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Defence Colony Residence

Vir.Mueller Architects

Asia | Delhi

Seven conquerors established cities on the site of India’s capital before the British constructed New Delhi in the 1920s as their short-lived seat of empire. Ruins of the earlier foundations are scattered through the fast-expanding metropolis as inspiration to architects who care more for their own culture than the seductive gleam of East and West. Sadly, the newly prosperous middle class has embraced some of the worst examples of global glitz, notably in the Defence Colony neighborhood, a short drive south of the center. Laid out in the 1950s as a community for retired military officers, it grew into a leafy enclave of modest bungalows. As the Indian economy began to boom at the start of the new millennium, land values soared. The area was rezoned to permit houses of up to five stories, and builders persuaded owners to max out their sites, turning the floors they didn’t need into...

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