The Gurgaon 71 residential project proposal by Maison Edouard François represents French-style luxury living while simultaneously respecting Indian traditions. Located in Gurgaon, India, these luxurious apartments make use of noble materials such as marble and wood and have large interiors, including double height spaces, and offer 360° views onto the surrounding landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Far from the tumult of New Delhi and situated on the edge of a large pool of water, the towers are implanted like trees, creating a calm and green environment. The rooms are oriented according to the principles of vastu, an ancient doctrine on how the laws of nature affect human dwellings. A space in each residence is reserved for divinity altars. Three separate circulations are organized for inhabitants, guests, and services.
The highest of the towers are conceived with “green clouds”—spaces that are extensions of the apartments below. They permit each apartment, no matter what level it is situated on, to benefit from extraordinary rooftop views. Private elevators allow direct access to the green cloud from the apartments. In the green cloud there is a living room, a kitchen, toilets, and an immense 100m² terrace that is more than 5m high—tall enough even for trees.
Here, even flowers and organic vegetables can be cultivated. When it is extremely hot, inhabitants can shelter themselves in these cool spaces and even sleep here. From one’s cloud, the inhabitant still feels completely connected with the apartment below because it is only seconds away and it is also connected electrically and through home automation. The green clouds are like tea pavilions in the garden of a chateau: they embody French-style luxury living.
The lobbies of the towers are accessed from an immense square that is bathed in natural light and filled with vegetation. This square is also used for parking that is situated below the slightly elevated swimming pool. The wood deck that surrounds the pool is vast and is used to access the club house, commercial spaces, and other services.
The pool water is treated by plants. The swimming basin occupies only a small portion of the pool; the rest is an aquatic landscape of reeds, water lilies, and lotus plants.