The Cuboid Project location: Mumbai, INDIA Gross Floor Area: 2800 mq Structure: Ground + 6 floors This Site is located in Mumbai, a coastal region with a hot and humid climate; landscape characterized by a dense urban jungle on the sides and overlooking the endless Arabian Sea on the other. The challenge was to make this 7 storey tall structure, look like a ‘Sky Villa’ whilst addressing the limitations of it being a linear plot, consuming maximum FAR (Floor Area Ratio) available with height restrictions & within the boundaries of the strict regulations of the coastal zone development. The design takes into consideration the requirements of its users and context of the site. The critical aspect being, augmenting the view sheds available to maximum rooms. Hence, a series of cubic volumes are stacked
and sliced to create pockets of green decks that enhance the indoor – outdoor connect. Simple Geometry defines the facade, with interplay of cubic volumes created to frame the panoramic view. A 5 metre cantilever adds drama and gives the composition a floating effect. The ground level of this multi-level configuration is set in to give this structure a floating effect which opens up to the lawns & is treated as a common entertainment space for the development. Level one & two are treated as individual apartments for the owners to let, whereas their own habitable spaces are designed level four onward, creating a ‘Villa in the Sky’. A private entertainment floor with an infinity pool is planned on level three. The overall planning of the villa is in sync with the principles of vastu. The interior spaces are planned
in a manner to enhance a strong sense of visual connection within the multilevel arrangement. The plan begins with semi enclosed spaces and as moving further along, it opens up to the sea, where the glass facade lets the natural light penetrate into the interior & allows its inhabitants to relish in the view. In this villa, contemporary materials along with geometric simplicity contribute to a synthesis which is in constant dialogue between the open and the confined.
Gross Floor Area (mq)2800
ArchitectsAr. Kanhai Gandhi, Ar. Neemesh Shah, Ar. Shresht Kashyap
Design teamAr. Kanhai Gandhi, Ar. Neemesh Shah, Ar. Shresht Kashyap
Curriculum studio / partecipanteKNS Architects, a multi-disciplinary, national & international award-winning design firm, was established with an objective of creating contextual, artistic & bespoke design solutions. "We believe in looking at each project with a fresh, new perspective, a fact that finds resonance in our belief in creating vibrant, out-of-the-box solutions that strike the right note between practicality and aesthetics; constraints and aspirations." KNS architects - a vision of Ar. Kanhai Gandhi, Ar. Neemesh Shah and Ar. Shresht Kashyap;who came together in 1997 to set up the Design practice. Since its inception the firm has undertaken a wide spectrum of projects ranging from master planning, malls, hotels, residential &commercial buildings, bungalows, second home schemes, high-end apartments, commercial interiors, restaurants etc. KNS Architects has received various National & International awards and wide media coverage in various national&international magazines
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