• The programme requirement of 1048
apartments was varied mostly
comprising of one to two room units.
• The system we designed to create
public space, semi-public space and
• Total site area 9.5 hectors.• Total site area 9.5 hectors.
• Area for school and shopping is
about 2 hectors.
• Construction period 1985 -1996
• Overall density of 55 units per acre.
• The unit sizes range from 20 to 100
• A sense of enclosure and continuity
of movement is maintained
throughout the scheme.
3. LOCATION MAP
INCOME TAX COLONY
FROM BELAPUR STATION:
-IT TAKES 9 MINS FROM BELAPUR
STATION BY VEHICLE.
12. BUILDING MATERIALS
Rough cast plaster punctuated with bands of cheap handmade tiles
was chosen as the building finish keeping in the mind the meager
budget and the brunt of Mumbai monsoons.
Quartzite stone walls at ground level and a honeycomb lattice on
roof defines private open spaces.
Courtyards are semi-paved.
Use of cross wall and grouping of toilets has resulted in cost reduction
Have attached terraces at upper floor.
The units are arranged in such a way that it creates a network of
courtyards and roof terraces fostering community interaction.
The form of every block is different and it is patterned in different
formations based on the typology of the site, to create squares and
A sense of enclosure and continuity of movement is maintained
throughout the scheme.throughout the scheme.
The division of site is accentuated by different types of building blocks
designed on the basis of dwelling unit areas.
A-20 sq. m
B-25 sq. m
C-34 sq. m
D-40 sq. m
E-50 sq. m
F-70 sq. m
H-90 sq. m
31. ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
REDUCE COVERED AREA OF
CIRCULATION TO MINIMUM.
INCONVENIENT DURING RAINY
SINCE IT WAS BUILD FOR LOWEST
THE ARCHITECT ASSUMED THAT THE
NECESSITY OF PARKING SPACE WOULD
BE BARE MINIMUM
CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS
CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA WAS NOT
32. VEHICULAR CIRCULATION
THE INTERNAL SPACES ARE FREE FROM
WIDTH OF VEHICULAR ROAD =6M
WIDTH OF PEDESTRIAN PATHWAY = 3M
THE CREATION OF THE TRADITIONAL
NARROW STREET , LINKING ALL HOUSING
UNITS, PROVIDES INTIMATE ENCOUNTERSUNITS, PROVIDES INTIMATE ENCOUNTERS
BETWEEN PEOPLE AND A SENSE OF
BELONGING TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
THE INTERLOCKING COURTYARDS
ACCOMMODATE DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS
AND CREATE A MICRO CLIMATE WITHIN THE
33. SEMI- PUBLIC COURTYARDS
ARE DEFINED BY PAVED
FOOTPATHS AND CONSTANTLY
DIFFUSED LIGHT AND SHADED
PATHWAYS ARE AN IMPORTANT
FEATURE OF INTERNAL SPACES.
34. THE BUILDINGS WHICH WERE NOT
IN USE ARE NOT PROPERLY
MAINTAINED AND WERE
CONVERTED INTO A WASTE
THE WINDOW SIZES ARE VERY
35. The pattern of development follows the
typology of site to provide for private
courtyards, roof terraces and internal
A passage within the cluster
leading to the hill. The spiral
staircases provide direct access
from walkways to upper floors.
36. SHADED STREETS AND SMAL COURTYARDS
LAID ALONG THE SLOPES OF THE SITE
PROVIDE SPACE FOR HUMAN INTERACTION
PEDESTRIAN PATHWAYS ARE AN IMPORTANT
FEATURE OF LOW RISE, HIGH DENSITY SCHEME
42. POSITIVE POINTS NEGATIVE POINTS
• PRESENCE OF OPEN COURTYARDS, PARKING SPACES
GIVING A FEELING OF OPENESS. THESE SPACES ALSO
HELPS A GREAT DEAL IN THE VENTILLATION.
• ABSENCE OF MARKETS AND HOSPITALS IS THE
MAJOR CONCERNS OF THE RESIDENTS AS THEY HAVE
TO TRAVEL ALL THE WAY TO NERUL FOR
• TREES PLANTED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STREETS
CREATE A CANOPY FOR THE RESIDENTS TO WALK
• LEAKAGE ISSUES DURING THE MONSOONS AND
SECURITY ARE THE OTHER WOES OF THE RESIDENTS.
• OPENINGS SUCH AS BALCONIES ARE WELL-PLANNED,
SO AS TO PROVIDE GOOD LIGHTING AND
• THE DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO BUILDINGS AT SOME
PLACES WAS BARELY 3 MTRS. WHICH RESTRICTEDSO AS TO PROVIDE GOOD LIGHTING AND
PLACES WAS BARELY 3 MTRS. WHICH RESTRICTED
LIGHT AND VENTILATION.
• THE NEGETIVE SPACES CRESTED DUE TO THE
ARRANGEMENT OF BUILDINGS WERE MADE GREEN
• THE ELDERLY OR HANDICAPPED FACED PROBLEMS
DUE TO THE NO. OF STEPS AND NO RAMPS
• RETAINING THE CONTOUR LAND,HELPED IN THE
DRAINAGE AND ALSO AVOIDED WATER LOGGING
• THE GARAGE SPACE ALLOTED TO THE ROW HOUSES
WERE CONVERTED TO STORE ROOMS DUE TO WHICH
THE CARS HAD TO PARKED ON THE ROADS.
• THE PARSIK HILLS, BEHIND THE COLONY, CREATS A
44. “I got this 1RK flat at IT colony in a lucky draw: owned it for 2 lakhs which now costs
about 35-40 lakhs. Back then I worked in Mankhurd as a BEST worker; now retired and
shifted here with my family in 1998. leakage is the major difficulty we face every year.
Plastering the walls and making the balcony into room made life easier. Pleasant
weather and basic facilities doesnt make me want to leave this place.”
-Mr. Tukaram Joshi
( 66 years)
45. “15 years back, I paid a rent of 2000/- for a house here, which now increased to
4500/-. Six years back I bought own house for 6 lakhs. Problem is we do not have any
market place, stationary or proper medical facilities. To improvise, one can start from
having playgrounds and gardens for children, who otherwise are unsafe playing on
roads. Celebrating all festivals together having a neighbourhood and friendly circle so
good is rare to find and this makes leaving this place irrelevant.”
46. “Our daily routine of playing on grounds/community spaces started falling apart
when the elders started complaining about the breaking glasses. This left us with
the only option of playing on the unsafe roads as playing on school grounds is
-Aryan and Satyam
47. “ Shifting here in 2006 as an IT employee brought us to a place were nothing except
water and electricity supply was made available. This made living here a real mess.
Many fruitless complaints to the officers, worthless newspaper articles and demands
made were left unheard and we here were left to our own fate. Also we had a
frustrating and uncomfortable time being shifted from first block A to block C then to
block F. I still want to strive to make this a better place to live.”
-Shankar A Pawar