A mixed-use sustainable neighbourhood for Hyderabad
“Forest Life” is a mixed residential and commercial project located in Gundala, 35 km south of Hyderabad city centre, India. The aim was to create an eco-community with different individual villa typologies located within the existing forest, next to a much denser mixed use development with residential towers and a commercial plinth with shops, leisure activities and offices located along the main road leaving Hyderabad towards the south. A communal sport / cultural centre and a temple were also located amongst the Villas and the Forest.
The design focuses on the integration of the existing natural landscape, the slope and the forest with the built environment. The typologies of the villas are based on the idea of a natural living in symbioses with nature. The garden is experienced as an extension of the living room. Patios and balconies include nature within the lived in environment. The boundaries between outside and inside are intentionally blurred.
Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Shilesh Hariharan, Nobuki Ogasahara
Urban Studio (Mumbai)
Visuals by Artur Borejszo