We’ve featured quite elaborate projects on AD where project budgets that reach the millions seem almost normal. Yet, this is something we haven’t seen: a house – yes, one house – priced at $1 billion dollars. With a price tag like that, India’s richest man, and Forbes’s fourth richest man, Mukesh Ambani, along with his wife and three childen, will be calling the world’s most expensive residence “home.”
More about the house after the break.
Australian designer Esan Rahmani in collaboration with Mukul Damle have designed “Bamboo Pavillion”, a synthesis of sustainable ideas for a communal shelter for the disadvantaged around the Indian Ocean Rim.
Focusing on readily available materials in the region, the whole pavillion is designed to be made from bamboo. Bamboo’s extraordinary physical characteristics make is suitable for all types of structures including roofing, water pipes, drainage, flooring. This along with smart joinery means that there is little need for any other materials.
Tesseract is a collective of architecture students from RGU in Aberdeen, Scotland, who came together under the common ambition of using our creativity for humanity. They are now traveling to Delhi, India to work with local NGO Anusaran in the construction of a new hostel that will provide accommodation for children, young women and visiting volunteers, as well as classrooms, meeting and dining areas.
Enjoy their first video, and learn more about their incredible project right here.
Slums – also known as shantytowns, squatter cities, and informal settlements are undeniably a serious urban problem. They epitomize city cores that are overcrowded, unhealthy, and emblems of profound inequality. But among architects, planners, and other thinkers, there is a growing realization that they also possess unique strengths, and may even hold lessons in successful urban development.
The 2010 focus of 3610 -The Conference is on Design & Informal Cities. It aims to address the need for design interventions in the informal sectors of urban existence which are integral to the city. Scheduled between 22 to 24 October 2010, it is being organized jointly by the Indian Architect & Builder magazine and Citizens’ Groups that are actively involved with issues concerning informal settlements in Mumbai and especially the future of Dharavi one of Asia’s largest informal settlements, under much scrutiny.
We believe, the question of design of these settlements has not been adequately articulated when discussing and imagining ‘Futures for the Informal City’ and the role of the platform remains to draw the attention of all local stakeholders on the role of physical design in the evolution of this informal sector as a part of the larger urban grid.
For more information, please visit the official website.
Architects: WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
Location: Whitefield, Bangalore, India
Client: The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)
Collaborator: Spazzio Design Architecture
Project Area: 19,638 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Aaron Pocock, Sebastian Zachariah, Harshan Thomson, Wong Chiu-Man
Architects: LIJO RENY architects / Ar. Reny Lijo and Ar. Lijo Jos
Location: West Kadungallur, Aluva, Kerala, India
Cleint: Dr. Ismail and Family
Buit up Area: 4,500 Sqft
Status: Nearing Completion
Photographs: Courtesy of Lijo Reny architects
New Global Workshop Series for Urban Professionals and those sharing their interests to start in Delhi in January 2011. In a world of growing and more complex cities, the urban professionals and others who shape them will need to understand the challenges and opportunities these new conditions create.
The innovative Urban Workshop series will explore the varied challenges facing some of the most dynamic global cities. The initial Workshop will convene in Delhi from January 3 to 21, 2011. The Workshop will explore current urban conditions and issues facing this ancient and legendary city that later evolved into Mughal and imperial capitals, and since Indian independence has become the vibrant center of an increasingly influential nation.
The themes to be examined will include planning and development, transportation and infrastructure, social and economic change and migration and metropolitan growth.Workshop activities will consist of lectures and discussions, field trips to key historic and contemporary sites, visits to organizations and guided small – group projects in various parts of Delhi. For more information click here.
Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: Bangalore, India
Project Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand and Lavina Taur
Structural Engineering: Manjunath & Co.
Landscaping: Sanjiv Basappa
Civil Contractor: Hi Tech Engineers
Site Area: 2,148 sqm
Built up Area: 1,211 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Khosla Associates
Architects : Khosla Associates
Location: Chowara, Kerala, India
Project Team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand and Praveena A.
Client: Mike Manwaring
Structural Engineering: Manjunath & Co.
Landscaping: Hariyalee Consultants
Interior Design: Khosla Associates
Site Area: 4,046 sq m.
Built up Area: 1,397 sq m.
Photography: © Bharath Ramamrutham, Courtesy of Khosla Associates
Architects: Studio Mumbai
Location: Leti, Uttaranchal, India
Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
Project Team: Geoffrey Johnston, Roy Katz
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Mumbai
Location: Three and Half Mile, Upper Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Design Architect: Gerald Pde
Site Supervision: Gerald Pde/ Atelier A+ Architects and Designers
Client: Habari Warjri
Project Area: 8,500 sq ft
Project Estimate: 20 Lakh Rupees ($45,000)
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Courtesy of EarthStudio
Vir.Mueller Architects designed a prototype for community toilets in Rajasthan, a rural area of India. Public sanitation services are vital in India, yet the country is severely lacking such facilities. With this in mind, the National Foundation of India asked the architects to create a prototype, with the hope that the model could be distributed around the area, helping all the families in the village of Delwara.
More about the prototype after the break.