Located in Pune, designed by MVRDV is India’s 8th largest city and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Future Towers are also known as A VERTICAL VILLAGE, provides 1,068 apartments for a diverse section of the rapidly expanding population.
A singular mountainous structure with peaks and valleys, under which 1,068 apartments are unified in one building. Apartments ranging from 45 square meters to 450 square meters are mixed together, a diversity enabled by the building’s mountainous shape and the shifting floor plans that it generates. The design efficiently brings people from different backgrounds together.
The slabs form a hexagonal grid, which allows for wide views from the apartments and leaves large open public courtyards at ground level. The ‘peaks’ allow for optimized daylight conditions and the resulting inclined roofs allow for a number of exterior terraces, both private and communal. Recessed balconies on the main facades of the residential slabs themselves hint at the diversity of the homes behind, with a mixture of normal size, double-height, double-width, and even some L-shaped balconies. The strong graphical appearance created by the balconies is accentuated by large, brightly colored openings known as “scoops” that puncture the building’s facade to connect with the central corridor, providing public meeting spaces and cross ventilation in all communal spaces in the process. These spaces also act as refuge spaces to meet the fire code requirements for long corridors—help to give a sense of “neighborhood identity” to different parts of the building, with each scoop designated for a different activity (such as yoga or mini-golf) or for a different type of resident (such as teens or toddlers).