Penda’s magic breeze project that is about to start in Hyderabad, India. The residential complex is a 450,000 square foot development and composed of 127 units. These unites are constructed in duplex houses with an extended balcony garden to compliment the maze-like garden landscape.
The framework for the whole development can be filled with prefabricated modules, which the home-owner can chose from a catalog. The modules are ranging from different floors,to facade element, to railings and a variety of pots for plants to grow along the home. By choosing their own elements, we offer the homeowners a tool to become the designers of their individual apartment. Penda explains the concept as “A kind of individualism one would have in building his own house. Therefore we divide a tower in its separate elements: the structure, walls, facade, ceiling & floors, infrastructure, balconies and plants. Inspired by a modular shelf, the structural grid and the infrastructure are the only constant elements in the building.”
A grey water supply system collects rainwater on the roof and reuses it for watering the plants on the balconies. Air-purifying Plants will use the grid on the facade to grow along and, after some time, nature will be the main design-language and the architectural design takes second. The facades serves as an interface between the outside and the inside, and the natural elements provide better control over the building’s indoor climate. An open hallways supports a constant airflow through the building and offers a natural ventilation for all the apartments, which reduces the amount of AC’s used in the compound. The true meaning of an ecological development. A breathing tower. An individual house in the sky, with a garden and a view.