Urban Cocoon

Best Project of Residential Estate

About the project
Is it possible to imagine a new typology of community, using cutting edge technology with sustainable materials that can enable people to live in proximity with nature, but have minimum impact and feel safe?
The proposed design, in response to the dense vegetation on site, includes every structure being elevated from the ground to have minimum footprint possible.
This also opens the ground level for more activities, immersive pathways and to allow local plant and animal species to coexist, with humans «nesting» on the upper levels.
The space is envisioned as a sustainable design truly in synchronization with nature and designed in a way that it has a minimum impact on the site and the existing vegetation.

Çekmeköy, Turkey

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Applicant and authors of the project
Dhruv Shah, and Sneha Dhanuka, young architects based in New Delhi, have prior experiences of working in internationally acclaimed architecture offices, which include Studio Lotus, Studio ANT, MuseLAB and MPN and Partners, Hanoi. Their key interest areas in architecture lie in radical concepts, and a sustainable approach for building systems.

Status of the project
Conceptual design


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