Future Towers India by MVRDV


Future Towers India by MVRDV

Construction has begun on a large-scale housing development designed by Dutch firm MVRDV for Pune, India.

Future Towers India by MVRDV

Called Future Towers India, the building will comprise 1,068 apartments plus a school, swimming pool, shops, bars, cafes and a cinema.

Future Towers India by MVRDV

Nine wings will be arranged on a hexagonal grid around four cores, with raked roofs creating balconies and gardens.

Future Towers India by MVRDV

The facade will be concrete, with metal shutters, wooden balconies and stone-clad circulation spaces.

Future Towers India by MVRDV

The project is due for completion in 2014 and will form part of a larger scheme to create 3,500 apartments in the area.

Future Towers India by MVRDV

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Future Towers India by MVRDV

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The information below is from the architects:


City Corporation Ltd, a leading real estate development corporation in the Indian state of Maharashtra has started construction on the first phase of Amanora Apartment City - Future Towers, designed by MVRDV. The project is located in Pune, India and comprises 1,068 apartments & public amenities, as a part of a large scale housing development with a total of 400.000m2 comprising 3,500 apartments. Completion is expected by summer 2014. The apartments and facilities are interwoven and create a vertical city which will due to its various apartment types offer housing to a diverse group of residents.

Future Towers phase one: The total surface of the first phase is about 210,000m2 comprising of 115,000m2 housing, 8,400m2 public amenities and 49,662m2 parking.

India is currently in a rapid development to provide housing for millions; as a result often monotonous large scale housing estates appear. MVRDV takes on the challenge to participate in this development which seems dominated by efficiency rather than quality. The Future Towers project introduces lost qualities to mass housing: increased density combined with amenities, public facilities, parks and a mix of inhabitants resulting in a vertical city. The 1,068 apartments of the first phase vary from 42m2 to 530m2 and are set to attract a diverse mix of population to the new neighbourhood with the ambition of creating a lively sub-centre for Pune. The studio to villa size apartments are designed according to an analysis of modern Indian housing standards. They are in general equipped with balconies, naturally ventilated service spaces and almost each bedroom has an individual bathroom. The hill shape structure with its peaks, valleys, canyons, bays, grottos and caves adds identity to the city and provides a large number of apartments with fine views and spacious balconies; its public space offers possibilities for interaction and communal activities.

The 400 acres site is located 10 kilometres from the city centre of Pune in the centre of the Amanora Park Town development; the plot will be built up with FAR5 but still maintain large gardens. The first phase building is raised by a basement and plinth which contain parking and various public facilities: A school, swimming pool, retail, bars, cafes and a cinema. At the tallest point of the structure a sky lounge will be established. The building follows a hexagonal grid to provide views and natural light to the apartments. This allows the 9 wings with double loaded corridors to be efficiently serviced by 4 cores. The interconnected courtyards are programmed to offer the inhabitants relaxing and social environments. There will be an herb garden, an event plaza, a flowerpot garden, a playground and a sculpture garden. In-between the volumes of each of the three phase's gardens are planned.

The facade will be made of concrete and the large windows will have sun protection by ornamented metal shutters, allowing for natural ventilation between facade and the many ventilation shafts that cross the structure vertically. The circulation spaces and public spaces will be clad in natural stone; the balconies are all clad in wood.

City Corporation Ltd. has commissioned MVRDV to design in total 3 phases of Future Towers with in total approximately 3,500 apartments or 400,000m2 of housing and amenities. Besides MVRDV the team is based in Pune: Project Management by Northcroft India, co-architecture and MEP by Neilsoft, Structural Design by J+W. Future Towers was a competition won by MVRDV in November 2009 and it is the first MVRDV project in India presented to the public. MVRDV is currently also working on a range of projects in Mumbai and Bangalore.

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Posted on Friday March 18th 2011 at 12:27 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Manuel

    Lately the best representations in the projects are always from above. and I think that it is becoming a huge problem. We are translating the way we generate architecture in the 3d directly to the way we think about it.
    In this specific case, the views from the street are really not so promising, and the project ultimately looses strenght, and it will loose even more when it will be built.

  • bill

    MVRDV and BIG should merge. MVRDVBIG = the new RMJM

    • Lasse

      MVRDV is a crippled old man, compared to the bold young creative freshness of BIG! Especially if this is the the best they can present at present.

      But yes they speak the same architectural dialect – and come from the same architectural "ism"

  • rac

    Cant believe they r building this atrocious bldg in India.. Not only the bird-eye-views dont help, the views of the internal spaces reflect no sensitivity to indian life(style), light, plants etc. Dont they do similarly peaked/caved/valleyed etc designs back in dutchland as well, which is a cold country. does the design not change for the context/climate…?
    There are no plans/master plan/ section or ne drawing to prove the generic text. all we can see from the first few images is FAR5 which is taken quite seriously!!

  • yuc

    A luxurious China Wall. And those endless large terraces on top of one another; they look nice in 3d but in reality they become spaces threathening privacy (that there is always someone at your neck or the noise from 3 floor up or a neighbour who can slide down into your terrace)
    I wish a better future for Indian upper middle class.

  • rmsnmz

    I hate the usual "copy cat" comments as I don't think it is really problematic if a project looks like some other project. I can live with that. However when the form gets so specific and looks quite like another project then it simply becomes uninspiring at its best. That being said, I just can't keep myself from seeing a Bjarke project here (the master plan in Azerbaijan, that is).

  • Roborocketpod

    I don't care what country you build it in, buildings and projects of this scale are never, ever appropriate. Too many square meters at once. Too many apartments too high off the ground. The "vertical city" concept has proven itself untenable hundreds of times over the last 75 years. Have we learned nothing?

    • jenna

      there is no space in india to build horizontally.

  • MVRDV In India :)

  • future_system

    can they make anything worse than this? hi density is one issue and understanding culture life and climate is another. this doesn't justify any. it seems trying to sell the unsold western concept in developing country.

  • Greedy

    Greedy developers (who love to squeeze the maximum out of a site) + greedy architects (who love these ludicrous briefs just because they're 'extreme') = socially irresponsible architecture.

  • Danillo

    @ bill:
    I agree, at first sight I could have sworn this was a BIG project, even the diagrams are remarkably similar

  • perhaps philip johnson hit the nail on the head when he said about architects.

    "Architects are pretty much high-class whores. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we've both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business"

  • Erica

    So what would you do to improve this?

  • Mickey

    This architecture DOES NOT WORK !!! We have tried it in France, http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&ll=45.163
    This project is completly disconnected from the city – and strives for creating a new small independant district which doesn't deal with the city.

  • svc

    so bulky… low cost housing in india is done like this…examples are a plenty in mumbai…..one might notice them as the building sprawl with clothes hanging from the balconies…

    seems inappropriate

  • NJD

    Pune is going through such a boom in real estate right now. There is so much competition in the housing sector and luring buyers is no easy job. All of the above images go into the brochures and our people are in so much awe of something they find fancy but don’t quite understand. Those terraces will look no better with ugly awnings that will be put up by owners for privacy. Concrete facades? Have the designers spent a single summer day in Pune??? I can’t even begin to think what will happen in case of a fire! At the end of the day, sensitivity to climate or culture is not what we care about. I live in Pune and all of us love anything that has a ‘foren'(foreign) stamp on it!!

  • Becks Adams

    I find it amazing the comments on here.
    So many are saying that this does not suit the area.
    Well what would? More poorly built building that have to be rebuilt every few years?
    We are talking about a country that possibly wants to embrace some western designs. Do you really think that people who would hang their clothing out on the balconies could afford a place in this complex? My guesses are no. If i lived in there i would simple get a tumble drier. How hard is that!

    Most of the comments are not constructive and are very against the company. Why? I welcome anyone to say what they'd do better.

  • Rohan

    Well. I've been hearing about this project for a long time, MVRDV in India finally! But felt kinda let down coz i expected a more 'iconic' or 'eyecatching' design! The renders dont do justice to the complexities involved in the design process. If anyone cares to go through the sections provided and see the interpolation of the various living spaces n the seamless integration of recreational spaces within the building, they'd appreciate the vibrant quality of life that this architecture would be able to sustain. I agree with Beck Adams. How many people judge books by their covers!! look beyond the balconies people!! I get the sense of patriotism, but dont think any Indian developer would do justice to the site either. There would be pipes in addition to clothes scattered all over the place. Its a lot better than the cut and paste architecture thats prevelent here. hopefully developers learn from this project instead of jus mindlessly dissing it!

  • Great project… wow what an architect.