

    good concept , interesting …

  • Lenny

    Its refreshing to see people tackling these very pressing issues. Its very rare to see a project on this website with such a sense of social responsibility (something lacking in our profession).

    Kudos to this design. I enjoyed the narrative, intentions, and graphics (although ease up on the blur effect a little ;-) )

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    I’m surprised this not BIG….

    • Klodi

      why ?

    • Klodiana Millona

      why ???

      • James

        Ignore them. Some people can’t accept that it’s a great project if the designers don’t live in a major Western European capital or in America.

        They’re being condescending and petty.

  • eri

    wow. what a fresh thinking. well done!!!

  • naltin

    Urime. projekt interesant. suksese.

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  • ismail broli

    me te vertete shume urime ……. me pelqeu shume idea e design’it une aty shoh format gjeometrike te harmonizuara dhe te nderthurura me njera tjetren ne nje menyre me te vertete shume te arrire. urime per me tej. really nice, your design concept and your line definition of the facade is very to be admiraded. in the same time geometric forms match with each other in a “perfect” mode. ı hope you have already found appropiate structurin elements to make this design easier to be built .

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  • yucel

    I am happy to see “social sense” here. I liked graphics. I am talking about the main theme and visual elements only:) I will have this in my check list.