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Penda combines stepwells with water mazes for Indian garden design

The design features of Indian stepwells and water mazes are combined in this proposal for a landscaped garden by architecture studio Penda (+ slideshow).

Magic Breeze Landscape Design by Penda

Penda –  a studio with offices in Beijing and Vienna – will create the 8,000-square-metre garden for a residential complex in Hyderabad, India, which is also designed by the team and set to begin construction this summer.

The aim is to create a communal space where residents of the 127 apartments can host friends, walk their dogs or simply spend some quiet time away from their living spaces.

Magic Breeze Landscape Design by Penda

The studio's design brings together elements of two traditional Indian landscape features: rectangular pools surrounded by steps, and shallow decorative mazes filled with water.

The stepwells provided the inspiration for a series of tiered planters and benches that frame the different areas of the garden, while the mazes directly informed the strict geometric layout.

Magic Breeze Landscape Design by Penda

"We were always inspired by Indian stairwells," explained studio founders Chris Precht and Sun Dayong, whose other projects include a vision for a bamboo city and a house modelled on a tree stump.

They continued: "It is very rare to find an architectural typology where function and beauty are so intertwined, and a harmony of human needs and environmental impact is so in balance."

Magic Breeze Landscape Design by Penda

The raised elements are filled with different plants, including flowers, herbs and grasses. They also incorporate water features, seating areas and cluster of bamboo.

"Based on Indian water mazes, the steps get shifted to create different sets of atmosphere, from private gardens for a stroll in the park to open plazas for larger gatherings," added the architects.

Magic Breeze Landscape Design by Penda

The layout includes three main routes, suited to different speeds of movement. There is a wide straight path for runners and emergency access, a narrower path for typical walkers, and a more winding trail for dog walkers and casual strollers.

Called Magic Breeze, the project is backed by Indian property developer Pooja Crafted Homes, which is also working with Penda on a tower block in Vijayawada with a customisable facade of hanging gardens and balconies.

Construction work is set to begin later this year.


Project credits:

Client: Pooja Crafted Homes
Architecture: Penda
Design team: Chris Precht, Sun Dayong, Zi Zhi, Xue Bai, Anna Andronova

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Stepwell concept diagram – click for larger image
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Maze concept diagram – click for larger image
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Pathway concept diagram – click for larger image
Magic Breeze Landscape Design by Penda
Detailed plan one – click for larger image
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Detailed plan two – click for larger image
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Detailed plan three – click for larger image
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Detailed plan four – click for larger image