Crosswinds Apartments / VSDP

  • 29 Dec 2012
  • Housing Selected Works
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Architects: VSDP
Location: ,
Project Team: Vivek V. Shankar, Dhanaprakash, Jano Christopher, Jhanavi
Cladding: Hunter Douglas India Ltd
Façade Installer: Srinivas
Structural Engineer: Pase Group
Building Contractor: Babji Mali
Landscape Design: Earthworks
Area: 8,300 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Pallon Daruwala

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The design intends to establish a strong dialogue with the dynamic landscape by allowing views of the open spaces and the valley from all the levels of the built form.

© Pallon Daruwala

The buildings are seen as vertical extrusions of the landscape rather than mere insertions.

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The natural contours have not been altered and the architectural design of the apartment blocks and the parking levels negotiate the contours to create dramatic spatial scenarios at various areas of the site.

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The site plan was informed by the natural markers and the orientation of the blocks in order to offer nice views.

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The dramatic slope of the site was the biggest challenge to respond to in terms of sectional placement of facilities such as parking, recreation and the first level of the apartments.

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The planning of the apartments was worked in such a manner that the central core was linear and was for interaction i.e.living, family and dining and the bedrooms were aligned on either side of this core.The linear core is attached with a large balcony that overlooks the city.

© Pallon Daruwala

The Structural design had to be quite exciting in order to blend with the unique nature of the site.

© Pallon Daruwala

We therefore set out to make the Structure also an aesthetic aspect of the building rather than seeing it just as a support system.

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The overall configuration consists of 18 apartments measuring 390 sq m to 420 sq m each and spread across 3 blocks consisting of four floors each.

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Cite: "Crosswinds Apartments / VSDP" 29 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=312006>
  • Michael Nicolson

    Where is line drawn between what is worthy of publication… and what is not?

    • Patrick H

      Arch Daily publishes every project submitted. It’s a blog, not an edited magazine.

  • james patrick

    it is a very ordinary looking structure. is there no criteria for shortlisting projects before publishing